My friend and I flew to Berlin between Christmas and New Year 2015, to enjoy the Christmas Markets and soak up the atmosphere. We sampled a lot of the different christmas markets around the city, and found that the one at Gendarmenmarkt was by far the best. Nestled between three beautiful buildings, the Konzerthaus, and the French and German Churches, Gendarmenmarkt square seemed like the perfect setting for a Christmas Market.
We saw the market on our first day in Berlin whilst on a bus tour of the city, however, it took us 2 days to stumble upon the square again. As you can see from my photos, the weather was freezing but beautifully sunny, which meant lots of excuses to keep sampling yummy food and gluhwhein. Despite being in the post-Christmas period, the market still felt very festive, although I was sad that I no longer had the excuse to buy Christmas presents for my friends and family there.
The markets were packed with stalls selling a mixture of very traditional craft ware and more modern items, such as leather goods and artwork. The stallholders were very friendly and eager to share jokes and stories, and tell you about their wares.
View of the Neue Kirche/Deutscher Dom (German Church) from the Christmas Markets.
The food at the markets is super tasty and much better than a sit down meal in a restaurant. The food can seem a bit indulgent, but since it was -2degrees and we were doing a lot of walking around the city, we figured we would burn everything off just staying warm. Some of the delicacies I tried were quarkbällchen (quark ball donuts), salted pretzels, potato pancakes, krautschupfnudeln (sauerkraut and bacon with gnocci like noodles) and waffles.
Possibly the best hot chocolate in the world?
The finer details
Nearest U-Bahn: U Stadtmitte
November 21 to December 31, 2016
Opening hours: 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. (24 and 31 Dec.: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m)
Cost of admission: €1
Hotels near Gendarmenmarkt, Berlin
Here is a selection of hotels in the vicinity of Gendarmentmarkt, perfect if your planning a trip to Berlin and want to stay near to one of the best Christmas Markets in Germany.
Hotel Sofitel Berlin Gendarmenmarkt
An elegant 5 star hotel elegant boutique hotel featuring designs by Harald Klein. This is a hotel with a taste of luxury and is just 2 minutes walk from Gendarmenmarkt. Book here.
Hotel de Rome
Just 4 minutes walk from Gendarmenmarkt, The Hotel de Rome was once the historic headquarters of the Dresdner bank. Today, the bank manager’s office is a suite. Situation on the historic Bebelplatz, a square bordered by the state opera house, St. Hedwig’s Cathedral, and Humboldt University. The hotel features a spa, and an Italian restaurant featuring dishes created by celebrated chef Fulvio Pierangelini. Book here.
Cityhotel Am Gendarmenmarkt
A budget offering just 4 minutes walk from Gendarmenmarkt, Cityhotel with parking facilities and buffet breakfast. Single and double rooms are available and an in-house restaurant serving Bavarian cuisine. Book here.