Weihnachtsmarkt am Kölner Dom

This was one of my favorite Christmas Markets. Simon’s mom read that it was voted the most popular in Germany. First a few pics of the Dom itself- even though pictures just don’t do it justice. It is VERY impressive (I’ll do a whole blog post on it at a later date). Some quick facts- building of the Dom started in 1248 and was finished in 1880 (to make a long story short, there were some delays). It’s 515 ft. tall and it’s two huge spires give it the largest facade of any church in the world. The cathedral is home to the Shrine of the Three Kings, which is made out of gold and it is believed to hold the remains of the Three Wise Men.

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These “smokers” are very popular here. It’s actually 2 pieces- you lift the top half off and put a pyramid shaped piece of incense in there, light it, and put the top back on. Then the figure appears to be smoking a pipe since smoke from the incense is wafting out. We have a Santa one at home.

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I bought the Köln skyline candle in the middle (made out of wood).

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Germans love Nutella like Americans love Peanut Butter

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Rievkooche/ Reibekuchen is probably the most popular Weihnachtsmarkt food. It’s a shredded potato and onion patty that’s fried and often dipped in applesauce. Here’s one below…

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Bread, bread, and more bread…

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I bought a few of these wooden tree ornaments

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Every flavor of Liqueur

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This angel is put up every year

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Crowd in front of the Dom

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In front of the Dom (Weihnachtsmarkt around the corner).

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This stone archway in front of the Dom was the North Gate of the old Roman city wall and is about 2,000 years old!

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Another view of it…

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This year’s Dom Weihnachtsmarkt mug

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4 thoughts on “Weihnachtsmarkt am Kölner Dom

  1. Harry

    Wow. Almost like being there !

  2. Onkel Ed & Tanta Amy

    Merry Christmas Simon, Meegan, Quinnie & Kiera! Amy & I just spent about an hour looking through your pictures of the Christmastime markets. Really Cool! Hope Santa is good to you guys,
    Ed, Amy, Madeline & Audrey

  3. Ed

    Meegan,
    That Reibekuchen looks delish, but they need to find a way to work some bacon & ketchup into the mix!

    Ed

  4. Grandma

    I remember the Dom well! very impressive..didn’t know a lout the wiseman being buried there. love the large hanging, wooden hand carved ornaments, the incense burning little smokers and the cinnamon,pine one hanging ornaments! it all looks grand and the food very yummy! it must have been hard to decide what to purchase! love your blogs Minkles..miss you and love you too!! Xoxo mom

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