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Kolner Lichter 2013


Thirteen may be considered an unlucky number, but not for the German city of Cologne, as this year it stages its 13th show on the 13th of July.

This all-day event starting around 2pm and mostly free (with some paying options for the best viewing points) culminates in a high impact pyro-musical show which has wowed the world and regularly attracts well over 100,000 spectators.

The inspiration and title of this year spectacular is “Dream Catcher” and we expect the music and atmosphere to reflect an ethereal, almost dream-like performance from the nine pontoon bridges of fireworks stretching across the Rhine.

The dancing fountain is another favourite at the event but be warned; stewards will be closing the gates at 21:00 with the nearest viewing area from the main stage area being over the Deutz Bridge a few minutes’ walk away.

We advise making your way to the viewing areas and plan to be settled in by the latest 8pm as demand is high for the better viewing spots, as always it may be worth taking with you spare camera batteries, an umbrella (just in case) and a ground sheet or rug to sit on.

Expect to see the brightly coloured boats which leave from the old town port in a procession down the Rhine before the fireworks kick off at around 11:30, traditionally the watching spectators illuminate both banks of the river with lanterns and sparklers.

The best places to watch are between the Hohnezollera and zoo bridges but we have included a map for your convenience.

Having visited Cologne back in the 80’s, and I’m sure not that much has changed, bier (or beer as we call it) will flow freely and bratwurst, bockwurst, schnitzel and frickadellen will also be in plentiful supply. Further information can be found here.

kolner lichter map


The Art of Fireworks. Made in Germany.

Peter Sauer is the head man of a fireworks company in Augsburg, Germany. The family run business was founded a long time ago in 1863. But you won’t find ordinary bottle rockets of the sort sold in grocery stores here. Instead the company specializes in professional pyrotechnic firework displays for special events such as the grand opening and closing ceremonies for large scale celebrations – Report by Christian Pricelius.


See in the New Year in style at Berlin’s Brandenburg Gate

pyronale berlin 2006 (XI)

BERLIN, New Year’s party-goers may want to consider taking in the midnight fireworks display and musical performances on offer at the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin.

The annual show that always goes off with a bang will incorporate live music with an extravagant fireworks display to mark the beginning of 2010.

Anyone staying in hotels in Berlin over New Year is advised to make the most of the free event that is guaranteed to be an entertaining and enjoyable experience.

More than one million people make the trip each December to visit one of Berlin’s most iconic landmarks to see in the New Year.

The Strasse des 17. Juni, which runs from the Brandenburg Gate to the Victory Column, is transformed into a festival site offering a number of stages, party tents, food and refreshment stalls and light shows to entertain revellers in the German capital.

A spectacular fireworks display will mark the end of 2009 in an explosive fashion and the party is sure to go on into the early hours of the morning.

Jessica Reading, head of marketing for LateRooms, commented: “Demand for New Year’s Eve in Berlin is always significant and we recommend that anyone considering attending should book the hotels Berlin as early as possible.