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Markt der Herzen, Weihnachtsmarkt Kölner Dom, Roncalliplatz, Köln, Germany, fotoeins.com

Cologne Christmas Markets: Hearts, Angels, Elves, & Nikolaus

Above/featured: Dom und Baum (Cathedral and tree).

Colder weather in late-November marks the beginning of Christmas season with food, drink, lights, and frivolity. The festive markets in the Carnival City of Cologne are equally reflective of cheerful people and good times one expects to find on the river Rhein. Four of the city’s Christmas markets are located at the Cathedral, Old Market in the Old Town, at the New Market, and at Rudolph Square. What makes these four special are their descriptions: “Markt der Herzen” (market of hearts), “Heimat der Heinzel” (home of the elves), “Markt der Engel” (market of angels), and “Nikolausdorf” (St. Nicholas village) respectively. Under the glow of Christmas lights, I saw glimpses of big smiles, warm hearts and bellies, happy children, ladies dressed as angels, and the ubiquitous presence of a jolly rotund bearded man dressed in red.

These markets are in the city centre and easily accessible with KVB public transport. During my visits1, there is no admission charge to enter these markets. On multiple visits over the years, we’ve covered all three on foot in a single evening, requiring frequent stops for food among an unspecified number of Glühwein (mulled wine).


Market Location KVB
trams & trains
KVB
Station
Weihnachtsmarkt
Kölner Altstadt
(A)
(Heimat der Heinzel | home of elves)
Alter Markt
(Old Market)
1, 5, 7, 9 Heumarkt
Weihnachtsmarkt
am Kölner Dom
(D)
(Markt der Herzen | market of hearts)
Roncalliplatz
(Roncalli Square)
5, 16, 18;
S6, S11, S12, S13, S19
Dom/Hauptbahnhof
Markt der Engel
auf dem Neumarkt
(N)
(market of angels)
Neumarkt
(New Market)
1, 3, 4, 7, 9, 16, 18 Neumarkt
Nikolausdorf auf dem Rudolphplatz (R)
(St. Nicholas village)
Rudolphplatz
(Rudolph Square)
1, 7, 12, 15 Rudolphplatz
Markt der Herzen, Weihnachtsmarkt Kölner Dom, Roncalliplatz, Köln, Germany, fotoeins.com

Markt der Herzen (market of hearts), Roncalliplatz near the Dom

Markt der Herzen, Weihnachtsmarkt Kölner Dom, Roncalliplatz, Köln, Germany, fotoeins.com

Markt der Herzen

Heimat der Henzel, Weihnachtsmarkt Kölner Altstadt, Alter Markt, Köln, Germany, fotoeins.com

Heimat der Henzel, Weihnachtsmarkt Kölner Altstadt

Heimat der Henzel, Weihnachtsmarkt Kölner Altstadt, Alter Markt, Köln, Germany, fotoeins.com

Bright lights, Christmas market in Cologne’s Old Town

Heimat der Henzel, Weihnachtsmarkt Kölner Altstadt, Alter Markt, Köln, Germany, fotoeins.com

Lights, Weihnachtsmarkt Kölner Altstadt

Markt der Engel, market of angels, Weihnachtsmarkt, Christmas market, Neumarkt, Köln, Germany, fotoeins.com

Markt der Engel (market of angels), at Neumarkt

Markt der Engel, market of angels, Weihnachtsmarkt, Christmas market, Neumarkt, Köln, Germany, fotoeins.com

Watchful angel, Markt der Engel

Markt der Engel, market of angels, Weihnachtsmarkt, Christmas market, Neumarkt, Köln, Germany, fotoeins.com

Spinning but not “spinnen”, Markt der Engel

Nikolausdorf auf dem Rudolphplatz, Weihnachtsmarkt, Rudolphplatz, Köln, Germany, fotoeins.com

Nikolausdorf auf dem Rudolphplatz

Nikolausdorf auf dem Rudolphplatz, Weihnachtsmarkt, Rudolphplatz, Köln, Germany, fotoeins.com

St. Nicholas village at Rudolph Square

Nikolausdorf auf dem Rudolphplatz, Weihnachtsmarkt, Rudolphplatz, Köln, Germany, fotoeins.com

Nikolausdorf auf dem Rudolphplatz

1 I made the photos during visits in 2012 (Nov 29 and 30, myRTW) and 2015 (Nov 30). This post appears at Fotoeins Fotografie at fotoeins.com as http://wp.me/p1BIdT-47J.

13 Responses to “Cologne Christmas Markets: Hearts, Angels, Elves, & Nikolaus”

  1. White Postcards

    We had our first snow of the season today which makes me hope that we’ll be somewhere warm throughout the winter of our RTW trip:) – these pictures are beautiful! – Ginette

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    • fotoeins

      Thank you, Ginette, for your kind compliment! I spent five years in Chile, and every time the 3rd week of December rolled around, Christmas occurred days after the longest day of the year – summertime and beach weather! It’s not the same kind of Christmas that one might have with cold weather and snow on the ground. But warm weather during December and January doesn’t sound like a bad idea, either! Thanks again for reading and for your comment!

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  2. CrazyChineseFamily

    I am so looking forward to the Christmas markets in Germany. I finally moved with my family back to north germany. All the previous years I died little deaths each christmas time as the Christmas markets in Finland are just pitiful even compared to the smallest village Christmas market I experienced in Germany! In my hometown the market is slowly build up but I think I really should go once to cologne to see those markets as well.
    Nine years ago I was on the market in Dresden and it was wonderful as well. Sadly I do not have any pictures left from that time

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    • fotoeins

      Hi, Timo. I’ve only encountered the markets in Hamburg, where Christmas markets in northern Germany are concerned. It’s interesting seeing more Finnish stands at the German markets; I saw this for the first time in Dresden a couple of years ago. The markets in Dresden were fantastic, including the big one next to Frauenkirche and another one in the Neustadt on the other side of the Elbe river. I’m looking forward to a number of Germany’s Christmas markets again in a couple of weeks time, although I’m not going to Hamburg or Dresden. Thanks for reading and for your comment!

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    • fotoeins

      Hi, Becky. I missed the opening of the markets in Cologne – by a day! I had a schedule to keep, and I missed the markets in Frankfurt and Cologne, but I’ve already seen them in a couple of places. Have fun at the markets! 🙂

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    • fotoeins

      Hello and thanks for your kind compliment, Ankur. I have to give a nod to my former hometown of Heidelberg for the familiarity of the university town. I’ve read great things about Rothenburg ob der Tauber and Nürnberg; I’ve visited the latter but only in summertime. I’ve also been fortunate to have visited a number of diverse Christmas markets in Berlin, too. I also liked the central Christmas markets in Leipzig and Dresden. It’s a tough call!

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    • fotoeins

      Do you have a post/essay about the markets in Nürnberg? I would look forward to your impressions about Dresden’s markets!

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