Weekend in Germany - Christmas Markets - Cologne by Night

The Christmas lights sparkled at dusk in Cologne as we entered Neumarkt Square Christmas Market.
We confronted tempting treats at every turn including these Belgian waffles.
We saw another amazing selection of gifts like these honey candles.
We kept walking further afield and soon arrived at the Christmas Market at Rudolfplatz.
The market sat at the foot of a beautiful castle-like structure.
We decided to seek out some Kölsch before tackling the food and shopping at the market.  We spotted this promising neon sign and walked in that direction confident that we'd find what we were looking for.
We stopped at a local pub and the bartender quickly brought us two small glasses (200 mL) of Kölsch.  The beer is served small so that it's always fresh and cold.  We finished our drinks and they were quickly replenished as the bartender added two ticks to our coaster to keep track of our tab. 
Sufficiently fortified, we walked back to the market on Rudolfplatz.
I liked how the garbage bins were topped with festive decorations.
The gift and food stalls featured elves and dolls on the roof which were frankly a bit creepy.
We returned toward our hotel via Pfeilstrasse and Mittelstrasse.
We detoured through Neumarkt again on our return to sample mushrooms drenched in a rich creamy sauce.
We also revisited the Dom Christmas Market after dark.
We ate sausage and sauerkraut while admiring the cathedral through the hanging lights.

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