Carnival in Cologne did not disappoint! In summary, it was full of parades, Kölsch (local beer), and costumes. I spent the entire weekend dressed up as an einhorn (unicorn)
I was lucky enough to randomly make some local friends in the train station and be invited to their private celebrations, which was a very unique experience. They taught me some of the typical Carnival traditions and introduced me to Kölsch, the local beer, which is lovely and much more mild than Sevilla’s Cruzcampo. I also enjoyed some currywurst, pretzels, bratwurst, and some really yummy breakfast places.
Overall, a good weekend was had! I was really hoping to get to visit EL-DE Haus, the former headquarters of the Gestapo, but they were closed due to the celebrations. No worries – I guess I’ll just have to go back someday!