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Market leaders –  cities put their stalls out for festive fun

Red7 , September 17, 2014

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We investigate Europe’s top Christmas markets


Cologne Christmas Market

The beautiful city of Cologne features seven (count ‘em) Christmas Markets pullinghin two million visitors a year.

The big four ring the Cathedral, at  Alter Markt, Neumarkt and Rudolfplatz.

Alongside largest Christmas tree in the Rhineland,  you will find more than 160 wooden pavilions where local artisans offer festive decorations.

You can take your pick of Christmas mugs or choose from a wide selection of sweets while sipping mulled wine.

Neumarkt is the city’s oldest Christmas Market set against the backdrop of St. Aposteln’s Church and Cologne’s busiest shopping centre.

Alter Markt takes is located in the heart of the old town and is the epitome of Yuletide in germany -narrow-gabled houses, half-timbered stalls, a puppet theatre, a Santa Claus’ grotto and many toy stands.

The Christmas Market on the Rudolfplatz features themes from Grimm fairy tales while the  new Cologne Harbour Christmas Market has a more modernistic feel with 80 white marquee pagoda tents and roof peak.

Also well worth seeing is the Stadtgarten Christmas Market, a fairly large Christmas Market,  The journey times from London to Cologne, via Brussels with Eurostar is just over four hours and there are plenty of airlines with flights to Cologne/Bonn airport.



Scotland’s capital features Europe’s largest outdoor ice rink, fireworks,and a plethora  stalls selling antique and modern gifts in the shadow of the castle, this market is an absolute must, if you’re on a stag or hen do in the city. Located in the centre of the city it is perfect for a walk through on your way to the bars and clubs –  pick up a delicious German sausage to get you started for the evening.



This market in the capital of the Czech republic focuses on  food and drink rather than Christmas gifts. Set in one of the most beautiful locations in Europe – the Old Town square thronged by cobbled streets and Baroque architecture, a visit to the market visit is the perfect precursor to a stag or hen night in the city



Any stag or hen group in the German capital in the deep midwinter must check out the Christmas markets. The rustic stalls attract up to four million visitors each year, offering and made crafts and gifts alongside  creative and cutting edge artifacts.


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