From: Thursday, Feb 24th, 2022
To: Tuesday, Mar 1st, 2022
With 1.5 Million People attending – Cologne Carnival is one big streetparty!
Although Koelner Carnival in Cologne is very gay friendly. This is a costume party after all. The city’s gay bars and clubs host special parties throughout the 6 day event including the Sexy Cologne Carnival Circuit Weekend.
Costumes are the order of the day, with just about everyone wearing one. The style is rather different from Brazilian carnivals. Think more “Prussian Soldier”, but then everyone loves a man in uniform.
Cologne Carnival Program Highlights
The Carnival is six days of fun-filled events, making new friends and meeting old ones, if you can work out who is who, under all the makeup and sequins. Every night is a party or “Crazy Day”, running from the 24th of Feb to the 1st of March 2022.
Bar closing times are suspended for the festival duration. The city fills with costumes, drinking and singing. Each day Cologne echoes to the sounds of the Carnival battle cry: “Kölle Alaaf”, which means “Long live Cologne!”
Weiberfastnacht (Shrove Tuesday)
- 24th Feb 2022 – This is the traditional kick off of the annual event and sees thousands of visitors arrive in the city, packing the old town and the bars and clubs for a night of celebration.
Rose Monday Parade
- 28th Feb 2022 – The highlight is of Koelner Carnival is the Rose Monday Parade, Rosenmontagszug with over one million people lining the streets to see it from 10:30 a.m. The event is organized by the Cologne Carnival Committee of 1823. It is a colourful spectacle with sweets (“Kamelle”), little bouquets of flowers (“Strüßjer”), pecks (“Bützje”) and over one million of spectators in fancy dress.
The Burning of the Nubble
- 1st March 2022 – Midnight Tuesday is the symbolic burning of Nubbel, a straw doll “scapegoat” for all the sins of the year. the event is followed by Ash Wednesday with traditional fish dinners.
Where to stay during Cologne Carnival
Here are the hotels we recommend that have good reviews and keep you close to all the action,
Gay Map of Cologne
There two gay areas in Cologne: Rudolfplatz, known locally as the “Bermuda Triangle” is more modern in style with Many of the cafes, bars and clubs around have started during the last twenty years. The Old Town is home to more Traditional pubs and bars for mixed ages.
Recommended Apartments in Cologne
All apartments at DASKöln feature designer-style furniture, a safe, and a flat-screen TV with satellite channels, a private bathroom with a shower. Just a 10-minute walk from Cologne Cathedral & the Main Train Station
Located opposite the main train station in Cologne’s Old Town, just 50 m from Cologne Cathedral. First Domizil can include up to 2 bedrooms and a separate living room and 2 flat-screen TVs and fully equipped kitchen
The units come with tiled floors and feature a fully equipped kitchenette with a fridge, a dining area, a flat-screen TV with satellite channels, and a private bathroom with bidet and a hairdryer. Free WiFi and a balcony.
The apartment has 3 bedrooms, a flat-screen TV with satellite channels, an equipped kitchen with a dishwasher and a microwave, a washing machine, and 3 bathrooms with a bidet. Free WiFi and private parking
Official coverage of the main parades.
Carnival Cologne – Rose Monday Parade
Recommended Hotels in Cologne
We recommend booking a hotel in the heart of the old town. They are generally more charming, close to all the gay bars and clubs and offer better value for money.
Central 5 Star
Spacious rooms with a great pool and health club with 5 star service in the heart of Cologne.
25hours Hotel 4 Star
The Heart of Cologne
The hotel is a great choice for travelers interested in museums, cathedrals and Christmas markets
Hotel Lyskirchen 4 Star
Bright & Spacious Rooms
The Hotel is a great choice for travelers interested in gay bars & clubs, food & shopping.
Maritim Hotel 3 Star
Centrally located offering stunning views of the river and just as short walk to the gay district.