Another year at the Cologne Christmas Markets

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A visit to our favourite festive destination

Germany, we're returning, and we still believe

I can hear what you are saying, “why return to the same town every year, with the same markets and the similar festivities?”

Koln, or Cologne, Christmas bauble from the Christmas markets

We love Cologne


But it isn’t like that honestly, yes, we are creatures of habit and each year when we arrive, which is usually around early afternoon, we head straight for 25-metre-high (82 feet) Christmas tree, with the towering cathedral beyond.

The Dom towers over the Christmas Market, Cologne, Germany

The Dom towers over our first Christmas Market,

On our doorstep

However, in our defence, the hotel we choose to stay at in Cologne is the Eden Hotel Früh am Dom, right in the heart of the city and directly opposite the Dom (cathedral).

Alpenpower and Glühwein, Cologne, Germany

Alpenpower and Glühwein - No prizes for guessing who has the one with cream on it!

So, what does that mean?  Well it means we are a hop, skip and a jump away from the historical Dom Market and our first bratwurst & glühwein.

Another sausage from the markets in Cologne, Germany

A sausage to start with...

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Did you know?

From Calais to Cologne it is only around 260 miles (420km) and should take around 4 to 4 ½ hours, weather dependent (as snow is sometimes a factor).

If you're interested in driving why not check out our 'Your first German Christmas Market by car' post

Now there are seven

Although, over the years that we have been visiting Cologne, we do often see or do similar things, however; times do change, for us every year is different.

Illuminated trees at the Elf Christmas Markets Cologne, Germany

Illuminated trees at the 'Market of the Elves'

The markets have continually evolved, and now in Cologne, there are seven Christmas markets sprinkled around the city, which all have their own unique theme.

Booking tip

Book early as these markets are very popular.

The one with the Cathedral

The Dom and the Christmas tree, Cologne, Germany

The Dom and the Christmas tree

Cologne’s centrepiece is Weihnachtsmarkt am Dom which the cathedral looks down upon; it is a festival of little red wooden cabins, draped with hundreds of tiny lights, which gives the effect of a twinkling parasol

Crowds under the blanket of lights, Cologne, Germany

Gathering under the blanket of lights for a carol concert

Something to make your travels easier?

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Somewhere that you return to, and it changes each time? Do you love the Christmas markets too?

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