Berlin’s Christmas markets reflect the passion with which the city celebrates the Yuletide festivities. Stalls and stands loaded with traditional treats, soul-warming hot drinks and twinkling lights and decorations will fill you with Christmas spirit and make you forget the harsh winter temperatures.
There are more than a hundred Christmas markets in Berlin. Here is a selection of the ones we think everyone exploring this beautiful city at this time of year should make sure they visit, and they are all just a stone’s throw from Gat Point Charlie in the Mitte district.
The best: Gendarmenmarkt
When: Every day from 26 November – 31 December (including 24 and 25 December), 11:00 – 22:00.
On 24 December, open 11:00 – 18:00.
Where: Leipziger Strasse 65
Insider tip: Discover incredible arts and crafts and savour festive culinary delights such as a warm cup of hot white chocolate or fried apples.
The highest: Klunkerkranich
When: Every weekend from 26 November to 23 December.
Where: Karl-Marx-Str. 66
Insider tip: This is the highest Christmas market and has the best views over the city, so don’t forget your camera!
The greenest: Eco Christmas Market
When: The first 4 weekends in December. Saturdays 12:00 – 20:00 and Sundays 11:00 – 19:00.
Insider tip: Check out the organic and fair trade products while you enjoy bratwurst, cakes, waffles or vegan dishes.
The coldest: Lucia Christmas Market
When: 26 November to 23 December. Monday to Friday 15:00 – 22:00; Saturday and Sunday 13:00 – 22:00.
Where: Kulturbrauerei, Schönhauser Allee 36.
Insider tip: This market, named after the Nordic goddess of light, offers Christmas treats from Scandinavia. Revel in the festive enchantment of traditional Swedish fire logs and Nordic music!