Day tripped to the market

Cologne Travel Blog

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Are there more famous Christmas market's than Cologne? Judging from the crowds gathered for a bit of hot wine out of a boot and massive chunk of cow cooked over a cauldron of hot coals, the answer would have to be no.
Anyway, what can you really say? The markets are huge, they are crammed with tourists and locals alike, all looking around at the widest variety of cute Christmassy stuff you'll ever see, eating, drinking and trying to keep a leash on the kids.
Cologne itself was a nice enough place, with another amazing cathedral. You have to admire the devotion I guess - there are so many of these things scattered about, each one more fantastic than the last. We didn't, as it happens, make it in to this one - Ness has a bit of a thing for Christmas decorations and general celebrations, so we spent the day at the markets until we needed to collapse into a seat. Unfortunately, this isn't the easiest of things to do in the centre of Cologne as pretty much everyone else on the planet seems to have had the same idea.
Fortunately for us, we had a back up plan - we were actually staying in Dusseldorf, so we hopped on the train and toddled back there. The hotel recommended a local beer hall and we wondered down there for some of that fantastic German food (just can't get enough of the potatoes!!). It was a slightly unusual place, sort of a cross between German and Greek, and no one present spoke English so it was about as authentic as you could get. The food was selected by a combination of "doesn't (insert word here) mean beef/pork/chicken?" and looking around at what everyone else was eating. In the end, the second method was more effective, and the food that came out was brilliant.
A few beers later we staggered back to the hotel, ready for a second day of markets the next day.
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