Cologne Christmas Markets

Cologne Christmas Markets

Cologne Christmas MarketsGermany
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33 Nights
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    Your Guided Christmas Markets Holiday to Cologne

    Begin the festive season in style with a visit to Cologne’s sparkling Christmas Markets on this 3-night guided holiday. Germany’s fourth largest city spans the river Rhine and was founded almost 2000 years ago by the Romans. Hit hard by the Second World War, these days the city is uniquely characterised by the contrast between modern post-war architecture and its carefully and painstakingly re-built Old Town. We’ll enjoy a half-day guided city tour and have time to wander through various Christmas Markets of varying shapes and sizes across the city. Take a wander through the stalls selling gifts and crafts, festive food and hot beverages beside Cologne’s famous Gothic cathedral, or visit markets in the city’s Old Town, in the shopping district, the harbour area or Stadtgarten park.

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    Activity Level 1

    Activity Level: Easy

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    Travel to Germany


    Arrive in Cologne

    Upon arrival in Cologne, you will be met by your local guide who will assist you in the transfer to your hotel.



    Cologne City Tour

    Time: MorningMorning

    After breakfast, embark on a morning guided city tour of Cologne's charming old town situated on the River Rhine. Discover this 2,000-year-old city's top attractions such as the Cologne Cathedral, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the bustling Roncalliplatz, the historic Alter Markt Square, Cologne City Hall and much more.

    At Leisure

    Time: AfternoonAfternoon

    The afternoon will be free to spend at your leisure. Your guide will be delighted to suggest some activities to suit your interests.

    At leisure or Optional excursion to Aachen


    Free Time in Cologne

    Time: Full DayFull Day

    Enjoy a day exploring the Cologne Christmas Markets at your leisure. The most popular and best-known one is in front of the famous Cologne Cathedral due to the huge backdrop of the impressive Cathedral. However, you can find few other Markets in the centre and some in quieter parts of the city equally as festive.


    Optional excursion to Aachen by train

    Why not opt for an excursion to Aachen, the former capital of the emperor Charlemagne? You will embark on a short train from Cologne to Aachen (30min to 1-hour ride), where your guide will walk you through the charming streets of Aachen for a 2-hour guided tour. For example, you will see the iconic Aachener Dom (cathedral – free entrance), a UNESCO World Heritage Site, a stunning blend of Romanesque and Carolingian architecture, where you will learn about its significance as the coronation site of German kings and delve into the tales of its intricate mosaics and relics. You will also stroll to the Aachener Rathaus, the Town Hall, a picturesque blend of Gothic and Renaissance styles, where you will admire the ornate façade and the stunning craftsmanship that has stood the test of time. You can enjoy some free time on your own to explore more the city, with a visit to Charlemagne's Palatine Chapel for example. Don’t forget to taste some German delights with a currywurst (sausage) or the city's famous spiced gingerbread cookies. If you are looking for some warmth in the heart of the cold winter, you can relax at the Carolus Thermal baths, with their natural hot water, famous for their therapeutic virtues since the Roman Empire (don’t forget to take your swimsuits).

    Return Home


    Depart Germany

    Time to say 'Auf Wiedersehen' to Cologne. You will be transferred to the airport with guide assistance for your flight home.

    * We aim to operate your tour itinerary according to the format shown. Occasionally, local conditions and unexpected events may result in adjustments to the planned schedule. We kindly ask for your understanding and flexibility in the event of any changes.

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