We visit a company that produces hats for Cologne's annual carnival. They're hand-made out of silk and brocade with exquisite embroidery, and can go for as much as 200 euros apiece.
People in Germany's Rhineland have kicked off what is sometimes known as the fifth season of the year. Carnival, which runs until mid-February, is marked by much merrymaking and foolishness.
Saturday's round 11 action was full of surprises. Tiny Freiburg took down Schalke, and Cologne suddenly discovered their scoring boots. About the only match that went to plan was Bayern's 4-0 win over Frankfurt.
Cardinal Rainer Maria Woelki has taken over the Cologne archdiocese, one of the richest in the world. He is determined to spread Pope Francis' message of charity and the importance of sharing.
For DW host Katty Salie, Carnival in Cologne means dressing up, dancing and singing for six days straight. She shares some hints for getting the most out of the festivities. Alaaf!
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