Christmas Markets in Berlin
Categories: Family and Kids, Sightseeing, Cultural and History, Shopping, Dining, Entertainment
Christmas Markets in Berlin
[ source: Wikipedia]
Glittering, magical cities attract visitors around Christmas time more than at perhaps any other time of year, whether one is talking about New York, London, or Berlin (Berlin vacation rentals | Berlin travel guide). There is something especially enchanting about the urban streets, bustling with shoppers and the endless array of Christmas lights and decorations. Germany's capital is an intriguing city any time of year, but with its dozens of Christmas markets, Berlin offers something for literally everyone. Christmas markets can be found in many neighborhoods around the larger urban area, including Friedrichshain, Moabit, Wilmersdorf, Marienfelde, Altglienicke (Altglienicke vacation rentals | Altglienicke travel guide), Alt-Buckow, Frohnau, and Charlottenburg. All of the Christmas markets in Berlin offer a little something different, and a few deserve to be mentioned specifically.
WeihnachtsZauber Gendarmenmarkt - This market attracts about 600,000 visitors each year and features over 150 exhibitors. Of special interest are the international artisans and handworkers that are involved with this particular market. Origami masters, leather workers, hat makers, and wood workers from Oberammergau (Oberammergau vacation rentals | Oberammergau travel guide) are only a small selection of those who sell at the Gendarmenmarkt. The tents here are festively decorated with 1,000 meters of lighted chains, 1,000 Christmas balls, and 120 lighted Moravian stars. The market's Christmas tree is a gift from the city of Oranienburg (Oranienburg vacation rentals | Oranienburg travel guide) and is ornamented with 5,000 lights.
Weihnachtsmarkt am Opernpalais - This Berlin Christmas market features a 100-year- old Ferris Wheel, sure to delight children and others. Sellers from the Erzgebirge, the Czech Republic, and the south Tyrol offer an array of traditional European goods. Every day at 4 pm, Christmas concerts are hosted at the market's stage.
Umwelt- und Weihnachtsmarkt in Berlin-Mitte (Berlin-Mitte vacation rentals | Berlin-Mitte travel guide) - What makes this Christmas market in Berlin unique is its focus on the worldwide environmental movement. Prominent environmental groups, such as Greenpeace and the World Wildlife Federation, present their projects here to interested visitors. Sellers feature eco-friendly gifts and wares. Vegetarian and organic foods are offered for sale. The cups that can be purchased at the Glueweinstaender are also part of the environmental focus of this Christmas market. A share of the sales of these cups supports a tree planting project in Kathmandu. Lastly year, 10,000 trees were planted in Nepal as a result of the monies raised at this Christmas market alone.
Lucia Weihnachtsmarkt in Kulturbrauerei - This Christmas market is named for Santa Lucia, the light-bringing saint honored in Sweden. As one might guess, this market has a decidedly Scandanavian flair, with music, handcrafts and foods from Germany, Sweden, Finland, Norway, Iceland, and Denmark. A bungee trampoline and an old-fashioned chain carousel provides cheerful diversions to the shopping duties. Every evening at 8 pm, a stilt walker performer entertains visitors at the Lucia market.
About this Article
This travel guide has been written by Rachel Hildebrandt.
Starting with her first trip to Germany at the age of 16, Rachel has traveled, worked, and studied in Germany extensively. Although her first encounter with German culture was in Lower Saxony, since that time the focus of her subsequent work as a freelance historian and translator has shifted eastward. Building on her graduate studies in Dresden, Rachel has worked for a variety of German foundations as a historian and translator, and is currently pursuing research pertaining to the Sorbs in Lusatia (eastern Saxony).
Find and book quality Germany Vacation Rentals and Holiday Apartments ...
