Think of Germany. Now (if you haven't already) think of all the stereotypes you can imagine. Most likely you are now thinking of beer and sausages, beer and I guess beer and cars (quite fancy ones).
Well, you are most definitely right about the beer.
The widely known Oktoberfest, for which you should be in Munich, is on par with the Carnival in Cologne. Guess the Germans like to party during the colder days… and the whole year round.
Though the Carnival in Cologne is definitely a place to be. It has its roots in Christianity and has been going on since probably the dawn of time. It has officially been established after the wine drinking French left Cologne and the beer drinking Prussians brought back this glorious fest.
This costumed carnival of drunken madness does not stop for a full week. The event takes place from Weiberfastnacht (Fat Thursday) until Aschermittwoch (Ash Wednesday). The peak of this week is during Rosenmontag (Rose Monday), which is 2 days before the ending of the carnival. Then there is the 5th season which officially starts at 11:11 on November 11 where you have to get drunk before 11:11 and keep drinking for the rest of the day.
Check out the official website here.