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Christmas and NYE advise

We are a couple and will be in Cologne from 29 Dec to 31 Dec(tentatively). Can someone please advise if we will still get to see all the top sights? Epscially the famed chrismas markets- since we arrive after xmas day will we find it closed? Will we miss out on anything either due to the holiday season or due to it being winter? Its our first time there so want to be sure. Any other advise on spending holiday season there is much welcome. Thanks in advance!

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1. Re: Christmas and NYE advise

Firstly the bad news, the Christmas markets will be all closed. The last opening time is the 23rd December.

There also won't be any river Rhine cruises (they only start in April again).

Otherwise everything will be open, the cathedral, museums, churches, and if you like shopping, all shops. In some of earlier posts you can see the usual recommendations.

Please note tha most shops will close midday on the 31st.

Just wonderin, will you leave Cologne on NYE? Or will you stay NYE in Cologne? If you do, see a previous post with some advise what to do.

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2. Re: Christmas and NYE advise

The Christmas markets will be over for good, and probably already removed completely.

Shops stay closed on Dec 29 because it is Sunday. Dec 30 is a normal workday with all shops open, and the city centre is likely to be very busy. Dec 31 has already been mentioned.

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3. Re: Christmas and NYE advise

Actually, the ice rink of the Old Town Christmas Market will still be open when you are in Cologne. So if you want to do some exercise, this is a nice activity.

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4. Re: Christmas and NYE advise

ok so then we might have to reconsider visiting all together as christmas market was the main reason for our visit....all just to confirm- all xmas markets close on 23 Dec? Thanks for your reply.

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5. Re: Christmas and NYE advise

This is correct.

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6. Re: Christmas and NYE advise

No, Hamburg, Dresden, Stade Guetersloh, Bielefeld have christmas markets that stay open longer, some even until Jan. 6th, here a complete list of all markets weihnachtsmarkt-deutschland.de/termine.html

Jan. 6th is when the christian orthodox churches celebrate their christmas.

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7. Re: Christmas and NYE advise

thanks everyone. Given the above advise, we are going for Berlin- where some stuff (markets et al) seems to remain open a little longer. Please let me know if anyone has any advise on this

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