Carneval – Rote Funken
Funken (Red Sparks)
Requests the honor of your presence
at the Carnival 2019 in Cologne.
Become a VIP guest of Rote Funken during Carnival 2019.
Welcome to Carnival and the city of Cologne, where Carnival is as old as the city itself.
The “fifth season of the year” as Carnival is called, begins on November 11th at 11:11 a.m. But the real “crazy days” do not start before the so-called Weiberfastnacht (Shrove Thursday), the Thursday before Rosenmontag (Carnival Monday). The “crazy days” of Carnival are celebrated with parties on the streets, in public squares and in pubs. Closing times for pubs and bars are suspended for the duration of the festival.
Traditionally the gathering of the colourful Corps troops can be seen on Saturday at the Neumarkt. On Carnival Sunday school groups and borough parades take place all over the city. But the highlight of the street carnival is Rose Monday with the march of “Cologne’s Dreigestirn” or Triumvirate – the Prince, the Peasant and the Maiden – in the kilometre-long Rosenmontag procession going through the city. Carneval ends two days later on Ash Wednesday.
Day 1: Arrival Cologne
Welcome to Carnival and the city of Cologne, where Carnival is as old as the city itself. Once you have settled in to the hotel of your choice, you will be met by the guide, who will take you and the your fellow carnival goers to unveil what awaits you.
At a costume rental store, where we guide you, you will select your personal identity for the coming days. (You are welcome to bring your own costume) The wearing of carnival costumes and masks comes from ancient times and originally had the purpose to scare away evil winter spirits. Today, disguising is more of a joke, and fools want to dance out of line once a year. Your chance to dive into outstanding 5 days.
Experience the breweries
Today you enjoy your Dinner at one of the typical Cologne breweries (own costs) The history of Kölsch brands partly goes back to the Middle Ages. “I drink Kölsch and talk Kölsch” is the sympathetic philosophy of life that is common to all citizens of Cologne. True to this maxim, Cologne offers a wide assortment of Cologne’s “elixir of life” for every taste.
Red Sparks - Ball of Women's Carnival
After dinner we are off to renowned ball of the Rote Funken (Red Sparks) of Weiberfastnacht ( Ball of Women) The President of the Rote Funken will welcome you and award you with the Carnival medal, a great honor bestowed only on special guests of the Red Sparks. Enjoy the party.
Day 2: Cologne
After a hearty breakfast, be ready to explore Cologne through the eyes of the Rote Funken. See the magnificent city and learn about the tradition of Carnival and its history. From the Ulrepforte via the Cologne Cathedral you will get to know a city with more than a thousand years of history. You will visit parts of the Cologne fortress walls, usually not accessible to the public. The old town of Cologne impresses with its historic charm. Small quaint streets lure with traditional old houses. The countless breweries, pubs and restaurants invite you to linger.
Home of the Red Sparks
The Ulrepforte home of Red Sparks was part of the medieval wall of the free imperial city of Cologne. The Ulrepforte gained importance in the history of the town in the 13th century, because in its immediate vicinity the attack on the city of Cologne was carried out by Archbishop Engelbert II, expelled by the citizens of Cologne (1268). With the help of a traitor a passage was dug under the city wall. The raid was unsuccessful and the city of Cologne independent.
Party time Lanxess Arena - Cologne folk
The day ends with a highlight at Lanxess Arena. You will be an honorary guest at the VIP Box of the Rote Funken and be participant of one of the biggest parties in Germany. Be inspired by the top hits of the carnival “cologne folk musik” and enjoy an evening amongst your new friends of the Rote Funken. Caution, the party mood is sometimes splashing over …
Day 3: Red Sparks Bivouac
After breakfast, you will be guest of the Roten Funken at the Funkenbiwak on the Neumarkt, a traditional tent where you can enjoy a Koelsch while watching the Rote Funken parade. Afterwards the Trifolium (Dreigestirn) Prince, Peasant and Virgin of the Cologne Carnival will welcome you.. Time for Selfies… and a really rare opportunity!
