Cologne, Dusseldorf and Aachen


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  • Explore the festive markets around vibrant Cologne, with the most impressive located in front of the imposing Gothic cathedral
  • Soak up the atmosphere with seasonal sights and aromas at the Dusseldorf markets, and stroll along the bustling Konigsallee
  • Visit historic Aachen and taste the local speciality ‘Aachen Printen’ gingerbread at one of the charming stalls

Join our delightful short break across to Germany, visiting some of the wonderful cities in the Nordrhein Westfalen region, including beautiful Cologne, set alongside the Rhine river.

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Day One - UK to Kaarst
We travel across to Calais and through northern France into Germany, for our evening arrival in Kaarst, near Dusseldorf, where we stay for three nights.

Day Two - Cologne
Enjoy our full day excursion to the beautiful city of Cologne for chance to explore the seasonal stalls. (B,D)

Day Three - Dusseldorf
We enjoy the festive markets and shopping in Dusseldorf. (B,D)

Day Four - Via Aachen to France
We leave Kaarst and travel via Aachen back into France for our final overnight stay (B,D)

Day Five - France to UK
We return to Calais, then make our way onward home (B)

Mercure Dusseldorf Kaarst Hotel

Located in Kaarst, on the outskirts of Dusseldorf, this modern hotel is perfectly placed for us to explore the surrounding cities and offers a welcome retreat after a day sightseeing.

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The Local Area

Included Excursions

En-route: Aachen

Set around the cathedral and town hall, Aachen’s market square is perfect to feel the magic of the festive season, with the local speciality gingerbread, Aachen Printen, a must to try! Enjoy a stroll through the heart of this historic town.


Full Day: Cologne And Bonn Markets

The city of Cologne has seven markets, with the largest ones located at the cathedral, Alter Markt, Neumarkt and Rudolfplatz. It is truly magical to explore the colourful decorated stalls and seasonal treats, with the backdrop of the imposing cathedral and other historic buildings, such as the medieval gate house. After time to explore, we go on to visit the historic city of Bonn, for more opportunity to enjoy some festive foods and shopping.


Full Day: Dusseldorf

The vibrant city of Dusseldorf has an exciting mix of traditional markets and fabulous shops, especially along the popular Konigsallee, where lights illuminate the giant trees along the boulevard. Explore the city and enjoy the festive treats such as mulled wine and gingerbread.