I spied this book with the aerial view of the cathedral's market. We were right in the middle of this atmosphere. Very picturesque with the red topped tents!
You can find a little bit of everything at the Cologne market. Wooden toys and decorations are popular treats. As are antique toys for kids. Somehow we made it out of there without having to add another car to our collection. Phew.
I was shocked at how much of the market was devoted to eating. Probably half of the stalls sold food of every flavor and texture. I was surprised to see this one selling hot sauteed champignons, or mushrooms.
After weaving our way through the crowds at the Dom Market (Dom is the word for the cathedral) we went to explore the church's interior.
It was enormous. The altar houses a silver tomb-like box supposedly containing the skulls of the three magi inside. Not sure I totally believe their authenticity, but it lent to the Christmas story so seemed fitting.The square mosaic of the stained glass was less traditional than I am used to. It was a modern twist.
We squished through Cologne's main shopping streets and made our way next to the Neumarkt, Cologne's oldest Christmas market. This one felt very traditional and nostalgic. I was glad we found it. My favorite booth was the one selling every kind of cookie cutter you can imagine. I bought 4. Christmas cookies are always a hit and this way I can remember Cologne whenever we cut some in the years to come.The very best part about European Christmas markets is the smell, taste, and comfort of mulled wine. In Cologne each market has their signature souvenir mug representing their theme. I loved the Neumarkt's mugs with the angel theme.We also found the Altermarkt. Kirk bought fried potato pancakes, called Reibekuchen, just to taunt me! I am trying to be good. But these were the clear specialty of the market so he and Connor gobbled them down. I stole three bites and oh my were they good!