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Christmas Markets Berlin Pt.II

Christmas markets at the Kurfürstendamm, Alexanderplatz and nearby the Rotem Rathaus in Berlin. I tell you where you find a rink for ice skating and real snow, which doesn’t depend on the weather.

 

 

What is a Christmas Market?
Christmas markets are street markets during the weeks if Advent. These kind of markets are really typical for Germany, but also Austria, South Tyrol (Northern Italy) and some eastern regions in France. The history goes back to Late Middle Ages of German-Speaking parts in Europe. Christmas markets have a lot of different stalls which sell all kinds of things, also typical Christmas dishes as German gingerbread (“Lebkuchen”), candied almonds, a variety of sausages (“Bratwurst”) and hot mulled wine (“Glühwein”).

 

City-Christmas market at the Gedächtniskirche

One of the most famous churches in Berlin is the “Kaiser-Wilhelm-Gedächtniskirche” at the Kurfürstendamm in Charlottenburg.

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I really enjoyed the mood of the Christmas market there, because of the thousand beautiful lights in the trees and above. Really typical for the markets in Berlin are the big Christmas pyramids with candles and figures from the nativity scene. Above the pyramid is a wheel, which turns around.

The entry of the "City Weihnachtsmarkt"
The Christmas tree at the entry
"Kaiser-Wilhelm-Gedächtniskirche" (Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church) is in the thick of the market
A carpet of lights
The Christmas Pyramid
 
A big Christmas ball ornament

Christmas Market at the Alexanderplatz

The Christmas Market of the Alexanderplatz has many different food booths with typical German sausages, French Crêpes and sugared almonds.
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Furthermore, the stallholders sell different Christmas stuff like candles, star lamps, soap, clothes or all other kinds of things for decorating or design your home. It has a big carousel for children nearby the ‘World Time Clock’ and a really cool Christmas pyramid. One floor is a little indoor room, where you can drink your hot mulled wine. Around of the pyramid are tiny fireplaces. One of the highlights is the snow which falls down from the pyramid at every full hour. And this snow will fall without matter if it’s cold enough or not (the snow is foam).
The "World Time Clock" in front of the Christmas Pyramid at the Alexanderplatz
Snow and the Television Tower in the background
Snow at the Christmas pyramid
Alexanderplatz

 

Christmas Market at the Rotes Rathaus

Not far away from the Christmas market at the Alexanderplatz you will find the next big market.

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It’s near by the Rothem Rathaus (red town hall). It has a big wheel and a skating rink around the fountain (Neptunbrunnen) for ice skating. One special menu in Berlin is warm green cabbage. Normally it will be served with sausages. Another particular dish is Lángos from Hungary and fried apples.

Different decorations and lights
A big wheel at the Christmas market of Rothes Rathaus
... fried apples
 

 

 

Christmas Markets Berlin Pt.I

Berlin has over 50 Christmas markets, one of them is the Scandinavian Lucia Weihnachtsmarkt with Glögg, Feuerzangenbowle and the “Open-Air-Mantel-Heizung”. Another one is at the castle of Charlottenburg and the Potsdamer Platz.

 

 

What is a Christmas Market?
Christmas markets are street markets during the weeks if Advent. These kind of markets are really typical for Germany, but also Austria, South Tyrol (Northern Italy) and some eastern regions in France. The history goes back to Late Middle Ages of German-Speaking parts in Europe. Christmas markets have a lot of different stalls which sell all kinds of things, also typical Christmas dishes as German gingerbread (“Lebkuchen”), candied almonds, a variety of sausages (“Bratwurst”) and hot mulled wine (“Glühwein”).

 

 

Lucia Christmas Market

I just moved to Berlin a few weeks ago. The capital of Germany has a lot of different Christmas markets and I want to try to discover some of them the next weeks until Christmas.

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The first Christmas market I visited was the “Lucia Weihnachtsmarkt” in Prenzlauer Berg. You can find him at the “Kulturbrauerei” at the Subway Stop “Eberswalder Straße”.

The market gets his name from Lucia from Scandinavia, she brings the lights on the 13th December (in English it’s the Saint Lucy’s Day). Of course, you will also get here some Scandinavian drinks like Glögg. But of course you can also drink the typical hot mulled wine, you can buy at every German Christmas market. Or another choice could be “Feuerzangenbowle”. The drink is named after the pliers above it. It’s hot mulled wine with rum-soaked sugarloaf, which has a blue flame.  

When you easily feel cold you should visit the “Open-Air-Mantel-Heizung”. Visitors can wear one of the coats, which are combined with heaters, which get their warmth from an oven nearby.  

A stall with different candles and decoration
 
 
"Feuerzangenbowle" (hot mulled wine with rum-soaked sugarloaf above)
Open-Air-Mantel-Heizung
Open-Air-Mantel-Heizung

 

Christmas Market at the Castle of Charlottenburg

Charlottenburg is one of the most expensive districts, however, in my opinion also one of the fancier ones. It has different Christmas markets, one of them is at the castle of Charlottenburg near the train station “Westend”.

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The Christmas market is really large and has one little section especially for children with different carousels, a little roller coaster and a special train.

However, the market has also a lot of different stalls where the (international) holders sell Christmas decorations, candles, accessories or also arts and crafts. You will also find an offer of a  variety of food. Germany is really famous for its large selection of sausages, you should give it a try. Though, the market offers even more particular Christmas dishes as German gingerbread (“Lebkuchen”), bread from a wood stove, of course, hot mulled wine and pan-fried mushrooms.

Beside a Christmas pyramid, the market has also a crib and of course the castle, which will be illuminated the whole night in different colours.

 
A Crib which reports the story of Christmas
A train full of candies
 
 
Christmas decorations
Christmas pyramid
The castle of Charlottenburg
The castle of Charlottenburg

“Winterworld” Christmas Market at the Potsdamer Platz

The “Potsdamer Platz” is one of the most famous places for tourists to visit. It also has a Christmas market, or actually two, because it is separated. You can reach the markets really easy with trains and the subway (the station names are also “Potsdamer Platz”).

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The Christmas market has a large toboggan run out of ice (however, it costs money per ride). You can also try ice stock sport and ice-skate a small rink. An Austrian cabin (“Salzburger Schmankerl’ Hüttn”) offers a variety of typical food from our neighbour country. Beside “Obazda” (savoury cheese spread – also typical for Bavaria), “Brettljause” (a wood plate with different meat and sausages), goulash, “Kasnocken” (as the German version of “Käsespätzle” – spaetzles with cheese), also sweet dishes as “Kaiserschmarrn” (sugared and cut-up pancake, typical with raisins), Sacher cake and apple strudel.

One of my favourite candies at the market at Potsdamer Platz was “Schneeballen” (means snowballs, photo above). I didn’t know the dish before. It is like a really large and round cake with chocolate glazing and filled with different topics. I had one with white chocolate and filled with nougat. I don’t want to make too many covered advertising, though it was really tasty.

Besides all the food Potsdamer Platz is also a good opportunity to go shopping. A large shopping mall is full of golden lights and decoration, in my opinion, it’s a little kitschy (but hey, it’s Christmas). Also really kitschy is a big colourful Christmas tree with tonnes of lights in front of the Theatre of Potsdamer Platz. Last but not least, the stallholders also sell different things as clothes, Christmas decorations, lights or handmade woollen hats.

A toboggan run out of ice
The kitschy Christmas tree ...
 
 
 
Shopping mall ...
Inside the shopping mall
The Christmas tree in front of the Theatre at Potsdamer Platz
"Schneeballen" - snowballs, out of chocolate