If there was an award for the most colourful and entertaining Christmas market, Heimat der Heinzel would be taking it home. The main feature of this market is undoubtedly the newly improved ice skating circuit, something that can be viewed from various standing points, including a ski lodge-style bar and an overlooking bridge that provided the perfect view of skaters passing through below. Considering I've been ice skating three times in my life and each time have ended up injured (one attempt involving a night spent in a French hospital), I was very much the spectator.. however judging by the endless streams of happy faces and excitable laughs, this wintery feature was a definite hit!
Something I noticed on my 2014 visit to the Christmas markets in Cologne, was how every feature seemed to have been sprinkled with fairy dust and generally polished. There is no denying that the markets have always been magical and captivating, however there is far much more to photograph now and with the constant guarantee of panoramic perfection. Giant potato, anyone?