Opening hours

The elves of the Heinzels Wintermärchen Christmas market enchant visitors until well into January. Here is a list of latest current opening hours:

Heinzels Wintermärchen:

24 November 2023 to 7 January 2024, daily from 11 a.m.

Alter Markt:

24 November to 23 December – closed 26 November – daily from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.


24 November to 7 January – closed 26 November & 24/25 December
open daily from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., from 26 December from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Market map

Over 100 stalls, 10 different themed laneways, piazzas and Germany’s finest open-air ice rink:

Market map (PDF)


Cologne’s Old Town is located in the centre of Cologne, approx. 200 metres from Cologne Cathedral.

Park + Ride:

We recommend using the Park+Ride car park on the edge of the inner-city when visiting the Christmas market.

By metro:

The Christmas market can be easily accessed from Cologne’s main train station or from the Heumarkt (lines 1, 5, 7, 9) and Rathaus (line 5) stations.

By car:

When in the inner city, be aware of the electronic car-park routing system, and use the Heumarkt, Groß St. Martin, Philharmonie or Dom parking buildings.

Christmas Market Express:

During the Christmas market, the Christmas Market Express will operate services between all of Cologne’s Christmas markets. For more information, visit


How to contact the elves and their helpers.


Heinzel GmbH
Am Schokoladenmuseum 1a
50678 Köln


Tel.: 0221-955 645 469
Emergency hotline: 0163-190 55 53


Information, photos and contact options can be found on our press page

press page

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