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Centred around a towering Gothic cathedral, this is a cultural oasis in the sleepy German state of North Rhine-Westphalia: tackle the best things to do in Cologne to dissect all there is to it. The town is a cultural meeting point where Germany's old traditions meet new modern influences. It’s at its best during the city’s world-famous Carnival celebrations—a city-wide fancy dress party fueled by beer and good spirits, starting on Shrove Thursday and running right through the Easter weekend—but there’s something to do in Cologne all year round. Get a taste of the tightly-protected Kölsch brews, visit the Chocolate Museum, dance the night away to techno and eat your bodyweight in sausage before you leave. Done something on this list and loved it? Share it with the hashtag #TimeOutDoList and tag @TimeOutEverywhere. Find out more about how Time Out selects the very best things to do all over the world.