Pictures of the Christmas Market in Cologne

| December 17, 2014

Köln, better known to English speakers as Cologne, Germany, hosts a large market spread throughout seven areas in the city.  We checked out only two areas when we popped into the city on Sunday, so I can only speak for those portions of the market.  We visited the market outside of the amazing cathedral, Kölner Dom, and the one in old town.  We passed by the Angel Market, which looked lovely with its tidy rows of white-topped kiosks.  It was easy to park in the underground lot directly below the Cathedral square, although leaving the garage took quite a bit longer than arriving.  Here are pics from our visit…


koelner dom cathedral weihnachtsmarkt

The market was jam-packed at the Cathedral. Tons of different foods, as well as both handcrafted and commercial items for sale.

nativity scene, weihnachtsmarkt


carousel weihnachtsmarkt merry-go-round

Carousel for the kids

russian dolls, colorful, weihnachtsmarkt

Russian dolls, paper pop-up cards, glass bulbs, Christmas stars…a lot for sale


an entrance/exit


To be honest, we spent most of our time in Old Town because the Cathedral Market was sooooo packed.  We were pleased with the crafts, there was good food, and Sequoia was happy to see an old ferris wheel.


Bird’s-eye view

old ferris wheel, weihnachtsmarkt

The little old ferris wheel

cologne koeln koln christmas market

Leather, leather journals and albums, glass, etc. were found in this market

hatmaker, hat fitting, hat stretching, weihnachtsmarkt

A hat maker stretched a hat for a woman, on the spot

german marionettes for sale, weihnachtsmarkt

One woman was selling her really unique marionettes–trolls, wizards, etc.

cologne koeln koln christmas market

One woman had hundreds of stamps for sale

wood carver weihnachtsmarkt

One gentleman was carving on the spot

german wooden toys, weihnachtsmarkt

This particular market had a lot of wooden toys, teddy bears, and other items of interest for the kids

gluehwein mug weihnachtsmarkt

Cutest Glühwein mugs at this one!

Cologne makes a lot of the top tens on German Christmas Market lists.  I think that given its size, different styles of markets, and setting, the market is a great one.  However, it was pretty packed (especially in the Cathedral square), which always detracts from market experiences for us personally.


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Kari Martindale is a writer and ESL instructor. She’s visited all 50 states and 37 countries, including many of the big cities of Europe and a ton of Christmas Markets. She spends her days straddling the fence between a sense of adventure and a sense of dread. She is married to what is clearly a patient man and has a daughter who, frustratingly, is just like her. Her academic and professional backgrounds are in linguistics and foreign languages. When she's not teaching ESL, she's writing. When she's not writing, she's thinking about her next trip.

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  1. Sam says:


    Do you know the name of the wooden toy stall or website address? I brought something there last year and would love to get something this Christmas but I cant recall the name!


  2. Dana says:

    Lovely photos! I agree though — I live in Munich but was in Cologne to visit the Christmas markets as few years ago and found they were PACKED. Munich markets are also packed, but there are so many of them all over the city, and being a “local” I knew where to know to find a bit more peace and quiet to go with my Glühwein 😀 But still did enjoy Cologne’s too!