Your ultimate guide to the Berlin Christmas Markets

Berlin Christmas Markets

December is such a magical month, especially in Germany! The aroma of mulled wine, grilled sausages and ginger cookies is everywhere. It tempts you to leave all troubles behind and to enjoy a mug of mulled wine with friends in any of the Berlin Christmas markets.

Christmas markets are street markets dedicated to Christmas. They continue during the four weeks of Advent. The markets are an old tradition in Germany and their history can be traced back to 14th-16th century. Berlin is the capital city of the German Christmas markets with its over 60 markets scattered around the city. No two markets are identical. So no matter if you search for a magical or bio or urban Christmas market, you will find it in Berlin. Read on to find out which the best Berlin Christmas markets are and why you should not miss them.

Map of the Berlin Christmas markets

The most famous Berlin Christmas markets

Berliner Weihnachtszeit

Berliner Weihnachtszeit

Berliner Weihnachtszeit

Berliner Weihnachtszeit has a certain romantic charm due to its location. The market is situated on the square in front of the City Hall (Rotes Rathaus) in the shadow of the TV Tower (Fernsehturm) and St. Mary’s Church (Marienkirche). There is a 600 square meter ice rink and a petting zoo with donkeys, sheep and ponies. If you take a ride on the 50m high Ferris wheel, you will enjoy beautiful views over the city of Berlin. Santa Claus appears daily at 04:30 PM, 06:30 PM and 08:30 PM.

Address: Platz vor dem Roten Rathaus
Access:
Metro station Alexanderplatz – lines U2, U5, U8
Metro station Klosterstraße – line U2
Opening hours:
From 23 November until 29 December
From Monday to Friday: 12:00 PM – 10:00 PM
Saturday and Sunday: 11:00 AM – 10:00 PM
Admission: free
Web site: http://www.berlinerweihnachtszeit.de/

Nostalgic Christmas Market at the Opernpalais (Nostalgischer Weihnachtsmarkt am Opernpalais)

Located on the Museum Island (Museumsinsel) in Berlin, this Christmas market has a nostalgic beauty. If you are into wooden toys, candles and lanterns, roasted chestnuts and almonds, the Nostalgic Christmas Market at the Opernpalais is the place for you.

Address: Schlossplatz 1, 10178 Berlin-Mitte
Access: Metro station Hausvogteiplatz – line U2
Opening hours:
From 25 November until 27 December
From Monday to Thursday: 12:00 PM – 09:30 PM
Friday: 12:00 PM – 10:30 PM
Saturday: 11:00 AM – 10:30 PM
Sunday: 11:00 AM – 09:30 PM
Admission: free
Web site: http://www.berliner-weihnacht.de/

Christmas Market at the Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church (Weihnachtsmarkt an der Kaiser-Wilhelm-Gedächtnis-Kirche)

Christmas Market at the Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church

The Christmas market is located on the square in front of the Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church (Kaiser-Wilhelm-Gedächtnis-Kirche). A 25 feet high Christmas tree is standing in front of the backdrop of the ruins of the church. The festively decorated shops that surround the market will put you in the right holiday mood. Here you can find more than 170 wooden stalls offering handmade tree ornaments and toys. The mulled wine comes in different variations as blueberry, apple or cherry wine. It is a perfect addition to the original Nuremberg bratwurst, which you can find here. Santa Claus distributes gifts to children every day from 04:00 PM to 05:00 PM.

Address: Breitscheidplatz, 10789 Berlin
Access:
Metro station Kurfürstendamm – lines U1, U9
Metro station Wittenbergplatz – lines U1, U2, U3
Metro station Zoologischer Garten – lines U2, U9
Opening hours:
From 23 November until 3 January
From Sunday to Thursday: 11:00 AM – 09:00 PM
Friday and Saturday: 11:00 AM – 10:00 PM
Admission: free
Web site: info

Alexanderplatz Christmas Market (Weihnachtsmarkt auf dem Alexanderplatz)

Alexanderplatz Christmas Market

Alexanderplatz Christmas Market is located between Galeria Kaufhof department store and Alexa shopping mall. Thus you can relax with some mulled wine after the Christmas shopping. The heart of the market is a large Christmas pyramid with more than 5000 lights. There is an open air ice rink and a fairground ride.

