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Enchanting Christmas in Trier and Cologne

If you are searching for a romantic Christmas Market break, the cities along the Rhine and Moselle valleys can offer you that opportunity. Local vineyards and cinnamon create the calm and cozy atmosphere at the traditional Christmas markets. The beautiful towns in the region can captivate each visitor with their rich history, labyrinthine old quarters and amazing cathedrals. But during the holidays they are even prettier… The historical buildings are illuminated by thousands upon thousands of fairy lights and the mood all over the streets is positive and enchanting.

The Christmas markets in Trier and Cologne are particularly one of the most famous and are quite large.

Christmas market in Trier

Trier, which is Germany’s oldest city, hosts a charming Christmas Market on the Hauptmarkt Square, with a cathedral providing an impressive background. There is also a large Christmas tree in the middle and a little train that can take you between some of the markets.

For more information visit the official website of Trier

Christmas market in Cologne

Cologne is known by its famous Cathedral and is Germany’s fourth largest city. As Christmas approaches there are plenty of things to do, with attractions throughout Cologne, including many Christmas Concerts, Nativity Scenes and a huge temporary ice rink on the Heumarkt. Also in Cologne you can find one of the largest Christmas trees in the Rhineland, fascinating and spectacular.

For more information visit the official website of the market in Cologne

Visit a Christmas market either in Trier or Cologne is a great opportunity to buy an unique Christmas gift and get into the Christmas spirit at the same time. Small wooden huts, lots of handcrafted gifts, wine and festive treats are just a small part of all the possibilities and things to do during a Christmas market adventure. Everything you can expect from the best of German Christmas markets is situated in Trier and Cologne. Even for the children, there is plenty to keep them amused like a puppet theater, a Santa Claus’ grotto, toy stands and much more.

Christmas markets are open from November to the end of December (about 22nd, 23rd ). They have an interesting program and many possibilities to entertain each visitor. You can feel both the taste of Christmas and the enchanting atmosphere of Germany, along the Rhine and Moselle valleys. Finding an amazing and original present, having fun with some of the activities or trying delicious Christmas food, like bratwurst sausages, potato pancakes, sweets, hot tea and mulled wine…

These are the various opportunities offered by the Christmas markets, which can be experienced in the best way only in Trier and Cologne.

Experience a river cruise from Trier to Koblenz

Trier and Moselle- get on board

Trier is a magnificent city in Germany, situated in a valley between low vine-covered hills of ruddy sandstone, in the west of the state of Rhineland-Palatinate, near the border with Luxembourg. It is founded in 16 BC and that makes it the oldest city in Germany. Another interesting detail about Trier is that it’s on the banks of Moselle which makes the city a perfect destination for tourists who enjoy both travelling along the river and watching gorgeous views.

Trier’s proximity to its French neighbour is noticeable throughout the city. Especially when it comes to eating and drinking each tourist can feel the difference in the culture. Outstanding restaurants of international standing offer can provide a different dining experience. There are also excellent wines from the Moselle, Saar and Ruwer which is the reason for visitors to enjoy wine festivals and town celebrations very often. The annual highlight is the Moselle WeinKulturZeit, a month-long series of wine, gourmet and cultural events- a taste from everything around Trier.

The Porta Nigra in Trier
The Porta Nigra in Trier

A cruise along the Moselle is not only a memorable experience but it is punctuated with striking castles and charming towns. This is a place where a man can feel the atmosphere of extraordinary Roman ruins, romantic castle-dotted shores, and lively cities. The Mosel Valley is perfect for a leisurely drive where you can stop on a whim and smell the roses along the way. Almost like a fairytale the combination of Mosel and Trier makes the perfect beginning for an exceptional cruise.

Next stop at Cochem

It is a well- known fact that in the most romantic part of the Mosel (or  Moselle) Valley, where the river curves between two hiking paradises – Eifel and Hunsrück – lies the old town of Cochem. The place is also recognized as a centre of the geographical area, especially appreciated by the tourists. There are over 3.300 beds in area hotels, pensions and vacation homes. Of the 350.000 annual overnight guests, 150.000 are foreigners. There are also three large camping areas.

Cochem castle
Cochem castle

As long as you step on the banks of Cochem you are already astonished by its pastel-painted and half-timber homes, winding streets and alleyways, next to a meandering river with vineyards planted at unimaginable angles. A combination which can make your cruise even more relaxing and comfortable as you can enjoy the opportunity to see the charm of Cochem and to feel the legend and the history of the town, which is also rated as one of the most beautiful places along the Mosel. All the castles are rising above Cochem and underline the exclusive architecture of the streets and the houses.

Continue explore the town of Cochem

The Mosel river flows between the main-town and the Cond district, across the river by one of two connecting bridges. A really wide boulevard runs along the river. There is a number of hotels, restaurants, bars and seating areas which can be observed from the river. Also you have the opportunity to take river tours at frequent intervals.

The historical, medieval old town, the unique Moselle countryside with its picturesque and memorable villages makes the cruise along the Moselle one of the things that each person should do during his holiday or free time. A historical journey which leads to the next magical place- Koblenz.

Cruise ending in Koblenz

One of the most interesting things about Koblenz is that the city is situated on both banks of the Rhine and the Moselle. Its name originates from Latin and means “confluence” or “merging of rivers”. Even the name of Koblenz is a reason curious enough to see its narrow streets and romantic corners, situated near the merging rivers. Emperors, dukes and kings have resided in the city where they left historical steps which can be notice all over the streets and through the monuments. Visitors from around the world could also discover the buildings and cultural heritage kept during the years.

The people of Koblenz and all the tourists certainly enjoy the open-air life. They can be seen walking under the big trees and green nature of the Kaiserin Augusta park, the loveliest and most visited park on the Rhine, and on the cultivated banks of the Moselle.

Koblenz has both- an extraordinary situation and magnificent historical atmosphere- a combination which can influence each tourist and can create the perfect feeling for a good cruise end. After a relaxing, comfortable and emotional trip, a person needs to be astonished by something for the last time… this can be achieved by the unique background of Koblenz.

So don’t hesitate to make yourself a well- deserved gift! Germany is waiting for your exceptional personality and in return will give you a possibility to experience a cruise from Trier to Koblenz.