Pick Of The Christmas Markets In Berlin
Germany is the traditional home of the Christmas market or Weihachtsmarkt and they do it as well as you might expect! From the cute wooden, chalet style booths all aglow seemingly with candlelight to the festive treats and snacks like gluhwein and spiced ginger cakes. Christmas in Berlin is wonderful.
Charlottenburg Castle Christmas Market – 25th November – 26th December
The stunning old castle takes on a youthful appearance at Christmas with a light show make-over and the glittering Christmas market filling the courtyard like a box full of magical toys. Probably one of the most beautiful places to get into the festive spirit with stalls packed with everything you need to make Christmas unique from sparkly trinkets and hand crafted gifts to traditional German snacks and choirs and brass bands all mixed together like some special Christmas recipe. This is one of the largest markets so it is probably worth making a day of it and visiting the castle at the same time.
Gendarmenmarkt Christmas Market – 25th November – 31st December
One of the best times to visit is dusk when the lights come on and the square is lit up by hundreds of fairy lights. Right in the centre of the bustle and bustle of the city Gendarmenmarkt is really easy to get to there are quite a few bars and restaurants around the edge where you can grab a bite to eat of a refreshing beer once you are all shopped out. Bear in mind that you will probably have to the hefty one Euro toll for entry!
Potsdamer Platz Christmas Market – 24th November – 26th December
This is where the ultra modern meets the old and traditional in Berlin. The Sony Centre hosts the Christmas Market which is the heart of the WinterMagic fair in the surrounding area. So after you have bought your fill of delicately carved Christmas ornaments and hand knitted gloves you can head out onto Europe’s fastest toboggan run or take to two blades on the ice rink!
City Hall Christmas Market – 25th November – 29th December
You will be able to see the brilliantly lit Ferris wheel at the City hall Christmas Market before you even get there and the view from the top is of a magical Christmas land. There are plenty of traditional stalls and goodies on show plus an ice rink in the Neptune Fountain.
Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church Christmas Market – 25th November – 1st January
If you are looking for nostalgia and charm then this market will be right up your street. In the protective shadow of the ruins of the old church the market is visited by more than 2 million eager Christmas shoppers every year. You will probably be able to smell the roasted almonds and hot cocoa before you even get to the market. Treat yourself to a heart shaped cookie or handmade wooden decoration for your tree.
Green Christmas Market – Every Sunday during Advent
For a more up-to-date and environmentally friendly experience try the Green Christmas Market. Everything on sale will have been either made from recycled materials or using sustainable sources. All the food on offer will be local organic produce so tuck in and know you are doing your bit.