Germany is famous for its Christmas Christmas markets around the world. Over 80 Christmas markets in Berlin will attract you to try traditional German food, enjoy mulled wine, or buy a gift for your loved ones. The first Christmas markets are opening in mid November. This is a review of my favorite Christmas markets in Berlin.
Weihnachtszauber at the Gendarmenmarkt
Gendarmenmarkt is perhaps the most impressive square in Berlin, known for its three unmistakable buildings – the German cathedral Deutscher Dom, the French cathedral and Konzerthaus concert hall. This is the best organized and the most beautiful Christmas market I’ve visited in Berlin. Live dance, food stalls and music were great. This place is also known for its many handicrafts. Every night someone is on stage who will give you a real Christmas ambience! Most often it is a singing choir, a band or a children’s orchestra.
Berlin Christmas Market at Berlin Town Hall
This Christmas market is surrounded by the TV tower (Berliner Fernsehturm), the church of St. Mary (Marienkirche) and the town hall ( Rotes Rathaus). The main attractions are a ice skating rink and a giant 50 meter high wheel, which offers a wonderful view of the Christmas fairy tale. Three times a day Santa Claus rides on his sleigh pulled by his reindeer over the market. If you are in the market then, this will be surely a fantastic opportunity for great photography.
Berlin Christmas Market at Alexanderplatz
The main part of this Christmas market is a large pyramid with thousands of lights. This Christmas market is perhaps the busiest in the entire city. Considering that a few shops surround the square, if you are looking for holiday shopping then this market is the best for you.
The Christmas market at Potsdamer Platz is designed as a winter landscape in the Austrian style. The main attractions are a large ice slide and 500 square meters of ice rinks. Also, this Christmas market is also known for some other activities such as the Eisstockschießen game. This game is a mix of bowling and curling. This Christmas market opens first in Berlin (in mid-November).
Berlin Christmas Market at Gedächtniskirche in Charlottenburg
This market is located in the center of the former West Berlin. Every weekend on this market comes Santa Claus to share gifts with children. With a total of over 100 stalls, it is one of the biggest Christmas markets in Berlin. A special Christmas atmosphere gives a lot of light on the square and the streets around it.
Lucia Christmas Market at Kulturbrauerei
Located in a former brewery from the 19th century. Lucia Christmas Market is designed in Scandinavian style with a many traditional Scandinavian handicrafts, food and beverages. The Christmas market is not big, but the space of a former brewery with brick facades gives it a special ambience. For the youngest visitors there is a small castle.
As Christmas quickly approaches, we all have a similar thought. We want to get wonderful gifts for our family and friends. There is a couple of department stores with a very interesting offer during the advent. The most famous among them is the Kaufhaus des Westens (KaDeWe), located in the famous Kurfürstendamm. Also, a very large offer will be in the Galeria Kaufhof store, located on Alexanderplatz. Don’t forget that most businesses are closed on Sundays. Most often, only one Sunday in the month is open.
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