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?”
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 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 - 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.
A sausage to start with...
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 '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.
The one with the Cathedral
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
Gathering under the blanket of lights for a carol concert
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