Countdown to Christmas: Berlin

Countdown to Christmas: Berlin

by: Genevieve Northup | .
Stripes Europe | .
published: December 23, 2016

Today's Countdown to Christmas is sponsored by Karl + Co.

Heading to Berlin for the holidays? The German capital has more than 50 markets to celebrate the season, including many open after Christmas.

Entertain energetic kiddos at the market near Berlin’s Rotes Rathaus. Children can skate out their excitement on the ice rink, enjoy panoramic views from the Ferris wheel, and make furry friends at the petting zoo. Christmas market dates: Nov. 21-Dec. 29, 2016, except Dec. 25-26.

Your family will enjoy the diverse live performances at the Gendarmenmarkt. Mark your calendar to count down to 2017 at the New Year’s Eve event. Christmas market dates: Nov. 21-Dec. 31, 2016.

Charlottenburg Palace is bathed in colorful lights, and the courtyard is filled with vendors occupying 250 stalls. From Monday to Friday, little visitors can enjoy a royal market of old-fashioned children's rides near the palace orangerie. Christmas market dates: Nov. 21-Dec. 26, 2016.

Entrance to the 40-foot-high toboggan run and ice rink is free at Winter World (Winterwelt) on Potsdamer Platz. DJs set up after 7 p.m. most evenings. Christmas market dates: Nov. 4, 2016-Jan. 1, 2017, except Nov. 13 and 20.

Just a few steps from Winter World, the Fabulous Christmas (Fabelhafte Weihnachten) event is set in the covered atrium of the ultra-modern Sony Center and has a cool vibe. A nine-story-tall Christmas-tree-shaped chandelier dangles overhead. Set off from the Sony Center down the Kurfürstendamm, a major street that is illuminated during the holiday season. Christmas market dates: Nov. 26, 2016-Jan. 1, 2017.

Helpful hints: Visit www.visitberlin.de/en/keyword/christmas-markets or www.weihnachteninberlin.de for hours and details about these and other markets in the city.

The U- and S-bahns will take you almost anywhere in the city and are easy to navigate, as well as affordable. 

Beyond the market: Prussian capital. Nazi headquarters. East and West. Berlin’s history is quite the story. Discover the city’s dark past and the strength of a community that survived the devastation. The Reichstag Parliament building maintains part of the original structure and an impressive, modern glass dome which you can ascend for panoramic views of the city. See the remaining section of the Berlin Wall painted with murals by local artists. Visit the Jewish Museum, German Historical Museum and Topography of Terror.

Have more time? Check out a library dedicated to the Brothers Grimm, and attempt to drive a Soviet-era Trabi car around town.

Hungry after a busy afternoon? Stop by a bakery for a Berliner (a jelly-filled donut), splurge on lunch at Michelin-starred Restaurant Vau, or have dinner in total darkness at Nocti Vagus

Check back tomorrow to find out which European Christmas markets will be featured next as we continue our Countdown to Christmas!

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Read more about Europe's holiday season in the Stripes European Christmas Markets & Shopping Guide

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