Cologne Christmas Market

Cologne Christmas Market
The largest and loveliest Christmas market in Cologne, Germany is held annually in front of Cologne Cathedral, the city’s most distinctive landmark that was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. The Cathedral Christmas market attracts thousands of tourists from all over the country and abroad every year, it is one of the most popular events of its kind in Germany.

Cologne Cathedral is an outstanding example of Gothic architecture. It is Germany’s most visited landmark, attracting an average of 20,000 people a day. It attracts even more visitors in Christmas, when the square in front of the cathedral is bedecked with fairy lights and the largest Christmas tree in the Rhineland vies for attention with the cathedral.

The Cologne Christmas market features over 160 decorated wooden pavilions with bright red roofs. Here you can find Christmas gifts and souvenirs to suit any taste and budget. Merchants and craftsmen offer exquisite Christmas decorations made of glass, wooden and metal figurines, handmade candles and candlesticks, children’s toys and rag dolls, clothes and accessories, soaps and jewelry, etc. Craftsmen from all over Germany and Europe not only sell their products, they also host practical demonstrations for those who are interested.

Of course, there are plenty of foods stalls offering traditional German dishes, Christmas treats, and hot drinks to keep you warm. At the Cathedral Christmas market, you can treat yourself to some Bratwurst (German sausage) served with sauerkraut or potato salad, delicious waffles and pancakes, pretzels, Christmas cookies, gingerbread, chocolate and marzipan, roasted almonds and chestnuts, Stollen (German fruit bread), mulled wine (called Glühwein in Germany), and more.

As far as entertainment is concerned, the Cologne Christmas market offers a rich and diverse program for kids and grown-ups. Most activities are typical for traditional German Christmas markets. They include a large wooden carousel for children, nativity plays and installations, live music and performances, etc. The varied stage program features over 100 performances that keep guests entertained and create a unique festive atmosphere that dominates the city center throughout the entire Christmas season.

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