The best five Christmas markets in Berlin 2019

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 Gendarmenmarkt

Christmas-Market Gendarmenmarkt (Berlin-enjoy.com)

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 great atmosphere on the Christmas market Weihnachtszauber (©Berlin-Enjoy.com)
The great atmosphere on the Christmas market Weihnachtszauber (©Berlin-Enjoy.com)

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.

Daily plays in on this Christmas Market (@Berlin-Enjoy.com)
Daily plays in on this Christmas Market

Weihnachtszauber Berlin (@Berlin-Enjoy.com)
Weihnachtszauber Berlin

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)
Website:
www.gendarmenmarktberlin.de


2. Berliner Weihnachtszeit at Roten Rathaus

Christmas Markets in Berlin 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).

Iceskating on a Christmas Market
Iceskating on a Christmas Market
Christmas Market in front of the Fernsehturm
Christmas Market in front of the Fernsehturm

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.

The historical style of the stalls at Berliner Weihnachtszeit (© Berlin-enjoy.com)
The historical style of the stalls at Berliner Weihnachtszeit (© Berlin-enjoy.com)

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
Entrance: Free
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)
Website: www.berlinerweihnachtszeit.de


3. Weihnachtsmarkt Schloss Charlottenburg

Schloss Charlottenburg Xmas Market
Schloss Charlottenburg Xmas Market (© Pinterest.com)

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.

Christmas-Market-Palace-Charlottenburg
Christmas-Market-Palace-Charlottenburg (© Berlin.de)

Impressive illuminations

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
Entrance: Free
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)
Website: wvdsc.de


4. Winter Welt am Potsdamer Platz

Weihnachtsmarkt Hearts

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.

Potsdamer Platz Christmas Market (© Berlin-Enjoy.com)
Potsdamer Platz Christmas Market (© Berlin-Enjoy.com)

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

Eisstockschießen in Berlin (© ytti.de)
Eisstockschießen in the center of Berlin

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
Entrance: Free
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

Christmas Market Berlin Kurfurstendamm

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 .

The entrance of the Christmas Market at the Gedachtniskirche in Berlin
The entrance of the Christmas Market at the Gedachtniskirche 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
Entrance: Free
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)
Website: www.schaustellerverband-berlin.de 


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.

The author: Job

My Name is Job and originally from the Netherlands. In 2012, a girl I met in Australia motivated me to move to Berlin. I love to share the best places, activities and events in Berlin with you on my blog.

196 Comments

  • Hi Job
    We are looking to visit the markets in Dec 2019
    We have looked at a hotel near central station is this a good location for the markets
    Thanks in advance
    Stephen

    • Hi Stephen,

      you would have to travel a few stations but it is definitely a central and good location as a starting point.

      The public transport in Berlin is great so you will be able to reach all Christmas Markets within 15-30 Minutes.

      Have fun!

      Job

    • Hey Stephen,

      Anywhere around Alexanderplatz or Friedrichstraße would be great to reach these Christmas Markets. But the public transport is very good in Berlin so do not worry too much if you are a bit further outside of the center.

      Have fun in Berlin!

    • Hey Ann,

      there are more than 100 Christmas markets in Berlin so visiting all is not realistic. But visiting the five in this article could easily be done in a long weekend of 3-4 days. Some of them are located very close to each other (e.g. Number 2 and 3).

      Hope that helps! Have fun!

  • Very helpful tips, thank-you. I would add to all tourists be mindful of the displayed price when you place your order. I just came from the Weihnachtsmarkt am Gedächtniskirche market and one of the vendors tried to charge me $5.00 euro for a bottle of water when the sign clearly stated the price was $2.50 euro. When I asked about the discrepancy, the verbal price quickly changed back to $2.50 euro. The same thing happened when buying a bottle of water at another vendor outside of KaDeWe the day before.

    • Hi Kyle,

      Thanks for the comment.

      That does not sound nice at all. Although I never heard about it before it is certainly something people should keep in mind.

      You sure it did not have something to do with deposit (Pfand)?

      Hope you still enjoyed your time on the Christmas Markets.

      Best wishes,

      Job

    • I’m an American tourist, and just got back from this market. I’m sure the deposit is why this man believes he was ripped off. I bought a beer advertised as 3 euro, but was charged 6 euro. I later realized after returning your beer glass, you receive your 3 euro back. I’ve traveled to several European countries, and the Germans have been the most polite so far.