Address: Alexanderplatz 4, 10178 Berlin
Access: Metro station Alexanderplatz – lines U2, U5, U8
Opening hours:
From 23 November until 27 December
Every day: 10:00 AM – 10:00 PM
Admission: free

Winterdream at Alexa (Wintertraum am Alexa)

The market is located between metro stations Alexanderplatz and Jannowitzbrücke. Winterdream at Alexa is not the traditional Christmas market. Although the stalls are full with delicious Christmas foods, it looks like more than funfair. Here you will find a gigantic Ferris wheel, spinning attractions and a rollercoaster.

Address: Am Alexa (Jannowitzbrücke bis Alexanderplatz)
Access:
Metro station Alexanderplatz – lines U2, U5, U8
Metro station Jannowitzbrücke – line U8
Opening hours:
From 24 November until 28 December
From Monday to Friday: 02:00 PM – 10:00 PM
Saturday and Sunday: 12:00 PM – 10:00 PM
Admission: free
Web site: info 

Christmas Market at Gendarmenmarkt (WeihnachtsZauber Gendarmenmarkt)

Christmas Market at Gendarmenmarkt

Christmas Market at Gendarmenmarkt

The most famous market in Berlin is the Christmas Market at Gendarmenmarkt. Although it has 1 EUR entrance fee, don’t even think about skipping it. It’s worth a visit. You can find the market on the square between the German Church (Deutsche Dom), the Concert Hall (Konzerthaus) and the French Cathedral (Französische Friedrichstadtkirche). The stage with live choir performances and the gigantic Christmas tree create a magical atmosphere. The wooden stalls offer not just the regular treats and hot beverages, but also a great range of crafted handmade goods by artisans. Don’t miss to visit the Fassbender & Rausch chocolate shop located near the market. There you can see famous landmarks made from solid chocolate. Nearby you will also find a Ritter shop, where you can create your own Ritter chocolate.

Address: Gendarmenmarkt, 10115 Berlin
Access: Metro station Stadtmitte – lines U2, U6
Opening hours:
From 23 November until 31 December
Every day: 11:00 AM – 10:00 PM
Admission: 1€ for the stage program and charity projects
Free entry from Monday to Friday: 11:00 AM – 02:00 PM
Web site: http://www.gendarmenmarktberlin.de/wp/?lang=en
Program of the market, Map of the market

Winter World on Potsdamer Platz (Winterwelt am Potsdamer Platz)

Every year Potsdamer Platz turns into an Alpine winter world with a lot of entertainments. A giant toboggan run with a view of Brandenburg gate and a 500 square meter open air ice rink will take care of your good mood. The huts in Austrian style offer delicious savoury and sweet winter foods and crafted toys.

Address: Potsdamer Platz, 10785 Berlin
Access: Metro station Potsdamer Platz – line U2
Opening hours:
From 24 November until 26 December
Every day: 10:00 AM – 10:00 PM
Admission: free

Christmas market at Charlottenburg Palace (Weihnachtsmarkt vor dem Schloss Charlottenburg)

Charlottenburg Palace

Christmas market at Charlottenburg Palace

Christmas market at Charlottenburg Palace

The Christmas market is located a little bit outside of the city center, in front of the beautiful Charlottenburg Palace (Schloss Charlottenburg). The palace is festively illuminated with changing coloured lights. In fact this is my favourite one, because Schloss Charlottenburg lends sumptuous charm to the market. Take a cup of mulled wine and enjoy the illuminated building. Don’t miss to visit the palace itself, because it is a real beauty from inside.

Address: Spandauer Damm 20-24, 14059 Berlin
Access:
Metro station Richard-Wagner-Platz – line U7
Metro station Sophie-Charlotte-Platz– line U2
Opening hours:
From 23 November until 26 December
From Monday to Thursday: 02:00 PM – 10:00 PM
From Friday to Sunday: 12:00 PM – 10:00 PM
Admission: free
Web site: http://www.wvdsc.de/

Berlin Christmas markets off the beaten path

Spandau Christmas Market (Spandauer Weihnachtsmarkt)

Situated in the old town of Spandau in the outskirts of Berlin, this Christmas market is the biggest one in the city. The stalls are 250 during the weekdays and reach over 400 in the weekends. Wednesdays are family days and Santa Claus is visiting the market. The nativity scene with live animals and the big Christmas tree with thousands lights make the atmosphere festive and joyful. Don’t miss the rock concerts every Friday, starting at 06:00 PM.

