There is a huge variety of customs and traditions associated with Carnival celebrations in
Germany. The carnival session, also known as the "Fifth Season", begins each year on 11
November at 11:11 a.m. and finishes on Ash Wednesday of the following year with the main
festivities happening around Rosenmontag.
Although the festivities and parties start as earlyas the beginning of January, the actual
carnival week starts on the Thursday ("Weiberfastnacht") before Ash Wednesday (in
Germany). The big German carnival parades are held on the weekend before and especially
on Rosenmontag(Rose Monday), the day before Shrove Tuesday, and sometimes also on
Shrove Tuesday ("Faschingsdienstag") itself in the suburbs of larger carnival cities.
Guided city tour through the Old Town of Cologne
Visit of a Carnival Party at Tanzbrunnen Cologne
The Tanzbrunnen Köln with its famous trademark, the star-shaped
undulating roof, is the location with which the people of Cologne
identify themselves. The atmosphere: Flair de Cologne.