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.
The two Rhineland metropoles are both neighbors and competitors. From the economic to the artistic and cultural spheres, the two cities have been rivals for centuries.
Street carnival starts on Thursday in the city of Cologne, and as always, it will draw thousands of revelers. If you follow the articles of Cologne's Basic Law, you'll enjoy what people there call the "fifth season."
Shrove Thursday to Ash Wednesday are the most important days of carnival in Germany. We'll take you on a short tour of the carnival capitals Cologne, Mainz and Rottweil.
The Cologne Carnival is something you have to see to believe. DW’s reporter Gabriel Borrud, who grew up in the United States, still remembers his first carnival - at least some parts of it.