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Monday, 26-07-2021,

Harbour Christmas market

In a picturesque setting overlooking the Rhine, the Cologne Harbour Christmas market at the Chocolate Museum brings again the gateway to the Rheinauhafen to life and gives festive Cologne a maritime flavour.

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From 22nd November – 23rd December 2019
Sun - Thu 11 am - 9 pm, Fr-Sa 11 am - 10 pm
25th Nov 6 pm -9 pm
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As befits the location, the themes "harbour and christmas" are reflected in the design, decoration, stage performances and products on offer at the new Harbour Christmas market at the Chocolate Museum. Snow-white, festively decorated pagoda tents with wooden floors and pointed roofs that remind you of the planks and sails of a ship give the new market a stylishly modern yet cosily festive touch. With around 70 exciting stands, this very special Harbour Christmas market at the Chocolate Museum is one of the largest Christmas markets in Cologne.


In a lively atmosphere, hearty "seafarers" offer a wide variety of fish specialities, fine foods and drinks from around the world along with a diverse range of high-quality goods and crafts, all on the themes of the harbour, seafaring, Cologne and Christmas. Do not miss the impressive wooden three-mast boat in 15m length serving tasty mulled wine out of its hull.

The culture and entertainment programme highlights the lively harbour atmosphere and festive mood. From sea shanties to traditional Christmas songs - you'll enjoy relaxing here with a delicious mug of mulled wine. Also the "Rhine Pirates" with their sailor's yarns and pirate juggling are an unmissable highlight of the market, particularly for children and families.

Surrounded by the medieval Malakoff Tower, the historic harbour swing bridge, the much-visited Chocolate Museum and the Rhine, the new atmospheric Cologne "Christmas market on water" is an exciting, attractive must-see for visitors from near and far.

Some beautiful attractions and sights are situated nearby and in addition to our Christmas market, you should also visit: the river Rhine, the Chocolate Museum, the Sport- & Olympiamuseum, the new architectural impressive "Rheinauhafen", the Mustardmuseum, the oldest habour swing bridge of Cologne or the t raditional cologne brewery "Malzmühle", just 5 minutes walk on the banks of the Rhine to the pittoresque old town - Germany’s oldest city. (Photo: Fotografie Joachim Rieger/V. Schmidt)

Futher information

Within easy walking distance: 5 min. from old town via beautiful promenade at the bank of the Rhine
Bus: Line 106, Stop Schokoladenmuseum, Tram: Line U1,7,9 Stop Heumarkt (walk to the rhine then right)
Venue: Schokoladenmuseum, Rheinauhafen Köln
Car parking: entrance Rheinauhafen, exit at the market
Tour-Bus: Passenger bay directly at the market. (each bus driver / courier receives on request a voucher for a hot drink)

Find out more: Christmas markets