There’s nothing more festive than a good Christmas market, and Europe certainly offers some of the best out there. Venturing to Germany, the land of sausages, chocolate and festive treats can be a magical way to enjoy winter, and the capital of Berlin has over 60 markets each year to indulge in.
Before you go
Make sure you visit at the right time of the year. Late November and early December is when most of the main markets are in full swing, and staying somewhere central like the Hotel Adlon is a great place to base yourself, plus it’s a pretty swanky hotel too!
The most famous of the Christmas markets, it’s based outside of the castle for 35 days. There are around 150 vendors selling everything from hand-made gifts to snacks and food. There’s also a children’s market which has a petting zoo and funfair attractions to keep the little ones amused.
With the beautiful square as your backdrop, this lively market has jugglers, acrobats and fire eaters lining the streets to try to impress you and get things in the festive mood. Traditional handicrafts such as flax embroidery are also sold here and it’s also the setting for voracious New Year’s Eve celebrations.
Situated in the Sony Centre this market covers over 4,000 square metres and offers so much more than Christmas wares and culinary treats. An ice rink and toboggan run snake through the centre, offering a winter treat to children and adults alike.
The historic town of Spandau’s Christmas market takes place in its old town centre, with anywhere between 250 and 400 stalls all vying for your attention. Living animals are on display for the Nativity scene in the town, making a great photo opportunity.
Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church
The smell of hot chocolate, roasted nuts and mulled wine will waft under your nose as you wander through this market, which attracts about 2million people each year. Fairy lights set the mood and you’ll be able to do all your Christmas shopping here, as pretty much all wares are on offer here.