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Cologne's Wonderful Markets

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Enjoy seven Christmas Markets in one city

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2019 Tour code: KOM20

About the tour

Cologne has seven incredible bustling Christmas markets to choose from. Sample local bratwurst, beers and mulled wine in Europe's Christmas market capital, before we pay a visit to West Germany's former capital, the magnificent city of Bonn.


What’s included


Day 2 - Cologne’s Christmas Markets

We embark on a guided tour this morning to discover the many highlights of Cologne, home to a number of elegant squares and beautiful Romanesque churches. During our explorations, we admire the tall and narrow pastelcoloured houses set out along the winding streets of the city's Old Town, as well as the incredible twin-spired Gothic cathedral, which was one of the tallest buildings in the world at one point. Our tour ends at one of the many traditional brewery taverns close to the Rhine, where we sample the excellent Kölsch beer - unique to Cologne.

Later, you are free to enjoy the wonderfully festive atmosphere of Christmastime in Cologne. The city is Europe's unofficial Christmas market capital, boasting seven individual Christmas markets, each with its own unique character. Festive chalets offer a special selection of gifts, decorations, arts and crafts as well as traditional stalls selling sausages, waffles, wine and beer. Perhaps make visits to the Maritime-themed market, next to the Rhine and the city's Chocolate Museum, the market at Rudolfplatz, held at the Hahnentor city gate, or the market in Roncalliplatz beneath the cathedral, which has the biggest Christmas tree in the Rhineland.

  • Breakfast
Cologne Christmas Markets
Day 3 - Exploring Bonn

A short ride away by regional train is the elegant city of Bonn, famous as the birthplace of Ludwig Van Beethoven, Classical and Romantic composer. Our visit here features a guided city tour which reveals the many sites of significance in Bonn such as the birthplace of Beethoven, the wonderful Bonn Minster and charming town square. This city was known as the capital of West Germany after the Second World War, and as such, its history tells a fascinating story which we learn during our time here. You are free after the tour, perhaps take in the impressive Christmas markets on offer here. Upon our return to Cologne, we enjoy a meal together in a traditional brauhaus on the banks of the Rhine.

  • Breakfast, Dinner
Bonn Beethoven Statue
Day 4 - To Brussels and London

We leave Cologne and make our journey home, travelling by high speed train to Brussels. On arrival, we join up with our connecting Eurostar service which will transport us back to London St Pancras International.

  • Breakfast
Eurostar Winter

Additional information

Please note

Please note that while every departure of this tour will feature the same excursions, the order may differ from that shown above.

Departure times

Provisional departure and return times, where available, can be found together with our dates and prices by clicking on the 'Prices & Availability' button. We write to all booked customers approximately 10 weeks prior to the start of their tour to advise the exact departure and return time for their particular group.

Mobility information

Please note: This may be suitable for reduced mobility passengers, please call for further information.


Hotel Mondial am Dom

Hotel Mondial am Dom, Cologne

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Mr C Woodhead

Submitted 8118

i was impressed with the way Janet Thomas dealt with our 41/2hr delay on German Railways.

Mr K Parsons

Submitted 4118

Travel to Cologne was fine except family with new born baby created delays and extra burden on the Rep. Stay in the city was good. Excursion was problematic for Rep due to the baby/pushchair etc and this delayed fellow travellers. Walk to the train station for the excursion was too far for some of the guests. Return trip from Cologne delayed 5 hours when train broke down in Belgium. Subsequently whilst we did get a Premium Seat on Eurostar, we did not get the refreshments we paid for as part of our upgrade for this trip.

Mr G King

Submitted 301217

An enjoyable time in Cologne, excellent hotel and the markets were really nice. Apart from the trip on the Kaiser wagon, the market in Wuppertal was disappointing and wasted part of the day.

Mrs L Colledge

Submitted 291217

Wonderful trip. Our tour guide was excellent especially during the eventful trip home when we were stuck on a train for 5 hours. Lovely hotel great location. I would recommend it.

Mrs H Underwood

Submitted 291217

It was a great trip which we thoroughly enjoyed.

Mrs C Kear

Submitted 221217

It was a wonderful experience despite some wet weather. Super hotel, good food, excellent location and good train travel.

Cologne's Wonderful Markets

Enjoy six of Germany's finest Christmas Markets


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