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Christmas Markets in Cologne

A White Christmas in Cologne

My notions of winter in Europe have been shaped by Hollywood movies. I expected to watch snowflakes romantically descend upon short winter days, and the cosy glow of Christmas trees in makeshift homes (think boutique hotels) to keep me warm. What surprised me on my December trip to Germany was the camaraderie and sheer revelry at the country’s famous Christmas markets, compelling enough to brave the single digit temperatures and rejoice over a white winter!

If the thought of Europe evokes images of quaint old churches in juxtaposition with hi-tech buildings, and old towns with cobbled streets and artistic cafes, a winter trip to Cologne only romanticizes those images further. Come December, chirpy little Christmas Markets pop up among the city’s most charming neighborhoods, and become the go-to place for the city’s locals. Colorful booths line the streets, selling traditional German and Christmas gifts, like the famous Räuchermännchen, a wooden toy that is an incense smoker in disguise. Food stalls serve up hash browns, frankfurters, crepes, and local delicacies. People gather around drinking glühwein, the famous mulled wine of Europe warmed with spices, chatting, warming up over some neighborhood gossip. Christmas music plays everywhere, and the night rings with the clinking of cups and prost. Such revelry!

At the Christmas Market on the Alter Markt in Cologne, local craftsmen and women demonstrate their talents with wood crafts, crystal painting and glass glazing; it is fascinating to observe the precision and pride that goes behind each little piece of work, and meet men and women who have come to these markets since they were little boys and girls. But the icing on the cake in a festive Cologne is its main market, which glitters in the dramatic backdrop of the city’s oldest and most charming cathedral; truly a European Christmas!

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We reached the most impressive Christmas Market in #cologne ! With the cathedral in the back you should not miss the Weihnachtsmarkt am Kölner Dom! #germanyxmas

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And what makes this Christmas Market so special? Well, the view of course and the fact that it has the biggest open air ice skating field in Germany!!! #cologne #germanyxmas

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We walked to the next Christmasmarket in #cologne! We're at the Rudolfplatz enjoying the historic scenery a lot! #germanyxmas

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Hello from #cologne! We are on our way to explore the christmasmarkets here! This is is the entrance of the perhaps most colorful one. Organized by the gay and lesbian scene. #germanyxmas

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Get a new perspective of #Cologne and discover its upcoming neighborhood the Belgian District. Shop through little, but special boutiques selling unique clothes. #traveltuesday

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11. November 2013 by GermanyTourism
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Let the celebrations begin! The #Cologne Carnival starts today http://t.co/pwskfxnvlA

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11. June 2013 by GermanyTourism
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#Cologne at #Christmas: More markets than Magi http://t.co/RQA9FQgXH6 via @fly_com #TT

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