Cologne Christmas Market
The Cologne Christmas markets give visitors the choice of 7 main markets each with individual charm to choose from.
The Christmas Market at the Cologne Cathedral takes place against the backdrop of the Gothic Cathedral, you will find a fascinating array of high-quality arts & crafts with many gift ideas, delicious food and drinks as well as more than one hundred stage events under the resplendent starlight tent. This particular market attracts millions of visitors each year and features over 150 stalls. Located in the shadow of one of the biggest Christmas trees in the world with live music complimenting the sound of the cathedral bells this Christmas market is sure to melt even Scrooge's heart.
Located within the ancient walls of the Old Town is the "Heimat der Heinzel" or "home of the elves" market which according to Cologne fable was originally where many elves lived. The market takes on the enchanting story based upon these little master craftspeople with the stalls selling a wonderful range of hand crafted gifts, puppets and toys. The elves keep a watchful eye over the market as statues are placed on every stall. This market features a beautiful hand crafted carousel, ice-skating rink and is a perfect place to take the kids.
Another worthwhile visit if you like something slightly more unique is the Santa's Village Christmas market at Rudolfplatz. This market is situated near the Neumarkt, at Rudolfplatz. Not only does it look like Santa's Village it also features a walkthrough house of Santa and a factory in which children can create presents and a Christmas bakery. With its reindeers and elves this Christmas market is very appealing to kids.
As well as the beautiful market at Cologne Cathedral, there is also the Christmas Market of Angels at Neumarkt, offering many stalls with arts and crafts and tasty food and thy have many attractions for kids e.g. angels which ride through the crowd, and the Cologne Harbour Christmas Market right in front of Cologne's famous Chocolate Museum. With about 80 white marquee pagoda tents, culinary delicacies and pirate shows creating an elegant nautical atmosphere.
The Christmas Avenue is Colognes first gay and lesbian Christmas market. The market offering colourful stalls is located in the centre of the "scene-quarter" Bermuda Triangle near the Rudolfplatz. The market offers quality products, culinary delights and especially cabaret and shows in a sparkling and atmospheric ambient. Everyone is welcome to celebrate the wonderful Christmas time together.
The Christmas market at Stadtgarten is located in the city garden and it has a romantic and cozy atmosphere. Many of the products are hand made. This Christmas market combines different characteristics: Dynamical artful, attractively different, ingeniously stylish and yet bound to nature and tradition.
There are many short breaks available with Cologne city breaks a popular holiday choice for thousands of visitors each year.
Nearby markets worth visiting
- Aachen: 40 minutes.
- Düsseldorf: 25 minutes.
- Bonn: 20 minutes.
- Koblenz: 1 hour.
- Linz (am Rhein): 1 hour.
- Flight time from London: 1hr 15mins
- Koln - Bonn Airport: 15km from the city centre, transfer time about 40min by train.
- Nearest Railway station: Koln
- Currency: Euro
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