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Wonderful Christmas in Cologne

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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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 a 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 voucher for the Afternoon Tea?

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 smallpresents from the pâtisserie will be available on December at the Excelsior Hotel Ernst, 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 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. 

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

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Goose menu & Goose at home

Goose time at the Hanse Stube

Finally it's time again: Goose time at Excelsior Hotel Ernst

The crispiest geese in town - our guests have always agreed on this - are available from us. Chef Joschua Tepner's team roasts the South Oldenburg free-range geese until they are golden-brown, tender and juicy. Watch the staff of the Hanse Stube as they celebrate the presentation of the roast goose and carve your goose with professional skill directly at the table. You will be served the classic side dishes such as potato dumplings, apple red cabbage, candied chestnuts and raisin stew apples. Round off your goose feast with a matching starter. Let it taste good to you!

Date: 30 October to 26 December 2020

Price: 58 € per serving

Time of day:
Until November 5th:

12pm to 2pm
6pm to 10pm

From 6 November:
12pm to 2.30pm
5pm to 8pm
8.15pm to 11pm 

Despite the high demand for our goose and this year's regulations, we would like to prepare an unforgettable goose dinner for you, as in previous years. For this reason we have set up the above mentioned time slots. Just choose your desired time slot and inform us about it when you make your reservation. 

We thank you for your understanding.

The goose at home

Also this year our famous Hanse Stuben Taxi will drive through the streets of Cologne again! Just be a guest in your own house: With the Hanse Stuben Taxi of the Excelsior Hotel Ernst you can take the popular goose with all the side dishes home or to the place of your choice.
For the perfect pleasure you give the goose for approx. ½ hour with 180° briefly into the oven. In addition to the classic side dishes, you will receive a glass of goose rillettes, as well as the recipe for finishing. Decide for yourself whether you prefer to receive your goose carved ready to serve or whole.
We are also happy to lend you crockery, glasses and cutlery. Please note that we can only accept orders for the Hanse Stuben Taxi for Christmas Eve and the Christmas holidays (December 24 to 26) until Friday, December 11.

We will gladly accept your order 48 hours before the desired delivery date. 

Date: November 1 to December 26, 2020
Price: 194 € per goose including all supplements plus 50 € delivery price within 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 or>>online.



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Enjoy the Excelsior Hotel Ernst Stollen at home

Enjoy the Excelsior Hotel Ernst Stollen at home

For decades the Excelsior Hotel Ernst has been famous for its traditional Stollen. In our patisserie, the Stollen is baked with a selection of the finest ingredients and the right portion of love: Marzipan, yeast dough, lemon and orange peel, raisins, almond slivers, butter as well as a special spice mixture make our Stollen so unique. Which spices we use for the Stollen remains a secret - the recipe has been kept in the hotel safe for generations.

This year, from November 27, 2020, we will not only sell our Stollen at the hotel, but will also send it to your home. You can choose between a large (about 1kg) and a small stollen (about 500gr).

The shipping costs within Germany are 7,49 EUR, within the 15,99 EUR and worldwide 36,99 EUR. Your order will be processed within 24 hours and will reach you after about 4-7 days (within Germany).

Pickup is free of charge: From November 27 to December 26, 2020, you can use your ticket to stop by the Excelsior Hotel Ernst and pick up your Stollen at any time.

For each stollen we donate 1 Euro to himmel & ääd

You can already (pre-)order your stollen for home. Please click here. 

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 of Advent from 12:00 to 3:00 pm.

90 Euro per person including all non-alcoholic beverages, selected white wine, red wine, beer and hot beverages
110 Euro per person including champagne

Christmas Brunch

25th & 26th December 2020 from 12:00 to 3:00 pm

98 Euro per person including all non-alcoholic beverages, selected white wine, red wine, beer and hot beverages
118 Euro per person including champagne

Children up to 5 years of age are free of charge
Children from 6 to 15 years of age pay 3 € per year


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

Concert Christmas

Enjoy an unforgettable evening!

Christmas Concert

'Coming home for christmas'

The tradition continues, once again in the exclusive atmosphere of Cologne's Excelsior Hotel Ernst! Steinway Artist Robin Meloy Goldsby and german actor Heike Bänsch present 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 13th, 2020

6:30 pm

95 € per person incl. winter 3-course menu, water, soft drinks, juices, hot drinks and excl. wine



(upon request and availability)

Your reservation

We look forward to your reservation via
phone: + 49 221 / 270 –3167 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. Choose 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, 6th 2020

2:30 pm

29 Euro per kid incl. St. Nicholas buffet, photo and small surprise
49 Euro per adult incl. classic Afternoon Tea

For Kids from 4 to 11 years




We are looking forward to your reservation

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