Not long ago on the Circus blog we wrote about the Lucia Weihnachtsmarkt at the Kulturbrauerei, just up the hill from Rosenthaler Platz in Prenzlauer Berg. But there are many more Christmas Markets taking place right now throughout the city, and we thought it would be a nice idea to present you with some of our favourites.
Opernpalais Christmas Market
A very pleasant “nostalgia” market just off Unter den Linden, although when the bus tours arrive on the weekend it can get incredibly busy. To make the most of one of Berlin’s most atmospheric markets, get there early…it is never too early for a warming mug of gluhwein after all…
Open Mon-Thu (12.00-21.30), Fri-Sat (11.00-22.30) and Sun (11.00-21.30), until the 26th December
Christmas Market at Gendarmenmarkt
Pretty posh and you have to pay to get in…but it only costs €1 and even this small entry fee works quite well in keeping the crowds under control. An excellent choice if you want to buy some craft-type wooden presents to send home to your mum, and there is some great food on offer too.
Open daily from 11.00-22.00 until the 31st December
Christmas Market by the Rotes Rathaus
Standing in the shadow of the “Red Town Hall”, the Christmas Market that surrounded the Neptune Fountain is pretty standard, although there are a couple of highlights. The big wheel offers up great views over the city, and the ice rink around the fountain is the place to try out your best Torville and Dean/Wayne Gretzky/Katarina Witt/Disney on Ice* moves.
(*Delete as culturally appropriate)
Open daily until the 26th December
Organic Christmas Market at Kollwitzplatz
Push through the crowds of parents and their prams and you will find a nice little market up in Prenzlauer Berg, occupying one of the neighbourhoods nicest squares. Plenty of good, healthy grub to fill your belly, and lots of sustainable/fair trade/organic gifts to take back home. If you get too cold, the area around the market is packed with great cafes and restaurants to warm up in.
Open daily from 12.00-19.00, until the 19th December
Christmas Market on Sophienstrasse
Another “environmentally friendly” Christmas Market, this is only running on the weekends when it has the distinction of being the closest market to the Circus. Sophienstrasse is one of Berlin’s loveliest streets and there are some great shops to explore as well as the stalls themselves, which offer up some unusual and different treats to what you would normally expect on a Christmas market.
Open Saturdays (12.00-21.00) and Sundays (11.00-19.00), until the 19th December