Experience Carnival in Germany

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Fasching party in Cologne
Fasching party in Cologne

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Most people have experienced Halloween, Mardi Gras or maybe even Carnival in Rio. But Germany is a great and affordable way to experience Fasching (or also known as Fastnacht, Karneval), the German Carnival.

The biggest carnivals in Germany are in the cities along the Rhine river, mainly though in Cologne (Cologne vacation rentals | Cologne travel guide) and Mainz.

During Carnival in Germany, Every town and village has their festivities and votes their own Carnival Prince and Princess along with the royal family which contains a peasant (Bauer), his Craziness and the virgin (Jungfrau), which is usually portrayed by a male, along with other personalities of the royalties - in total eleven people. This is a crazy time in Germany and lots of fun to join!

Fasching time starts on November 11th at 11:11 a.m. and ends on Ash Wednesday (in February of the following year.)

The carnivals in Cologne and Mainz (Mainz vacation rentals | Mainz travel guide) involves thousands of spectators dressed up that yearly watch and cheer the famous parades with their colorful floats, dance groups, music groups, and of course the royalties. Most people take off from work to take part in the festivities during these crazy days.

Rosenmontag is the main day of the carnival celebration in Germany and occurs on the 42nd day before Easter. Thursday before is Altweiberfastnacht (for women only.) Women all over join parties and are allowed to cut every man's tie off they see and are free to kiss any man they want to. This day also signals the beginning of the five day festivities of Fasching that lead nearly 1.5 million people to see the parades all over Germany or watch them on TV. The whole party time ends by Tuesday night by some cities burning the Nubbel (which is the spirit of Fasching) to atone the sins committed during the carnival time. Ash Wednesday signifys the first normal day and is also the beginning of Lent.

If you would like to experience Carnival in a small village or town setting we recommend staying at our Live Like a German vacation apartments (e.g., in Wetzlar (Wetzlar vacation rentals | Wetzlar travel guide) or Cologne). We will provide details on events and festivities in the local destination guides for these destinations.

If you would like to experience Carnival in a big way we recommend to visit Mainz or Cologne. We have plenty of choices for holiday rentals in Mainz or Cologne. Please browse the Live Like a German web site to check out selection of quality vacation rentals.

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Location: Cologne, Germany

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