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Magical Christmas Time
at the Excelsior Hotel Ernst

Spend the Christmas time in Cologne

Enjoy the time before Christmas to the full and offer your family, friends and colleagues an unforgettable time at the festively decorated Excelsior Hotel Ernst. With their incomparable charme seven unique Christmas markets invite guests from all around the world to explore, look around and savour the festively decorated city center of Cologne. Get enchanted by the the scent of roasted almonds and hot mulled wine. Each market for itself offers a special experience in an individual setting. Starting November 21st, enjoy Christmastime in Cologne and discover the magic of the cathedral city.

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Festive days at the restaurants

Christmas menus

Christmas menu at taku

The taku team awaits you on Christmas Eve and during the Christmas holidays with a delicious menu:

oyster² [raw & fried] | fingerlime | cucumber

raw and fried tsarskaya oyster, garlic cream, cucumber stock and glaced fingerlime

thai bouillabaisse [for 2] | lobster | calamaretti

thai bouillabaisse by Mirko Gaul, red curry paste, coriander, lobster, garlic mayonnaise, roasted calamaretti, bouchot scallops, thai basil oil

brown crab [wan-tan] | tomato | lime

wan-tan filled with brown crab, thai-tomato-ragout, combava foam, coriander

turbot [roasted] | brussels sprout | black cardamom

roasted atlantic turbot, foam of black cardamom, cumin-potatoe-puree, brussels sprout leafs

siu mai [pork & shrimps] | crabs | shaoxing

steamed open dumplings with pork and shrimp filling, sautéed crabs, chives and soy sauce

lamb [crown] | edamame | chives

roasted lamb crown in chives crust, edamame, soy shiitake stock, roasted shiitake

short-rib [48 h] | shiitake | peas

48 hours cooked short rib, pea bagel, pea cream, soy butter stock, tsukemono vegetables

silken tofu | buckwheat | victoria pinaple

sphere and ice cream of silken tofu, sorbet and ragout of pineapple, mousse and chip of buckwheat

Price: 182.00 euro | per person
December 24th, 25th & 26th, 2016

Christmas Eve at Hanse Stube

On Christmas Eve, Executive Chef Tobias Koch awaits you with a menu in six courses served at the Hanse Stube and the Blauer Salon:

Amuse Bouche
Variation of foie gras with sauterne jelly and quince puree
Calf's tail essence with own praline and port wine
Lobster ravioli with crustacean foam
Tranche of saddle of local venison with cranberry jus, truffle foam, red cabbage puree, potatoe fondant and glazed turnips
Moelleux au chocolat with textures of pompon vanilla and pear
Pralines and Petit fours

Price: € 154.00 per person (menu in in six courses)
Dates: December 24th, 2016

Christmas holiday at Hanse Stube

Enjoy a menu in six courses on the Christmas holidays at the Hanse Stube and choose your preferred starter, soup and main course:

Amuse Bouche
Winterly ceviche of black king fish with saffron, anise, pomegranate and fig mustard
Terrine of quail and foie gras with winter pear
Calf's tail essence with rosehip ravioli
Atlantic turbot on leaf spinach with Béarnaise sauce
Tranche of saddle of local venison with cranberry jus, truffle foam, red cabbage puree, potatoe fondant and glazed turnips


Christmas goose with raisin-apples, red cabbage, chestnuts and potatoe dumplings
Moelleux au chocolat with textures of pompona vanilla and pear
Pralines und Petit Fours

Price: € 148.00 per person (menu in six courses)
Dates:  25th & 26th, 2016

Your Reservation

We are looking forward to your reservation.
phone: +49 221 / 270 -1

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Christmas presents
for your loved ones

Christmas presents

Christmas could be so easy if it was not so difficult to find the right present. Suddenly Christmas Eve is near and you ask yourself the question: What am I going to buy as perfect Christmas gift for my loved ones?

With the Excelsior Hotel Ernst Christmas presents the search for Christmas presents has come to an end. Just give away a little piece of luxury from the Excelsior Hotel Ernst. What do you think about a gift certificate for the Afternoon Tea inspired by Pierre Hermé?

We produce for almost every special occasion a personalized gift certificate like the famous Piano Brunch or a dinner at taku.

A wide range of small presents from the pâtisserie will be available on December at the Excelsior Hotel Ernst or at the Dom Christmas market, where you find the famous self-made Excelsior Christmas stollen, Christmas pralines or home-made marmalade.

Give away one glass of the original “Excelsior Hotel Ernst Dom honey”, which is harvest from more than 40.000 hard-working bees that reside on the roof of the hotel. Convince yourself and bring the Excelsior feeling to your family and friends. 

Your order

We are looking forward to your order.
phone +49 221 / 270 –1

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Weihnachten und der Advent sind im Excelsior Hotel Ernst wohl mit die schönste Zeit.
Advent in Cologne, Excelsior Hotel Ernst

Enjoy the advent season in Cologne!

Advent in Cologne

Christmas Feelings in Cologne!

The festively decorated Excelsior Hotel Ernst is the perfect place to start your tour across the numerous Christmas markets in Cologne.

