Things To Do At Night In Cologne, Germany

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Provided that you’ve ever visited Cologne, then one thing is for certain — you’ve definitely sensed the soft heart of the city pumping irresistibly after midnight. The splendid city of Cologne, Germany may be anything but a total stranger to evening entertainment options. And believe it not, tourists are offered such a great choice of venues, where they could shake off negativity and stress, and dance the beautiful night away.

1. Dance the night away at Einundfunfzig Club

Posted by Einund Fünfzig on Monday, 20 March 2017

Einundfunfzig Club aka “Club 51” is the perfect spot for looking for an event of a lifetime. Not only will you have such an unforgettable time at one of the best clubs in Cologne, but prepare yourself to step foot into a modern and refined atmosphere while listening to modern tunes.

Have fun: Make a reservation and get ready to have the best nightlife experience! Tip: Try to get a picture of the band that is set to perform!

Einundfunfzig Club

Address: Hohenzollernring 51, 50672 Köln

Price: affordable

Open: 7 pm to 5 am

Contact: +49 221 16906470

Website: Einundfunfzig Club

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2. “Cologne's sky on fire:” Kölner Lichter July 2017

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The magical city provides a myriad of outdoor activities for tourists year-round who want to make their long-planned trip to Cologne an experience of a lifetime. What a better example of such a live event then the light show known as festival of lights?

Join the party: Enjoy the light show and fireworks coloring the sky above the Rhine River! Tip: Take advantage of the boat cruise options sailing along Rhine River for a better view of the light show!

Kölner Lichter Show

Address: Rhein Park, 50679, Cologne, Germany

Price: from 32 USD / 30 EUR

Open: July 15 2017, around 8 pm

Contact: via E-mail

Website: Kölner Lichter July 2017

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3. Dive into amazing live events in Stadtgarten

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Naturally, the immense Stadtgarten serves as another hot meeting point where newcomers and locals can jazz it up to great rock bands and solo artists. This year’s line-up won’t be much different at all — K’s Choice, Lakecia Benjamin, and many more famous artists are included in the hot line-up of great performers.

Don’t miss it: Track the upcoming events early on so as to get your hands on exclusive passes!

Live events in Stadtgarten

Address: Venloer Straße 4050672 Cologne, Germany

Open: 8:30 pm

Contact: (+49) 0221 952994-0

Website: Stadtgarten

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4. Traumathek Film Café: for movie & coffee connoisseurs

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Posted by Traumathek Videostore & Filmcafé on Thursday, 9 March 2017

Cologne has prepared another surprise for all travelers, namely the Traumathek Film Café and Video Store. Turn the clock back and remember the good old days of watching movies rented from the local video store! What a splendid experience, right?

Perfect for movie & coffee lovers: As sweet as it may sound, Traumathek Film Café offers film and coffee for all movie lovers!

Traumathek Film-Café

Address: Engelbertstraße 45, 50674 Köln

Open: 1 pm to 10 pm

Contact: +49 221 2404795

Website: Traumathek Film-Café

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5. King Georg: club that amazes with a 70’s red light interior

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Lose yourself in the moment at one of the best clubs in the region — King Georg. To say that the famous club is unique would be an understatement. The distinctive club has its German name — Diskothek — written on the front in what seems to be neon letters. Additionally, many hot live events are held at the prominent King Georg club not only in the hot summer but on an annual basis as well. For instance, many local and foreign bands are often invited to this old-school themed bar in Cologne.

For example, Itasca or Bounty Island playing gathers hundreds of music lovers as well as die-hard fans of the high-quality and refined tunes. Tip: Track the club for upcoming live events and concerts to make the most of your nightlife experience in Germany.

A throwback in time: Come inside and enjoy the classic elements and 70’s vibes circling around this gorgeous place.

King Georg

Address: 2, 50670 Cologne, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany

Open: 10 pm to 3 am

Contact: +49 173 3741400

Website: Kind Georg club

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6. Cologne Sessions: where great artists hit the stage

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Posted by Cologne Sessions on Monday, 23 January 2017

First-time visitors will be stunned to hear about the exceptional Cologne Sessions Vinyl Live & Love, which feature a whole lot of famous bands and solo artists! Mustic by Gratts, Max Graef, Tobias, Mueller & Mitch, and Simon Hein illustrates the idea almost to perfection!

Enjoy it to the fullest: Stop by, don’t skip the opportunity to dance to amazing tunes and hits performed by top solo artists and bands invited top play at Cologne Sessions Vinyl, Live and Love!

Cologne Sessions

Address: Domstraße 93, 50668 Köln,

Open: 8 pm onwards

Contact: via E-mail

Website: Cologne Sessions

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7. Cologne Opera: enjoy world-class productions

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Visit and marvel at the classic features of the marvelous city of Cologne! While being in the city, make sure you visit a wide range of world-recognized and high-class music theater productions.

Enjoy classic shows: Don’t miss out on the chance to enjoy high-class ballet shows, opera, and other prominent productions. Perfect examples of such are the noteworthy shows and productions by Anne Schwanewilms, Helen Donath, and Matthias Klink.

Cologne Opera

Address: Rheinparkweg 1, 50679 Köln, Germany

Price: varies depending on the performance

Open: showtimes vary

Contact: +49 221 22128400

Website: Cologne Opera

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8. Upcoming spring and summer events and carnivals

Posted by Summerjam Festival on Thursday, 2 March 2017

Does the noteworthy Friesenplatz ring a bell for you? No? Then, it’s high time you changed that.

If truth be told, it’s Friesenplatz that is considered the beating heart of Cologne when it comes to partying in the wee hours of the night. As famous as it really is, Friesenplatz is also quite well connected to the underground network while a whole lot of other bar and cafes options may be found nearby, nestled together.

Don’t let the awesome open-air experiences slip by your side while visiting the cozy city of Cologne. Do your research and blend with the local party lovers at the best open-air parties and festivals around the center of the Cologne.

Check it out: Jazz it up at the city’s top open-air meeting points where some of the most exciting summer events are held. Have fun!

Summer events and carnivals

Address: at Severinstor in the southern part of the city (Südstadt)

Open: approximately 10 am to 10 pm, but it depends on the event

Contact: +49 (221) 3 46 43-0

Website: Summer events and carnivals

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What to expect

Cologne’s nightlife is overwhelmingly pumping with a rich diversity of cafes, bars, and entertainment venues where many exciting live events and concerts are held! From jazz cafes and old-school clubs to high-class bars and dining spots, Cologne seems to be the ideal destination for lovers of live music events!

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