Sunday, 23 November 2008

Berlin Christmas Markets 2008

Wheinachtsmarkt stall, Berlin 2008, by Andie

Today is Totensontag, the Sunday before advent, when the dead are commorated. The protestant version of the Catholic All Souls Day, but more importantly for the sensation-seeking atheist it is the traditional Sunday after which the Christmas Markets (Weihnachtsmarkten) open. Hooray!

Below are a selection of the largest, but many many smaller ones are all over Berlin and Potsdam. Wherever you pop up to on an S-Bahn it seems like a fair-ride or bratwurst stand have sprung up nearby. Enjoy!

Charlottenburg-Wilmersdorf

  • Weihnachtsmarkt an der Kaiser-Wilhelm-Gedächtniskirche - Christmas  market at the  Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church.
    Next to Budapester Straße, near the Zoologischer Garten U- and S-Bahnhof
    see map.
    24.11.2008 – 01.01.2009. Sun - Thu 11 am - 9 pm. Fri - Sat 11 am - 10 pm.
    more info

  • Weihnachtsmarkt vor dem Schloss Charlottenburg - Christmas market in front of Charlottenburg Castle.
    Schloss Charlottenburg, Spandauer Damm
    see map.
    26.11.2008 – 28.12.2008 Mon - Thu 2 am - 10 pm Fri - Sun 12 am - 10 pm 24.12.: closed
    25./26.12.: 12 am – 8 pm.
    more info 

Kreuzberg

  • Chanukka-Markt - Hanukkah Market (Chanukka-Markt).
    At the Jewish Museum Berlin, Lindenstraße, in the Glass Courtyard
    see map.
    30.11.2008 – 31.12.2008 Mon - Sun 12 am - 6 pm 24.12.: closed.
    more info

  • Kultur-Weihnachtsmarkt - Culture and Christmas market, with artists, clowns, musicians, and theatre.
    On Marheinekeplatz
    see map.
    27.11.2008 – 23.12.2008 Mon – Fri 3 – 10 pm Sat/Sun/holidays 11 am – 10 pm.
    more info

Mitte

  • Wintertraum ums Alexa - A Vision of Winter around Alexa.
    from the new Alexa shopping centre by Alexanderplatz, along Alexanderstraße to Jannowitzbrücke.
    see map.
    24.11.2008 – 4.1.2009 Mon-Fri 1 – 10 pm Sat/Sun 10 am – 10 pm

  • Berliner Weihnachtszeit - Berliner Christmas Time.
    In front of the Rotes Rathaus (Red Town Hall), including a skating rink around the Neptune fountain.
    see map.
    24.11.2008 – 28.12.2008 Mon - Thu, Sun 12 am - 9 pm Fri/Sat 12 am - 10 pm 24.12.: closed 25./26.12.: 12 am-10 pm.
    more info

  • Weihnachtsmarkt auf dem Alexanderplatz - Winter market on the Alexanderplatz.
    Alexanderplatz
    see map.
    24.11.2008 – 28.12.2008 Daily 10 am - 10 pm
    more info

  • Weihnachtsmarkt am Opernpalais - Winter market at the Opernpalais.
    Eastern end of Unter den Linden.
    see map.
    24.11.2008 – 28.12.2008 Mon - Thu 12 am – 9:30 pm Fri - Sat 11 am - 10 pm Sun 11 am – 9:30 pm 24.12.: closed 25.-27.12.: 11:30 am – 9pm 28.12. 11:30 am - 8 pm
    more info

  • WeihnachtsZauber - Yuletide Enchantment.
    On Gendarmenmarkt.
    see map.
    24.11.2008 – 31.12.2008 Mon-Thu, Sun 11 am - 10 pm Fri/Sat 11 am - 11 pm 24.12. 11 am - 6 pm 25./26.12. 11 am - 10pm New Year’s Eve 11 am - 11 pm
    more info.

  • Winterwelt auf dem Potsdamer Platz - Winter World on the Potsdamer Platz.
    Potsdamer Platz
    see map.
    01.11.2008 – 04.01.2009 traditional Christmas market 24.11. - 28.12.2008 Daily 10 am - 10 pm, Advent Saturdays 10 am - midnight.
    more info

  • Weihnachtsmarkt im Sony Center - Christmas market in the Sony Center
    Potsdamer Str., off of Potsdamer Platz
    see map.
    27.11.2008 – 04.01.2009 Mon-Thu 2 – 9 pm Fri 2 – 10 pm Sat 12 am – 10 pm Sun 12 am – 8 pm 24.12.: closed 25./26./31.12.: 12 am – 10 pm 1.1.: 12 am – 8 pm
    more info

  • Ice rink on Bebelpatz (next to the Opernpalais market) and Eisbahn (ice road) of white-lit trees up the Unter den Linden.
    see map.
    27.11.2008 – 4.1.2009 Sun-Thu 10 am - 10 pm Fri/Sat 10 am – 11 pm
    more info

  • Berliner Umwelt- und Weihnachtsmarkt - Environmental and Christmas market
    Sophienstraße
    see map.
    Weekends leading up to Christmas; 29./30.11.2008 06./07.12.2008 13./14.12.2008 20./21.12.2008 Sat 12 am - 9 pm Sun 1 - 7 pm.
    more info.

Prenzlauer Berg

  • Adventsökomarkt rund um den Kollwitzplatz - Advent Sunday eco-market around Kollwitzplatz.
    see map.
    30.11.2008, 07.12.2008, 14.12.2008, 21.12.2008. Sun 12 am - 6 pm
    more info

  • Lucia Weihnachtsmarkt, at the Kulturbrauerei. >> more info

Schöneberg

  • Advent Sunday only market on Winterfeldtplatz

Spandau

  • Spandauer Weihnachtsmarkt in the Old Town (Altstadt Spandeau). >> more info

  • Kinderweihnachtsmarkt, Christmas market especially for children, at the Citadel (Zitadelle Spandau). >> more info

Treptow-Köpenick

  • Alt Köpenick Christmas market, on the Schlossplatz Köpenick

Zehlendorf

  • Markt der Kontinente - Market of the Continents, at the Dahlem Museums. >> more info

  • Adventsmarkt der Domäne Dahlem - Advent Sunday markets, at the Domain Dahlem open air agricultural museum. >> more info

  • Märchenhafter Weihnachtsmarkt am Jagdschloss Grunewald - Magical Fairytale Christmas Market at the Grunewald Hunting Lodge. >> more info


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