In Germany, Christmas is celebrated with a lot of passion. The Germans simply love Christmas and this can be observed in the decorated streets, shops and also around touristic attractions. Besides this, people also want to visit Germany in the months November and December because of the Christmas markets. There are not many countries in the world where you can find better Christmas markets. Lucky for us, the capital is not an exception to this rule: There are more than hundred different Christmas markets in Berlin and they are located all over the city.
Christmas markets in Berlin
Because there are so many Christmas markets in and around Berlin, it might be helpful to do some research before you decide which Christmas market you want to visit. It can helpful to know a bit about the opening-hours, offered activities and prices of the different markets. This article should help you compare some of the best Christmas Markets in Berlin in 2019. We focused mainly on the Christmas markets which are located near the center of Berlin and compared to them to each other.
Below you can find our five favourite Christmas markets in Berlin in 2019. You can either scroll down or click on links and jump to the connected section directly. Suggestions of other markets are always welcome, obviously we did not visit all Christmas-markets in Berlin (yet).
- 1. Weihnachtszauber at the Gendarmenmarkt
- 2. Berliner Weihnachtszeit at Roten Rathaus
- 3. Weihnachtsmarkt Schloss Charlottenburg
- 4. Winterwelt am Potsdamer Platz
- 5. Weihnachtsmarkt am Gedächtniskirche
1. Weihnachtszauber Gendarmenmarkt
Popular attractions like Brandenburger Tor and Reichstag attract millions of tourists throughout the year. During the months November and December part of their fame has to be shared with Christmas markets like the Weihnachtszauber at the Gendarmenmarkt. Every year more than 600.000 people visit this Christmas market in Berlin-Mitte. The market is located in front of the Konzerthaus on the Gendarmenmarkt and can be reached by foot from several stations like Stadtmitte and Französische Straße.
Handmade Products and Foodstands
The Weihnachtszauber am Gendarmenmarkt is especially popular for its unique handmade-products. All kinds of manufacturers come from all over the world to show their talent on this market in the middle of Berlin. You can visit this Christmas Markets in Berlin to buy things like origami, ivory and also many different types of art.
Furthermore, there are also plenty of food-stands and many special delicacies can be bought: A cup of white chocolate-milk, a bite of a fried apple or special cheeses from different parts of the world are just some examples. It’s also great that some of the stalls will allow you to try the products for free so you can taste before you buy.
The best Christmas market in Berlin
For us the Weihnachtszauber at the Gendarmenmarkt is the best Christmas market in Berlin. The market is located between three impressive buildings: The Deutsche Dom, the Konzerthaus and the Franzozische Friedrichstadtkirche. This gives the market a special vibe and enables visitors to combine sightseeing and visiting a Christmas market. Besides that there is a gigantic Christmas tree, plenty of tasty products and daily live performances to give the audience that real Christmas feeling we are all striving for.
Open during Christmas and entrance of 1€
Although some other Christmas markets in Berlin are for free, the Weihnachtszauber costs 1 Euro entrance. But this is a very small investment if you want to enjoy a nice Christmas Markets in Berlin. If you really do not want to pay entrance you can visit this market before 2 PM during weekdays. A benefit of the Weihnachtszauber is that the Christmas market is also open on 24, 25 and 26 December.
This Christmas Markets in Berlin also offers a special New Years Eve party on the 31st of December. If you want to read more about this, you can read our full article about the New Years Eve parties in Berlin.
Name: Weihnachtszauber Gendarmenmarkt
Address: Leipziger Strasse 65
Entrance: 1 Euro (Working days till 14.00 for free)
Public Transport: Stadtmitte, Hausvogteiplatz or Friedrichstrasse
Opening Dates: 25 November till 31 December 2019
Opening Times: Every day from 11.00 till 22.00 (24 December till 6pm)
2. Berliner Weihnachtszeit at Roten Rathaus
Alexanderplatz is often referred to as the central meeting point in Berlin. Every day more than 300.000 people visit the square and another 500.000 use its train and subway-station. But in December there is an additional reason to visit Alexanderplatz: There are several Christmas markets within walking-distance of the station.
In front of the Fernsehturm
On the square of Alexanderplatz itself you can already enjoy some music, Glühwein, stalls and food. This is rather a small Christmas market so we would recommend walking about 400 meters in the direction of the Fernsehturm. This is where you can find another Christmas market in front of the Roten Rathaus. The market is called Berliner Weihnachtszeit and it will not be hard to spot this market because you just have to look for its gigantic Ferris wheel (about 50 meters high).
One of the oldest markets in Berlin
The Berliner Weihnachtszeit at Roten Rathaus is one of the most famous and also oldest Christmas markets in Berlin and attracts many visitors throughout the winter. The different stalls at this market are decorated in the style of the early 1900s, which gives the market a very unique and special look. Besides the gigantic Ferris wheel and the unique stalls, the Berliner Weihnachtszeit also offers a large iceskating-ring. With a total surface of 600 square meter, there is plenty of space to have some fun. You can skate on the ice for free but you will have to pay 4 euro if you want to rent some ice-skates.
Popular for children
The Berliner Weihnachtszeit is a very popular Christmas markets for children. Besides the Ferris wheel and the ice-skating there is small farm with some friendly animals which children can ride and feed. Children usually love this and during that time the parents can enjoy a nice glühwein in one of the surrounding stalls. Another thing children will love is the Santa Claus which visits this market three times a day. The children can go on a photo with him and 16.30, 18.30 and 20.30.
Because it can get pretty crowded on Christmas-markets, it’s a good idea to visit during the week before 5 PM or later at night (after 21 PM).
