Its advisable to book your hotel well in advance for the Cologne Carnival as the city is full.
Christmas in Cologne – with a very gay market!
Cologne’s LGBT Christmas market takes place each year from the end of November, at the corner of Mauritiuswall and Schaafenstrasse, in the “Bermuda Triangle”. The colorful “Christmas Avenue” will be open for business from November 24 to December 23. There will be nearly twice as many stands as last year, including a new addition featuring designer ceramics, an “XXL” stand offering hot Christmas cocktails and – for something you won’t find elsewhere – an entire hut filled with Christmas-y accessories for canine pets. www.lademence.com
More than 120,000 people visited Christmas Avenue last year.There will also be a variety of acts on stage every day. Along with the obligatory Glühwein (hot, mulled wine) and Christmas goodies, there will be colorful stands proffering objets d’art and accessories for an out-of-the-ordinary Christmas celebration. Christmas Avenue is not only a popular meeting place for the LGBT community, it’s fun for everyone. All are welcome.
Colognes Neumarket transforms into “Angel’s Christmas Market” during the same period. This is the main Christmas market in the city, famous for its fluttering angels, who sprinkle fairy dust on the streets awaiting Santa’s arrival who makes his appearance on a grand horse. How gay is that!
There are two gay areas in Cologne with a total of seventeen gay bars; we have only chosen hotels in the first area because, we were not able to find hotels in the second area with good reviews. We think finding a good place to stay is an important part of your holiday so we try to recommend the best hotels around where you need to be to enjoy your trip. Dorint am Heumarkt Koeln, Hotel am Augustinerplatz,Maritim Hotel Köln and hotel Ariane.
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 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.
Apartments in Gay Area
Stylish apartments with modern decor, close to all the main action of the gay bars and clubs.
Centrally located offering stunning views of the river and just as short walk to the gay district.
Central 5 Star
Spacious rooms with a great pool and health club with 5 star service in the heart of Cologne.