Cologne Christmas Markets

Cologne Christmas Markets city breaks

This decorative German city has a classic, Christmassy atmosphere oozing with charm. From the elaborate illuminations to the marvellous decorations, you're sure to feel festive. Experience stunning markets, indulge in hearty cuisine and gaze at the ornate stonework of this spectacularly beautiful place.
Cologne Cathedral Market (Nov-Dec)*

Cologne Cathedral Market (Nov-Dec)*

You’ll be met with a breathtaking display the minute you reach the market at Cologne’s magnificent Cathedral. Guaranteed to get you feeling Christmassy, the rows of red wooden stalls, the twinkling tree and of course the colossal Cathedral itself will really dazzle.

Harbour Christmas Market (Nov-Dec)*

Harbour Christmas Market (Nov-Dec)*

Held in the beautiful Cologne Harbour, right next to the chocolate museum, this stunning market is a lively scene of activity during the weeks leading up to Christmas. Marvel at the gorgeous boats before exploring the pointed-roof tents, filled with crafts and gift ideas.

Markt der Engel (Nov-Dec)*

Markt der Engel (Nov-Dec)*

Make your way to the Neumarkt in central Cologne where you will find the Market of Angels – the oldest in the city. Explore the pretty white huts selling gifts galore and move between the chattering tourists. This angel-themed market is a truly enchanting place.

Nikolausdorf Market (Nov-Dec)*

Nikolausdorf Market (Nov-Dec)*

Wander the wonderland of Rudolfplatz’s fairy-tale market. Bright lights, beautiful decorations and the surrounding sights create the perfect setting for a seasonal stroll. Check out the festival stage where you’ll find various acts and events happening throughout the day.

Old Town Market (Nov-Dec)*

Old Town Market (Nov-Dec)*

A traditional treat for adults and kids alike, the Old Town market is also known as ‘The Home of the Gnomes’ after the story of the little helpers who assisted the city to prepare for Christmas. Enjoy the sound of carols, hunt for souvenirs or glide around the ice rink.

Stadtgarten Market (Nov-Dec)*

Stadtgarten Market (Nov-Dec)*

A quieter option if you’re looking to steer away from the busy crowds, Stadtgarten Christmas market is held in the municipal garden. Festive music creates an idyllic atmosphere as you discover unique finds amongst the pretty stalls.

*All dates subject to change

Hyatt Regency Koln

Hyatt Regency Koln

Cologne City, Cologne Christmas Markets

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  • Great for sightseeing
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Excelsior Hotel Ernst

Cologne City, Cologne Christmas Markets

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  • Great for luxury
  • 170m from Cologne Cathedral
  • 260m from the nearest train station
  • Multiple award-winning gourmet restaurant
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1. Days of discovery
You can always come in from the cold in Cologne, thanks to the fascinating museums in the city. Take a break from the markets and make your way to Museum Ludwig to see works by Picasso, Warhol and Lichtenstein.
2. Love is in the air
Indulge in the romantic tradition of a ‘love lock’ at Hohenzollern Bridge. Take your other half to the famous bridge and attach a padlock as a symbol of your unbreakable love!
3. Take to the water
What better way to see the city than by sailing down the River Rhine? Float past famous landmarks and experience Cologne from every angle.
4. Spiritual sights
There’s every opportunity to get into the spirit of Christmas at Cologne’s many religious buildings, too. As well as the Gothic marvel of the Cologne Cathedral, the city features twelve Romanesque churches.
5. Glittering nights
The local favourite of egg or apple punch is a fantastic way to celebrate nights spent at Cologne’s Christmas markets.
6. Chocolate galore!
Even the words ‘Chocolate Museum’ are enough to tantalise the taste buds, but step inside and enter a place of dreams!

Language

German

Currency

Euro

Time difference

+1hr

Cost of a beer

£2.80 / €3.15

48-hour travel card

£16 / €18

Three course meal

£44.15 / €49.50

M T W T F S S
Leeds Bradford
  • No flights
  • Summer only
  • Winter only
  • All year round

*We have a one-off Christmas Market flight to Cologne from Leeds Bradford on 07 December 2018