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Culture in Cologne

A feast for the senses, challenges for the mind, sophisticated entertainment — Cologne can do culture. Again and again, it shines the spotlights on famous artists, authors and other stars of the culture scene. In addition to famous venues, Cologne also offers small and intimate theatres and venues where a cultural event can become an absolute highlight through the up-close experience of an artist from the field of literature, music, theatre, comedy or the like.

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A biting satirical review of the world in general and a counterbalance to the traditional Carnival stage show: provocative humour

If you’re lucky enough to get hold of one of the coveted tickets, you can be in the E-Werk when the ensemble pulls out all the stops as it unleashes its legendary critical wit at current events and public figures and institutions. It has been the Carnival stage show for the critical public since 1984 and is always eagerly awaited around the end of each year.

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Accommodation options for every taste

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The official tourist ticket

Would you like to discover Cologne inexpensively and easily? Then we recommend the KölnCard. The tourist ticket offers you free travel on all public transport and great discounts on art, culture and gastronomy.

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Cologne's rich museum landscape

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