A visit to Berlin's Christmas MarketsWhat you'll discover in Germany’s capital at Christmas
We knew Berlin was a large city, so would it be embracing all things Christmassy throughout, we were about to find out.
Discover Berlin at ChristmasGendarmenmarkt
We soon realised that this was for security checks, and with the developments over recent years around these events, it wasn’t too surprising.
Also, for this market, there was a €1 entry fee if you arrived after 2pm. Live music was on the central stage here, so you were entertainment as you strolled around.
Also within the Weinachts Zauber Christmas market, there was an indoor section all along one side. So, if the weather took a turn for the worse, you can jump inside and carry on browsing, or like us, it was a chance to grab a glühwein & rest your feet.
There’s lots going on within this market, a little brass band wandering through the lanes, plenty of food stalls, to grab a snack. What we also noticed here was that there were quite a few pop-up eateries where you could sit and enjoy a meal.
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Enjoying Berlin's Christmas MarketsRotes Rathaus
Where to stay in Berlin
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The Christmas Markets in BerlinAlexanderplatz
If you've yet to discover Berlin's incredible history, then let’s start planning. I find these DK Travel Guides invaluable, they're extremely informative, easy to follow, and the pictures and maps tempt you into discovering more of those fascinating sites.
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Some large, some smallSophienstrasse
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Exploring Berlin at ChristmasPotsdamer Platz
Our video of Berlin at ChristmasThe Christmas Markets experience through our eyes
There’s more to Berlin than ChristmasToo much history not to miss
A reminder of a divided BerlinCheckpoint Charlie
The falling of the Berlin Wall in 1989, was a moment in time that we both remember watching together with amazement. So, we weren’t going to let this opportunity slip by.
We headed to the Berlin Wall Memorial, via Checkpoint Charlie, which was a crossing point between East Berlin and West Berlin during the Cold War.
Not to be missed in BerlinBerlin Wall Memorial
A must-see in BerlinBrandenburg Gate
Probably one of the most photographed landmarks in Berlin if not Germany. We visited the Brandenburg Gate a couple of times, as we wanted to see it during the day and the evening.
When we were there during the day, there was a demonstration taking place, which is often witnessed by this 18th-century neo-classical building.
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Something free in BerlinThe Reichstag Building
Remembering the pastThe Holocaust Memorial
Although we really enjoyed our time in Berlin, mixing the trip with the Christmas markets and visiting the historical sites, we felt that as a whole, Berlin didn’t entirely embrace Christmas throughout its streets like other German towns and cities.
In hindsight, this wasn’t a bad thing as it gave us the opportunity to uncover more of its history.
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