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Best Christmas markets in Berlin


Berlin’s cold and snowy winters provide the perfect backdrop to around 60 Christmas markets. Shop for great stocking fillers, handcrafted presents and traditional German souvenirs with our guide to the top five Christmas markets in the city. The markets are the perfect places to soak up the festive spirit while trying traditional German dishes and shopping for gifts

Emily Scrivener
Emily Scrivener ,

WeihnachtsZauber Gendarmenmarkt
Held in one of the most beautiful squares in the city, the Gendarmenmarkt Christmas market is one of the most popular in Berlin. Held from 23 November to 31 December this year, the market offers some of the best Christmas gifts and souvenirs in the city. Stallholders include everyone from candlemakers to jewellers, all with unique Christmas ideas, and food of all kinds, inculding German specialities, is served in heated tents. The market is also close to impressive sights such as the the Französischer Dom.


Charlottenburg Palace Christmas market
The Christmas market at Charlottenburg Palace transforms the palace with an explosion of Christmas spirit and entertainment. The baroque surroundings of the palace are a magical setting and, with elaborate light installations bathing the surrounding area in a romantic glow, you can’t help but get into the spirit of Christmas here. Hunt for handcrafted gifts from baubles to wreaths or indulge in a selection of festive treats such as mulled wine, hot chestnuts and crepes. Small children will love the nostalgic carousel.


Winterwelt
Winterwelt (Winter World) in Potsdamer Platz is high on the list of things to do in Berlin this Christmas. This gigantic winter wonderland beneath the square’s imposing buildings runs until 3 January 2016. Visitors can ride down Europe’s largest mobile toboggan run with views of the Brandenburg Gate, take part in some curling, or enjoy a skate around the ice rink. Those looking for something a little less strenuous will enjoy the numerous huts filled with savoury and sweet treats as well as hot drinks and fun crafts.


Alexanderplatz Christmas market
Beneath Berlin’s famous TV tower, the Alexanderplatz winter market is a hub of Christmas activity. From 23 November until 27 December traditional wooden huts, ice rinks and ornate carousels transform the area. The Bavarian-style wooden chalets are famous for stocking both traditional and modern delights, while those looking for excitement will love the vibrant light displays. The market’s open fires are warming on chilly evenings.


Berliner Weihnachtszeit
For nostalgic old-world charm, head to the Berliner Weihnachtszeit. One of the oldest markets in Berlin, located among the city’s old market streets, the market pays tribute to its heritage with decorations in the style of the early 1900s. This is a romantic choice, ideal for couples; wander around the festively lit stalls and pavilions, go ice-skating, or enjoy panoramic views of the city from the 50-metre Ferris wheel.

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