Head to the glistening great cities of the Rhineland and enjoy German Christmas markets in the iconic settings of Düsseldorf and Cologne with our 4-star stay. From the numerous markets of Cologne to the gingerbread houses of Düsseldorf, there will be plenty to get you in the festive mood. With pretty little stalls offering you unique handcrafted gifts and plenty of mulled wine to keep the winter chills at bay.
Local departure by coach, then to the Düsseldorf area for a three-night stay.
Day 2 Düsseldorf Christmas Market
Location: Düsseldorf Christmas Market
Our included excursion takes us into Düsseldorf centre to spend the day exploring all the city has to offer. During the festive season, Düsseldorf’s Christmas Market, considered to be one of the most beautiful in Germany, takes place in several locations within the centre.
The main market is located on Marktplaz, with the backdrop of the City Hall and the statue of mounted Jan Wellem at its centre. Enjoy free time meandering through the many stalls whilst sipping a cup of mulled wine or hot chocolate. Be sure to see the 100 year old merry-go-round, which has lovingly been restored.
From Marktplatz wander along Flinger Strasse, with its many huts modelled on Düsseldorf’s old town houses, to nearby Heinrich-Heine-Platz, home to the Engelchenmarkt (Little Angel Market). You’ll be spoilt for choice!
Day 3 Cologne Christmas Market
Location: Cologne Christmas Market
Today we travel to the majestic city of Cologne on our included excursion. Cologne’s history traces back more than 2,000 years when it was founded as a Roman colony. Today it has developed into a beautiful cosmopolitan city.
Advent magic spreads throughout Cologne at this time of year, when the idyllic Christmas markets open their gates to visitors. More than 150 stalls offer traditional goods and handcrafted gifts. Wonderful spicy aromas of cinnamon stars, baked apples and roasted almonds will fill the air and local wreath binders, glassblowers and blacksmiths will demonstrate their art.
Start at the Christmas market in Cathedral Square where you will find a fascinating array of high-quality arts and crafts, many gift ideas and delicious food and drinks, and a huge Christmas tree.
Continue onto the Old Town where the rustic ’Home of the Elves’ market takes place at the Heumarkt and Alter Markt. Traditional stalls and huts, pretty lanes and hidden Heinzelmännchen (house gnomes who are said to have done the work of the people of Cologne at night), and craftspeople demonstrating their skills, give this market its particular charm.
At Neumarkt you will find the Market of Angels with its charming chalets, twinkling lights shining from the trees, and high quality products. Just a ten minute walk from Neumarkt is the Village of St. Nicholas at Rudolfplatz. Here the theme is the St. Nicholas Village which makes this market particularly popular with younger visitors.
In a picturesque setting overlooking the Rhine, the Cologne Harbour market at the Chocolate Museum will bring a maritime flavour to Christmas. With around 80 stalls this market is one of the largest in Cologne. Take in the lively atmosphere, and why not sample fish specialities or fine food and drink from around the world.
Finally, there is the the dynamically artful and attractively different Christmas market at Stadtgarten in the heart of the Belgian quarter. The Stadtgarten Christmas market traditionally only takes place in the afternoon. Whilst visiting Cologne be sure to indulge yourself in some typical culinary delights such as the famous ’Christstollen’ yeast cakes, ’Lebkuchen’ soft gingerbread cookies and Marzipan almond confections. Also try the mandatory ’Glühwein’ a hot spiced wine in mugs perfect to warm chilly hands.
You will stay for three nights at the 4-star Wyndham Garden
Düsseldorf Mettmann located 10km from the heart of Düsseldorf. The hotel provides the perfect base for exploring two of Germany’s
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