December is a magical month! Certainly in Germany because of the Christmas markets (Weihnachtsmärkte). Berlin is the capital of the German Christmas markets. That is to say, Berlin’s Christmas markets immerse you in a nostalgic and magical world. For instance, you will find arts & crafts, delicacies and the famous German mulled wine (Glühwein).
There is no single Christmas market in Berlin. Therefore, you can visit over 70 of them around the german city, and you won’t find two identical ones. Each of them has its own atmosphere and speciality. They range from indoor to those outdoors, ones especially for children with fun activities, others nostalgic, urban or those modern ones with carousels and attractions. So, Visit Berlin Christmas markets with your family or friends and enjoy a contemplative time!
We know it’s not easy to decide which Christmas markets to visit, but DAS Akademie is here to help you! Below, you will find a list with our favourite Christmas markets in Berlin.
Traditional Spandau Christmas Market
Berlin’s largest traditional Christmas market is located in Spandau. During the weekends you will find 400 market stands in beautiful wooden huts, where artists and exhibitors from four continents present their goods. The landmark of the market is the large magnificent fir tree on the market square. As a result, you can feel a festive atmosphere surrounded by thousands of lights shining over the picturesque huts. In addition, another highlight of the Spandau market is the Christmas nativity scene with live animals, an enjoyable activity for children!
DAS Akademie recommendation: try the Spandau specialities and mulled beer!
Christmas Market at Gendarmenmarkt
This Christmas market is located in an ideal place. Gendarmenmarkt is one of Berlin’s most beautiful squares. The Christmas atmosphere here is ensured by thousand shining Christmas baubles and lights. Moreover, artists offer fine crafts in the arts and crafts tents, while you can enjoy a gourmet cuisine indoors and in heated tents.
DAS Akademie recommendation: enjoy the performances of renowned international artists at the stage located in the middle of the square!
Winter World and Christmas market at Potsdamer Platz
Berlin’s sportiest Christmas market opens at the historical Postdamer Platz. For instance, ice skatting and tobogganing are some of the main activities offered in here. The numerous sporting winter attractions create a magical Winter World atmosphere. Likewise, the nicest mulled wine is waiting for you!
DAS Akademie recommendation: don’t miss to glide round the ice skating rink and whiz down the 12-metre-high toboggan run!
Christmas Market at Alexanderplatz
The winter Christmas market at Alexanderplatz is just as diverse as Berlin. One of Berlin’s most famous squares transforms into a winter village scented with chestnuts and punch. That is to say, you will find an ice skating rink, tower trumpeters and log cabin fun! On the ice rink located in the middle of the square you can do a few relaxing loops or have a go at curling.
DAS Akademie recommendation: come into the warm Santa Claus party house and have a good time!
Charlottenburg Palace Christmas market
The most romantic Christmas market in Berlin is located at the former residence palace of Queen Sophie Charlotte. Consequently, you will immerse yourself in the royal Christmas world.
The Charlottenburg Palace is illuminated with colourful lights and surrounded by numerous festively decorated wooden huts and pagoda tents. You cannot visit this market without trying the candied apples or the wood-oven baked break. On the other hand, the Charlottenburg Christmas market orchestra accompanies the Christmas market with atmospheric music.
DAS Akademie recommendation: this is our favourite Christmas market in Berlin!
Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church Christmas market
The traditional Christmas market at the Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church is a peculiarity among Berlin Christmas markets. As a result, a winter wonderland is built within a historical atmosphere: festively decorated Christmas trees, Christmas pyramids, enormous Christmas gifts…
The over 170 stands offer their visitants handmade art, accessories and Christmas decorations. Furthermore, you will find a whole range of winter delicacies at the market.
DAS Akademie recommendation: try the sweet waffles and the Thuringian Rostbratwurst!
German Christmas markets history
Although nowadays you can find these Christmas markets across Europe, they are in fact an old German tradition. Certainly, their history can be traced back to the 14th – 16th century.
In the past, the main role of the Christmas markets was to help people to prepare for the coming holidays. You were able to buy meat, vegetables and all kinds of spices. However, nowadays it is more about fun and festivity than practicality.
Visit Berlin Christmas markets with DAS Akademie
Do you want to enjoy the Christmas markets with DAS Akademie? Keep updated on DAS Akademie’s Instagram and Facebook page, because we are preparing a Christmas event! We will visit our favourite Christmas markets and enjoy a warm Glühwein and German delicacies with all of you!