Some of you may remember last year during this time, I went to some of the most festive places in the World on my full on #VuittonsChristmas trip. One of the stops was Berlin. And when you’re in the capital of Germany – THE country known for hosting some of the best Christmas markets, you can’t not go market hopping. At least for me that is haha, I mean…I came here pretty much to check out German Christmas markets.
Since I’ve already visited Munich and Frankfurt before, I wanted to pick another German city to visit, Berlin was the obvious choice since I’ve always wanted to go there. In this post, I’ve rounded up my favourite and best Christmas markets to visit in Berlin, and some of my takeaways and tips. I’ve visited about 13 markets in the entire trip, with 9 being in Berlin, so yes I take my markets VERY seriously haha!
This market is probably the largest one in Berlin, and my top favourite, tied with Berliner Weihnachtszeit. It has all the things you want in a Christmas market, and just so so gorgeous. I also think this is the most romantic market as well 😉
This was one of the mugs I was going to add to my collection before I broke it and the glass cut my fingers 😦 Be careful!
This market has the typical food stalls and German handmade ornaments/goods, but there is also a skating rink and ferris wheel. I would say there’s definitely more activities at this market compared to all the other one’s in Berlin, perfect for families with kiddos!
Christmas Market At Charlottenburg Palace
I really enjoyed my time at this market since it was right at Charlottenburg Palace, the palace is a perfect backdrop for an elegant vibe that you can’t find at the other markets. I also had the most amazing hot chocolate here!
Christmas market at the Memorial Church (Gedächtniskirche)
I had the opportunity to stay at 2 different hotels during my trip (special thanks to Vienna House Berlin + 25hours Bikini Berlin for hosting my stays, and the most amazing hospitality). Across from 25hours Bikini Berlin is a Christmas market. This market made the top 5 on my list due to the location and festive vibes all around that area. Just a couple blocks down from this market is a shopping district like a downtown hub, so it’s another kind of vibe compared to the other markets I’ve mentioned.
Christmas Market At Alexanderplatz
^ Some of the home-style food I had at this market
This was the first market I visited in Berlin! It was a quick 10 minute tram ride right from my hotel Vienna House Berlin, and with Alexanderplatz being a must visit spot in Berlin, passing by this market was inevitable. The food here was so good! Two things that stood out to me were: 1) the home-style dishes at the food stalls in addition to the traditional dishes you would find at a German Christmas market. 2) The beautiful double-deck carousel + rotating Christmas pyramid.
- Go early in the evening, around 6:00 – 7:00, as the markets tend to close around 9:00 – 10:00 in the evening. There’s so much to see and do, especially at the larger markets, I recommend budgeting some extra time.
- Leave some extra space in your luggage for Christmas market mugs. I LOVE (love is an understatement actually lol) collecting mugs from every Christmas market I visit no matter which city I’m in. That also means extra weight when I’m travelling. But if you’re like me and can’t resist from bringing those beautiful mugs home, make sure to leave some room!
- In addition to bratwurst (or currywurst in Berlin, which is now my fav after having it last year) or the more common schnitzel, opt for some of the ‘home-style’ food stalls for more unique German dishes. I had things like roasted pork and stew that would be something I normally eat at home or a loved one’s home.
- ‘Christmas Market Burnout’ does exist (lol). I recommend going to 1-2 each evening, that way you can explore the markets thoroughly and not be too exhausted by trying to fit in many markets in one evening. Also, since Berlin is very spaced out, it takes some time to get from one market to another.
- If you don’t drink wine, and find that Glühwein/Mulled Wine is too strong for your liking, there is ‘mock glühwein’ available! It’s not the same as regular Glühwein, but it’s the next best option for those that don’t like alcohol. Although I highly recommend trying a little bit, it’s such a different and unique drink!
Hope you found these tips useful for your Christmas market adventures! If you have any questions or would like to ask me more, as always, just shoot me an e-mail or message via my social accounts!