Germany is famous for its Christmas Markets so we decided to fly to Cologne (Köln) to see what they're all about. We arrived at Dusseldorf airport and boarded a packed train to Cologne.
the Dom. The church took over 500 years to construct.
Hotel Buchholz and passed this crouching statue on the way -- thumbs up!
Römisch-Germanisches Museum featuring stone sarcophagi along the walkway.
Hot roasted chestnuts also caught my eye.
Merzenich. The selection of baked goods was simply astounding as was the throngs of people vying for a spot at the counter to make their purchases.
I caught a snippet of the performance here.
There are seven Christmas Markets in Cologne so we decided to make our way to our second market of the day. En route, we saw more deliciously ornate buildings with gargoyle embellishments.
We exited the market and made our way through the Schildergasse shopping district.
Amazing bouquets of flowers were on offer in the center of the street.Cafe Riese for a slice of cherry cake and espresso.