We welcome you with a glass of housemade hot-spiced wine from our Piano Bar in the atmospheric hotel lobby, where you can marvel at the luminous Christmas tree. In your room, a delicious greeting from the Christmas bakery of our patisserie awaits you. Discover the little stands with your loved ones and do not miss the Excelsior Hotel Ernst stand at the Dom Christmas market, where you can taste the legendary Excelsior Christmas Stollen. Your stay becomes perfect with the rich Excelsior breakfast and the attentive service, so you leave the city relaxed and full of Christmas joy.

Services included

  • One overnight stay in a cozy room
  • Glass of welcoming mulled wine in our Piano Bar
  • Christmas greeting of our pâtisserie in your room
  • Excelsior Hotel Ernst breakfast buffet
  • Slice of Excelsior Christmas stollen at the Dom Christmas market


From 143.00 Euro per person in a Deluxe Double Room
(only bookable for double rooms)

All prices include the minibar, complimentary internet access through mobile devices, as well as service and VAT.

The package is valid from Sunday toThurday on request and availibilty from November 20thrd to December 23rd 2016.



(upon request and availability)

Advent in Cologne, Excelsior Hotel Ernst

Your reservation

We look forward to your reservation via
phone: + 49 221 / 270 –3220 or
e-Mail: reservation(at) »

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Gänsezeit Köln
Gänsezeit Köln
Gänsezeit Köln

Goose menu & Goose taxi

Goose dinner at the Hanse Stube

Traditions and customs during the Christmas seasons are highly preserved at the Excelsior Hotel Ernst. Therefore, the traditional 'goose season' starts again on November 1st, 2016.

For decades, the hotel guests describe the famous Excelsior goose served at the Hanse Stube as the crispiest one in the entire city. Enjoy this culinary highlight combined with classical side dishes like potato dumplings, red cabbage, candied chestnuts, braised apples filled with raisins and the jus of the goose.

Tobias Koch, Executive chef of the Hanse Stube, and his team prepare the Suedoldenburger goose until it becomes crispy and tender at the same time. The maître d'Hôtel, Stamos Harinos, personally carves the goose at the guests’ table in an exclusive and comfortable ambiance.

From November 1st to December 26th, 2016
12.00 am to 2.30 pm and 6.30 pm to 10.00 pm

€ 178.00 per goose including all side dishes
€ 46.00 per portion

'Goose Taxi'

The famous „Goose Taxi“ is back! Avoid the stress for the preparation of your goose menu and save time, since the Excelsior Hotel Ernst carries the delicious goose with all important side dishes at your home or at a place of your choice.

For the perfect consumption you just have to put the goose for half an hour at 180 degrees Celsius in the oven. Additionally you receive a glass of goose rilette as well as the recipe. You can decide if you prefer to get the goose carved and ready for serve or on the whole.

From November 1st to December 26th, 2016

Price :
€ 178.00 per goose, including all side dishes
€ 45.00 delivery costs within the area around Cologne

Goose dinner at the Hanse Stube

Please note a reservation for the goose dinner at the Hanse Stube is required. We are looking forward to your reservation.
phone: +49 221 / 270 -1

Goose taxi

The Excelsior team is pleased to take your order 48 hours (from Monday to Friday) before your preferred delivery. On public holidays we are deliver the goose from 10.00 am to 5.30 pm, upon request and availability. We are looking forward to your reservation. phone: +49 221 / 270 - 3163



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Excelsior Stollen
on the Christmas market

Excelsior Stollen at the Christmas market

As the only hotel in Cologne the Excelsior Hotel Ernst has its own stand at the famous Colgone Christmas market. Visit the beautiful Christmas market opposite Cologne Cathedral and try one piece of the Excelsior stollen!

For decades, Cologne's grand hotel is famous for this late medieval pastry. In the hotel’s bakery, the stollen is baked with a selection of the finest ingredients and the right portion of love: Marzipan, yeast dough, candied lemon and orange peel, sultana, almond slivers, butter as well as a special mixture of spices make this stollen so unique. Which spices are used for the stollen remains a secret. The recipe is kept safe for generations in the safe of the hotel.

Every year the owner, Charles Roulet, travels to Cologne personally to taste the stollen and to announce the start of the production. Real stollen fans do not want to miss the delicious pastry, since a self-made stollen means an unforgettable culinary experience. Advent without the Excelsior stollen is no real advent!

The Excelsior Hotel Ernst donates one euro for every sold Christmas stollen to the children hospital “Amsterdamer Straße” in Cologne. Other Christmas sweets as well as gift certificates are also available at the Excelsior Hotel Ernst stand at the Dom Christmas market.

How to find us

You can find us from November 21st to December 23rd, 2016 at stand number 92 at the Dom Christmas market.

Opening hours

Sunday to Wednesday:
from 11.00 am to 09.00 pm
Thursday to Friday:
from 11.00 am to 10.00 pm
from 10.00am to 10.00 pm

Advent Brunch

Advent & Christmas brunch

Our Brunches

Enjoy reflective hours with your loved ones at the pre-Christmas atmosphere of the Excelsior Hotel Ernst and discover the culinary delicacies of the festive brunch accompanied by live piano music on Sundays during the advent and the Christmas holidays. Delicious dishes are prepared directly in front of your eyes at live cooking stations and the pâtisserie presents a exquisite selection of sweet pleasures.