  • Hi , we are coming to Berlin 22-25 December ..Can You please suggest some restaurants open at Christmas Eve – we are staying at Marriot near Gendarmenmarkt ? We are Catholics, so no meat on Christmas eve, FISH /VEGETARIAN FRIENDLY WOULD BE WELCOMED…

    • Hi Vilija,

      sorry for my late reply, we were in Nicaragua the last three weeks.

      Because we live a bit further away of the Gendarmenmarkt, we do not go for dinner there that often. But there are plenty of restaurants around and Google will probably help you out with some vegetarian-ones.

      Good luck!

  • Hi there – that’s a great list for checking our what markets are open during Xmas. Would the sight seeing place pretty much be open around Christmas as we are planning to visit between 23 to 27 Dec?

  • hi

    i am looking to visit Berlin for 4 days end of November or early December,i would like to visit as many Xmas markets as possible,what airport would be best to fly into? are there any hotels you would recommend that have a central location so each market would be close to get too.

    thanks

    • Hi Tom,

      thanks for your comment.

      Both airports are pretty much the same distance away from the center so take the cheapest tickets I would say.

      Personally I would choose a hotel somewhere around Alexanderplatz. I am not sure what your budget is but Google will give you all the information you need.

      Good luck and have fun!

    • hi Job

      thank you for your reply.

      i will be visiting Berlin 14th – 18th December, i will be staying at the RIU Plaza Berlin am Kurfürstendamm

      is this hotel in a central location to all the Xmas markets?
      any other famous landmarks/attractions you recommend i visit?

      thankyou

    • Hi Tom,

      it is only on walking distance from the last option in this list. For the other ones you have to take the S-Bahn but you will reach them in about 30 minutes including the walking so that is fine I guess.

      You could also visit the Christmas Market at Schloss Charlottenburg, that one is nice too.

      For other attractions and activities I would advise you to check out my blog 🙂

      Have fun!

  • Hey Job,
    Going to Berlin the 23rd – 27th of November. Is Potsdamer the only christmas market open at that time!
    Thanking you in advance 🙂

    • Hi Tig,

      In this list it is the only one but in Berlin there will definitely be some other Christmas markets which will be open.

      Potsdamer Platz is a great market though and has a lot to offer so you probably will have a great time!

      Cheers!

  • hi i am coming to berlin in December, 20th-24th, staying in the Bellevue am Kurfurstendamm hotel,, could you tell me if this is close to any markets etc or will i need to use public transport?
    thanks in advance

  • Hi, we are arriving on the 31st December for HYTE berlin. Staying at the holiday inn berlin city east side, which Christmas markets are close and what is the best public transport to get there? Thanks!

    • Hi Sarah,

      great choice, the line-up of the HYTE-Party is incredible.

      Not all christmas-markets will still be open on the 31st. You can use public transport and visit Potsdamer Platz or the market at the Gedachtniskirche.

      Have fun!

  • Love to go but Germany is way to dangerous to visit and probably will be for a next decades. Christmas Markets are ripe for Terrorist attacks and Merkel has assured the end of your Christmas markets. Frankly, I’m surprised that they haven’t been vilified long before this as the word “Christmas” has no place in Muslim Caliphates.

    • Hi Glenn,

      Thanks for your comment. I am not sure if this is the right place to have a discussion about this but obviously you are allowed to have your own opinion.

      The christmas-markets are something special and most people here are making clear that nobody can take them away from them. All the christmas markets are open again, also to take a stand against terrorism.

      I do not know how it will look the next couple of years, but really hope we can enjoy these markets for a very long time.

      Have a merry christmas!

  • I have just returned from your beautiful city and its worth saying that there are amazing historical tours just 25 euros per person for a 2 day hop on hop off ticket as well as the markets well worth the money

  • hi job h r u?
    your article is very interesting, i will visit berlin from Dec. 30th till Jan. 6th. to spend NYE there.
    is any chritmas market available between these dates?.
    In addition, can you tell me what should i wear as outfit and shoes?
    regarding new year, it is going to be very crowded, any additional tip?
    thanking u in advance

    • Hi Sandy,

      there are still a few christmas-markets which are open around New Years. The dates are written in this article.

      If you are visiting a christmas market, I would wear comfortable shoes because you might walk a lot.

