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Cologne Zoo: discover it all

The zoo in Cologne, which opened in 1860, is one of the oldest and largest in Germany. No matter what time of year or what the weather, it makes for a fantastic family day out in the UNESCO city of Cologne on the Rhine.

The 20 hectares of Cologne Zoo are home to over 10,000 animals, representing more than 700 species from all corners of the globe. The aquarium provides fascinating insights into underwater worlds from the Rhine to the Pacific. In the 70 tanks, which hold between 110 and 77,000 litres of water and are arranged geographically, you can see colourful fish and electric elephantnose fish, as well as lots of other sea-life – from starfish, seahorses and sea urchins to corals and anemones. For bird lovers, the 'owl monastery' is a must-see. The Jungle House runs a successful breeding programme with the zoo's primates, which include lowland gorillas, orang-utans and bonobos, as well as leaf-eating douc langurs. The insectarium is the place to meet some of the world's weirdest creatures, from delicate butterflies to poisonous spiders. In more than 30 terrariums, insects such as the stick insects and the 'walking leaves' show off their expert camouflage, and the majestic praying mantis perform their magnificent displays. Ants reveal a rare glimpse into the intricacies of colony life, while poisonous tarantulas and scorpions lie menacingly in wait for their prey. Bonus attraction: watching the graceful butterflies and other dainty winged insects inside the walk-through free-flight hall.


The Hippodom – a spacious, walk-through simulation of an African riverscape – is one of the zoo's main enclosures along with the huge Elephant Park and the Rainforest, a tropics house representing South East Asia. Here, you have the chance to discover hippos, Nile crocodiles, antelopes and other inhabitants of the African river plains. Watching the animals at feeding time is always an entertaining experience – whether it's the baboons putting on a culinary spectacle in the ape enclosure or the piranhas and meerkats hunting out the tastiest treats. You can also make this a 24-hour zoo adventure by camping overnight: tents for adults, camps for kids (aged 7+) and family pitches are available with prior booking (the zoo provides weather-proof tents for overnight guests). You can discover what the animals get up to around the clock as the zoo offers daytime tours, evening torchlight tours, a nocturnal walk through the rainforest enclosure and the chance to be a zookeeper for the day (prior booking required).


Upheaval and avant garde, form and functionality, rigour and beauty: modernism is a broad term that has shaped an entire century and remains influential today. Hardly any other museum has concentrated as exclusively on this era as Cologne's Ludwig Museum, whose collection starts in the early 20th century and traces developments right to the present day in remarkable breadth and depth.

The history of this fascinating museum, which together with the Philharmonic Hall has occupied an architecturally striking building right next to Cologne Cathedral since 1986, began with Peter and Irene Ludwig's endowment of around 350 works of modern art. Within a few decades, it had grown into the biggest collection of Pop Art outside the USA including Roy Lichtenstein's Maybe and Andy Warhol's Brillo Boxes. In addition to the Pop Art, today it owns the third-largest Picasso collection worldwide and an extensive collection of Russian avant garde from before and after the revolution, as well as important works of German Expressionism and Surrealism. Artistic movements such as Bauhaus and De Stijl, Nouveau Réalisme and Fluxus bring us to the contemporary art which the museum resolutely acquired, the most recent piece never being more than a few months old. German art of the 1970s and 1980s and installations by the younger avant garde therefore also found their way into the Ludwig Museum, completing the survey of the intriguing era of modernism through contemporary works.

Næste tidspunkter:

21.09.2019 - 19.01.2020

12.10.2019 - 02.02.2020

16.11.2019 - 01.03.2020

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Museum Ludwig
50667 Cologne

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The start of the new carnival season is celebrated by revellers on the 11th day of the 11th month at 11.11 a.m.
The designated “Dreigestirn” (triple star) have their first public appearance on a big stage in the Old City of Cologne - in plain clothes at this time.

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Stadt Köln
Heumarkt 14
50667 Cologne

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Set against the backdrop of the cathedral (Dom), Cologne’s landmark, the Christmas market “am Dom” presents craftsmen in 160 pavilions. The cathedral is not only here as a real building, but also as in ‘Dom-Speculatius’. The Neumarkt (new market) leads us into the realm of angels. 
In the warm light of the starry Christmas sky, we can wonder at the elaborately designed houses with artistically decorated gables, and an angel darts by from time to time. There’s a fairytale paradise for children on the Rudolfplatz. while things are more rustic in the historic old town, in the "Markt der Heinzel", which is dedicated to the ‘Heinzelmännchen’, the house gnomes from a famous Cologne legend. You will also be surprised by a romantic Christmas village idyll in the Cologne City Gardens (Stadtgarten). And, located directly on the Rhine, by the Chocolate Museum, you can immerse yourself in the maritime flair of the Harbour Christmas Market in the Rheinauhafen. Handicrafts related to the subjects of ports and sea voyages can be found in the pagoda tents, which are shaped like ships’ sails, and you can enjoy mulled wine (Glühwein) and the sailors in the “Trudel”, a three-masted wooden ship. Fall into the spirit of a real sailor’s Christmas with shanties, Christmas classics, pirate juggling and much more. Newly established in Cologne, between the Sparkasse bank and Westgate on Rudolfplatz square, is Christmas Avenue, the gay and lesbian Christmas market with shows and variety entertainment.

Næste tidspunkter:

25.11.2019 - 23.12.2019

fra 11:00 til 21:00

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Weihnachtsmärkte in Köln
50667 Cologne

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