The Christmas markets in Cologne

Between tradition and renewal

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Romantic, hip or simply to have good time, the Christmas market is an event you can experience in many ways. Each market has the familiar range of kitschy decorations, artisanal gifts and winter gastronomic treats, but offers its own specialties as well. Guided tours available.

Where to start ?

If your arrive by Thalys, you can hardly avoid walking right into the midst of the Christmas market at the cathedral. This is the most ‘practical’ market, and one of the most popular ones. At the heart of downtown Cologne is the ‘Market of Angels’ in the Neumarkt area. Large and sprawling, it gathers a multitude of stands in an atmosphere that gets pretty romantic. A piece of advice? Check out the stand of Käthe Kollwitz. It’s like stepping into Santa’s workshop! Along the Rhine, you’ll find various other markets that attract many tourists in the old city centre at Alter Markt and around the chocolate museum.

The new wave

More eccentric, less touristy (but still very popular), the less traditional Christmas markets rely on their exclusive character and standholders that are a little more innovative and/or local artisans. There’s a festive and playful atmosphere on Rudolfplatz, a family-friendly bobo vibe at Stadtgarten, an architectural hype at Rheinauhafen and even design epiphanies at ‘holy shit shopping’, so there’s ample opportunity to fill your shopping basket (and your belly) according to your personal tastes. Dates: from 26 November to 23 December (variable depending on which Christmas market), from Monday to Sunday.

Les marchés de Noël de Cologne