Address: Altstadt Spandau 1 13597 Berlin
Access: Metro station Altstadt Spandau – line U7
Opening hours:
From 25 November until 23 December
From Sunday to Thursday: 11:00 AM – 08:00 PM
Friday and Saturday: 11:00 AM – 10:00 PM
Admission: free
Web site: info

Lucia Christmas Market (Lucia Weihnachtsmarkt)

Lucia Christmas Market is situated in a former brewery and it is not a big one. The market is dedicated to Scandinavian and Nordic countries. Its name comes from Saint Lucia, the goddess of light. Here you will find Nordic and Scandinavian culinary delights. This includes Finnish honey, variations of mulled beer and wine, Swedish elk bratwurst and many more.

Address: Schönhauser Allee 36-39, 10435 Berlin
Access: Metro station Eberswalder Straße – line U2
Opening hours:
From 23 November until 22 December
From Monday to Friday: 03:00 PM – 10:00 PM
Saturday and Sunday: 01:00 PM – 10:00 PM
Admission: free
Web site: http://www.lucia-weihnachtsmarkt.de/
Program of the market, Market map

Vegetarian and vegan Berlin Christmas markets

The Green Christmas Market

If you are not a meat fan or you get sick of all these sausages in the traditional Berlin Christmas markets, this market is just the right one for you. Local traders offer vegetarian and vegan alternative of the Christmas treats.

Address: Revaler Straße 99, 10245 Berlin-Friedrichshain
Access: Metro station Uhlandstraße – line U1
Opening hours: On 12 -13 December: 12:00 PM – 10:00 PM More info 
Admission: 2 EUR
Web site: http://www.greenmarketberlin.com/

Christmas Market at Kollwitzplatz (Adventsökomarkt rund um den Kollwitzplatz)

This is an eco-Christmas market where you can find Christmas foods from organic ingredients and Fair Trade toys.

Address: Kollwitzplatz 1, 10435 Berlin
Access: Metro station Senefelderplatz – line U2
Opening hours:
From 29 November until 20 December
Every Sunday: 12:00 PM – 07:00 PM
Admission: free
Web site: info 

Tips for visiting Berlin Christmas markets

Metro map of all Berlin Christmas markets

When to go

Most of the Berlin Christmas markets open in the last week of November and run until Christmas. If you are searching for gifts, visit the markets during the day or late afternoon in the weekdays. This way you will escape the hordes of people. Visit the markets in the evenings to enjoy the atmosphere, have a bite and a mug of mulled wine.

What to buy

The stalls in the Berlin Christmas markets offer a great variety of Christmas tree ornaments, wooden toys, nutcrackers, incense smokers, music boxes, candles and glass baubles.

What to eat and drink

Glühwein – mulled red wine with various spices as cinnamon sticks, vanilla pods, cloves, citrus and sugar. Usually the markets offer variations and you can find even cherry or blueberry mulled wine. It is served in a decorated mug, for which you have to pay a few euros deposit. Then you can keep the mug as a beautiful souvenir. If you don’t have room in your suitcase you can return it and you will get your deposit back. Every market has a different mug, so take a look around and find your favourite one.

Eierpunsch – an egg-based alcoholic drink.

Bratwurst in a bun – one of the must eats. It is a grilled sausage usually served in a bun with optional ketchup and mustard.

Sautéed potatoes and garlic mushrooms – a delicious meal, cooked in a huge pan.

Stollen – bread with dried fruits covered with powdered sugar. It comes in different variations such as Poppy seed stollen, Nut stollen, Marzipan stollen. I suggest you to try the Poppy seed and the Nut stollen.

Lebkuchen – the German version of the gingerbread. It is round or in a shape of a heart covered with dark chocolate. Usually the decoration is coloured icing inscriptions.

Schmalzkuchen (Mutzen) – this means lard cake. It sounds awful, but in fact it is so delicious that you will want more after the first one. It is actually small German doughnuts served in a paper cone and covered with powdered sugar.

Bratwurst in a bun

Bratwurst in a bun

Schmalzkuchen (Mutzen)

Schmalzkuchen (Mutzen)

Stollen

Stollen

Glühwein and Eierpunsch

Glühwein and Eierpunsch

Glühwein

Glühwein

Glühwein

Glühwein

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Have you visited any of these Berlin Christmas markets? Which one did you enjoy the most?

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2 Responses to “Your ultimate guide to the Berlin Christmas Markets”

  1. Maria says:

    I love that there are so many Christmas markets in Berlin! You can visit each one of them every week and won’t get bored. 🙂 Very informative post!

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