Köln (Cologne) Christmas Market

The Cologne Market begins in the Centrum and expands over the city. In total there were 7 different markets. Each had their own entrance and used unique gluhwein mugs. This market is considered to be one of the larger markets in the local area and I thought it was well worth seeing. We took the train from GK to Köln (the German name for Cologne) by buying a family pass, called the “Nord Rhein Westphalen Ticket” for 40E (its cheaper for 2 people to buy a family pass then to buy individual train tickets).  You can use the family ticket round trip and it is valid for a group up to 5 people. This was definitely the way to go around Christmas time because the traffic getting out of Cologne can take longer than the drive there does! There is lots of parking in Cologne, but between the gas, traffic, cost of parking, etc… I say the train is the way to go!

Being in Cologne for the market makes it easy to grab lunch and warm back up after walking around. It was quite a bit of walking to see all 7 areas. They did have a trolley that traveled between them, but it was rather expensive to use.

All in all, we had a great day and would definitely recommend it to those who’ve never been.

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One Response to Köln (Cologne) Christmas Market

  1. Megan says:

    The flyer for the 2012 Cologne Christmas Markets is available at:
    http://www.cologne-tourism.com/fileadmin/Mediendatenbank/PDFs/Vierjahreszeiten/Weihnachtsflyer_2012.pdf
    They list all the markets, along with their operating hours and locations. There are two maps near the end of the flyer as well.

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