Shopaholics planning a visit to Germany will be delighted to hear that Cologne is home to 38 weekly food markets, not to mention the weekly, monthly and one-off antique and flea markets in the city. Here are seven that are worth making a beeline for.
Cologne’s Christmas market season runs from the last Monday before Advent – which falls this year on November 27 – until December 23, during which time the air around town is full of the tempting smells of mulled wine, roasted chestnuts and raclette. There are seven major markets, each with their own theme, products and food on offer. Though it’s hardly possible to be in the city centre and not run into two or three, a full map is here.