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 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. All day the city echoes to the sounds of the Carnival battle cry: “Kölle Alaaf”, which means “Long live Cologne!”
February 24 – March 1, 2022, annual festival week, Friday/Saturday/Sunday Carnival and Parade, Monday Rosenmontag, street & club parties, bar closing times suspended for the festival duration; costumes, drinking, singing all over the city. Midnight Tuesday burning of Nubbel — the straw doll scapegoats for all the sins of the year. Ash Wednesday traditional fish dinners.
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.
Hotel Lyskirchen 4 Star
Bright & Spacious Rooms
The Hotel is a great choice for travelers interested in gay bars & clubs, food & shopping.