      Visiting during the weekend is not smart if you do not like crowded places.

      Have fun!

  • Thanks for your blog some good information, we are having 3 days in Berlin at the end of this week and this cuts out all the guess work.

  • Hi Job

    Please can you share which Christmas markets are open on 25th Dec? Also we will be at Hotel Amano so pls can you share which markets are in walking distance or closeby?

    Thanks
    Swati

    • Hi Swati,

      The opening hours are written in the article. Have a look on the websites for more information.

      Your Hotel is about 10 minutes by train from Alexanderplatz. Walking would be a bit far. Market 2 and 3 can be found there.

      Have fun!

  • A great blog and so informative. I am staying at the Novotel Mitte. I wondered if you could tell me the best way to get to Schoenefeld airport from there. I have been told to take a taxi to Ostbahnhof station and get a direct train to the airport from there. Does this sound right?

    • Hi Bella,

      If you mean the Haydenstraße, it does not really matter which one you will visit. You will have to travel into the city and both Alexanderplatz and Friedrichstraße are easy to reach.

      Number 2 and 3 are close to Alexanderplatz.

      Have fun!

  • Hi great information my friend and I are coming on the 16th December and studying at the Iverbergs premium schoneberg. what’s the best market to visit and any other attractions thanks for your help Laura

  • How many chalets do you think are at Potsdamer Platz? Also about the first market mentioned in your blog. Is it walking distance to Potsdamer Platz?

    • Hi Patricia,

      Potsdamer Platz is one of the smaller markets, I would estimate about 50 chalets. Walking to the Gendarmenmarkt is a bit far, I would take a cab or public transport.

      Have fun!

  • Hi I have just booked to stay at holiday inn east landsberger. Please can you tell me which markets are nearby. Thank you – can’t wait!;

    • Hi Wendy,

      You will not be able to walk to any of the christmas markets in this list but you can easily reach Alexanderplatz with public Transport. There are 3 markets located there.

      Have fun!

  • Is Berlin safe if I travelled alone? (Female) I have flights and accommodation booked near Tiergarten/Zoo 4-9 December to visit the Christmas markets and sights but my friend can’t make it now and I don’t know whether to go by myself or not bother and just forget it. I’ll be travelling from Schonenfeld to Zoo station around 10-11pm at night to get to hotel Luetzow.

    • Hi Clareb,

      Berlin is relatively safe if you ask me. My female friends always walk around at night alone and never have problems. But obviously there are also bad people in Berlin and there are some bad neighborhoods as well. Therefore I would recommend taking a taxi from the Airport to your hotel just to be sure. Also do not walk around alone in the dark. My friend are from here and know the city which is a good thing. You do not know the city so do not take any risks and better try to make some friends in the hotel/hostel and ask them to join you at night.

      Skipping your trip would be a waste of your money I guess. But in the end it is up to you.

      Have fun and stay safe!

  • Hi )
    Thanks a lot for this article. We are planning our visit to Berlin for Dec 22-28 and your tips helped a lot in our schedule 🙂
    Just one question – will be the cafes and etc open on 24th eve?
    merry Xmas and Happy New Year ! 🙂

    • Hi Aynur,

      thanks for the compliment, we appreciate it.

      Not all cafes and restaurants will be open but some of them definitely will be. Best would probably to check their website before the visit.

      Good luck!

  • Hi,
    my name is Karen and i’m visiting Berlin in the middle of Dec, staying at the ABBA hotel.
    which market can you recommend that have lots of trinkets/toys for kids in a reasonable price close to our hotel and that is not to crowded.
    What will the best time of the day to visit the markets when considering how crowded & cold it will be?
    Thanks!

    • Hi Karen,

      your hotel is close to the fifth option in this list, the market at the Gedachtniskirche. There are some toys for sale there as well.

      The prices at the markets are always higher than the prices in the normal shops.

      Best time to visit the markets will be during working-hours: So between 10.00 – 16.00.

      Good luck!

    • Hi MK,

      The times which are written in the article were found on the websites of the Markets so they should be correct.

      Most of them do have changed opening-hours on the described days, though.

      Have fun!

  • Hi Job!

