This year the rule of being vaccinated or recovered (2G) applies in Heinzels Winter Fairytale.

This means that every visitor has to be either vaccinated or recovered from covid. Children and young people up to and including 15 years of age have free access.

There is a mask requirement, except when consuming food and beverages.

Corona Regeln Weihnachtsmarkt Kölner Altstadt


For any control, please keep your current vaccination or recovery certificate with you as well as a current ID.

The compliance of the rule gets controlled on a random basis. Whoever gets checked receives a stamp in order not to get checked several times. The stamp represents the certificate of being vaccinated or recovered for all Christmas markets in the inner city of Cologne.

Children and adolescents up to and including 15 years of age are exempt from 2G. The 2G rule applies to children 16 years of age and older.

Only fully immunised persons are allowed to visit the market.

People who cannot get vaccinated out of medical reasons (e.g. because they are immunocompromised) need a medical certificate as well as a PCR test not older than 48 hours or a negative rapid test not older than 6 hours. Centers for rapid tests are located close by the market (Gürzenichstraße & Lintgasse).

As everywhere at the market the 2G rule applies. The certificates get checked at the entrance of the Büble Alpe.

There is a mask obligation in the entrance area of the ice rink, but not on the ice surface during skating.

Basis for the access restrictions for the visit of the market is the current general ruling of the city of Cologne and the current Corona safety regulation of North Rhine-Westphalia.