In my humble opinion the Germans are undisputed kings of the Christmas Markets.
Their gluhwein is one of the best I have ever tasted, full of flavours and spices, helping to keep you warm on the cold winter evenings. The food they serve is simple and so good, that every time I am in Berlin my stomach is aching and full to the limits. The atmosphere is warm and the crowds do not bother me really, although sometimes it means queening to the stand serving grilled salmon.
There is about 60 Christmas Markets in Berlin, so the choice is quite wide!
Last year I have been to four of them and each is a different kind of adventure! The only thing which is keeping them together is an amazing Christmas Spirit, which has no boundaries and no limits!
My favourite one it has to be Spandau Christmas Market, located in the Spandau Old Town.
The biggest in Berlin and the first one I visit when I am in Berlin! You can easily get lost between a huge number of charming stands with a million and one Christmas lights and decorations.
On the weekdays there are about 250 stands but this number can grow up to 400 on the weekends! And the weekends are the perfect time to visit – you can listen to a Christmas rock concerts on Fridays from 6 pm, take a look at the market from above on a merry-go-round and see live animals!
If you are in Berlin head over there for unforgettable experience of gorgeous food and Christmas Spirit!
Buy some yummy gluhwein and grab a Bratwurst or Rostbratwurst to enjoy. If you can afford loosing 2 or 2.5 euro, do keep one of the Christmas glasses or cups. They can be a perfect souvenir from you trip! And after all this is a festive time, so why don’t you extend festive feelings beyond the Christmas stands?
If you feel the Spandau Christmas Market is not what you are looking for, head over to the Charlottenburg Castle.
For 35 days the castle and the area around it is transformed into a magical wonderland. Special lights create a unique and very romantic atmosphere and about 150 vendors from all over Germany and abroad are there to sell their exceptional Christmas craft-work. If you are after some splendid and one of its kind Christmas decorations – this is the place to shop! You will spot some true gems – ancient handicrafts, carefully selected gifts, made by artists from all around Germany and beyond. You will get a chance to eat some extraordinary food as well, sitting in a cosy, festively decorated cabins and glass pagodas.
For an even more sophisticated experience head over to the Gendarmenmarkt Christmas Market, established in one of the most gorgeous squares in the city.
This market has completely different settings! It is so exclusive that in order to get inside you must queue and pay for your ticket. It is not much – just 1 euro, and it is totally worth the experience. However if you can be there from Monday to Friday before 2pm – you can save your 1 euro! The crowd is even greater, as this place is flank from all sides but it does deliver.
The Gendarmenmarkt Christmas Market presents you with an opportunity to see old handicrafts such as flax embroidery, you can meet wood carvers and stonemasons showing of their skills and work and have a moment of great fun watching jugglers, acrobats, fire artists, dancing groups, choirs, listening to the Gospel and jazz. The Christmas spirit is on the lose here!
For more modern surroundings head over to the Sony Centre and the Potsdamer Platz Christmas Market.
You will see something magical – the heart of Winter Magic dancing under huge decorations in the Sony Centre. This place is more than you can handle with the amount of Christmas lights and decorations. There is no escape here – they are everywhere on the 4.000 square metres of the Sony Centre. Music, lights, food and drink – you are going to feel spoiled! You can even skate on a huge 500 m open air ice rink and try the largest mobile toboggan run in Europe – which is 12 metres high and 70 metres long! And after all that fun you can go and admire ten meters high Clock Tower from the Ore Mountains – it’s there every year!
Each Christmas Market can offer an amazing and one of a kind experience.
And it really does not matter what you are looking for – tasty and traditional festive food and drinks, Christmas decorations made by the most skilled craftsmen’s, a shot of adrenaline on a toboggan or a sophisticated experience listening to Christmas carols in the heart of Berlin… I can guarantee you will find all this! So pack your bags and meet me there! The festive season starts on 24 November this year and I will be there right at the very beginning to enjoy, eat, drink and immerse into the Christmas spirit the best way I know!