    I’ll be spending few days in Berlin with my wife ( from Dec 27 till Dec 29 ).
    We’ll be staying in Best Western Plus Amedia Berlin Kurfürstendamm.Which one of the above markets are close by? What is else is worth to visit and see during the Christmas time in Berlin?Thanks a lot for swift reply.

    Regards
    Konstantin

  • Hi we are travelling to Berlin on the 6th of December and are staying at the novum winters hotel Berlin mitte which I think is in zimmerstrausse kreuzberg. Could you please tell me which Christmas markets are easy to get to many thanks Richard

  • Hi! I’m 69 and am taking my 26 year old son to Berlin for 4 days from 30 November to see the architecture and the Christmas markets. We’re staying on Alexanderplatz. Can you recommend any restaurants with traditional German food?

    thank you!
    Carol S.

  • Hi
    I’ll be visiting 25/11/16 staying near check Point Charlie, could you please let me know which are the closest markets
    Thanks
    Yvonne

  • Hi there, when do the markets start. I’m coming over this weekend and have a feeling I’m just too early? We arrive tomorrow Friday 18/11 – thanks!

  • Hi
    We are visiting Berlin from Monday 21st Novemember to Weds 23rd Novemember.
    I was wondering which would be the best Christmas market for us to visit. We are staying at the Best Western hotel at Kantstrasse.
    Thanks

  • Hi! I’m staying in Berlin from 28/12 to 02/01. I’m from Argentina and it’s summer here in Christmas so Christmas Markets are rare.. that’s why I’d like to visit as many Christmas Markets as possible (Just read some of them are operable during those dates!) so thank you SO MUCH for the info…
    Would you recommend to go to the Brandeburg Gate at an early hour? It’s my first time there!
    Thanks 🙂

  • Hi we are coming to Berlin in December for two nights to visit the sights and Christmas Markets. We are staying at the Hotel Come in, where are good Markets from there and best travel method.

  • Hi Job, I am visiting mid December, Do you know of any markets with mainly adults, more alcohol orientated? Also, any good Bier Kellers around?

    • Hi Kylie,

      I know that at the market at “Roten Rathaus” many people sit and drink till late and there is some music at the christmas market at Potsdamer Platz.

      Regarding the Bier-Kellers: If you visit the first christmas market you could also visit Augustiner at Gendarmenmarkt, it is not really a beer-keller but you will like it.

      Have fun!

  • Good post! Can you tell me where is located the biggest christmas tree in berlin? And please also give me advice which area is better ro stay thank you

  • So is there only one chirstmas market open winterwelt this time 11.11-15.11? I booked flights one week too early 🙁 Do you have anyt tips what chirstmas things we can do when we come berlin 11.11-15.11? Girlfriend is crazy about christmas 🙂 And also if you have some tips what we should do at Berlin first time there. Greetings Toni Salo Finland.

    • Hi Toni,

      yeah, you really booked the trip one week to early but the Winterwelt is a cool christmas market so you could at least spend some time over there.

      Furthermore you will get in the christmas atmosphere because all the shopping-centers will also be decorated in November. For other activities you can just check out some of the articles on this blog.

      Have fun!

  • hello im going to berlin in december and my hotel is NOVUM HOTEL FRANKE AM KURFURSTENDAMM . is this good location? and which christmas market is near?

  • Hi Job,
    Just stumbled upon your blog and I’ve enjoyed browsing through your blog post! I’m visiting a friend in Berlin (who just moved there) on 1st-2nd January. A bit awkward timing to catch the tail end of festive season, and I was wondering if Winterwelt at Potsdamer Platz would be the only place we can go ice-skating on New Year’s Day? Thanks!

    Mel

    • Hi Mel,

      as far as I know that is the best place to visit on these days.

      You could of course google and try to find normal iceskating-rings (which have nothing to do with Christmas).

      Good luck!

  • Hi was just wondering what are the prices like at the Berlin xmas market as I travelling with few friends 28 November til 4 December

    • Hi Bernadette,

      the entrance is mostly free or just 1 Euro.

      The drinks and food are a bit more expensive than in normal restaurants and bars in Berlin.

      A beer would be 3-4 Euro and food will be between 3-6 Euro. So still very reasonable.

      Have fun!

  • Hi, I will visit Berlin 23rd to 26th Dec with mom. May I ask that will the public transport open daily? As I read, it looks like the first Christmas market is very popular. Any suggestion where should I stay is close to this market and is close to center city but not expensive? Or Berlin Hbf? As I will travel with mom so I have to make the trip less hassle for her. ideal is close to the station which allow us to transport to and from airport. I can’t read German and I am worry I am gonna be get loss.

