An invitation from the Ivy Circle to join fellow alumni for a guided tour in Cologne to get an introduction to the famous carnival ("Fastelovend") in Cologne.


50667 Köln, Germany

Event Details

The guided tour (in German) will be led by Peter Buchbinder, long-time commander of the carnival club Treue Husaren Blau Gelb. While walking along a part of the famous "Rosenmontagszug" route, where millions of carnival fans will celebrate on Shrove Monday, we will discover...

  • who invented carnival?
  • how to become part of the triumvirate as farmer, virgin or prince?
  • why the farmer wears ermine?
  • what's the difference between a traditional carnival corps and a carnival corps?
  • why Cologne's mayor runs out of a carnival session fuming?
  • why the Roten Funken break their oath so frequently?
  • and many other interesting facts about the "fifth season".

As part of the tour, we will also visit one of the traditional brewery bars, which play a key role in the carnival celebrations.

We will meet at the Kreuzblume opposite of the main entrance of the Kölner Dom (next to the Domforum) at 2.20 pm.
Please sign-up by Thursday, 2 February 2017 by clicking here.

The guided tour is free of charge for members of the German Friends of LSE. The participation fee for non-members is €10, which we ask you to transfer to our bank account DE57300700240612018200, reference: Köln Tour February 2017.

Please note, that drinks at the brewery bar are not included and need to be paid individually.

We are looking forward to seeing you in Cologne.




Register Online

Deadline: 2/2/2017


Sebastian Lüttringhaus, '13 (EXP-18)