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Christmas markets in Berlin

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Christmas markets in Berlin

Ultimate guide

During Advent, the whole of Berlin shimmers in a sea of Christmas lights, and the smell of mulled wine and cinnamon wafts from the cafés. Berlin has far more to offer during this time though, namely a great many Christmas markets. A visit is an absolute must to enjoy the Advent season in the capital. We have compiled a few tips for you:

Christmas market on Schlossplatz (formerly the Opernpalais)

The Christmas market on Schlossplatz is located at the heart of Berlin Mitte, and lies within easy reach of all of our MEININGER hotels in Berlin. From 24 November until 28 December, the Schlossplatz bustles with tourists and locals both young and old. The nostalgic market entices with hand-crafted wares made in Germany as well as in neighbouring countries such as the Czech Republic. Typical German Christmas treats are also available. Admission is entirely free, so be sure to come on by!

Opening hours
Mon–Thu: 12 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Fri–Sat: 11 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.
Sun: 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Closed on 24.12
25th–28th Dec.: 11:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.

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Christmas market at the Red City Hall

The Christmas market at the Red City Hall is one of the most famous markets in Berlin, and should definitely be paid a visit during Advent. It is possible to browse the stalls here close to Alexanderplatz between 24 November and 28 December. This market has far more to offer than just the little stalls offering last-minute presents, mulled wine, roasted almonds, and all kinds of Christmas treats. There is also an ice rink around the Neptune Fountain (ice skates are available for hire), and a big Ferris wheel with closed cabins that guarantees breathtaking views over Berlin. Children will have a wonderful time visiting the animals in the petting zoo and taking pony rides.

Opening hours
Mon–Fri: 12 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Sat–Sun: 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Closed on 24th Dec.; 25th – 26th Dec.: 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.

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Christmas market at the Kulturbrauerei

Another of Berlin’s Christmas market highlights awaits at the Kulturbrauerei in Prenzlauer Berg. This Christmas market is open from 24 November to 22 December, and offers Scandinavian flair in a factory setting. Particularly visitors staying in the MEININGER Hotel Berlin Alexanderplatz are just one U-Bahn station away and should be sure to pay the market a visit. Traditional Nordic food and beverages await, along with hand-crafted wares. Best of all are the seven Swedish log stoves and the warming room with sauna oven that help ensure a cosy atmosphere in even the coldest of weather.

Opening hours
Mon–Fri: 3 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Sat–Sun: 1 p.m. to 10 p.m.

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Christmas market at Lehmann’s Farm

Located slightly out of the city centre, a Christmas market is also held at Lehmann’s Farm in Marienfelde. Mulled wine, specialities from regions around the globe, and tasty waffles provide refreshment, and it is also possible to do a little shopping. You will search in vain for tat and cheap trinkets here though; top-quality handcrafted wares are instead offered. You can even have your gifts personalised at one of the stalls run by a smith, porcelain painter or weaver. And it is naturally also possible to visit the farm animals – meaning a visit to Mariendorf is above all worthwhile for those with children. The market is open on the second and third weekends in Advent.

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