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The Cologne Christmas Market

Domkloster 4 | Cologne Cathedral, 50667 Cologne, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany
+49 221 7099970
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Wafting through Cologne, the scents of gingerbread, roasted chestnuts, and mulled wine hail the arrival of Kölner Weihnachtsmarkt, the city's festive annual Christmas market. Actually a collection of various markets around Cologne, the event begins the last Monday before Advent and runs for one month leading up to Christmas. The biggest and most festive market resides at the ornate Cologne Cathedral, where about 150 merrily decorated wooden booths serve up wintry treats and display artisanal crafts, such as colorful blown glass and intricate wood carvings. In the cathedral's square, children ride the carousel and visitors of all ages marvel at North-Rhine Westphalia's largest natural Christmas tree, lit by 50,000 LED lights.
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Domkloster 4 | Cologne Cathedral, 50667 Cologne, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We enjoyed some gluhwein (mit rum 😉) and ice skating! Market was crowded but everyone was on a good mood. Definitely worth a visit!

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Absolutely lovely experience. There’s different markets with different themes. Lots of similar stalls but all lovely to visit in the day of at night. The largest one is by the cathedral and is just lovely all lit up at night.

1  Thank 418amylw
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The market was really good, a large array of food on offer, great mulled wine to warm us up in the snow. The traders themselves were very friendly and appreciated that I tried to speak German.

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Reviewed 11 June 2018 via mobile

The city is utterly stunning. The Christmas markets are a sight to behold! My favourite market (because there are MANY) was the Angelmakt. Perfect Christmas adventures for families and couples. So many different types of food and drink to try and amazing for gifts. Fantastic...More

1  Thank Lollipops4u_44
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Reviewed 12 May 2018

The Cologne Christmas market is a lovely experience, the weather was brisk not freezing, the Gull wine hot and tasty, the people friendly and welcoming. Fantastic food choices and delicious sweets. The atmosphere fun, crowded but not a problem. Enjoy the Christmas spirit in a...More

1  Thank wendell01
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Reviewed 30 April 2018

Christmas markets in Cologne have pure Christmas spirit. I especially liked the Land of dwarfs - it was decorated so nicely!

1  Thank Anastasia K
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Reviewed 4 April 2018

I dislike Christmas a lot. But these markets are absolutely gorgeous, all the markets in Cologne are just perfect. Don't think about booking any restaurants whilst you're there, just snack your way around the markets - the food is exquisite.

2  Thank Tessa F
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Reviewed 26 February 2018

Visted here part of a trip to visit the christmas markets, we managed to visit 3 off the markets in cologne, and used the train that opperates picking up and dropping you off at each market, prices start from £3 euros, Cologne is one of...More

3  Thank clarky4910
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Reviewed 7 February 2018 via mobile

We have been to many Christmas Markets now but I must say that this place is amazing - there are 4 markets in total all are a must see and are within walking distance of each other or you can get the little train around...More

5  Thank bexbry
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Reviewed 31 January 2018

The best market of all was Markt der Engel (Angels Markets). Absolutely beautiful here - with really unique stalls with Christmas gifts actually worth buying. For a good waffle go to the stall with Cathedral shaped waffles and ask for extra chocolate sauce and cherries...More

2  Thank Liberty-Ivan
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virginiasuitcase
19 May 2018|
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Response from olgagonz32 | Reviewed this property |
It isn’t. Only from end of November until December 20th approximately.
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ianb71328
6 December 2017|
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Response from A J | Reviewed this property |
Not far at all you are right on the Rhine. There are many markets to wander round and it is a lovely place to visit. We have been to markets in Brussels and Bruges and this is far nicer. Understand Eurostar is now going... More
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wacislay
14 November 2017|
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Response from Laura Z |
Usually the christmas markets start after the last weekend of november. So I think in 2018 they will last from 26th November to 23rd December.
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