Berlin Christmas Route
This the season to be jolly! And if Berlin is on the agenda for you this winter season then it will be a festive one. Other cities, such as Antwerp and Düsseldorf, have their charismatic Christmas atmosphere with a handful of Christmas markets, but Berlin has around 60 markets to explore! Yes, we're not exaggerating the number, many markets pop up around this season for both travelers and locals with rosy, red cheeks to descend upon. So we've picked some of the best highlights Berlin's Christmas Market activities and present to you the Berlin Christmas Route.
- Route name: Berlin Christmas Route
- Start point: Alexanderplatz
- End point: Funkhaus
- Duration: 2-3 hours
- Best on foot or by public transport
- Best time to visit: The Christmas Holiday season! November and December
- Highlights: Berliner Weinachtzeit, Weihnachtszauber, Wintertraum am Alexa, 22nd Berlin Environmental and Christmas Market, Winterwelt am Potsdamer Platz, the Green Market: Winter Edition
The Berlin Christmas Route
Berliner Weinachtzeit at Alexanderplatz
If you’ve ever been to Berlin before, you’ll know that Alexanderplatz is the central hub of the entire city. During the winter holiday season, it houses three main traditional Christmas markets all within walking distance of the vicinity. You’ve got plenty to choose from, but one market should catch your attention, Berliner Weinachtzeit. It is one of the oldest Christmas Markets in the city, with stalls designed in 1900s style, and the many craft stands filled with unique products and the seasonal favorite- mulled wine. It is a great place for families, as there is a free ice-rink, a Santa Claus Meet & Greet, and a small petting zoo. You won’t be able to miss it because of the gigantic, colorful Ferris wheel that towers over the market, right in front of the Berlin Town Hall (Roten Rathaus).
Dates: November 27 - November 29, 2017. | Opening hours: Monday-Friday noon-22:00, Saturday & Sunday: 11:00-22:00, closed Dec 24th, December 25th & 26th: 11:00-21:00, Dec 29th: noon-21:00.
Wintertraum am Alexa
Stepping away from the German traditional Christmas Market, just steps away from Alexanderplatz on Alexander Strasser, is the Wintertraum am Alexa. A modern rendition of Christmas that will give you the ultimate adrenaline rush, the amusement park rides will rush you into an exciting turn of events. You’ll be entertained for hours by the daredevil roller coasters, tower of terror and spinning rides, and the Ferris wheels. The great thing about this ‘market’ is that there’s something for every age! Small children can ride the kiddies rides, teenagers can scream their hearts out with topsy-turvy rollercoasters, and the adults can sip on some mulled wine.
Dates: November 27th- December 23rd | Opening hours: Monday – Friday: 14:00-22:00, Saturday and Sunday: 12:00-22:00.
22nd Berlin Environmental and Christmas Market
Since it is Berlin, the sustainability scene is alive and well during the holiday season, including the Berlin Environmental and Christmas Market. For the last 22 years, this market puts a Berlin ‘flair’ on the traditional German Christmas Market by rounding up talented and hip designers to offer creative products and goods that puts on emphasis on environmentally sustainable, eco-friendly, organic, natural and fair-trade. Whether it’s organic, handmade soaps, up-cycled mermaid dolls, or lamps made from chain & metal scrapes, you can find it all here at the market. Aside from the creative goods and treats, you’ll also witness some elaborately dressed masquerade characters and Santa Claus at this event. Nothing screams out ‘Berlin’ than the very existence of this market. Set in the gallery district in Mitte.
Dates: the weekends of December 2017 2nd & 3rd, 9th & 10th, 16th & 17th | Opening hours: Saturdays 12:00-20:00 and Sundays from 11:00-19:00.
Weihnachtszauber at the Gendarmenmarkt
The Mitte neighborhood in Berlin is a convergence of cultures and diversity of the city, and it’s safe to say, it's home to the Weihnachtszauber at the Gendarmenmarkt. Deemed as one of the best Christmas markets in the city, you won’t have to spend a long time here to understand why. The beautiful environment surrounding the historic buildings, fresh open air fragranced with the smell of warm food, and the live daily tunes to pump you with Christmas spirit. This traditional market is known for its talented craftsmen and women who do their very best to showcase their skills in their unique handmade products. Walk among the hundreds of stalls to search for your Christmas presents to your loved ones this year. Of course, no German Christmas Market is complete unless you've sample some mulled wine, white hot chocolate decked with whipped cream, fried apple or the many succulent Christmas treats at the stalls. You may be able to sample some of these goodies before buying, so don’t forget to ask! The market is located right in front of the Konzerthaus, the Deutsche Dom, and Franzozsiche, which are beautifully lit during this special time of the year. Entrance is 1 Euro.
Dates November 27th-December 31st | Opening hours: daily 11:00-22:00, December 24th: 11:00-18:00, December 31st: 11:00-01:00.
Winterwelt am Potsdamer Platz
Just outside the main center of Berlin is Potsdamer Platz, which hosts another great Christmas Market that shouldn’t be left off your list. Since most Christmas Markets open late November, Winterwelt is one of the only market that is open on November 3rd of this year! The main features here are the series of activities and games that you can participate in that are only found in Potsdamer Platz. For example, slide down the majestic snowy hillslopes of rodelbahn, go tubing or tobogganing on a 12-meter-high toboggan slope, curling and ice skating. It’s the place to engage with your active side, after all the mulled wine and fried donuts; you can get your workout in here. You may need to hop on the S-Bahn or the U-Bahn to get there, but it’s definitely worth the stop.
Dates: November 3rd - December 31st | Opening hours: Daily: 10:00-22:00, December 19-26th: closed, December 24: 10:00-14:00)
The Green Market Berlin: Winter Edition
Being the vegan capital of the world, Berlin has pioneered the ‘Going Green’ Scene from the get-go. With the Green Market: Winter Edition, a vegan lifestyle market, you are guaranteed for some good nourishing and soulful nurturing for the Christmas season. The Green Market covers all the bases for the eco-minded and sustainable community. You’ll see some local heroes from the vegan scene selling creative products and vegan snacks & treats, DIY Christmas cards, natural and organic cosmetics, carrying out insightful workshops, and performing live music. It’s an exciting and welcoming community looking to make Berlin a better and sustainable place, even during the Christmas holidays! The market is located at Funkhaus Berlin. To get to the Green Market from the center of Berlin, take the S3 to Bahnhof Rummelsburg and then Tram 21 towards Schoneweide (get off at Kopenicker Chaussee Blockdammweg)
Dates: December 16th & 17th | Opening hours12:00-22:00.
Suggested reading for Christmas:
- The Antwerp Christmas Route
- The Dusseldorf Christmas Route
- The New York Christmas Route
- The Budapest Christmas Route
- The Best Christmas Destinations