Cologne Cathedral / Kölner Dom / Hohe Domkirche St. Peter und Maria, Germany (Köln Deutschland)
 
Cologne, Germany (Köln Deutschland)
 
Pascha Laufhaus in Cologne / (Köln Rotlichtviertel Deutschland)
 
Cologne, Germany (Köln Deutschland)

 

Cologne Red Light District / Kölner Rotlichtviertel                           

Prior to 1972 there were a number of red light streets in Cologne similar to what you find today in Amsterdam. Two of which, Kleine Brinkgasse and Im Stavenhof are shown on my map below. Even though they were relatively small the city authorities decided they would no longer be tolerated. There were demonstrations and even a legal appeal but the decision stood. Today those streets look very different and Kleine Brinkasse has certainly gone upmarket. Rather than have the girls working on the street though the city allowed two purpose built Dirnenwohnheime (prostitutes dormitories) at Hornstrasse 2 and Hornstrasse 87 on the outskirts of Cologne. Details and photos of Pascha and Das Bordell can be found lower down the page.
In Cologne there are also a number of adult shops, regular brothels and I believe a street walker zone but no longer a red light district as such.

Getting there.
Cologne Bonn Airport (Flughafen Köln/Bonn) is 15km South East of Cologne's city centre. There are regular flights from many locations.
If you are taking the train from Amsterdam there are several options. If you want to do it fast and with no changes I would recommend the direct ICE trains. These run every two hours and a return journey will be about 50 Euros though it does vary a lot depending on the time you go and how far in advance you book. The journey takes around 2 hours 40 mins.
Once in Cologne I would recommend walking to Pascha and Das Bordell (as I did). This way you get to see a large part of the city and it only takes about an hour. Those wishing to preserve their energy though can take a 4 minute train journey from the main station - Köln Hbf  to Köln-Nippes. The remaining distance can be walked in about 5 minutes. Please be aware that taxi's will most likely charge you above the odds if you ask for these places.
 
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The map above shows the locations of Pascha, Das Bourdell, Cologne's main station (Köln Hauptbahnhof or Köln Hbf) plus two red light streets which were closed in the early 70s.
It also shows (blue markers) a hand picked selection of Cologne hotels. The first four are the closest ones to Pascha and Das Bordell. The rest were chosen because they received an average reviewer score of over 8.5. For information on individual hotels use the list to the left. For all Cologne hotels click banner below or use search function.


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Pascha

After the city authorities closed down the red light streets in 1972, a Dirnenwohnheime (prostitutes dormitory) was built for the girls to work in a safe environment away from residential areas. It was the first ever high rise brothel. At the time it was called Eros Centre which is a name commonly used in Germany for these types of buildings. In 1995 it changed hands and was given the name Pascha. Today it remains the biggest 'brothel' in Europe.
My site is about red light districts and not individual brothels. However Pascha doesn't really operate like a brothel and is more like a huge multi level indoor red light district. You pay around 5 Euros to enter and then you can walk around the long corridors on your own as you please. Each girl has a rented room and will sit on a stool or stand by their door. They will chat for a while but it won't be long before they will try to entice you in.
The floor plans below are based on internet research including what I could see in videos (plans on walls etc). I came across several contradictions so I cannot guarantee accuracy. It is claimed that there are 126 rooms on 7 floors yet I made 176 on 8 so something is clearly wrong. Obviously there is a ground floor and I know there is a floor 7 (All transsexuals so shown as blue) and I don't remember any blank floors inbetween when I visited in 2007.  
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This video gives a rare glimpse inside Pascha. In 2011 they organised a tour for women who would not normally be allowed inside unless they worked there. Managers Annemarie Haupert and Armin Lobscheid shows the group of women various parts including the fantasy theme room (themenzimmer) and explains how the place operates.

Pascha Laufhaus, Cologne, Germany (Köln Rotlichtviertel Deutschland)Pascha at Hornstrasse 2 in 2007. Apart from the poster nothing has changed

 

 
Pascha Laufhaus, Cologne, Germany (Köln Rotlichtviertel Deutschland)This poster was put on the side of Pascha to celebrate the 2006 Fifa World Cup which was held in Germany. However it caused great offense to many Muslims since it has the flags of all competing nations including those of Saudi Arabia and Iran. The flags of these countries were therefore blacked out.

Pascha Laufhaus, Cologne, Germany (Köln Rotlichtviertel Deutschland)The entrance to Pascha

 

 
Pascha Laufhaus, Cologne, Germany (Köln Rotlichtviertel Deutschland)The corridors of Pascha resemble those of a posh hotel. Unfortunately I was unable to snap any of the rooms. They are quite lavish with a variety of styles.

Pascha Laufhaus, Cologne, Germany (Köln Rotlichtviertel Deutschland)Everywhere there are reminders that this is an adult venue.

 

Das Bordell and Pascha Laufhaus, Cologne, Germany (Köln Deutschland)This was taken from Cologne Cathedral (Hohe Domkirche St. Peter und Maria) and shows both Pascha and Das bordell in the distance immediately under the arrow.

 

Das Bordell

Das Bordell was "put into operation" in 1997. I assume this means it changed hands and name since I believe the building itself was constructed in the early 70s. Das Bordell is a kind of down market version of Pascha. The entrance is free and again you can simply walk round and chat to the girls with little formality. The decor is somewhat different though and it's basic tiled floors and walls kind of look like a prison's.
 

Das Bordell Laufhaus, Cologne, Germany (Köln Rotlichtviertel Deutschland)Across the road from Pascha is Das Bordell.

 

 
Das Bordell Laufhaus, Cologne, Germany (Köln Rotlichtviertel Deutschland)The entrance to Das Bordell.

Das Bordell Laufhaus, Cologne, Germany (Köln Rotlichtviertel Deutschland)Just inside Das Bordell.

 

 
Das Bordell Laufhaus, Cologne, Germany (Köln Rotlichtviertel Deutschland)Just inside Das Bourdell

Das Bordell Laufhaus, Cologne, Germany (Köln Rotlichtviertel Deutschland)The rather cold looking corridors of Das Bourdell which kind of resembles a prison.

 

 
Das Bordell Laufhaus, Cologne, Germany (Köln Rotlichtviertel Deutschland)Das Bourdell entrance.

 

Other Random Photos

This is the high speed ICE train I took from Amsterdam to Cologne.

 

 
Cologne, Germany (Köln Deutschland)Looking down the Rhine from Cologne's Cathedral (Hohe Domkirche St. Peter und Maria).
 Colonius is a 266m telecommunications tower and Cologne's tallest structure, Germany (Köln Deutschland)
'Colonius' is a 266m telecommunications tower and Cologne's tallest structure. It was built in 1981 though only reached it's current height in the early 90's. It's revolving restaurant provided a great view of the city including those roof top parties at nearby Pascha. It was however closed in 1999.
 
Cologne's Cathedral (Hohe Domkirche St. Peter und Maria or Kölner Dom   Germany (Köln Deutschland)
Building of Cologne's Cathedral (Hohe Domkirche St. Peter und Maria or Kölner Dom) started in 1248. It continued until 1473 but then work stopped for 300 years. It was finally completed in 1880.  
An average of 20,000 people visit daily.

Cologne's Cathedral (Hohe Domkirche St. Peter und Maria or Kölner Dom) Germany (Köln Deutschland)
The main door to Cologne's massive cathedral. Apparently- "The main entrance shows the brittle repetitive nature of the 19th century decoration".
 
Cologne's Cathedral (Hohe Domkirche St. Peter und Maria or Kölner Dom) Germany (Köln Deutschland)
Inside's pretty big as well.

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