Set against the backdrop of the cathedral (Dom), Cologne’s landmark, the Christmas market “am Dom” presents craftsmen in 160 pavilions. The cathedral is not only here as a real building, but also as in ‘Dom-Speculatius’. The Neumarkt (new market) leads us into the realm of angels. In the warm light of the starry Christmas sky, we can wonder at the elaborately designed houses with artistically decorated gables, and an angel darts by from time to time. There’s a fairytale paradise for children on the Rudolfplatz. while things are more rustic in the historic old town, in the "Markt der Heinzel", which is dedicated to the ‘Heinzelmännchen’, the house gnomes from a famous Cologne legend. You will also be surprised by a romantic Christmas village idyll in the Cologne City Gardens (Stadtgarten). And, located directly on the Rhine, by the Chocolate Museum, you can immerse yourself in the maritime flair of the Harbour Christmas Market in the Rheinauhafen. Handicrafts related to the subjects of ports and sea voyages can be found in the pagoda tents, which are shaped like ships’ sails, and you can enjoy mulled wine (Glühwein) and the sailors in the “Trudel”, a three-masted wooden ship. Fall into the spirit of a real sailor’s Christmas with shanties, Christmas classics, pirate juggling and much more. Newly established in Cologne, between the Sparkasse bank and Westgate on Rudolfplatz square, is Christmas Avenue, the gay and lesbian Christmas market with shows and variety entertainment.
Christmas market - opening times:
24.11. - 23.12.2014
Daily 11am - 9pm
Christmas markets - opening times