Carnival time in Cologne is a must for those with a sweet tooth as huge quantities of sweets are thrown into the crowds during the processions. The city's Chocolate Museum, one of the most popular museums in Germany, is understandably a firm favourite with visitors of all ages.
The 2012 International Sweets and Biscuits Fair (ISM) presents the latest trends from the confectionery sector and is taking place from 29 January to 1 February in Cologne. Describing itself as the world's largest confectionery trade fair, the ISM is a showcase for the ideas and products of 1,412 companies from 65 countries. The 42nd ISM is proof positive that Germany is a major venue for trade fairs.