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From 21st November to 23rd December 2016


Advent is the time for Christmas markets, and Cologne is no exception. From 21 November to 23 December 2016, the magic of Christmas will be felt throughout the festively decorated city. The aroma of baked apples, cinnamon biscuits and mulled wine will waft through the alleys, and many differently themed Christmas markets will invite people to stroll, shop and explore.


The larger Christmas markets are held in downtown Cologne, but Cologne’s smaller Christmas markets also have plenty to offer.


Cologne’s Christmas markets attract millions of visitors from all over the world every year. You too can savour the unique atmosphere of this metropolis on the Rhine at this special time of year. You’re sure to be enchanted!

Best hotels for Christmas

in Cologne

Excelsior Hotel Ernst
Excelsior Hotel Ernst from €166
Hotel Mondial am Dom Cologne
Hotel Mondial am Dom Cologne from €100
Hilton Cologne
Hilton Cologne from €111

Hyatt Regency Cologne
Hyatt Regency Cologne from €135
Dorint Hotel am Heumarkt Koln
Dorint Hotel am Heumarkt from €144
Cologne Marriott Hotel
Cologne Marriott Hotel from €94

Tours & Activities

in Cologne

Christmas in Cologne

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Top things to do

for Christmas in Cologne

The Cologne Cathedral

Cologne Christmas Market

The Cathedral is not only the centre and heart of Cologne it is also the number one attraction in Germany with more then six million visitors per year. The gothic Cathedral with its 157m high towers was after it was finally finished in 1880 the highest building in the world. By now it is still the third highest Cathedral in the world and it has enough space for 4,000 visitors. Every day you can visit five services and every weekend several thousands people come together to celebrate worship together.


Love locks

Cologne Christmas Market

Along the Hohenzollernbrücke (Hohenzollern bridge) you will find more than 40.000 colourful padlocks, which were brought there by happy couples, families and friends. The locks, which are marked with their names, are attached to the bridge and the key is thrown into the river to proof eternal love.



Cologne Christmas Market

On of the best known brands from Cologne is the famous perfume 4711. The brand comes from Cologne and you can visit its "home" the "House of Fragrances 4711" at Glockengasse 4711 where the perfume was developed and produced in former times. The store includes a museum which you can visit with a tour guide. Furthermore, groups can book a fragrance workshop during which they learn how to produce their own perfume. The self-made fragrances can be taken home after the workshop.



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