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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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"christmas market"
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago 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

3  Thank bexbry
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

My lastest annual Christmas market visit. Loved the Koln ones with plenty of great food and drink and as always in Germany a well behaved crowd with plenty of families. Impressive selection of hand crafted decorations, clothes etc. The only thing that I would say...More

Thank NB1957
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Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

What a magnificent place ! We came here at least three times , and never enough! Tasty gluhwein, wurst and the best atmosphere , would love to go there again!

1  Thank EmmaMontreal1
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Reviewed January 17, 2018

Lovely market, plenty of stalls including gluhwein but much the same as any other Christmas market across Europe. The large stage with groups performing music was the best part. The music was good and very well played. A very nice place to visit and pass...More

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Reviewed January 17, 2018

Beautiful markets, loved that different parts of town had different markets and themes. Super scenic city by day and great atmosphere. Really enjoyed the experience would recommend it to all ages. Also really nice city to shop in

Thank Jennifer D
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Reviewed January 16, 2018

4 star Dusseldorf and Cologne Xmas market trip 11th My friend and I booked this trip for my birthday as I don't live in the UK so don't see much of her we decided to have a few days away to celebrate. We usually take...More

Thank Julie B
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Reviewed January 16, 2018

We are experienced river cruisers and always wanted to try this cruise for the famous Christmas markets. One must accept the weather in Dec. Ours was rainy and chilly every day for the entire week. The markets in Cologne were lovely as described above. However,...More

1  Thank NancyVA1950
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Reviewed January 13, 2018 via mobile

Went to a couple of the markets....Liked the Angel Market the best...The decoration and lighting was soo beautiful...The market near the Cologne Cathedral was good too...The one near the chocolate museum was okay...less food and more things to see and buy. Overall the markets were...More

2  Thank Aswathy J
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Reviewed January 12, 2018

Firstly there are multiple markets in Cologne but we stuck to the three in the "old" town. The one by the Catherdral is quite glitzy and had music acts playing on a stage. There were lots of interesting eating and drinking options but it is...More

1  Thank Gerard K
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ianb71328
December 6, 2017|
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Response from Kathleen S | Reviewed this property |
The Market closest to the Dom is two minutes from the river. Have a great time!
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wacislay
November 14, 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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November 13, 2017|
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Response from aknuts | Reviewed this property |
We went to several German markets including Cologne. The people in all the markets were wonderful to us. I think you could visit this market by yourself and have a good time. It is a smaller market but there are also a... More
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