Experience the magic of the Christmas Garden Berlin
With the last-minute shopping frenzy to find the perfect holiday gift in full swing, area Christmas markets are sure to be crowded. Escape the crowds and take a stroll through the illuminated landscape of the Berlin Botanical Garden. Similar to Christmas at Kew in London, the Christmas Garden Berlin is a dazzling display of lights and visual effects.
With millions of twinkling lights guiding you along a 1.7-kilometer path, it’s hard to remember you’re in the heart of one of the largest metropolitan cities in Europe. The lush gardens are transformed into an enchanted and breathtaking atmosphere. Trees are awash in festive colors, and more than 20 Christmas-themed figures are strategically placed throughout the garden. If the night air is a little too brisk, cozy up at one of the traditional outdoor fireplaces with a warm beverage. Enjoy delicious regional specialties from one of the local food stalls, or try ice-skating at the 300-square-meter rink.
The Christmas Garden Berlin is open daily through Jan. 1, 2017 from 5-11 p.m., with the last entry at 10 p.m. The garden will be closed Dec. 24 and 31. Tickets are 17 euros for adults, Monday through Thursday and 19 euros Friday through Sunday. Entry for seniors and children ages 6-14 is 14.50 euros Monday through Thursday, and 16.50 euros Friday through Sunday. Family passes (2 adults, 2 children) are available for 49 euros Monday through Thursday, and 56 euros on weekends. Public transportation via bus or U-Bahn is highly encouraged, as there is no on-site parking available.