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Cologne Christmas Markets
From: 2013.11.26 To: 2013.12.23
To get the best from Cologne's Christmas Market you'll have to grab a map. Expect the city to be brimming with good-tidings and the smell of gingerbread cookies. But also anticipate needing a little direction to find the six bustling markets in the city - though they're worth the trek. To start, the centrally located Neumarkt offers mulled wine and Christmas eye-candy. Wander your way to the medieval market, which has a modern re-creation of the old, unrecorded era of seasons greetings. Near the Lindt Chocolate Museum, knights, minstrels, and other costumed locals will amuse you with silly antics and old-fashioned outfits. Meanwhile, Rudolfplatz, which isn't home to any reindeer, it is designed as a fairytale market located right near the only remaining city gate, Hahnentor. Little ones might enjoy the Alter Markt Christmas, which is next to the Saint Martins church and boasts an ice-skating rink. And the floating market on the boat MS Wappen offers a Santa who reads fairytales to kids, also fun. Save Roncalliplatz for last, the enormous 24-meter fir tree is said to be a sight to behold, particularly since it is located near the city's famous cathedral, the second tallest Gothic building in the world. Dreams of tanenbaums and sugarplums can come true in Cologne since all of markets are well stocked with ornaments and sweets. Time to start singing O Tanenbaum, O Tanenbaum …? Keep in mind that Christmas Markets may cost money to enter.