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  • Fairy lights and Christmas markets bring winter magic to the city

    Fairy lights and Christmas markets bring winter magic to the city

  • Cologne Christmas Market

    Cologne Christmas Market

  • A variety of stalls selling interesting and unusual gifts

    A variety of stalls selling interesting and unusual gifts

  • Cologne Dom & Deutzer Bridge

    Cologne Dom & Deutzer Bridge

  • Cologne Cathedral

    Cologne Cathedral

Christmas Markets » German Christmas Markets » Cologne Christmas Market

Cologne 2014 Christmas Markets will take place between 24 November - 23 December 2014

Prices start from £299 per person for a two night stay in 3* Hotel Cristall. Includes flights from London Gatwick to Cologne.

A wide range of other hotels are available. Please see our winter brochure or call Fred.\ for up to date pricing* for Cologne Christmas Markets.

Cologne Christmas Market Cologne Christmas Market

The Cologne Christmas markets give visitors the choice of 6 main markets each with individual charm to choose from. The biggest market takes place in the Old Town under the glow of the Cathedral and its magnificent gothic towers.

This particular market attracts millions of visitors each year and features over 120 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 "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 and is a perfect place to take the kids.

Christmas Markets in Cologne

Cologne Christmas Market Cologne Christmas Market

Another worthwhile visit if you like something slightly more unique is the Fairytale Christmas market in Cologne situated at Rudolfplatz. The whole market is themed around the tales of the Brothers Grimm such as Hansel and Gretel, Cinderella, Snow White and Rumpelstiltskin. There are many short breaks available with Cologne city breaks a popular holiday choice for thousands of visitors each year. 

As well as the beautiful market at Cologne Cathedral, there is also the Christmas Market of Angels at Neumarkt, 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.

Fred.\ can tailor-make almost any itenerary to suit your needs and to ensure that you have the perfect holiday. Whether you prefer to fly, travel by train or other means Fred.\ has options available for you. The price stated includes flights from London; however, if you prefer to book your own flights; Fred.\ can organise airport parking, transfers and hotel only packages for you.

Want to visit more than one Christmas market or city centre? Fred.\ can tailor-make your itinerary to suit your needs and find the hotel, which is perfect for you. The majority of our hotels are via DERTOUR, one of the biggest hotel contractors in Europe and offers a wide choice of star ratings and locations.

Cologne Christmas Markets Map

 Nearby markets worth visiting

  • Aachen: 40 minutes.
  • Düsseldorf: 25 minutes.
  • Bonn: 20 minutes.
  • Koblenz: 1 hour.
  • Linz (am Rhein): 1 hour.

 Useful information

  • 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

* Valid for the duration of the Christmas Market only. Including flights from London to Cologne, prices subject to change.

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Our Cologne Hotel Recommendations

Maritim Hotel Cologne 4*

Why we like it: The glass-covered hotel hall with exclusive boutiques and elegant restaurants. Location: On the bank of the river Rhine and in walking distance of the historic old town. Features: Restaurant, bar, lift, fitness area, indoor pool, sauna, parking. Accommodation: 454 spacious and air-conditioned rooms with en suite facilities, satellite TV, telephone, minibar, safe, Wi-Fi. (Wheelchair accessiblerooms are available).
2 night package
from £359pp
Hotel Only
from £68pppn

Tryp by Wyndham Köln City Centre 4*

Why we like it: Great location in a quiet part of Cologne. Location: This first class hotel with spacious rooms is ideally located in Central Cologne and just a short walk from the main Cathedral, and many of the cities museums and restaurants. Features: Lift, bar, terrace, fitness area, sauna, parking. Accommodation: : 85 rooms with en suite facilities, satellite TV, telephone, minibar, safe, Wi-Fi.
2 night package
from £309pp
Hotel Only
from £52pppn

Hotel Cristall 3*

Why we like it: A boutique hotel with a homely feel. Location: Within walking distance of Cologne Cathedral, central station, river front, major museum and the pedestrianised shopping centre. Features: Hotel bar, free Wi-Fi in lobby. Accommodation: 97 rooms all with en suite facilities, minibar, hairdryer, satellite TV, telephone.
2 night package
from £299pp
Hotel Only
from £50pppn
All prices are guide prices in £ per person based on a weekend rate for 2 adults sharing a standard room with breakfast. They include flights from London to Cologne.

