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.
Rainer Maria Woelki is moving back to his native Cologne to serve as archbishop of Germany's largest Catholic diocese. Despite close ties to his conservative predecessor, Woelki surprised Berlin with his modern outlook.
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!
Carnival revelers in Germany's Rhineland have turned their wit on Russia's President Vladimir Putin, the US spy agency NSA and even football's Uli Hoeness. The festival's highpoint is also being celebrated in Brazil.
These days there is more to discover at Germany's Christmas markets than wooden ornaments, mulled wine and roasted peanuts. Young entrepreneurs are discovering the traditional venue for selling their creative products.
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