​Cologne christmas market break

Cologne is a stunning German city, and the country’s fourth-largest after Berlin, Hamburg and Munich. The two-spired cathedral in the centre of the town is regularly voted Germany’s most popular tourist attraction and fits in with the unique mish-mash of architectural styles available to see in the rest of the city, with everything from ancient Roman ruins to modern avant-garde buildings. The city also has a rich tradition of art and culture, with plenty of museums for tourists to visit, plus of course many atmospheric beer halls. ​​​​

Getting to Cologne

​Cologne, the beautiful city in west Germany, is approximately 4 hours from our port in IJmuiden via coach transfer.​

Coach transfers are included in your Christmas market break to Cologne.


Cologne's Christmas Market​s

Cologne Christmas Markets

Cologne is a beautiful city at the best of times, but is completely transformed during the festive season. Head to the Fairytale Christmas Market in the appropriately-named Rudolfplatz and you'll be amazed at the variety of gifts on offer, from classic wooden toys to handmade winter clothing and much, much more. You can also be entertained by magicians, jugglers and traditional glassblowers as you shop. There are other markets in the town too, such as the Market of Angels at Neumarkt, with chalet-style stalls, or the Cologne Harbour Christmas Market, which sits alongside the city's chocolate factory.

​​Angel's Christmas Market

ANGELS' christmas market ​

The oldest market in Cologne, the Angels’ Christmas Market takes place each year in the Neumarkt shopping district. Angels wander the market sprinkling glitter, and stalls sell decorative plates which celebrate the city’s markets.​

  • Open from 23 Nov-23 Dec.
  • ​Open 11am-9pm Sun-Thur, 11am-10pm Fri-Sat
  • Programme includes weekly visit from Santa on horseback​​​
Harbour Christmas Market

​harbour christmas market

Taking place at the Chocolate Factory overlooking the Rhine, the Harbour Christmas Market is one of the most picturesque markets in the city​.

  • Open from 20 Nov-23 Dec.
  • ​Open 11am-9pm Sun-Thur, 11am-10pm Fri-Sat
  • Over 70 stalls and an impressive 3-mast wooden ship to explore​
Old Market

​Old Market

​Prehaps the most attractive market in the city, Old Market takes place in the heart of the old town and is ideal for children, with a nostalgic children's roundabout, Santa's grotto and more.​

  • Open from 23 Nov-23 Dec
  • ​Open 11am-10pm daily
  • Themed "alleys" of stalls selling different items​​
​​Fairytale Christmas Market

Fairytale Christmas market

Also known as the Village of St Nicholas, the Fairytale Christmas Market takes place on the aptly-named Rudolfplatz each year, set against the historic backdrop of the Hahnentorburg.

  • Open from 23 Nov-23 Dec
  • ​Open 11am-9am Sun-Fri, 11am-10pm Sat
  • Stalls selling candyfloss, mulled wine, brandy punch and more​

Cathedral Christmas Market

In front of Cologne's beautiful cathedral, the city's most famous landmark, is a Christmas market with 150 wonderfully decorated festive stalls and the largest Christmas tree in the Rhineland.

  • Open from 23 Nov-23 Dec
  • Open 11am-9pm Sun-Wed, 11am-10pm Thurs-Fri, 10am-10pm Sat
  • Programme includes 100 performances of Christmas music and entertainment​
Gay & Lesbian Christmas Market

​Gay and Lesbian Christmas Market

Not just suitable for LGBT visitors, the Gay and Lesbian Christmas Market is a new market taking place on the Christmas Avenue which provides an alternative to the more family-based markets in the city.​

  • ​Open from 23 Nov-23 Dec
  • Open 12pm-10pm daily
  • Hot Christmas cocktail hut and other themed stalls

​Whats's included in your christmas market break

  • Departures from Newcastle on December 5th and 16th
  • 2 nights in an ensuite cabin
  • Return coach transfers from Amsterdam to Cologne (approx 4hours)
  • Two nights bed and breakfast in the 4 star Cologne Mariott hotel​ ​​

​mariott cologne

The 4 star Marriott Cologne hotel is located just a short walk from the city's cathedral, and is therefore very central, making this hotel a great base for exploring the city and its Christmas markets. All of the modern rooms in the hotel come with a flat-screen TV and soundproofed windows for your comfort and enjoyment, as well as a free breakfast. You can also use wi-fi in the lobby and bar for free. ​​


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European city breaks are a perfect winter getaway, so why not take your car across to Europe and create your own festive break? Head to one of Europe’s many festive markets and with 4 routes from the UK to Europe.

Onboard our ferries
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​Onboard Entertainment

There's plenty to do for friends or couples on our cruise ferries as you sail across the North Sea. Enjoy live music from our house band or acoustic troubadour as you sip a beer or cocktail in our onboard bars or catch the latest Hollywood blockbusters in the cinema. We also have onboard shops which stock everything from clothes and perfumes, to alcohol, tobacco and newspapers. ​

​Onboard Dining

Whether you're looking for an international, all-you-can-eat buffet, an à la carte dining experience, pizza and pasta or expertly-prepared steaks, our onboard restaurants have something for you. The 7 Seas world-food buffet features over 80 dishes from all over the world. Our Blue Riband restaurant has a rotating menu where you're sure to find something you love and our Explorer's Steakhouse is perfect for carnivores, with the finest cuts of steak cooked exactly how you like them. Or go Italian in our Little Italy restaurant. Book meals in advance to make savings compared to onboard prices. ​


​​Relax in your own, private cabin with en suite facilities as you cruise the North Sea. Our standard Seaways cabins come with inside or sea view options and you can also upgrade to our premium Commodore or Commodore De Luxe cabins should you wish to travel in style!  ​

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