Name: Berliner Weihnachtszeit
Address: Spandauer Straße/Jüdenstraße
Public transport: U or S-Bahn to station Alexanderplatz
Dates: 25 November 2019 till 6 January 2020
(closed in the evening of the 24th but open on 25 & 26 December)
Opening-times: 12.00 – 22.00 (during weekends 11.00-22.00)
3. Weihnachtsmarkt Schloss Charlottenburg
Update: There are problems with the permit of this market and it is not completely sure that this market will take place in 2019.
Another beautiful Christmas market in Berlin can be found in Charlottenburg. Compared to the other markets in this list it’s related a bit further from the center but this market is definitely worth the ride (approx. 30 minutes from Alexanderplatz). The beauty of this market mainly comes from it’s location directly in front of the Schloss Charlottenburg. This Palace was built in the end of the 17th century and gives this Christmas market in Berlin a very unique and special vibe.
This Christmas Market in the west of Berlin was first organised in 2007. Since that year the organisation has tried to improve the concept step by step. A main focus has always been the extraordinary lightning system and illuminations which contribute to the lovely atmosphere of this market. If you like the yearly Festival of Lights, you will also love this Christmas market in Berlin.
More than just stands and Glühwein
Besides all mentioned above, the Christmas market at Schloss Charlottenburg also offers plenty of other sorts of entertainment. The grand-opening, the Christmas bikers on the 6th of December and tours in the palace are just a few examples of what this market has to offer except for many stands with food, drinks and products for Christmas-shopping.
Using public transport to reach the Christmas markets will safe you time and enable you to enjoy a few Glühwein without worrying about driving back.
Name: Weihnachtsmarkt vor dem Schloss Charlottenburg
Address: Spandauer Damm 20-24
Public Transport: Sophie-Charlotte-Platz or Richard-Wagner Platz
Dates: 25 November till 26 December 2019 (Open on 25 and 26 December)
Opening-times: 14.00 – 22.00
(during weekends 12.00 – 22.00)
4. Winter Welt am Potsdamer Platz
Another great location, which cannot be ignored in a list of Christmas markets in Berlin, is Potsdamer Platz. Every year an incredible amount of 2,5 million people visit the Winterwelt Christmas market. The location is great because it is easy to combine with visiting interesting sights like the the Reichstag, the memorial of the murdered Jews and Checkpoint Charlie. Besides that there are also plenty of nice restaurants and a casino at Potsdamer Platz.
Eistockschießen, Ice-Skating and a Rodelbahn
One of the reasons many people visit Winterwelt is the giant Rodelbahn (Luge). You can slide down a large snowy mountain sitting on a tire with two persons at a time. Besides this, the Winterwelt am Potsdamer Platz is also known for some other activities: You can go iceskating or play a game called Eisstockschießen. This last thing can best be explained as a mix between bowling and curling. Even for Berlin this is quite a unique activity and that is why many people want to give it a try.
Eisstockschießen at Potsdamer Platz costs between 20 and 30 euro per hour – depending on the time of day
Activities from the beginning of November
The Winterwelt am Potsdamer Platz is already offering part of it’s activities from the beginning of November. The real Christmas market will start on the 25th of November but the activities can already be done from the 1st of November. So if you love Christmas and already want to get in the right mood in November: The Winterwelt might be just the place for you. Enjoy the stalls, the different activities and there is even some live-music during the weekends.
Name: Winterwelt am Potsdamer Platz
Address: Potsdamer Platz
Public Transport: U-bahn (U2) en S-Bahn (S1, S2) to station Potsdamer Platz
Dates: Real Christmas market from 25th of November
Opening-times: 10.00 – 22.00 (24 December only till 14.00)
Website : www.potsdamerplatz.de
5. Weihnachtsmarkt am Gedächtniskirche
Also in the west of Berlin you can find some good Christmas markets. Besides the market at the Palace Charlottenburg also the Weihnachtsmarkt am Gedächtniskirche is a great place to visit. Just take the train to Zoologischer Garten and you can walk to this Christmas market in a few minutes. Besides that this Christmas market can be easily combined with many other activities: The Gedächtniskirche is an attraction with a very rich history and also Kurfürstendamm is nearby so why not combine this Christmas market with an afternoon of shopping in Berlin .
Christmas decorations, toys, presents and handmade art
The Weihnachtsmarkt am Gedächtniskirche will be organised for the 35th time this year. Last year around 170 stalls could be found between station Zoologischer Garten and the Gedächtniskirche and most of them are quite unique and offer versatile products. Things like Christmas decorations, toys, presents and handmade art can all be bought here. Also for different sorts of food and drinks you came to the right place, a nice Glühwein or some fried mushrooms taste delicious after a tough day of sightseeing in Berlin!
Name: Weihnachtsmarkt am Gedächtniskirche
Address: Zooligischer Garten/ Kantstraße
Public Transport: U or S-Bahn to station Zoologischer Garten
Dates: 25 November 2019 till 5 January 2020 (also open during Christmas)
Opening-times: 11.00 – 21.00 (Friday and Saturday: 11.00 – 22.00)
Summary: Berliner Christmas Markets
Altogether we can conclude that everybody should be able to find a suitable Christmas market in Berlin. It all depends if you want to do some shopping, enjoy some traditional food and drinks or are looking for some activities. All markets have their benefits and the great thing is that almost all of them are for free and not far from each other. So why not visit several markets when you are in Berlin for a weekend.
New Years Eve Parties
Christmas and New Years Eve are connected to each other because there is just one week in between both events. If you are looking for some great parties on the last day of the year, make sure to read our article with the best New Years Eve Parties in Berlin.