    • Hi Mimi,

      the public transport in Berlin is easy to understand and also running during the holidays.

      If you want to stay close to the first Christmas Market you can best stay around Friedrichstraße. There are some large hotels there, just google “Hotel Berlin Friedrichstraße”.

      Have fun in Berlin!

  • Hi.. thankyou so much for listing this… A really great help.
    I don’t suppose you could show the locations on a map?.. I want to book a hotel in a suitable location for walking to the Christmas markets? I’ve never been to Berlin yet.. looking forward to it though

    • Hi Neil,

      I actually showed them on the map in the beginning but the website got a lot slower and it did not look good on mobile devices.

      I will consider a photo where you can see the locations.

      Thanks for the tip!

  • i love your Berlin guides, but I wish you hadn’t featured ivory as a specific attraction at your favorite Christmas market. I’m sure there are plenty of other handicrafts you could popularize without controversy (and without promoting cruelty to wildlife). Thanks for all the other info you provide!

    • Hi Emi,

      thanks for your comment.

      I didn’t look at it that way and just got that information from the official website of that christmas-market. I totally agree with your point of view and deleted that part from the post.

      Have a nice day!

  • Hi me and my boyfriend are visiting Berlin for the first time for 3 days on 6th December. We are staying at the titanic hotel, as well as the Christmas markets what shouldn’t we miss ?

    • Hi Kelly,

      there are several Titanic-Hotels in Berlin so I am not sure how long it will take you to the markets.

      But the public transport is awesome, you will most likely not need that much time to reach the markets.

      Have a good time!

  • Hi – I am travelling to Berlin 1st-3rd December to take my girlfriend to some Christmas markets. She loves Christmas!! We are staying in Charlottenburg, whilst I’ll certainly take her to the number 1 in the list could you recommend other markets that are close by? Also, would you recommend anything specific to do? There’s so much we couldn’t possibly fit everything in!! Many thanks

    • Hi Martin,

      you should also visit the christmas market at Schloss Charlottenburg. It is very beautiful.

      There are many articles about other activities in Berlin on this blog: Just have a look 🙂

      Cheers!

  • hi
    a group of siz adults want to come to berlin for the xmas markets/bars/restaurants we want to stay very central so we have minimal travelling as we only have 2 days. Where would you recommend staying?
    thanks

  • Hi thanks for the detailed description you gave us about Christmas markets in Berlin. Together with my wife we will be visiting Berlin in dec between the 7th abd 11th. This is my wife’s dream as she loves Christmas decorations. Which market do you most suggest to visits for these decorations

  • Hi there my daughter and I are staying at the Melia Berlin from 18th-21st December we are hoping to be within walking distance of most markets can you tell me if our hotel is in a good location and what markets it is near please? Thanks for your great blog so informative 🙂

    • Hi Dondays,

      you will be able to walk to the number one in this list. The walk will be fun as well because there are many shops etc. on the way.

      Also the other markets are easy to reach by train (S-Bahn).

      Have fun!

  • Hi I will be visiting berlin with my kids and staying at Holiday Inn Express Berlin City Centre West , are there any christmas markets near hotel ??

  • hi, I am visiting in December with my boyfriend from the 23rd-27th. We are staying in Goodmans living. Is it easy to travel from that area to the markets? would it be possible to buy some sort of a travel pass for the 5 days we’re there rather than having to purchase individual tickets ? also are clubs open on the 26th as its my birthday, if so where is the best place to go ? Thank you 🙂

    • Hi Lucy,

      you could visit the christmas-market at the Gedächtniskirche. Besides that there is a beautiful christmas-market at Schloss-Charlottenburg. I might list that one soon.

      You can buy a pass like that on every train- and subwaysstation. It is also a bit cheaper.

      There are plenty of parties around christmas, keep an eye on my party-calender: The one for December will be published in the end of November.

      Have fun!

  • Hello
    I’m looking at having my hen do in Berlin love the idea of Christmas markets but are there any cocktail bars/bars etc to do after the markets and where is best to stay please
    Thank you Simone x

    • Hi Sim,

      there are cocktail-bars all around Berlin so you can just visit a Market and find your way to a bar/club after.

