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Cologne was the first city I visited when I travelled to Germany. It was also the opening night of the ever popular Christmas Market in the shadow of the great 'Dom'

16 of the best Christmas markets in Europe

Idstein at Christmas time - Hesse, Germany (by Lutz Koch)

Nürnberg

The Christkind opens Nuremberg’s famous Christkindlesmarkt on the Hauptmarkt square in the old quarter. Soak up the medieval charm and the aroma of gingerbread, Nuremberg bratwurst and glühwein. The Nuremberg Kinderweihnacht is the children’s market and has an old-fashioned carousel, Ferris wheel and steam train. The Nativity scene trail runs between the two markets.