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Cologne, Monschau and Merode Castle Christmas Markets

This festive holiday trip to Germany offers the perfect blend of Christmas markets, charming towns, and breathtaking castles. Your journey begins in Cologne, where you'll have the opportunity to visit seven enchanting Christmas markets scattered throughout the city. You'll then travel to Monschau, a picturesque town known for its traditional Christmas market and half-timbered houses. The highlight of the trip is an evening visit to Merode Castle, where you can experience a Christmas village sparkling within the castle grounds, lit up by thousands of candles and torches. Don't miss out on the chance to celebrate the holiday season in style in Germany.

Embrace the joy of the holiday season with our magical trip to Germany, featuring visits to charming Christmas markets in Cologne, the picturesque town of Monschau, and the breathtaking grounds of Merode Castle. It's the perfect way to get into the festive spirit!
One of Cologne’s Christmas Markets at the imposing Cathedral

The Christmas season is a time of joy and celebration, and there's no better place to experience it than in Germany. From the charming Christmas markets in Cologne to the stunning castle grounds of Merode, this trip has it all.

Your journey begins in Cologne, a historic city known for its seven festive Christmas markets. These markets, located in iconic locations like Cologne Cathedral and Alter Markt, attract millions of visitors each year and are sure to get you feeling festive. The Alter Markt market, in particular, is a must-see with its adorable timber stalls and beautiful houses.

Cologne is a city that truly comes alive during the holiday season. In addition to its seven Christmas markets, there are also plenty of other festive activities to enjoy.

Overlooking Monschau in Winter

One popular attraction is the Christmas ice rink, located in the heart of the city. Here, you can lace up your skates and glide around the rink, surrounded by twinkling lights and holiday cheer.

If you're in the mood for some holiday shopping, Cologne has you covered. From traditional handicrafts to modern gifts, the city's markets have something for everyone. And when you need to take a break from all the shopping, be sure to stop by one of the many cozy cafes and taverns for a warm drink and a bite to eat. The city is known for its hearty German cuisine, including dishes like bratwurst and schnitzel. And of course, no visit to Cologne during the holiday season would be complete without sampling some of the city's famous glühwein, a warm, spiced wine that's perfect for getting into the festive spirit.

Cologne Christmas Markets

With so much to see and do, Cologne is the perfect destination for anyone looking to celebrate the holiday season in style. Don't miss out on the chance to experience all the city has to offer.

On day three, you'll visit Monschau, a charming town located in the heart of Western Germany, known for its picturesque half-timbered houses and beautiful natural surroundings. During the holiday season, Monschau comes alive with the spirit of Christmas, thanks to its traditional Christmas market.

Held in the town's historic centre, the Monschau Christmas market is a beloved annual event that attracts visitors from all over the region. The market features a variety of stalls selling traditional handicrafts and holiday gifts, as well as a selection of festive food and drink. Be sure to try some of the town's famous glühwein, a warm, spiced wine that's perfect for getting into the holiday spirit.


In addition to the market, there are also plenty of other festive activities to enjoy in Monschau during the holiday season. You can go ice skating on the town's outdoor rink or take a horse-drawn carriage ride through the streets, all while surrounded by the charming atmosphere of this beautiful town.

No matter how you choose to spend your time in Monschau, you're sure to experience the magic of the holiday season. Don't miss out on the opportunity to visit this charming destination during your trip to Germany.

But the highlight of this coach holiday is sure to be the evening visit to Merode Castle. This romantic venue is transformed into a magical Christmas village during the holiday season, with thousands of candles and torches lighting up the castle grounds. It's an experience you'll never forget.

The Christmas Markets in Cologne

During the holiday season, the grounds of Merode Castle in Germany are transformed into a festive wonderland. The castle, which is already a breathtaking sight with its romantic architecture and stunning setting, becomes even more magical when it's lit up by thousands of candles and torches.

As you explore the castle grounds, you'll find a Christmas village filled with charming stalls selling traditional handicrafts and holiday gifts. The smell of roasted chestnuts and spiced wine fills the air as you wander through the village, taking in the sights and sounds of the season.

When you're not out exploring the local Christmas markets, you'll be staying in a comfortable and well-appointed hotel. It's the perfect base for all of your holiday adventures. So why wait? Start planning your trip to Germany today and get ready to experience the magic of Christmas!

Your Holiday Itinerary

Day One - Journey to Germany. Start your holiday journey with a comfortable coach ride to Germany. Sit back and relax as you travel to your destination.

Day Two - Cologne. Begin your day with a delicious breakfast before heading to the Christmas markets of Cologne. Here, you'll find a variety of markets scattered throughout the city, each offering unique gifts and festive experiences.


Day Three - Monschau and Merode Castle. After breakfast, you'll travel to Monschau to explore the charming Christmas markets of this picturesque town. In the evening, you'll visit the enchanting Merode Castle for a Christmas market experience like no other.

Day Four - Germany. It's time to say goodbye to Germany as you start your journey back home. Enjoy another included breakfast first, check-out of your room and reboard your coach. After a fun-filled weekend, you'll make a stop at a cash and carry warehouse (time permitting) before your afternoon channel crossing. Return to your original departure point with fond memories of your holiday trip.

Your Hotel

During your trip to Germany, you'll be staying for 3 nights at the Comfort Hotel Monheim, or a similar property. Located in a prime location just 35 minutes from both Cologne and Dusseldorf, this hotel offers a variety of amenities to ensure your comfort and convenience.

Each guest room features a private en-suite bathroom, providing you with the privacy and comfort you need after a day of exploring the festive markets. The hotel also has a bar and breakfast area, where you can start your day off with a delicious continental breakfast.

The Comfort Hotel Monheim is a brand new, modern property situated on the banks of the beautiful river Rhine. With its convenient location and top-notch amenities, it's the perfect place to call home during your holiday trip to Germany.

Dates & Prices

4 Days / Tour code: "CMX4"
29 Nov 2024£319£319
6 Dec 2024£339£339
13 Dec 2024£319£319
28 Nov 2025£339£339
5 Dec 2025£359£359
12 Dec 2025£339£339

Single supplement from £169.00. Deposit £60pp. We cannot accept any liability to itinerary changes caused by the cancellation of or changes to any planned Christmas Markets festivities or openings.

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