Information / FAQ
For pupils, students and senior citizens: Pupils, students and senior citizens aged 65 and over receive reduced admission from Monday to Thursday (except public holidays and between 20 and 30 December 2021). The reduction can only be granted upon presentation of an appropriate ID.
Annual ticket holders and members of the Friends of the Kölner Zoo: Annual ticket holders and members of the Friends of the Kölner Zoo receive a 10% discount when purchasing a ticket. The discount can only be granted at the box office.
Children (under the age of 4) have free access to the Christmas Garden. The children receive, however, a free-of-charge ticket so that the precise number of visitors can be checked.
In our online ticket shop you have the possibility to acquire print@home and mobile tickets. You can buy these until shortly before the event and take them along with you on your mobile phone or as a printout.
Current information on health requirements for visiting the event can be found here shortly before the opening. All information on our hygiene concept can be found here.
Personalised Ticketing and Re-personalisation of Tickets
In order to be able to trace possible chains of infection, we as promoters are obliged to record your name and contact details. We use computer-controlled, personalised ticketing. In doing so, we observe both the relevant requirements of the authorities and the data protection regulations in accordance with the DSGVO. Children’s tickets must also be personalised and must contain all the necessary information. Only a personalised ticket then authorises you to enter. We ask you to present the purchased tickets and a photo document (identity card, driving licence, etc.) at the entrance.
If you are unable to attend on the day of the event, you can change your print@home or mobile ticket to a different name in your booking account at myticket.de. The re-personalisation will be done online. Further information can be found here.
If the ticket was sent to you by post, it will be re-personalised on site at the box office. There, you or the new visitor in question would enter the previous ticket and all the above-mentioned details of the new ticket holder. You can find the form here.
Return and Exchange of Tickets
Please note that in the event of loss of the ticket, no replacement or additional printout will be possible. In the same way a return or exchange of tickets is not possible. In accordance with § 312g Para 2 Sentence 1 No. 9 BGB (German Civil Code) there is no right to revocation when acquiring tickets despite the basic existence of a distance selling transaction. This unfortunately also means that when buying tickets the two-week right of revocation and return is completely excluded.
If you have any questions about tickets you have already purchased, please contact your ticket provider.
Tickets for Christmas Garden 2020
Please find more information here.
All information on admission and opening hours can be found here.
Animal Houses and Animal Protection
The animal houses are closed in the evening during the Christmas Garden.
The majority of the zoo residents spend the night in their enclosures. They are not affected by the sparkling light installations. The animals, which also spend the night outside, are not sensitive to light effects.
Annual Tickets and Friends of the Kölner Zoo
The Christmas Garden offers a special programme that takes place at the Kölner Zoo in the evening hours. Day and annual tickets of the Kölner Zoo are therefore not valid.
Please note: Kölner Zoo will close at 5 pm from November 17, 2021 to January 16, 2022.
Annual ticket holders and members of the Friends of the Kölner Zoo receive a 10% discount when purchasing a ticket. The discount can only be granted at the box office.
Bicycles and Sleighs
Unfortunately bicycles and sleighs are not allowed in the area.
We kindly ask for your understanding that dogs (including on a leash) and other animals are not admitted to the Christmas Garden. This does not apply to certified assistance dogs.
All your creature comforts are catered for with hot and cold food as well as beverages along the trail. The offer includes sweet as well as hearty food. Here you can find further information.
Hygiene Concept and Public Security
With an increased security and steward staff as well as a professional admission organisation, we take the security requirements which have been tightened over the past years into due account on the basis of current standards as well as the hygiene and distancing recommendations (more information). In the interests of a quick admission, we kindly ask you not to take along large bags.
Lost and Found
If you have lost something in the Christmas Garden, we kindly ask you to send us an email describing the lost item.
Parking Spaces and Public Transport
We advise you to use public transportation since there is only a limited number of chargeable parking spaces around the Christmas Garden.
Please note that the Christmas Garden ticket does not include public transportation.
Prams and Handcarts
All trails are suitable for prams. Handcarts are not available for hire on site, but can be brought along and taken onto the area.
All information on admission and opening hours can be found here.
The (non-guided) tour is recommended trail and is approximately 2 kilometers long. Depending on your time of stay it takes approximately 45 minutes to 1.5 hours. Of course you can have breaks on your way and extensively admire our installations or stay longer at our photo points. Toilets and catering are likewise available along the way.
Visitors with Disabilities
Adult visitors with disabilities need a ticket for adults. Children with disabilities need a ticket for children. Upon presentation of a severely disabled person’s identity card (mark B), an accompanying person will receive free entry to the Christmas Garden. The accompanying person does not receive a ticket, and must first fill out a form to record visitor data in order to trace possible chains of infection. Only then can the accompanying person pass through the entrance with the visitor.
The path is barrier-free and therefore wheelchair accessible. There are handicapped accessible toilets on the site.
Weather and Clothing
Christmas Garden Köln takes place at any weather – including rain. You should be aware of this when purchasing a ticket. Any return of tickets in case of bad weather is unfortunately excluded as long as there is no acute danger for visitors. The Christmas Garden is an outdoor event. Please think of weatherproof clothing and solid footwear.