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With a traditional Christmas market in the shadows of Cologne Cathedral and dazzling illuminations stretching along the banks of the Rhine River, Cologne pulls out all the stops for the holiday season. Here are a few ways to celebrate in style.
Visit the Christmas Markets
During the festive season, Cologne plays host to at least five Christmas markets, each offering something different than the last. Highlights include the Cologne Cathedral market—where local artisans sell their wares and the scent of mulled wine (hot glühwein) fills the air—the romantic Alter Markt in the heart of the Old Town, and the Cologne Harbour Christmas Market. Also noteworthy are Rudolfplatz and the family-friendly Stadtgarten Christmas Market, where nativity scenes are displayed on the edge of Cologne's oldest park.
Take a Christmas Cruise on the Rhine
Escape the hustle and bustle of the busy markets and celebrate Christmas in Germany with a Rhine River cruise. Admire sweeping views over top attractions such as the UNESCO World Heritage–listed Cologne Cathedral, the Old Town, and the marina of Rheinauhafen. You’ll also savor a delicious brunch buffet of hot and cold dishes and decadent desserts.
See the City Illuminated
Cologne is pretty at any time of year, but Christmas brings with it a whole new look and feel. Take a stroll through the historic streets and admire top attractions such as the Great St. Martin Church, which gets illuminated for the Advent season. Along the way, catch carol concerts and festive food stalls around town, and watch the city lights dancing on the Rhine River.
2 Cologne Christmas | All Cologne Tours
The exclusive tour only in the Christmas period! This special times brings magic Cologne city. Together with the professional local guide, you will visit the most beautifully decorated places. You will feel spellbound with the charming atmosphere in the streets which you can feel only this time of the year! What is the story of the Christmas tree? Who was the first to decorate it in the world? What magical things can happen during the Christmas period? Have you heard about Christmas spells? You will hear miraculous Christmas legends about Cologne city. You will visit the old-fashioned Christmas Market situated in Kölner Dom. What makes it so popular? What local products is must taste at Christmas? Fill your heart with the joy and experience magic of Cologne city.
The Christmas Market next to Aachen’s cathedral is the perfect place to get your Holidays groove on the move. Stroll through quaint town squares lighten up by the twinkling Christmas lights, while visiting the many wooden stalls selling spiced mulled wine, many hand made decorations, chocolate covered fruits, Aachener Printen (kind of gingerbread), roasted almonds and other local mouth watering delicacies. All that while enjoying a profound knowledge of the past and present of these Christmas traditions, well known by our local guide. Experience the joy of Christmas in the best place and step into the wonderful world of the Holidays.
Taking safety measures
Face masks required for travelers in public areas
Face masks required for guides in public areas
Social distancing enforced throughout experience
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