Advent magic spreads throughout Cologne’s Old Town when idyllic Christmas markets open their brightly illuminated gates in late November. More than 160 stalls offer a large scale of traditional goods and handcrafted gifts. Each one has its own flair. Their sparkling lights and peaceful atmosphere attract millions of visitors from all over the world every year.
Wonderful spicy aromas of cinnamon stars, baked apples and roasted almonds fill your nose. Soak in this good old festive ambiance and take a Christmas stroll past lovingly decorated stalls and enticing half-timbered huts. Rummage through charming gifts to find some rare treasure: pipe-smoking wooden “Räuchermännchen”, nutcrackers, nativity figures and other appealing Christmas decoration. Young and old can look pewter pourers, wreath binders glassblowers and a blacksmith over their shoulders when they demonstrate their art.