Even if we don’t really want to admit it – summer is finally over, loads of chocolate Santas are filling the super markets shelves and in the end of November, the first Christmas markets are opening their doors! Winter is coming and we are telling you more about the different Christmas markets in Berlin – from alternative to traditional. So, if you’re planning to visit us in November or December, here is something to make you excited.
The grand classics
If you like a Christmas market to be loud, lively and colorful, it’s best for you to visit one of the most famous and well-known markets of Berlin. There is a big huzzle on these markets during every time of the day and you will never get bored. For instance, there is the big market “Weihnachtszauber” at the Gendarmenmarkt Berlin where you can find yummy food, loads of presents and handicrafts. Also, the market has a handicraft-tent where you can watch woodcarvers, belt makers and tailors during their work. From Industriepalast you can easily reach the market by S-Bahn. Just get off after 10 minutes at the stop Friedrichstraße – from there it’s only a 10 minutes’ walk.
The Christmas market at Alexanderplatz is also a very lively and busy option because it’s the tourists’ and families’ favorite. Here you can have a go on the different carousels, big wheels and lottery booths or even enjoy ice-skating on the ice rink. From our hostel in the City East it’s only three stops to the station Alexanderplatz.
The small alternatives
If the huzzle and business on the touristic markets is too much for you, you should see one of Berlin’s alternative Christmas markets. The homely Christmas market in Alt-Rixdorf organizes for instance a cozy market on the Second Advent weekend at Richardplatz in the up-and-coming district of Neukölln. It takes a little bit longer to get there but it’s totally worth it because the market is unique and is all about “self-made”: here you find beautiful, handmade Christmas decoration, toys made of wood, metal and ceramic as well as self-made honey and jam. Moreover, you should taste the delicious grilled sausages, candied apples and honey beer, see the creative stage program or try a round of pony riding.
Another alternative is the very idyllic Advent market at the estate Domäne Dahlem. This rustic-familiar Christmas market has everything you need: yummy Christmas goose, Christmassy music and handicraft-workshops. Dahlem also has a beautiful old city center which will definitely put you into a Christmas mood. Besides, it’s a meeting point for students outside the City because there is a huge campus for various study programs. As well, the campus in Dahlem includes a special botanic garden which counts for 43 hectares and has more than 20,000 sorts of wild plants.
The creative ones around the corner
If you are feeling too lazy and comfortable to go on a big journey, you can visit one of the beautiful Christmas markets in Kreuzberg or Friedrichshain. Close to our hostel, there are several smaller and cozy Christmas markets. On the weekend of the third advent (14th and 15th December), the market “KiezWeihnacht” takes place inside the church Samariterkirche. This is a small and atmospheric Christmas market with about 40 stands from the district who sell hand-made jewelry, toys for kids, handicrafts and much more. Also, concerts and readings are performed inside the church and will create magic Christmas flair. With the tram M10, which stops right in front of the hostel and a short walk, you will reach the market within 10 minutes.
The urban gardening location „Prinzessinnengarten“ in Kreuzberg also organizes a colorful fair trade “Kultur-Winter-Markt” with circus artists, home-made and organically grown food, street theater and handicrafts. Here, you can enjoy a little bonfire, taste home-brewed mulled wine and roast potatoes from the garden or watch a circus performance. You reach the Prinzessinnengarten within 10 minutes by Underground.
Last but not least, there is the “Weihnachtsflowmarkt” inside the Umspannwerk (substation) in Kreuzberg. This alternative indoor-market has a flea market atmosphere and hosts live music, handmade presents and art. Besides the Christmas market, the Nowkoellners are also regularly organizing the “Nowkölln Flowmark”t along the canal bank Maybachufer in the district Neukölln. If you want to get a taste of the Flowmarkt atmosphere already, you should definitely visit the last Nowkölln Flowmarkt this year at Maybachufer on the 3rd November! To get to the Flowmarkt, you can go on a nice walk over the Oberbaumbrücke (just next to the hostel), walk through the Görlitzer Park and finally walk along the river bank of Landwehrkanal directly to the market.
Whichever Christmas market you choose to visit, we already wish you a great pre-Christmas period in Berlin.
Overview of opening times and directions
|Christmas Market||Opening times||Public transport stop|
|Weihnachtszauber at Gendarmenmarkt||25th November until 31st December 2013
Daily from 11 am to 10 pm
Special opening times on Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve
|Hausvogteiplatz (U2)Stadtmitte (U2)|
|Christmas market at Alexanderplatz||25th November 2013 until 1st January 2014||Alexanderplatz (S5, S7, S75, U2, U5, U8)|
|Advent market in Alt-Rixdorf||06th -8th December 2013
Friday 5-9 pm
Saturday 2-9 pm
Sunday 2-9 pm
|Karl-Marx-Str. (U7)Karl-Marx-Platz (N7)|
|KiezWeihnacht in Friedrichshain||14th and 15th December 2013
Open from 1 – 8 pm
|Samariterstraße (U5, Straßenbahn 21)|
|Kultur-Winter-Markt at Prinzessinnengarten||end of November until 23rd December 2013 23.12.2012
Thursdays to Sundays
|Moritzplatz (U8, M29)|
|Weihnachtsflowmarkt in Neukölln||14th until 15th December 2013; 10 am till 7 pm||Ohlauer Straße (M29)|
|Advent market at Domäne Dahlem||Every advent weekend from 11 am till 7 pm||Dahlem Dorf (U3)|
is Berliner by choice and a passionate backpacker himself. As a receptionist he knows the real hostel life; as a blogger he's been writing for Industriepalast Hostel's Berlin blog since 2014.