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Two Christmas days in Köln

by Jonathan Massaro from Italy

Christmas-markets-in-Koln
Christmas Market in Köln by Jonathan Massaro

The Christmas markets in Köln are a paradise for everyone who loves the magic of this holiday made of lights, scents of cinnamon and gingerbread, and gnomes. If someone is bored of his life, doesn’t feel the power of Christmas anymore, or feels too grown up to believe in flying reindeers and speaking toys, these markets could be a perfect place where to change his idea.

Kolner-Dom
Kolner Dom by Jonathan Massaro

Köln extends all around its majestic gothic cathedral, visible from almost the entire city. To build the Kölner Dom it took almost 600 years. Now it is among the three highest churches in the world. Inside of it, the gold shrine of the Three Wise Men is preserved. From this square the Christmas markets start (the markets are 7 and they are scattered in different parts of the city but close one another).

Some-Houses-in-Allstad
Some houses in Allstad by Jonathan Massaro

The beat heart of the magic it is reached out few meters away in Alter markt and Heumarkt, for me two of the coziest markets  in Köln. The first one is in front of the Rathouse (The Hall Town) in the Allstad (old town), surrounded by lovely colors houses dutch-style. In this place you can lost your yourself looking around gnomes and others details that customize every little booth. In this market you can find a lot artisanal handmade products or nice Christmas gewgaws.

Walking three or four minutes away, you will find the Heumarkt where the gnomes are skiing and skating, and of course you can do it with them. Do You need something to eat or drink? Here you can take a break with some dutch specialities such as curry-wurst (also in Bio-vegan version), pork sweker, kartoffelpuffer (a delicious potato friedcake), and you can’t miss the mulled wine served in tiny decorated cups.

Shildergasse
Shildergasse by Jonathan Massaro

Köln is a commercial city too and during the Christmas time Shildergasse (the shopping street) is full of lights and street artists that play the bagpipes or sing Christmas songs. It’s a pleasure to stroll hedged in this festive atmosphere. On this street it is possible to find malls or the most important commercial brand shops, at the end of Shildergasse you will find two big surpises. The first one is a massive ice cream overturned on the top of a high modern building, and the second one is the Angel market in Neumarkt.

Neumarkt-by-night
Neumarkt by night by Jonathan Massaro

The Angel market is the newest Christmas market in town. Here the gnomes over the booths give way to white heads of elks in shiny porcelain, and everything is more modern, from the details and the atmosphere of the market to the things on sale. This place becomes magic when the sun goes down and the lights turn on: it seems to be under a gleaming starry sky. It is unique.

Altermarkt-by-night
Altermarkt by night by Jonathan Massaro

The Angel market is the newest Christmas market in town. Here the gnomes over the booths give way to white heads of elks in shiny porcelain, and everything is more modern, from the details and the atmosphere of the market to the things on sale. This place becomes magic when the sun goes down and the lights turn on: it seems to be under a gleaming starry sky. It is unique.

Severinsbruke
Severinsbruke by Jonathan Massaro

If you go there during the weekend I would suggest you to book a table in advance, for example at Peters Brauhause in Müllengasse 1, close to Alter Markt, the Schweinshaxe mit Sauerkraut und Kartoffelpüree is delicious. After dinner it is nice to walk along Frankenwerft watching the old bridge and the skyline on the other side of the Reno.

A-detail-of-Heumarkt
A detail of Heumarkt by Jonathan Massaro

The day after you can start the morning visiting the Weihnachtsmarkt in a wild Pirate style due to closeness to the harbour, and here there is also the chocolate museum where to taste a lot of cakes sponsored by Lindt, taking delight to the nice view of Köln . Moreover, this zone is the most modern zone in Köln to visit if you like modern architecture.

Ferris-Wheel-in-Altermarkt
Ferris Wheel in Altermarkt by Jonathan Massaro

In the nearby, there are other two little Christmas markets, the first one is dedicated to the big LGBT community in Köln (it is known as gay-friendly city too, his carnival and pride are very popular), and the last one put together different booths around the world. Before to say goodbye at this cozy city you have to do a run on the Ferris Wheel in Alter Markt, it will be the hedge of your carefreeness in Köln.

1Comment
  • Andrea
    Posted at 16:04h, 07 January Reply

    Bello questo articolo e stupende anche le foto, bel lavoro Jonny.

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