Time for your own
Enjoy a leisure afternoon visiting the city on your own on sitting by the River Rhein or just use it for shopping. Cologne is known for its good shopping areas. Our dinner today is one of the oldest breweries of Cologne. Join us for a hearty dinner at the “Malzmuehle” ( MaltMill), and enjoy local cuisine of your own choice. Experience a typical german pleasant and welcoming atmosphere. You will be surprised if you didn’t expect it here….
CaSaBa – “Carnival Saturday Ball”
In the evening you will dance at the most famous and biggest carnival ball in Germany, the CaSaBa (Carneval Saturday Ball). Costumes and 4 Ballrooms make the evening an outstanding experience. This is the event where young and old want to participate. A ball for all ages and yes, the Red Sparks made a ticket reservation for you!
Day 4: River cruise – and Historical Rhine
You can’t visit Cologne without a full day excursion along the Rhine. Experiences culture and historical sites. A must have. In the morning we drive to St. Goar and take a boat trip to Boppard. Drive along the Rhine and see centuries-old castles in one of the most beautiful regions of Germany.
Koblenz a roman city
Lunch will be at the historic roman Koblenz where a guide leads you through the architecture and cultral sites. Highlights of the city include: the Deutsches Eck with the Kaiser Wilhelm I, the Electoral Palace, miles of lakeside promenades, Stolzenfels Castle, the epitome of Rhine Romanticism and Ehrenbreitstein fortress towering over everything. On the way from Cologne we take time to stop in one of the famous winery’s in the mosel area. We recemmend to taste the Riesling!
Day 5: Rosenmontag – Carnival Parade
The Rose Monday is the highlight of your carnival trip to Cologne. As guests of the Rote Funken you have exclusive access to the VIP box and a fantastic view of the Rose Monday Parade. While the parade passes, you can dine at the buffet and celebrate together with the Rote Funken. There is no better place to experience that spectacular day.
After Parade Party - Guerzenich
After the Parade, the Rote Funken invite you to the afterparty in Gürzenich. You will be personally greeted by the President of the Rote Funken and bestowed to the status of “spark friends” exclusively. You will end the day in one of the beautiful Cologne breweries together with other visitors of the carnival.
Day 6: Departure or join a short trip to Paris!
Rote Funken (Red Sparks)
- Entrance Woman Carnival with the award of the medal
- Entrance VIP Looge “Kölle Lacht”
- Entrance VIP bivouac incl. catering
- Entrance VIP CaSaBa
- Full day excursion along the Rhine incl. Rivercruise
- Entrance all sites visited during the tour.
- Entrance VIP grandstand Rosemonday Parade incl. catering
- Entrance VIP Guest After Parade Party Gürzenich with honorary certificate of elevation into stand of the “Red Sparks friends”
Accommodation & Board
- Accommodations (double and single occupancy)
- 5 nights in **** Star Hotel or ****superior Hotel (see booking)
- 5 x breakfast buffet (cold & warm)
- 1 x VIP Buffet Looge Lanxess Arena
- 1 x Brunch Sparks bivouac
- 1 x Lunch Excursion Rhine
- 1 x VIP Buffet Rosemonday Parade
- Meals as indicated in the itinerary
Transport and Transfers:
- Land Transportation in modern air-conditioned tour coach
- River Cruise on the Rhine
- English speaking tour guide
- Local guides for major attractions and city tours
- English speaking guide in Cologne
- Leadership in Cologne Cathedral incl. Compulsory Headset
- Admission to all activities indicated in the itinerary except those listed as optional
- All taxes for provided services
Your Tour Does Not Include:
- Airfare (Please see our link to United.com)
- Meals not indicated on itinerary
- Beverages, except with breakfast
- All tour tips for driver and guide (End of tour gratuity for coach driver and tour guide)
- Personal item fees such as passport fees. (Passport must be valid for 6 months beyond return date.)
- Optional insurance for health, baggage and cancellation. (This insurance is available and recommended. If wanted please contact us.)
- Luggage handling
- Related taxes, fees and fuel charges