      You can also enjoy the Glühwein on the Markets itself.

      The best place to stay for the markets it probably around Alexanderplatz but the public transport is great so anywhere inside the ring would be fine.

      Have fun!

  • Hi Job

    Me & my husband will be spending New Years Eve in Berlin. We don’t like Huge parties so want to avoid the Gate and also not into clubbing. Would you say the New Years Celebrations at the Christmas Markets would be a good way to bring in the New Year or is there anywhere else you could recommend for a more Romantic New Year maybe?

    Thank you

    • Hi Amie,

      the Christmas Markets are normally not open around midnight so you will not be able to celebrate it there.

      I agree that the Brandenburger Tor is quite crowded but you might find some cool places somewhere around it. Just go for a walk and check out some touristic spots in Berlin. You might find small groups of people there and this might just suit your needs.

      Good luck!

  • My wife and I are travelling to Berlin to visit the Christmas markets we are staying in the hotel indigo at Alexanderplatz ? What would be the most cove net markets for us to visit and are other market within comfortable walking distance

    • Hi Robin,

      your hotel has a great location. There are at least 3 Christmas-Markets within walking distance. There is one directly at Alexanderplatz, another at Roten Rathaus und a third one behind Alexa.

      Have fun!

  • Hi
    Going to berlin in december with girlfriend,can you tell me what xmas market is best for light and carol songs want a good xmas feel.
    Thank you

  • Hi there, Of the Christmas Markets you mentioned, which would be the best for authentic items, not made in China stuff!! Thanks.

  • Hi, I am looking at coming to Berlin for the christmas markets in December. Is there a hotel you would recommend which is central to the markets. 4 and 5 star?

    Thanks

    • Hi Beth,

      I am not that much up to date about hotels because I do not need to use them. But the public transport is splendid in Berlin so you could basically choose any Hotel within 5km of them markets.

      Cheers!

  • Me my wife and 14 year old son will be visiting Berlin from 21st December to 8th January we will be living in NH Berlin Mitte Hotel in central area. what do you suggest we can do in these 18 Days

    thanks

  • Hi Job,

    I’m hoping to go this year with my 2 year old. Are there any of the markets that you’d recommend that are more family friendly?

    • Hi Annette,

      most of the christmas markets in Berlin are great for children as well. It will probably be best to visit them in the early-afternoon when its not so busy yet.

      The one at Alexa also has a lot of children-attractions.

      Have fun!

  • Hi we are visiting Betlin from 5-8 December with 4 children and they want to go to Pitsdamer Platz for the toboggan slope aswell as checkpoint Charlie..we also want to try the market with Ferris wheel and rollercoaster…please could you recommend a hotel which would be a good base? We are on a bit of a budget..! Thank you

    • Hi Karen,

      if you are on a budget I would suggest finding a hotel in a different part of town. Around Potsdamer Platz most hotels are more expensive and public transport is great in Berlin.

      I do not really have recommendations but it is probably best to use a website like Booking.com.

      Good luck!

    • Hi Michael,

      yes they are really worth a visit. Hope you can visit Berlin this Christmas 🙂

      Best wishes!

  • hey, i would like to know if any off this Christmas markets will stay open between 27/12 -1/12? and i was wondering if we can feel the Christmas “spirit” during this dates? many thanks!

    • Hi Mila,

      The opening-hours which are written under the markets above are correct. So some of them are open when you are in town and other are not.

      Good luck!

  • Hi, thank you for this informative site with posts. I am here in Berlin for 3 days , I have found all the info great and v helpful. Thank you everyone. Keep posting and happy shopping. Monty

  • When do the big sales start in Berlin
    we will be there drom Dec 4 to Dec 7
    Where are good sales in what moels or shopping aereas?
    Thank you

    • Hi Moshik,

      The big sales will not be offered before January. But there will probably be some shops with sale already in December.

      Have a look in Alexa or one of the other shopping-center listed above.

      Good luck!

  • I can’t seem to find the map with them all there? Please could you send to me direct or point it out more clearly please, I’m staying in the Grand City Hotel Berlin East, would you recommend the tram / walking? Bearing in mind i don’t know any German

    Thanks

    • Hi Luuuu,

      It will be most easy for you to reach the christmas markets at Alexanderplatz. You can reach them by train quite easily.

