A festival of light, colour and sound in one of Germany’s most picturesque cities – Cologne


We are no strangers to the occasional fireworks display in Malta, especially during the months of June, July and August. So we know how to appreciate a true spectacle when it comes to pyrotechnic theatre. One of these amazing spectacles is the Kölner Lichter, or Cologne Lights Festival.

A celebration of colour, light and music, this annual display lights up the banks of the Rhine with an outstanding fireworks show set to music. Dubbed as one of Europe’s most beautiful  and most spectacular musical fireworks displays, this is a true feast for the eyes and ears and is guaranteed to bring happiness to your heart.

The show is punctuated by hundreds of river boats that cruise the Rhine to offer a unique view of this marvel. As they make their way up the river and evening sets in, buildings and monuments along the river bank are illuminated in colourful lights. The locals also contribute to this magical evening by switching on lights and lanterns in windows, on balconies and throughout the streets of the city.  This year the Kölner Lichter takes place on 16th July.

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Cologne is one of Germany’s most picturesque cities with so much more to offer besides the Cologne Lights. For lovers of classical architecture, the Cathedral of St. Peter and St. Mary is an absolute must-see.  Its construction began in 1248 and is an impressive example of High Gothic architecture.  It completely dominates the riverside skyline and offers wonderful views from its south tower, if you fancy braving the 500 step climb.

The city’s Old Town that houses many of Cologne’s historic churches and museums, is a quaint patchwork of alleyways and charming old houses. Many of these buildings have now been transformed into restaurants, cafes and boutiques. This is my kind of area and I could easily spend hours wandering the narrow streets and riverside paths.

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And for outstanding views of both these Cologne attractions, why not take the Cable Car across the river? Take a one way trip to really get a bird’s eye view of the city, and walk back to get a real feel for the city at ground level. These are just some of the highlights. But Cologne is a major cultural centre for the Rhineland; it boasts more than thirty museums and hundreds of galleries. Exhibitions range from local ancient Roman archeological sites to contemporary graphics and sculpture.

If we have whetted your appetite and you want to explore this German gem for yourself, contact the team at Bianchi Travel – Lufthansa City Centre and let them put the perfect package together for you.


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