By State: Aargau, Appenzell Ausserrhoden, Appenzell Innerrhoden, Baden-Wurttemberg, Basel-Landschaft, Basel-Stadt, Bavaria, Berlin (region), Bern (Canton), Brandenburg, Bremen (region), Burgenland (Austria), Canton of Jura, Canton of Uri, Carinthia (Austria), Fribourg (Canton), Geneva (Canton), Glarus, Graubünden, Hamburg (region), Hesse, Lower Austria, Lower Saxony, Lucerne (Canton), Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, Neuchâtel, Nidwalden, North Rhine-Westphalia, Obwalden, Rhineland-Palatinate, Saarland, Salzburger Land (Austria), Saxony, Saxony-Anhalt, Schaffhausen (Canton), Schleswig-Holstein, Schwyz (Canton), Solothurn, St. Gallen (Canton), Styria (Austria), Thurgau, Thuringia, Ticino, Tyrol (Austria), Upper Austria, Valais, Vaud, Vienna (Austria), Voralberg (Austria), Zug (Canton), Zürich (Canton), [ + ] more ...
Location, Map, and Driving Directions
[ view larger map ]
More Germany Travel Related Articles
- Great Offbeat Places in Berlin
- Walhalla Regensburg
- How Germany Travel Search on Live Like a German can save you Money when planning a Germany Trip
- Visit a traditional Fest in Germany
- Visit Rügen Germany
- Kloster Andechs, a Benediktiner Monastery with a Beer Brewing Tradition
- Germany Breaks International Visitor Record
- Alemannic Fasnet
- Germanisches Nationalmuseum (Germanic National Museum) in Nuremberg
- The German Wine Route – Heaven for Wine Connoisseurs
Nearby Destinations Where You Can Find Nice Germany Vacation Rentals
Wannsee is a lovely neighborhood in the southeast of Germany’s capital. Surrounded by lakes and rivers, Wannsee offers visitors a relaxing place to "come home" after a full day of sightseeing in downtown Berlin. [ + ] More Details
Related: Berlin-Wannsee Vacation Rentals
Mitte is the first and most central borough of Berlin (Mitte is German for middle). Mitte encompasses Berlin's historic core and is a must-see area for anyone wanting to get to know this German metropolis. Until 2001, Mitte was itself an autonomous district.… [ + ] More Details
Related: Berlin-Mitte Vacation Rentals
In a city rich with diversity and culture, Berlin's Prenzlauer Berg is one of the city's hottest districts. Since Reunification, the neighborhood has been popular among university students, but this popularity has resulted in an increase in property… [ + ] More Details
Berlin is the capital city of Germany, and with a population of 3.4 million within its city limits, it is the country's largest city. It is the second most populous city and the eighth most populous urban area in the European Union. Berlin is a major… [ + ] More Details
Related: Berlin Vacation Rentals
Potsdam has several claims to national and international notability. Until 1918, it was the residence of the Prussian kings. Potsdam is also important due to its architectural and landscape history. Around the city there are a series of interconnected… [ + ] More Details
Related: Potsdam Vacation Rentals
Feedback, comments, questions?
If you have visited here please share your experiences with our readers on Facebook. Or, if you have other cool trip suggestions and would like to contribute a travel guide here, please drop me an email. We also are encouraging free-lancers, travel guide writers or publishers who have great Germany related content to send us an email and get in touch with us.
Ask a Local for special travel insider tips!
We make it easy for you to post your travel questions and get them answered by local residents and our property owners in Germany, Austria and Switzerland. This way you get unqiue travel tips, personalized to your needs. Just type in your destination in the search box and go to your desired destination guide. From there look for the "Ask a Local" box, type in your question and submit. Typically you'll get 2-3 responses within less than 24 hours.
Download free eBook: 10 Tips on how to Live Like a German during your Germany Vacation!
Register for our free monthly Germany travel newsletter and download as a gift this valuable eBook: "10 Tips on how to Live Like a German during your Germany Vacation" - written by Bettina Kraft, owner of the Live Like a German site.
[ + ] More Details
Add the "Best of Live Like a German" to your web site or blog!
Get the Best of Live Like a German badge, which shows the latest Germany travel tips, popular vacation packages, special trip plans, and a selection of travel guides. It can be integrated easily into your web site or blog.
[ + ] More Details