Top Christmas Markets to visit in Berlin, Germany

Christmas Markets or to use the German word, Weihnachtsmärkte can be found around the world but none compare to the Christmas Markets in one of their original regions: Germany.  In Berlin alone there are over 60 different Christmas Markets every year!  Every one of them has its own charm and still at each of them we can enjoy many of the delicious foods and drinks, mulled wine and roasted chestnuts. Gifts and decorations are available at the majority of markets as well, yet each market has its own niche, often products from local artists.   They are a great place to mingle with locals and have a magical atmosphere to them.

Here, we have rounded up some of the must visit Christmas Markets if your in Germany (Berlin) for the Holidays.

Charlottenburg Palace Christmas Market

A booth at the Charlottenburg Palace Weihnachtsmarkt in Berlin Germany

A booth at the Charlottenburg Palace Christmas Market

The Charlottenburg Palace Christmas Market is one of the newest Christmas Markets only dating back to 2007.  The Palace is lit up with special romantic lighting and features 150 vendors that come from across Germany and from abroad to sell food, drinks and arts and crafts such as miniature Weihnachtspyramiden (Christmas Pyramids) from the Ore Mountains.  There are also rides and other entertainment for kids.  If you are looking to also visit the exhibits at the castle they are still open during the market.

Dates and opening hours of the market are:

Nov. 21, 2011 – December 26, 2011 (Closed Christmas Eve and Holidays)
Mon – Thurs: 2pm to 10pm
Fri – Sun: 12pm to 8pm

More info about Charlottenburg Palace

Gendarmenmarkt Christmas Market

The Gendarmenmarkt is a square in Berlin best known for its three Cathedrals: Konzerthas, French and German Cathedrals.  At Christmas time the square plays host to a unique Christmas market with a stage with performances from jugglers, fire artists, musicians and dancers.  The market is also well known for its traditional hand crafted goods such as flax embroidery and other goods made by wood carvers, stonemasons and gold smiths.

The Gendarmenmarket Weihnachtsmarkt in Berlin Germany

Gendarmenmarkt Christmas Market

Unlike most Christmas Markets the Gendarmenmarket Chrstimas Market charges a small 1 Euro Admission fee (kids under 12 are free).  This keeps the market open on Christmas Eve and also allows the market to continue until New Years Eve when a special event is held.

Dates and opening hours of the market are:

Nov. 21, 2011 – December 31, 2011 (Open New Years Eve)
Sun– Thurs: 11am to 10pm
Fri – Sat: 11am to 6pm
Christmas Eve: 11am – 1am

More info about Gendarmenmarkt

Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church Christmas Market

Gingerbread cookies at the Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church Christmas Market

Gingerbread cookies at the Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church Christmas Market

With over 2 Million visitors a year the Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church Christmas Market is one of the most popular Christmas markets.   With an annual 20 meter tall Christmas tree and many of the booths made out of wood and lit up with Christmas lights the market has a true holiday atmosphere.  It features 170 booths with everything from food and drinks to decorations and toys. You will find nearly anything you are looking for while being absorbed in its unique atmosphere.

Dates and opening hours of the market are:

Nov. 21, 2011 – January 1, 2011
Sun – Thurs: 11am to 9pm
Fri – Sat: 11am to 10pm

More info about the Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church

Potsdamer Platz Christmas Market

Tobogan run at Potsdamer Platz

Tobogganing at Potsdamer Platz

The Christmas market at Potsdamer Platz  combines with what is called “Winter World” is a celebration of wintery things.  There are the standard food an beverages but it also features a 500 square meter skating rink, Europe’s largest mobile toboggan run, which measures a generous 12m (~40 feet) as well as other rides and activities.

Dates and opening hours are:

Nov. 5, 2011 – January 1,2011
Sun – Fri: 10am to 10pm
Fri – Sat: 10am to 12pm

More info about Potsdamer Platz

There are dozens of other Christmas Markets in Berlin and hundreds across Germany but here are a few others to consider:  Alexanderplatz Christmas Market, Rotes Rathaus Christmas Market and the Lucia Christmas Market at Kulturbrauerei.

To help you navigate through Berlin and to make sure to try out the mTrip Berlin Travel Guide.  (Many of Berlin’s Christmas Market locations are already in the app)

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