top of page


A visit to the Christmas markets in Cologne

Christmas market by the cathedral of Cologne Germany

Planning a visit to the Cologne Christmas market? You have the choice of seven different markets to explore in Cologne (Köln). That's worth the journey, so why don't see them all?

Köln is one of the oldest cities in Germany. The city on the Rhine attracts millions of visitors each year. Cologne is worth a visit at any time, however, during the Christmas season, it is truly special.

International travelers rate German Christmas markets among the best in Europe. The Cologne Christmas market at the cathedral is one of the favorites of visitors. It is famed for its soaring Gothic cathedral, carnival, rich cultural offerings, and the Rhine that bisects it from north to south. But as the mercury drops, Cologne’s other charms come to the fore, namely its dazzling array of Christmas markets

Tip: Visit the Christmas market in early December and end of November to avoid the crowd.

Christmas market by Cologne Cathedral

Advent is the period of preparation for many Christians leading up to Christmas day. Regardless of belief, it is a season to be jolly! Around the world, typically the four Sundays before 25th December is celebrated through spreading the spirit of thanksgiving and love.

The best places to immerse yourself in the spirit of Advent are in these enchanting Christmas markets. With a famous soaring Cathedral and giant Christmas tree draped in a blanket of shimmering stars, Cologne Cathedral Christmas Market fully embodies the Christmas spirit. There are 150 stalls and 100 performances to delight market-goers.

Christmas market Cologne Cathedral

It is so cozy to stroll the streets infused with the joy of Christmas and the fragrance of gingerbread waltzing to the tunes of Christmas carols.

From the traditional to one in front of a chocolate museum and even a gay-themed market, Cologne does Christmas in a unique style.

Christmas market Cologne

The end of November is the start of this year's markets around the city.

The city center of Cologne is turned into a festive winter wonderland in the weeks leading up to the national holiday each year when the Christmas markets open. Welcoming millions of visitors from around the world up until the last Monday before Advent, the Christmas markets in Cologne offer everything you could ever want for Christmas, and more!

One of the most festive Christmas markets in Cologne remains the Old Market, in front of the city’s town hall.

Christmas market Cologne old market

Weihnachtsmarkt at Roncalliplatz in front of the cathedral is the Cologne Christmas market par excellence 160 beautifully decorated stalls, the majestic cathedral as a backdrop, and the tallest Christmas tree in the Rhineland, these are the superlatives of Cologne's most imposing Weihnachtsmarkt. Cribs and a merry-go-round are attractions for the youngest visitors. An extraordinary variety of crafts makes it easy to find a special Xmas gift.

Cologne Cathedral

Heinzelmännchen market on the Alter Markt

Only 200 m from the cathedral and the central station, this market in the heart of the old town is home to Cologne's famous Heinzelmännchen (see box below). They watch the goings-on and take care that newfangled gadgets don't disturb the traditional Christmas preparations.

The market in the winding lanes of the old town has the most rustic and idyllic atmosphere, it is a favorite amongst Cologne's citizens. Open daily from 11 am to 10 pm from late November until 23rd December.

you can easy visit at least 5 Christmas markets in a day

Christmas Market on the Neumarkt - The Angels Market

This is Cologne's oldest Christmas market, however, new organizers turned the appearance of the market in 2008. Walk through the angel's door, and become enchanted by the beautifully decorated stalls and the delightful Christmas atmosphere.

Open daily from 11 am to 9 pm (until 10 pm on Fridays and Saturdays) from late November until 23rd December.

Ice rink Cologne Christmas market

Weihnachtsmarkt on Rudolfplatz - The Fairy Tale market

Set against the historic backdrop of the medieval Hahnentorburg, this Cologne Christmas market fascinates children with large fairy tale figures on the roofs of the stalls. A hand-carved crib and a huge advent calendar are other attractions, apart from the good food, arts & crafts, and daily visits to St. Nikolaus.

view from above at the Cologne Cathedral

Ow to go:

1. Take the train from Amsterdam and step in at 2:40 min out in central Koln right in front of the Cologne cathedral.

2. By car just from most areas in the Netherlands a 2,5-hour ride, we parked at Parkhaus Hohe Strasse for 15 euros a day

Where to stay:

There are a lot of choices to stay in Cologne from 2 stars to 5 stars from backpacker to B&B be aware at the end of December is a busy time so book in advance.

