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.
Carnival starts in Cologne's streets on Thursday and as always, it will draw thousands of revelers. If you follow the wise articles of Cologne's "Basic Law," you, too, can enjoy what people there call the "fifth season."
The traditional Carnival celebrations in Cologne took a tragic turn when a policeman was mowed down by a tram. Police suspect it was a case of murder, although the judge is not convinced.
No other city in Germany has as many songs about "Heimat," expressing the feeling of home, as Cologne. Groups of people gather to sing together about their local patriotism, and not only during Carnival.
Carnival is fast approaching in Germany's Rhineland. Huge parades on Rose Monday — which falls on February 12 this year — are a highlight. Some of the elaborate float designs have already been unveiled.
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