23rd November - 23rd December 2015
Every year, the city centre of Cologne is touched by the magic of the festivities in the run-up to Christmas. When the Christmas markets in Cologne open their gates on the last Monday before Advent, millions of visitors from around the world delight at the goods on sale at the quaintly designed huts (or "Buden").
The greatest and most famous Christmas markets in Cologne:
> Cathedral X-Mas Market | > X-Mas Market in the Old Town | > Angel's Market in the City (Neumarkt) | > Harbour market | > Gay and Lesbian Christmas Market
Christmas music, arts and crafts, toys, Christmas decorations and the scent of the Christmas bakeries create a wonderful atmosphere. It is not just children's eyes that light up when pewter pourers, wreath binders and glassblowers demonstrate their art, and the aroma of mulled wine, hot chestnuts and gingerbread fills the air.
See more: > Photos of the Christmas markets
City map: > Christmas markets in Cologne