Hotel Domblick

Hotel Domblick is located in the city center, 5 minutes away from the central station and Kölner Dom. Public transportation is available (Deutsche Bahn, Koellner Verkehrbetriebe). Non-stop connections are available to the trade fair station (2 minutes), the airport (14 minutes), and Duesseldorf (37 minutes).

Next to Hotel Domblick you can take a walk along the waterfront of the river “Rhein” or spend some time in Cologne’s historic district. The historical buildings and vivid gastronomy depict the life of this district. In walking distance, you can find grocery stores, restaurants, and typical german breweries. The famous shopping street “Hohe Strasse” is only 12 minutes away. The cultural enthusiast will enjoy the “Ludwig” museum, the “Wallraf-Richartz” museum, the Roman-Germanic museum, and many more museums and galleries. In addition to that, the Cologne philharmonic hall and the opera are also within a 15-minute walking distance. Rooms are around 120 Euro a night Book Now

Eden Hotel Früh am Dom

Directly opposite Cologne Cathedral and in the midst of the bustling city center, the Eden Hotel Früh am Dom is surrounded by numerous shops and nightlife venues. It is only a 2-minute walk from the main station, while the international Messe Köln Exhibition Centre can be reached after a short walk across the Rhine in just 15 minutes. This makes the Eden Hotel Früh am Dom the ideal starting point for exploring cultural attractions, doing business, or going on outings through the center of Cologne. Rooms are around 100 Euro a night Book Now

Legend Hotel Koln

Surrounded by the bustling activity of the city, the Legend Hotel provides an oasis of comfort and relaxation. A space for dreaming, living, and pure enjoyment – all at the utmost standard of excellence. Our newly constructed boutique hotel is located in the center of Cologne’s historic Old Town, a hub of culture and activity, and the wellspring of the city’s rich history.

Step into the past, experience the present, and gaze into the future at the Legend Hotel. Make yourself at home in the comfort of your room and learn more about Cologne’s earliest days as you gaze out over the historic highlights of the Old Town. Enjoy the magnificent view and savor a good night’s sleep Rooms around 200 Eur a night Book Now

Excelsior Hotel Ernst am Dom

For over 150 years, the 5-star Excelsior Hotel Ernst has been welcoming guests through its doors right opposite Cologne Cathedral, in the heart of Cologne’s Old Town. And in this house of a grand tradition. Rooms around 220 Euro Book Now

Have enough for today at the Christmas markets? go shopping or go to the other side of the Rhine to see the cathedral from the other side or watch the sunset. We ride to the other side with an electric scooter which you can open and lock with an app.

a view from the other side of the Rhine river at the Dom Cathedral of Cologne

Travel Tips

  • Use Klook to find the best deals for trips, somehow they are most of the time 30% cheaper than when you buy them at a local agency. We visit a temple in Pattaya The Sanctuary of truth and on Klook you pay 360 Bath and at the temple itself 500 Bath. Klook is a world-leading travel activity and services booking platform with more than 60,000 activities across 250 major destinations.

  • Use Trivago to find the best prices for your hotels Trivago is a world-leading metasearch platform allowing users to compare accommodation prices from the best service suppliers. Travelers can find the best offers for hotels, apartments, houses, and even luxury villas.

  • Use 12Go to find your travel route for local buses, and ferries, we use them all the time as you can easily see the reviews, and the vouchers are everywhere accepted. tickets are sold for more than 5,000 destinations in 100+ countries worldwide.12Go has already helped more than 3,500,000 travelers from around the world get from point A to point B trouble-free and with a high-quality service guarantee. Over the years, the service has received more than 166,000 customer reviews.

  • Find Cheap rental cars with Discover Cars, somehow they always find the best deals for you. Many other websites hide fees and extra costs from you. Discover Cars includes all mandatory fees, taxes, and extras in the quoted price so there won't be any surprises when you arrive at the rental desk.

  • Use VisitorsCoverage to find the best Travel Insurance worldwide suitable for all types of travelers, including digital nomads, couples, and families regardless of budget VisitorsCoverage is one of the largest online travel insurance platforms offered in 175+ countries (with their primary market being United States). This insurance company was one of the first to offer travel insurance to travelers worldwide in 2006. Now, they offer several customizable plans, from classic insurance to cover medical expenses to extended insurance to cover flight delays, missing baggage, and other emergencies.


  • Grijs Facebook Icon
  • Gray Instagram Icon
bottom of page