You’ll be spoilt for choice in Berlin, with over sixty Christmas Markets on offer !
It is difficult to beat a traditional German Christmas Market for a festive shopping experience which will get you in the mood for Christmas – and hopefully solve many of your Christmas present problems at the same time!
In the markets found in almost every German city in the weeks before Christmas you can buy all kinds of Christmas merchandise and gifts, especially traditional items such as crib figurines, toys, wood carvings, marionettes and candles. The ambience of a typical German Christmas Market is further enhanced by the aromas of hot chestnuts, grilled sausages and glühwein (mulled wine). Often on sale are also traditional gingerbread biscuits known as Lebkuchen, marzipan figures and other sweets.
Most Christmas Markets start in the last week of November and run through to Christmas Eve or a day or two before, opening up mid-morning and continuing well into the evening. Berlin has something to suit everyone in the Christmas market stakes and if you travel to the German capital on a Christmas Market break you will have a choice of around sixty Christmas Markets – more than enough for most visitors! There are markets along many large boulevards and in countless squares as well as on small side streets and even in several museums.
One of the best and most famous Christmas Markets in Berlin is held at Charlottenburg Castle. For 35 days the castle and its park have a very special romantic atmosphere as approximately 150 vendors sell their wares from all over Germany as well as abroad.
The Gendarmenmarkt Christmas Market is one of the most popular. Held in one of the most beautiful squares in the city, this market specialises in old handicrafts. Wood carvers and stonemasons display their work and jugglers, acrobats, fire artists, dance groups and choirs entertain the shoppers..
The Potsdamer Platz Christmas Market is like no other. In early November, Potsdamer Platz is transformed into a gigantic winter wonderland. A toboggan run with views of the Brandenburg Gate, an outdoor skating rink, curling and huts offering seasonal treats get the festive season going even before Advent gets started.
Visitors ride down Europe’s largest mobile toboggan run and skaters can enjoy the ice rink which is set up in front of the Stage Theater am Potsdamer Platz.
Visitors to the Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church Christmas Market will enjoy the smells of roasted almonds, sweet waffles, hot cocoa and mulled wine from more than 100 stalls which are set up around the historical church. Located on the festively decorated Breitscheidplatz between Kurfürstendamm and Zoologischer Garten, handmade crafts, Christmas decorations, winter clothing, children’s toys and lovingly crafted accessories are amongst the items on display.
Anyone thinking of taking a Christmas Market break this year should certainly consider Berlin if they are looking for an enchanting festive experience.