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"Cologne, or Köln, boasts a vibrant beer culture deeply rooted in tradition and history. Central to this cultural phenomenon is Kölsch, a pale, top-fermented beer with a distinct taste that holds the Protected Geographical Indication (PGI) status. Brewed exclusively in Cologne, Kölsch has become a symbol of the city's identity. The beer is traditionally served in small, cylindrical glasses called "Stangen," and its consumption is a social experience. The city is dotted with numerous breweries, many with centuries-old histories, contributing to Cologne's reputation as a beer lover's paradise. Visitors can immerse themselves in the local beer scene by exploring traditional brewhouses, where the combination of historical ambiance and the unique Kölsch tradition creates an authentic and memorable experience. The beer gardens along the Rhine River and in the city's historic quarters provide the perfect backdrop for savoring Kölsch and enjoying the convivial atmosphere that defines Cologne's beer culture."
"The Cologne Cathedral (Kölner Dom) provides a stunning backdrop to the city's Christmas markets. The Cathedral Christmas Market (Weihnachtsmarkt am Kölner Dom) is a highlight, and the city's Christmas markets are famous for their unique handicrafts."
"A Christmas Matket weekend Cologne – Dusseldorf – Bonn – Siegburg – (add Aachen if you have time)"
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