      I cannot send you a map but Alexanderplatz is the central meeting-point in Berlin so you will be able to find it.

      Have a great time!

  • we are visiting Berlin during Christmas and wondering whether everything is shut on the 25th and 26th?
    like tali above, We want to ask if the museums are open on these dates and the christmas markets?
    Thank you

    • Hi Sharon,

      Most shops are closed during these days but there are several christmas-markets who will still open their doors (with different opening-hours though).

      The opening-hours are written in this article and you can check the links of the christmas-markets if you need more information.

      Have a great time!

  • Hi, myself and my friend have booked Berlin (Wyndham Berlin Excelsior) and am wondering are we far from the shopping malls and Christmas Markets?

    • Hi Mary,

      The hotel is in the west of Berlin but it will be easy to reach everything. The S-Bahn Zoologischer Garten can bring you to Alexanderplatz in less than 20 minutes. There are also plenty of shops and a Xmas Market nearby at Kurfurstendamm.

      Good luck!

  • Hi. Thanks for all the info. My partner and I are travelling with a 16 month old. We won’t be at the Christmas markets in the evening but will it be ok to walk round with a pram or will it be far too hectic? Are there any particular markets that would be ideal for young children. Thanks

    • Hi Claire,

      Thanks for your comment. Most of the christmas markets are great for children. Probably the one which fits the most would be the one at Alexanderplatz (Am Roten Rathaus).

      Furthermore I would advice going between 14.00 and 17.00. It will be more quiet on the markets.

      Good luck!

  • Are the dates of the christmas markets correct as of now ? Because the market in Potsdamer platz and the one in Gedachtmiskirche both end on 3 January has 2015 instead of 2016.
    Thanks

    • Hi Geoff,

      Thanks for your comment. I did indeed forget to change the year of one market.

      But yes, all the dates which are in the article right now should be correct. I took them from the websites of the markets themselves.

      Have fun!

  • Hi
    Your website is great and very informative.
    Me and my partner are looking at coming to Berlin and staying at the titanic deluxe.
    I was just wondering if we would be central for all the markets you have mentioned above and which would be the closest one.

    Many thanks

    • Hi Rachel,

      Yes, that is a very central location. The public transport in Berlin is pretty awesome anyway, so do not worry about not reaching the markets.

      Best wishes,

      Job

  • Thank you for all this information. I was wondering if the (larger) Christmas markets are busy (that is, filled with people) earlier on in the month of December. I enjoy the crowds and fun. I will be visiting from late Nov. until the 6th of December. Thanks in advance for any help.

    • Hi Eugene,

      It largely depends on the day and time. During the weekends and between 18.00 – 21.00 it can be quite crowded but on other moments it will be all right.

      Good luck and enjoy Berlin!

  • hi wasjust wondering which market would be closest to hotel eden am zoo we have just booked to stay there from 26th november thanks

    • Hi Matt,

      If the hotel is located at Zoologischer Garten, the Christmas Market at the Gedachtniskirche would be on walking distance.

      Best wishes!

  • Firstly found this site very helpful,just booked up this week to visit Berlin in dec.Staying at hotel Ivbergs premium,can you tell me the closest market to the hotel,cannot wait to see some real German Christmas markets.

    • Hi Ian,

      Great that you are coming to Berlin. The closest market would be the one at Zoologischer Garten, you could walk there.

      Best wishes,

      Job

  • Firstly, many thanks for this site and information , it’s really useful.
    As a kid I lived in (West) Berlin during the early 1980’s and used to love the Christmas Markets.
    We used to live in Gatow, so used to often visit the Spandau market each year.
    I have arranged to visit Berlin in December and am excited about returning and showing my wife and 10 year old daughter the City.
    We are staying quite central and I wondered if Spandau was regarded as a good market still and if you thought it was worth travelling out there for it, or best to stay at the ones nearer the centre?
    Mfg,
    Rob

    • Hi Rob,

      Thanks for your comment. I believe the Spandau-Market is still one of the better markets in Berlin. But it always depends on what you are looking for.

      The public Transport will take you there quick and convenient, so I guess it would be a good idea to go back there 🙂

  • Fantastic info ….. We are coming 1st weekend in December staying in the circus hotel … Are we able to travel to most of the markets from hear ?

    • Hi She’ll,

      That should not be a problem. The public transport is very good in Berlin!

