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Ger­man cities are never less than twin­kling havens of Christ­mas-mar­ket fun at the end of the year, and Cologne is one of the best. It hosts sev­eral (see cologne­tourism.com/christ­mas) – the big­gest (Nov 26-Dec

23) fill­ing Ron­cal­li­platz (1) with stalls and trin­kets. Flights are plen­ti­ful – Eurow­ings (eurow­ings.com; Ed­in­burgh, Heathrow, Stansted), Bri­tish Air­ways (ba.com; Gatwick), Ryanair (ryanair.com; Bris­tol, Stansted and Man­ches­ter), Jet2 ( jet2.com; Man­ches­ter), and Flybe (flybe.com; Southend).

cathe­dral was once the world’s tallest build­ing (koel­ner-dom.de). Ad­mire its size from in­side or out, then stroll east, across Ron­cal­li­platz (1) and Hein­rich-Böll-Platz (5), to the city’s other defin­ing sight. You can en­joy broad views of the Rhine from the Ho­hen­zollern­brücke (6)

– as far as the Kran­häus tow­ers (7), the glass clus­ters of of­fices and flats, a mile (1.6km) to the south, whose shape mim­ics the cranes that once worked the docks.

mo­saic. Mu­seum Lud­wig (12) (mu­seum-lud­wig.de; €13) has art by Dalí and Warhol.

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