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Christmas market in Cologne

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A great Christmas trip in Cologne

After arriving in Cologne by train, you can enjoy the Christmas market from late November until just before Christmas. Ideal to get into the Christmas spirit and to do your Christmas shopping early. Walk around and shop in the beautiful and tastefully decorated downtown Cologne and find the most original Christmas gifts. In the center of Cologne there are no fewer than six Christmas markets. The most magical one is located on the square near the cathedral, where more than 150 stalls form a cozy Christmas village. The imposing cathedral in the background gives this Christmas market a special touch.

Your trip to Cologne with ICE International

The high-speed ICE International train runs from the Netherlands to Germany and Switzerland daily. With ICE International you can relax and travel quickly and comfortably. From the Netherlands you simply board an ICE International train and get off 2.38 hours later at the Christmas market in Cologne. Stations on the Dutch part of this route are Amsterdam Centraal, Utrecht Centraal and Arnhem. Ticket prices start at € 20 per person.
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Amsterdam - Cologne 2.38 hours 0 Content Content
Schiphol - Cologne 2.56 hours 1 Content Content
Rotterdam - Cologne 2.58 hours 1 Content Content
Utrecht - Cologne 2.10 hours 0 Content Content

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With Intercity services to the Christmas market in Cologne

With NS International you can also purchase international train tickets for the regular Intercity services. Do you live in the south-east of the Netherlands? Then the German Christmas markets are very close!

When is the Christmas market in Cologne?

The Christmas market in Cologne is open from 21 November until 23 December 2023 (subject to change).

What else can you do in Cologne?

Besides an attractive Xmas market, there is more to do in Cologne. Cologne is the city of the world famous cathedral which you can visit daily. The Hohe Strasse and Schildergasse also offer shopping opportunities in case you cannot find a Christmas gifts at the Christmas market.

Christmas market in Cologne

From € 20