Christmas Markets in Berlin
Berlin is famous for its Christmas markets, and even on my main page you can see an example of Berlin's holiday spirit (on that picture with a Hannukah Menorah in Brandenburg Gate). So, despite the weather, December and late November are also great!
Recommended Christmas Markets
There are so many to choose from - over fifty! Here are several recommended ones, updated to the holiday season of 2008-2009:
- Christmas Magic on Gendarmenmarkt - (U2/U6 Stadtmitte) - admission costs EUR 1-2, but it is one of the most magnificent markets out there. A "Must". Nov. 26th till Dec. 31st (incl. a New Year's party)
- Christmas Market at the Opernpalais - Not far away from Gendarmenmarkt (in fact, you can start at Gendarmenmarkt and walk from there). A marvellous "old style" market (Nov. 24th - Dec. 31st, and then a Silvester/New Year's Eve party in the same stop), from there, if you haven't had enough, you can go to the market in Schlossplatz, where there are many fairground attractions for the younger (in spirit...) (Nov. 24th - Dec. 23rd)
- Christmas Market City West - (U/S Zoologischer Garten) - lots of fairground attractions, the central market in the Ku-Damm area (Nov. 24th - Jan 1st).
- Winterworld Potsdamer Platz and the market in the Sony Centre - You can see a picture from past years' market here. Very commercialised (it is Potsdamer Platz, after all), but nice and impressive.
- Alexa/Jannowitzbruecke (S/U Alexanderplatz and Jannowitzbruecke) - The area between the old City Palace and the Alexa shopping centre has no less than four huge Christmas markets, and several smaller ones. This is perhaps the largest (read: huge) and in this sense, the most impressive, especially if you like your market to be a fun fair, has the highest Chair-O-Plane swing in the world, and a 60 m high ferris wheel ("the world's largest mobile ferris wheel"). (Nov. 24th - Jan 4th)
- Christmas market Alt-Rixdorf - (U7 Karl-Marx-Strasse) - I hesitate if to recommend this beautiful market, since it is not very touristy - this is one of those where real Berliners go, and in addition, most of what is sold there comes from all kinds of charities and aid organisations. (5-7 December) ; another socially conscious Christmas Market is the ecological one in the Sophienstrasse in Mitte (all Advent weekends, could be integrated with a private Classical Jewish Tour).
- Last but not least - Chanukkah market in the Jewish Museum - (U6/U1 Hallesches Tor) - as Adam Sandler has once said, Christmas is only one day, but Jews have eight nights of presents - and this year's Channukah market will have traditional and less-traditional products; entrance to the market is free (does not enable entrance to the museum itself), Nov. 30th - Dec 31st
NEW! Between the end of November and the end of December 2008, we will offer a Christmas Markets tour in Berlin, including explanations about:
* Christmas traditions in Germany
* Christmas Food
* Each market's history
You can find more details, if you check the site Winter Magic Berlin (Note: this will lead you away from my site).
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