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Cologne Cathedral and Great St. Martin Church

Cologne Cathedral – a church packed with unique art treasures

A church and museum rolled into one: Cologne Cathedral is not just one of the largest and most prominent cathedrals in the world, it is also home to fascinating and moving old art treasures of former beauty. It truly is a World Cultural Heritage Site.

Europe's once most famous pilgrimage church still majestically towers above Cologne city centre to this day. Pilgrims still come here, even after 750 years, but it is mainly tourists, worshippers and art connoisseurs from around the world who visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site (classified as such in 1996). The cathedral is wondrously adorned in major art treasures, including the winged altar at the heart of St. Mary's Chapel, which was painted in 1442 and is a masterpiece from the late Gothic Cologne School of Painting. Visitors are advised not to come to the cathedral during Advent or Lent, as the wings of the altar are closed during these periods.

The one-of-a-kind Shrine of the Three Kings is the largest, most artistically significant, and, in terms of its content, most ambitious reliquary of the Middle Ages. The Milan Madonna is utterly captivating. The original is said to have come with the relics of the Three Kings, but legend has it that it was destroyed during the fire in the Old Cathedral. The colourful stained-glass windows are spectacular. The oldest one dates back to the 13th century, whereas the newest is just ten years old. The low C note of St. Peter's Bell – the world's largest free-swinging bell – is moving, as is the pleasant sound of the Angelus Bell, the oldest preserved peal in the Western world. Take a seat in the choir stalls – where German emperors and the Pope once sat – and lap up the sound of the bells...

Cologne Cathedral

Opening hours: November to April: 6am to 7:30pm; May to October: 6am to 9pm; tours of the cathedral available on Sundays and bank holidays: 1pm to 4:30pm

Entry: free

Nearest train station: Cologne

Tours of the cathedral: for a fee. For more information (in German), visit: www.domfuehrungen-koeln.de; cathedral treasury and tower tour: for a fee. For opening hours, visit:


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.

Prochaines dates :

09.03.2019 - 02.06.2019

14.04.2019 - 21.07.2019

04.05.2019 - 11.08.2019

07.06.2019 - 22.09.2019

13.07.2019 - 29.09.2019

21.09.2019 - 19.01.2020

12.10.2019 - 02.02.2020

16.11.2019 - 01.03.2020

Lieu de la manifestation

Museum Ludwig
50667 Cologne

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Christopher Street Day (CSD) and ColognePride bring colourful parades, extravagant outfits and fever-pitch excitement to the streets – a huge, vibrant festival enjoyed by hundreds of thousands of people but with a very serious message. Every year, when gays, lesbians, bisexuals and transgenders descend on Cologne with their high spirits and good humour, they are demonstrating for homosexuals' rights and for acceptance, tolerance and equality.

It was back in 1972 that the first demonstrations for the rights of lesbians, gays and transgenders took place in this liberal-minded cathedral city in North Rhine-Westphalia. The Christopher Street Day parade has been organised by Kölner Lesben- und Schwulentag e.V. (KLuST) every year since 1991, partly in memory of the events in Christopher Street in New York in 1969, partly focusing on the future and the continuing improvement in the social and political status of sexual minorities. At first, Gay Pride and the street festival only attracted around 3,000 lesbians and gays to the historical old quarter, but in the last few years up to 1.2 million visitors have gathered in Cologne. Now ColognePride spans four main events: the weekend street festival around Alter Markt, Heumarkt and Rathausplatz, the Friday AIDS-Hilfe gala at Hotel Maritim, the Colour Cologne Party in the Lanxess Arena and the grand parade through the city centre featuring up to 120 floats and countless groups. This is a festival for everyone because sexual orientation has no relevance in matters of tolerance, humanity, joy and equal rights.

Prochaines dates :


Lieu de la manifestation

Unter Käster 1
50667 Köln

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Les Kölner Lichter, ou bien les Lumières de Cologne, est un des plus beaux et plus grands spectacles de feux d’artifice musicaux d’Europe et qui a lieu en plein milieu du Rhin. Une ambiance festive, de la bonne humeur, et des yeux qui brillent vous sont garantis.

Que les Colonais aiment faire la fête se voit non seulement à l’occasion du carnaval mais aussi lors des Kölner Lichter, qui est depuis 2001 un évènement incontournable de la plus grande ville en Rhénanie. 

Le programme commence déjà dans l‘après-midi avec des manifestations musicales au « Tanzbrunnen » à Cologne, une scène exceptionnelle.

Les feux d’artifice débutent ensuite avec un spectacle hors du commun. 50 bateaux illuminés et décorés de façon festive naviguent sur le Rhin accompagnés par des feux de Bengale et salués par un grand nombre de bougies magiques, que le public allume lors de l’arrivée du convoi au pont de Deutz.

Le spectacle principal dure environ 30 minutes et attire environ 1 million de spectateurs qui admirent les feux d’artifice des deux côtés du Rhin et même des ponts des bateaux. Par contre, pour avoir une place sur un des bateaux, il faut réserver les places bien en avance. 

Prochaines dates :


Lieu de la manifestation

Am Rheinufer
50999 Köln

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