      Have fun in Berlin!

  • I’ve booked to go in mid December and we are staying at Ivbergs Premium at Kleiststrassee 9-12, is this quite far from the main markets? Are the markets still accessible by metro / bus and if so which is quicker to get?

    Thanks in advance

    • Hi Ali,

      You can walk to the xmas-market at the Gedachtniskirche. Other markets are about 15 minutes by train. Easy to reach.

      Have fun and good luck!

  • Hi,

    I am visiting Berlin from the 21rst till the 24th of November. Leaving Monday 24th at night. I would love to visit the Weihnachtszauber am Gendarmenmarkt. I just want to make sure if it will be open for public on the 24th. Thanks

    • Hi Sarah,

      The website states that the market will open on 24.11 so normally this should not be a problem.

      Best wishes!

  • Hi,

    This might sound silly, but which airport is best to go to for Berlin Christmas Markets? or are they both pretty central?

    Thanks in advance!

    • Hi Leoni,

      I am not sure that I understand what you mean? You want to fly to Berlin and go directly to a christmas market?

      The center of Berlin is easy to reach from both airports. It depends on which market you want to visit. All of them can be reached within 30-45 minutes from both airports.

      Have a good time!

  • Hi

    Great review I’m looking to take my girlfriend as a suprise. Which area would you reckon stating in to be in a good location to visit the top 4 in your list ?
    Thanks

    Sam

    • Hi Sam,

      Berlin has great public transport so I would suggest you choose a nice accomodation and don`t worry about the distance to the markets too much.
      There is a little map at the bottom of the article, as you can see most of the markets are located very central.

      If you have any other questions, just let me know!

      Two of the markets are actually around the corner of the NH Berlin Alexanderplatz.

      Have fun!

  • Hi,
    Im looking to take my mum to Berlin on the 28th of November for two nights I was looking at staying at the NH Berlin Alexanderplatz how far is this from the markets you have said above?

    Thanks

    Smith

    • Hallo Smith,

      I would not worry about the distance that much. Berlin has great public transport so you will reach all the xmas-markets within 30 minutes.

      Two of the markets are actually around the corner of the NH Berlin Alexanderplatz.

      Have fun!

  • Hello, thanks for this article; I was under the impression the Christmas market at Gendarmenmarkt was normally open until the 31st (don’t they have a NYE event there?). Is it closing sooner this year?

    Thanks

    • Hi Parsley,

      The website writes that the christmas market is open till 31 December. On that day the market will only be open till 18.00.

      I cannot really remember till when it was open last year but you might be right.

      Have a good time!

  • I am staying in the Adina aparthotel check point charlie from 19-21 December.
    Can anyone recommend what the closest markets are to this hotel. I will also have 2 children with me aged 14 and 11.
    Thank you

    • Hi Jikoryu,

      The first market is not far from Checkpoint Charlie. But the market close to Alexa, with the rollercoaster, is probably something your children will enjoy.

      Good luck!

  • Hello,

    We’re visiting Berling during Christmas 21st-26th of December.

    I have been looking at many sites but cant understand which markets, shops and tourists attraction operates on the 24th and which on the 25th and which are closed altogether. I am trying to arrange a schedule so we can see most and wont sit idly. Are there markets open on the 24th? What is a good idea to do on the night of the 24th? And is everything closed on the 25th?

    Can you help me please?
    Thank you!

    • Hi Tali,

      Thanks for your comment and great that you are coming to Berlin in December.

      All the Christmas Markets are open during Christmas. Most of them close around 14.00. I wrote some extra text in the summaries under every Christmas Market.

      Have a great time and let me know if you have any additional questions!

    • Hi Alex, I have never been there so can’t speak of own experiences. But I have heard many good stories about it. Location should be great!

      Good luck!

    • Hi Jordy,

      You are totally right. Have been planning to add it to the article for a while but have not found enough time to implement it.

      But I do like that xmas-market a lot myself.

      Thanks for the tip.

    • Hi, the charlottenburg market is beautiful! We went last year and they had a band playing at times infront of the palace, really nice atmosphere and the palace was lit up in lots of different lights. Worth a visit in my opinion, we’ll be going back this year!

    • Yes, you are completely right. I haven’t checked the Maps-Plugin careful enough.

      I changed it now. Thanks a lot for your tip!!!

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