24 November 2014 - 23 December 2014

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Approx. 1.1million


Germany/North Rhine-Westphalia

Time Difference

+1 hr

Dial Code

+49 (Germany)


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Getting around

Good network of trams, buses, U-Bahn and S-Bahn trains which operate through the whole city at reasonable rates.

Cologne-Bonn Airport

15min train journey to Cologne's main central station.

Flight Time from London

1hr 30min

Rail time from London

4hrs 30 mins

All the big department stores and designer shops can be found on Hohe Strasse and Schildergasse. A variety of stylish boutiques are located on Ehrenstrasse and Breite Strasse, while Mittelstrasse and Pfeilstrasse are popular for their exclusive designer outlets. Cologne is also emerging as the capital of contemporary art in Germany, and lately the city seems to be brimming with galleries.

Main shopping areas:


The most popular shopping street of the city with many fashion and shoe shops.

Neumarkt Passage

For more exclusive shops head to Neumarkt Passage at Neumarkt Square.


Apostelnstrasse is a small, yet elegant shopping street in the heart of Cologne.

Department Store:

Peek & Cloppenburg

One of Germany's leading clothing retailer situated in a very uniquely designed building.

Früh am Dom

This Cologne favourite by the Dom is a great choice to get a taste of traditional German dining. Enjoy a local brew and dine on hearty Rhineland meals of meats and vegetables. Locals say every visitor to the city must eat at least one meal here to get a flavour of the city.

Weinhaus Brungs

This restaurant is located in Cologne's city centre with a beautiful wooden interior and a leafy open-air terrace serving excellent Rhine and Moselle wines as well as tasty regional cuisine.

Café Extrablatt

A very popular restaurant with locals and tourists alike in the heart of Cologne. The Sunday brunch will fill you up until supper.

Cologne Cathedral

The enormous Gothic Cathedral 'Kölner Dom' is not only one of the city's most distinctive attractions, but is also Germany's most visited attraction. You can climb the 519 steps to the top of the spire for a closer look of the handcrafted stone work on the exterior, as well as a panoramic view of the city.

Cologne Old Town

The many colourful houses and narrow cobbled streets of Cologne's charming Old Town as well as the countless restaurants, bars and shops make this part of the city one of the most popular places to spend some time.

Rhine Promenade

Stroll along the Rhine and have a Kölsch (local beer) in one of the typical breweries along the way.

Cologne Philharmonie

This impressive building reveals Cologne's avid love for music. Located in the city centre, it is well worth a visit to take in the atmosphere and beauty of this magnificent concert hall.

Museum Ludwig

This stunning museum is the home of one of the world's largest collections of the works of Pablo Picasso. The museum is also home to a great collection of modern art from Dalí to Warhol. The American Pop Art collection rivals the Guggenheim Museum in New York.

The Chocolate Museum

Satisfy your sweet tooth discovering 3000 years of chocolate history. The finale is a 10ft high chocolate fountain.


This is the Old Town which features picturesque houses, narrow cobbled streets and the famous Fish Market.

House of Fragrances 4711

One of the world's most famous perfumes has its home in Cologne - 4711 Original Eau de Cologne. Visit the original store and museum at Glockengasse or take part in on of their fragrance workshops.

Art Galleries:

Galerie der Spiegel

The gallery that launched Cologne as a centre for art.

Galerie Michael Werner

An excellent gallery for both modern and experimental art which sells contemporary European, particularly German, painters. 


As one of Germany's main cultural centres, Cologne has a variety of fine arts and nightlife options. With more than 70 clubs, most of them open into the early hours, countless bars, restaurant and breweries, there is something for everyone. No other German city has as many pubs per head.

The main nightlife areas are the Old Town, the Friesen Quarter around Friesenplatz, the fashionable Belgian Quarter, Südstadt district around Alteburger Strasse and the multicultural up-and-coming district of Ehrenfeld.

Klimperkasten: An intimate jazz and piano bar with live music every night.

Papa Joe's Jazzloka: The most popular day for this jazz club is Sunday with live music starting at 4pm.

Päffgen Bräuhaus: A 110-year-old bar, which serves the famous regional beer along with hearty regional cuisine. 

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