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Christmas in Cologne
Christmas Markets invite you to stroll
Advent is the time for Christmas markets and Cologne is, of course, no exception. From 22 November to 23 December 2021 the festively decorated and differently themed Cologne Christmas markets will again invite people to stroll, shop and explore.
The elaborately designed Christmas markets with different focuses are all worth a visit!
In the heart of the city, the "Christmas Market at the Cathedral" awaits its visitors at the foot of the impressive cathedral with a huge decorated fir tree. Numerous strings of lights shining in a star shape over Roncalliplatz, delicious delicacies and a colorful Christmas stage program will once again attract countless visitors to Cologne.
Not far away, the rustic "Heinzels Wintermärchen" with a spectacular ice skating rink stretches across Alter Markt and Heumarkt. It is Cologne's largest Christmas market with about 140 stalls. Here you can find everything your heart desires and watch artisans from all over Europe at work.
Directly on the Rhine, picturesquely located next to the Chocolate Museum, the "Hafen-Weihnachtsmarkt" exudes maritime flair. Here everything revolves around Christmas, Cologne, the port and seafaring. In addition to the well-known delicacies, various fish specialties are offered in the Christmas-decorated pagoda tents. A varied entertainment program underlines the Christmas port atmosphere.
In the center of the larger shopping areas, the "Market of Angels" on Neumarkt presents itself under a magnificently illuminated starry sky. The 800 illuminated wooden stars in the trees above the market provide a special atmosphere. Relax and browse for gifts, Christmas tree ornaments, decorations, toys and much more. From a culinary point of view, the Market of Angels focuses on variety. And if you're lucky, you'll meet one of the 25 living angels.
Next door on Rudolfplatz, young and old alike will enjoy the "Santa Claus Village", a wonderful experience for the whole family. Especially the little ones are thought of, there is a children's program with handicrafts and painting in the St. Nicholas House.
Nearby, between Hahnenstrasse and Schaafenstrasse, the colorful and dazzling community Christmas market "Heavenue" opens its doors for the third time. Brightly colored market stalls promise the "Christmas paradise on earth".
On the edge of the popular and hip Belgian Quarter, people meet in Cologne's oldest park at the cozy "Christmas Market in the City Garden". The special charm and romantic atmosphere magically attracts Cologne residents as well as out-of-town visitors.
The Christmas Market Express is ideal for those who want to visit more than just one of Cologne's beautiful Christmas markets, even in wind and weather. The Christmas Market Express takes you directly to the central stops, which are located near four of the most beautiful Christmas markets. If you want to stay longer at one of the markets, you can continue the trip later with your round trip ticket.
- 22 November to 23 December 2021
- 21 November to 23 December 2022