From: Thursday, Nov 25th, 2021
To: Wednesday, Dec 22nd, 2021
Christmas in Cologne
Cologne is a Christmas Wonderland with stunning markets dotted across the town! The gay scene also hosts wonderful parties and events and there is even a dedicated and colourful gay market!
The Most famous Christmas markets in Cologne include:
The Cologne cathedral Christmas market.
In front of the impressive backdrop of Cologne’s landmark, the Cathedral christmas market awaits visitors with its 150 attractively designed wooden pavilions. Beneath the largest Christmas tree in the Rhineland, you can choose from numerous sweet delicacies, watch artisans at work and enjoy the “Original Christmas mulled wine” out of the festively decorated Christmas mugs.
The Old Christmas market.
Probably the most attractive christmas market is the one on the Alter Markt in front of Cologne´s town hall. From treats, toys, and items to waken that feeling of nostalgia, through to handicrafts and Christmas products – here you’ll find everything your heart desires.
Angel’s Christmas market.
Colognes Neumarket transforms into “Angel’s Christmas Market” during the same period. This is the main Christmas market in the city, famous for its fluttering angels, who sprinkle fairy dust on the streets awaiting Santa’s arrival who makes his appearance on a grand horse. How gay is that!
Harbour Christmas market.
In a picturesque setting overlooking the Rhine, the Cologne Harbour Christmas market at the Chocolate Museum brings again the gateway to the Rheinauhafen to life and gives festive Cologne a maritime flavour.
The Stadtgarten Christmas market.
The Christmas market in the Stadtgarten exudes charm, attracting both locals and visitors alike. Slap bang in the middle of the hip Belgian Quarter, it has a romantic, village-like feel to it.
The Gay Christmas Market – Heavenue Cologne
Colorful market booths in pop art style, decorated with romantic elements and snow-white garlands – Everyone is welcome when the “Christmas paradise on Earth” opens its doors. Get the insider guide on Cologne’s gay christmas market.
Getting around the markets, The Christmas Market Express
The Christmas-Market-Express is ideal for all of those who would like to visit more than just one of the beautiful Christmas Markets of Cologne even in wind and weather. The Christmas-Market-Express drives through the streets of the old city of Cologne which are decorated for Christmas and goes directly to the central stops which are located nearby four of the most beautiful Christmas Markets.
Cologne Gay Scene at Christmas
There are two gay areas in Cologne with a total of seventeen gay bars; we have only chosen hotels in the first area because, we were not able to find hotels in the second area with good reviews.
Here are the hotels we recommend that have good reviews and keep you close to all the action:
Gay Map of Cologne
There two gay areas in Cologne: Rudolfplatz, known locally as the “Bermuda Triangle” is more modern in style with Many of the cafes, bars and clubs around have started during the last twenty years. The Old Town is home to more Traditional pubs and bars for mixed ages.
Recommended Apartments in Cologne
All apartments at DASKöln feature designer-style furniture, a safe, and a flat-screen TV with satellite channels, a private bathroom with a shower. Just a 10-minute walk from Cologne Cathedral & the Main Train Station
Located opposite the main train station in Cologne’s Old Town, just 50 m from Cologne Cathedral. First Domizil can include up to 2 bedrooms and a separate living room and 2 flat-screen TVs and fully equipped kitchen
The units come with tiled floors and feature a fully equipped kitchenette with a fridge, a dining area, a flat-screen TV with satellite channels, and a private bathroom with bidet and a hairdryer. Free WiFi and a balcony.
The apartment has 3 bedrooms, a flat-screen TV with satellite channels, an equipped kitchen with a dishwasher and a microwave, a washing machine, and 3 bathrooms with a bidet. Free WiFi and private parking
Video of Cologne Christmas Market
Promotional Video for Cologne Christmas Market
Recommended Hotels in Cologne
We recommend booking a hotel in the heart of the old town. They are generally more charming, close to all the gay bars and clubs and offer better value for money.
Central 5 Star
Spacious rooms with a great pool and health club with 5 star service in the heart of Cologne.
25hours Hotel 4 Star
The Heart of Cologne
The hotel is a great choice for travelers interested in museums, cathedrals and Christmas markets
Hotel Lyskirchen 4 Star
Bright & Spacious Rooms
The Hotel is a great choice for travelers interested in gay bars & clubs, food & shopping.
Maritim Hotel 3 Star
Centrally located offering stunning views of the river and just as short walk to the gay district.