From: Tuesday, Feb 26th, 2019
To: Wednesday, Mar 6th, 2019
With 1.5 Million People attending – Cologne Carnival is one big streetparty!
Although Koelner Carnival in Cologne is not a gay event in its self, it is very gay friendly with all the gay bars and clubs putting on events to join in the fun.
Costumes seem to be the order of the day what just about everyone wearing one. The style is rather different from Brazilian carnivals. Think more “Prussian Solder”, but then everyone loves a man in uniform. This is a fun filled six days of making new friends and meeting old ones if you can work out who is who under all the makeup and sequins.
The highlight is of Koelner Carnival is the Rose Monday Parade with over one million people lining the streets to see it from 10:30 a.m., 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. This year’s motto: “scarf 2019“ All day the city echoes to the sounds of the Carnival battle cry: “Kölle Alaaf”, which means “Long live Cologne!”
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.
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.
Hotel Lyskirchen 4 Star
Bright & Spacious Rooms
The Hotel is a great choice for travelers interested in gay bars & clubs, food & shopping.