Wednesday, December 07, 2005

What's On: Christmas Markets in Berlin

Yay! The Christmas Markets in Berlin are arguably the best thing about winter in the grey capital - there's not much better than a bratwurst and a glühwein and the sound of Christmas polka. OK, you can scrap the Christmas polka.

My favourites are the Nostalgia Market by the Opernpalais on Unter den Linden (NOT the big brash one with the fairground rides next to the Palast der Republik, the one next door). This looks like a Christmas market should, and is in a beautiful setting to boot. Only problem is the crafts and other stuff for sale is expensive, but just stick to the glühwein and enjoy the atmosphere.

Another extremely well done Christmas market is the one on Gendarmenmarkt. This is probably the best, again in a beautiful setting, but it loses points for charging entry. OK, it's only €1, but still... If you decide to part with your hard-earned euros then there is a live stage with various acts (last year I saw some nice music and a weird witchy fire-juggling act), some great food stalls, and a brilliant indoor section for finding last minutes gifts for your mum. The euros probably pay for web hosting as this one has a website.

Finally, the small Scandinavian-themed market in the Kulturbrauerei is worth a mention (I always thought it was Swedish, but I saw a load of Finnish flags on Sunday). It is tiny, but has the usual eating and drinking options, is not too busy, and, what makes it stand out from the crowd, it has a sauna. No ice skating rink this year, which is a shame, but seeing as they have nearly finished the car park, they've put one of those up on Bebelplatz.

Worst Christmas Market: Alex - sandwiched between the tramlines and a building site...why bother?

If you are interested, here's a list of Christmas Markets in Berlin


Blogger Ketty said...

Thanks for all these helpful information. We are in planning to visit Berlin on these Christmas vacations. and all your suggestion we will keep in mind.
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