Sleigh this festive season at Berlin’s Favourite Christmas markets
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Berlin – while most of us think of graffiti, night clubs, and other rather outlandish activities, there’s a whole other side to the German capital. Like most people, even Berliners get a bit soft around the holidays. Dive into our list of Berlin’s best Christmas markets and where to stay during your trip.
The Market: Weihnachtszauber am Gendarmenmarkt
Impressive scenery, exceptional stalls and traditional craftsmanship make the Christmas market at Gendarmenmarkt one of the most popular markets in the city. Tucked between the neoclassical buildings of the French Cathedral, German Cathedral and Berlin’s concert hall, the scene here is not only impressive, but utterly idyllic. Whether you’re just browsing, treating yourself to some Glühwein, or actively doing your Christmas shopping, you’ll find an eclectic mix of fine art, culinary delights, and a little bit of showmanship here. Open from November 25th until December 31st, there’s plenty of opportunity to get into the Christmas spirit here.
If you’ve ever been to Berlin (or studied any of its history), you’ll know that it’s a city of contradicting realities. That’s why we’ve picked out Tutti Frutti as the perfect place to stay for your visit to the Gendarmenmarkt Christmas market. This home tastefully houses a fresh, contemporary design scheme within its 19th century walls and poses a wonderful juxtaposition to the traditional market.
Although it’s located on the outskirts of the city, this is a truly unique opportunity for the entire family. The Domäne Dahlem is a country estate and museum, a quiet place in the otherwise busy capital. The site, on which land has been cultivated for over 800 years, has a working farm and museum with exciting exhibitions and hands-on learning opportunities. For each weekend of advent this rural setting is turned into a fun-filled Christmas market. Here you’ll find regional, organic produce, varied event programmes, such as the horse-drawn carriage rides, and craft stations for children.
Instead of finding you a home on the fringes of the city near the market, we thought we’d give you the best of both worlds and invite you to stay at Countrypolitan. This family-friendly home is playful, yet stylish. By tactfully combining vintage rugs, a hammock in the dining room, fun artwork, and pops of colour, there’s something to explore around every corner and therefore, never a dull moment.
In the midst of the vibrant capital, comfortably nestled into the romantic backdrop of a historic, nineteenth-century brewery, sits the Lucia Christmas market. Open from November 25th until December 22nd, this nordic-inspired market attracts visitors from all over with its contemplative ambience, cosy atmosphere, and daily cultural program. If you time it right, you might even be able to join the Santa Lucia festivities. Every year on December 13th, Scandinavia, and now many other parts of the world, celebrate Saint Lucia, the bearer of light. Equipped with a candle wreath crown, Lucia and her entourage wind their way through the darkness, bringing a little bit of light and song into the darkest days of winter.
Make sure to wrap up warm though – hours of sauntering through festive stalls can really bring the chill. Which is why we have chosen Book Club Edition for your home-away-from home. A mere eight-minute walk from the Scandi Christmas market, you’ll find this beautiful apartment. Book Club Edition is not only romantic, but truly one-of-a-kind. The excavated look of the walls is a mix of exposed brick and distressed plaster, which is not only aesthetically pleasing but also sets up a warm and homely feel. This look is continued with the use of beautiful antique furniture and mellow lighting.
Every Friday and Saturday, starting from November 29th until December 21st, the weekly farmers market at “Markthalle IX” is turned into a haven of wintery treats and handmade gifts. Set amongst the beautiful iron-beamed ceiling of a 19th century covered market, Merry Markthalle is both delightful and curious, all at the same time. This is the place for foodies – wander along rows of piping hot delicacies from all over the world, then treat yourself to a glass of natural or mulled wine.
Just around the corner is your holiday rental: Woodshop. Matching the creative market is this crafty apartment. Woodshop is the home of an architect, and it shows. Eames-inspired dining chairs, a vintage tufted sofa, and bespoke shelving are just the start here. With three bedrooms, we would recommend you bring along your family or a group of friends. Located in trendy Kreuzberg, there’s something for everyone here and its location also means you have super easy access to the rest of the city.
Owing to its romantic backdrop and magnificent illuminations, the Christmas market at Schloss Charlottenburg is extremely popular amongst Berliners and tourists alike. The late seventeenth-century rococo palace has been charming visitors of the market for decades, and we think it will do the same to you. More than 250 exhibitors from all over the world offer a wide and varied range of goods. In addition to the Christmas market classics, such as nativity figures, tree ornaments, or scarves and hats, there are also tonnes of beautiful art pieces, and, of course, sweets, such as stollen, biscuits and marzipan bread, to name but a few.
It’s not within walking distance (unless you enjoy a forty-five minute stroll to the Charlottenburg palace), but we think Frieda is perfect from top to bottom, and that makes it worth taking some public transport. The minimalist interior has been embellished with charming artwork and statement pieces, like the trunk coffee table, to create a modern, yet cosy space. A perfect spot to come back to after a day of Glühwein and Christmas shopping.
Even if a trip to Berlin isn’t in the cards for you this year, we hope you’ve gotten into the Christmas spirit as much as we have. Frohe Weihnachten!