I have a golden rule: “no visiting European cities in December”. Unless it’s some important event that is somehow connected with my friends or family. Or it’s Berlin.
In some previous post I already bragged about my love for this superb city. Any time is good time to enjoy it! Especially the end of November and December. Those are perfect months for all Christmas and Christmas markets lovers. Which includes me.
I love Christmas Markets!
You want to experience the mesmerising charm of Christmas or winter magic? Berlin is the place to be! ‘Christmas Markets’ are scattered across the city. You can stroll around and explore them on cold winter days.
These christmas markets magically tune me in to the Christmas atmosphere. Every single time I visit. And that is exactly what I needed four days before Christmas Eve. After spending a week in sunny Israel, where Santa Clauses stands next to palm trees.
There are about sixty Christmas markets in the whole of Berlin. Few I adore and few ‘an absolute must visit’.
The most delicious roasted almonds and chestnuts can be found at the market close to Europa Centre in east Berlin. They always have huge nutcracker sculptures there too.
Charlottenburg Castle Christmas Market
My favourite of christmas markets is the Charlottenburg Castle Market. It goes without saying that this is thanks to its surroundings. The castle and the park are beautifully lit up.
Apart from the stands with exceptional craftwork. Handicrafts and all kinds of glass pieces, one can enjoy great temporary and permanent exhibitions at the palace. It might be a little farther away from the strict tourist centre but it is worth coming all the way out there.
Gendarmenmarkt Christmas Market
Another great one of christmas markets is the Gendarmenmarkt Market. It is situated in the prettiest square in the city. Always filled with festively decorated cabins. One can get basically everything here. From spicy glühwein to Christmas tree decorations.
Fire artists, jugglers, acrobats, choirs, classical, jazz and Gospel ensembles perform every evening. Singing Christmas carols in all possible languages. Even ‘Silent Night’ in Polish! Culinarily, it’s the best market in town. Hosting high-end temporary restaurants like Lutter & Wegner is the best prove.
Potsdamer Platz Christmas Market
The Christmas atmosphere emanates very strongly from the Potsdamer Platz Market which opens up already in early November. The ice rink and snow slope, are the main attractions here. And the Clock Tower from the Ore mountains is this market’s trademark.
Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church Christmas Market
Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church Market is famous for its amazing 20 meter high Christmas tree! Known for great range of drinks. From cocoa, mulled wine to punch. It’s a place not to miss.
Spandau Christmas Market
Spandau Market is the biggest in the city. It hosts a Christmas Manger with live animals. It owes its main charm to amazing St. Nikolai Church.
More than Christmas and markets I have always loved all the preparations. Such as baking ginger cakes. Long conversations with my mum and sister and making hundreds of ‘pierogi’ together.
Maybe that is why Christmas Markets make me feel so happy. My heart and mind filled with joy andChristmas cheer. Not to mention a significant amounts of glühwein always make me ready for Christmas. Like what you read? Love Christmas Markets?