The Holidays in Cologne, Germany

I know I’ve really been slacking on posting lately, but between starting a new job, Hebrew lessons, and getting serious with the wedding planning (only 4 1/2 months left!), it’s been hard to find the time and energy. Another big reason I didn’t post much recently is that we were abroad for my very first trip to Germany!

One of the big things I miss in Israel is all the holiday festive-ness in December. Luckily, I found it all in Cologne and got my fix. We chose a trip to Cologne because it’s where Ofir’s uncle lives, but I recommend it to anyone thinking about a trip to Germany. It has a perfect location on the Rhine river with gorgeous architecture, especially in the old city, and the incredible gothic style Cologne Cathedral (officially the High Cathedral of Saints Peter and Mary), a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It’s full of excellent restaurants and bars and has a lot of great malls and boutiques along its cobblestone streets.

 



The big highlight for us was the Christmas markets, which are in full swing in Germany right now. There’s a different market in almost every neighborhood and village, all with different themes and designs, and they change every year. There’s stalls with Christmas crafts, candies and nuts, hot wine, egg nog, and of course, being Germany, beer, waffles, and bratwurst. We spent most of our time wandering through the markets and walking around the city.

 






We also made it to Dusseldorf where we saw more gorgeous architecture and river views and managed to find even more Christmas markets.

 

The shopping in Germany is also fantastic, since the prices for most things are so much better than here in Tel Aviv. I switched out my entire skincare line for La Roche-Posay, recommended by my amazing aesthetician, Beata Younger from Beauty Room TLV, whom you absolutely must visit if you’re in Tel Aviv.  I’m so glad I made the switch, since I already see a great difference. I’m hoping this will be the key to my wedding skin prep 🙂

All in all the trip was fabulous, and I only wish we had more time there. In hindsight I also would have brought a lock for the incredible Cologne lock bridge over the Rhine. Since we added one in Slovenia, I kind of want to make it a little travel tradition. 



I hope everyone had a happy and peaceful Chanukah, and is enjoying the holiday season and lead up to Christmas and New Year’s. While we won’t be celebrating Christmas, we will be trying out the Mike’s Place Christmas Party for some American food and a little holiday spirit (or spirits 😉 ).

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