Advent Brunch

Every Sunday during the Advent, from 12.00 to 3.00 pm.

€ 84.00 per person including all non-alcoholic beverages, selected white wine, red wine, beer and hot beverages
€ 104.00 per person including champagne
€ 114.00 per person including rose champagne

Christmas Brunch

25th & 26th December 2016, from 12.00 to 3.00 pm.

€ 94.00 per person including all non-alcoholic beverages, selected white wine, red wine, beer and hot beverages
€ 114.00 per person including champagne
€ 124.00 per person including rose champagne


We are looking forward to your reservation.
phone: +49 221 / 270 -1

Concert Christmas

Concert Cologne

Enjoy an unforgettable evening!

Christmas Concert

The tradition continues, once again in the exclusive atmosphere of Cologne's Excelsior Hotel Ernst! Steinway Artist Robin Meloy Goldsby presents a charming evening of solo piano music and stories. The English/German program offers a musical journey through the month of December, perfect for ushering in the holiday season with humor, grace, and love.

December 11th, 2016

6:30 pm

€ 98.00 per person

including a reception after the concert, a winterly three course menu, corresponding wines, beer, soft drinks and coffee



(upon request and availability)

Advent in Cologne, Excelsior Hotel Ernst

Your reservation

We look forward to your reservation via
phone: + 49 221 / 270 –3220 or
e-Mail: reservation(at) »

Santa Claus Afternoon Tea

St. Nicholas is visiting the Excelsior Hotel Ernst

St. Nicholas Afternoon Tea

The great Christmas tree in the hotel lobby with hundred lights, fabulous decorated rooms and festive atmosphere welcome you to the St. Nicholas Afternoon Tea at the Excelsior Hotel Ernst. A variety of Christmas delicacies especially for children including hot chocolate and delicious cookies awaits the children at their own Christmas buffet. Of course, St. Nicholas visits the Excelsior Hotel Ernst himself to surprise the children with kind texts and little gifts. To make this afternoon perfect, every child gets a memory photo with St. Nicholas.

We invite parents and grandparents to join their kids and enjoy a classic Afternoon Tea. As the only partner in Germany, the Excelsior Hotel Ernst serves the macarons of Pierre Hermé, the famous French pastry chef, who was awarded to be the world’s best patisserie in 2016. Chose a tea from our great tea variety and be delighted by sweet and savory dishes like scones with clotted cream and jam, sandwiches with smoked salmon, cucumber and ham, English tea cake and small brownies.


December, 3rd 2016


3 pm


Children from 4 to 11 years

24 Euro per person incl. St. Nicholas buffet, photo and small surprise


46 Euro per person incl. classic Afternoon Tea inspired by Pierre Hermé




We are looking forward to your reservation

via phone +49 (0) 221 / 270 - 1

baroque special treat


Culinary and concert
with Cecilia Bartoli

Baroque Delectation

Together with the Cologne philharmonic, we present the sequel of “Culinary and concert”: A dinner menu with introduction to the concert and afterwards as the highlight the wonderful Cecilia Bartoli.

Start the night at 6 pm at the Excelsior Hotel Ernst with an elegant drinks reception. Enjoy a delicious three-course menu and get an introduction to the concert. Cecilia Bartoli and “Le Musicien du Prince – Monaco” will present you arias from Georg Friedrich Händel. The fantastic voice of Cecilia Bartoli and her stage presence making her show so wonderful and heart-warming. She has a special sense for musical discoveries, so you can be excited about what we are going to hear.

You get the program and you ticket for first class seats during the dinner so you can get in the right mood for the concert, which starts at 8 pm. The Excelsior Hotel Ernst and the Cologne philharmonic will be delighted to welcome you to this evening. Drinks, menu, introduction and concert are coming together in one arrangement.


November 19th, 2016


6 pm


266,00 EUR per person


We are looking forward to your reservation
via phone +49 221 / 270 -1

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Christmas bakery for kids

Christmas bakery for kids

Children love it and during the Pre-Christmas season it plays a crucial role: Cookie baking!

It sweetens up the waiting time until Christmas day and especially youngsters have fun kneading the dough with their hands before rolling it out, excitedly looking through the oven window and smelling the wonderful scent of freshly baked cookies.

There is no limit to imagination and creativity whilst colorfully decorating the pastry. At the Excelsior Hotel Ernst little sugar bakers make it big! With pastry chef Nadine Gemeinder youngsters have the opportunity to whip up, taste and of course take home sweet Christmas treats in the time before Christmas.

Enjoy a relaxed shopping tour in Cologne city center, while your child produces small delicacies with rolling pin, cookie cutters and icing. By the way: self-made cookies are perfect presents for grandparents, aunts and uncles.

December 10th, 2016, 10:00 am to 1:00 pm and 2:30 pm to 5:30 pm

For children from 4 to 9 years
Price: € 55.00


We are looking forward to your reservation.
phone: +49 221 / 270-1