Christmas, in Berlin, begins again before it arrives in December. Already since November 25th, the first banquets on traditional streets and squares begin with traditional party food and drinks as well as gift ideas from knitwear to advent calendar. This is a very long time of the year in the German capital, which despite its modern, cosmopolitan and avant-garde vocation for art and culture does not hide its connection with the oldest traditions.
The festivities begin on December 6, the day of St. Nicholas or Nikolaustag: the evening before all the children settle out a shoe or boot outside the door or window, hoping that St. Nicholas will fill them with sweets and gifts, while the bad kids are only twigs. Berlin, always frenetic, begins to slow down, and in the main squares of the city, the tall fir trees light up their lights. In fact, the tradition is native to Germany, and the Christmas tree gives a special charm to the German capital: for this reason the markets are literally overwhelmed with decorations, candles, gingerbread cookies and marzipan, while the scent of resin and roasted almonds is mixed with that of roast chestnuts and chestnuts. Berlin, at Christmas, is really all to be discovered.
Käthe Wohlfahrt, where Christmas is home all year round
In Germany, for more than fifty years, Christmas has risen with Käthe Wohlfahrt, the company specializing in the sale of Christmas decorations and holiday items. There are over 30,000 traditional German decorations that can be purchased at the stores located in Bavaria, in Rothenburg ob der Tauber, but also in Nuremberg, Heidelberg, Oberammergau and other cities across Germany, plus, of course, in Berlin.
Children – those “real” and those who grew up but always with Christmas in the heart – can not help but grind their eyes once they enter the great Kurfürstendamm 225 and 226 outlet, right in front of the famous Café Kranzler . Two stories that are a revelation of Christmas carols, red, white and golden decorations, with the center of the spiral ramp from the first to the second floor, spinning around a large eight meter high decorated spruce, like a sparkling star. The store is closed only on December 24th, on Christmas Eve, and its timetable runs from 10am to 9pm Monday to Saturday, and from 13am to 6pm on Sundays during the Advent 2017.
The charm of old Germany in Spandau
Spandau, with its famous old town, houses one of Berlin’s most appreciated markets, of great size with about 400 stand-in at the weekend, which in the picturesque narrow streets of the district offer mostly handicraft items, particularly medieval inspirations , in addition to kitchen utensils and hand-made candles. The center is the great illuminated christmas tree near the church of San Nicholai.
Posh Christmas in Charlottenburg
A really stylish Christmas market in Berlin? It’s hard to find one better than Chartlottenburg, one of the most beautiful Baroque palaces in the world. The stands are about a hundred but stand out for their elegance and quality of products: getting there is easy with the S-Bahn Westend stop, and the frame is particularly refined. Those who want to experience the best gastronomic specialties of Berlin at Christmas are spoiled for choice: among the most popular there is the traditional spicy wine, the Glühwein, which is inevitable in every market with its characteristic flavor given by cloves, cardamom, anise and orange. Do not miss the winter forests in front of the harbor, the favorite place for children, with lots of small railroads and vintage rides.
In the heart of Berlin, the huts of Alexanderplatz
The 200 stands in this famous Berlin square are particularly appreciated by families, because there is a lot of everything from low-cost to more exclusive gifts. Perhaps this is the most typical Christmas market in Berlin, with the large wooden hut in the center of Alexanderplatz serving the timeless bratwurst and the artisan beer. Another point in favor: the beautiful ice skating rink (with rental shoes for those who want to try out piroettes and unrestrained races) and the great characteristic crib. There are also not only Christmas food, but also other parts of the world, to get away with the desire to experience something different on December 25th (and maybe solve the vintage issue of the evening meal!).
Winterwelt in Potsdamer Platz
The Winterwelt, or winter world, is especially loved by young people: it is held in what is the most futuristic Berlin square, famous for the splendid architecture of its palaces, and is a true winter ski resort with not only the a traditional skating rink but also one for twelve-meter-long sledges and seventies. No fear, however, for those who are not so sporty: there is not even the Christmas market with typical products and the famous Postdamer Platzchen biscuits.
Christmas magic in Gendarmenmarkt
Elegant and very popular square for both Berliners and tourists, the Gendarmenmarkt is home to the Weihnachtzauber winter, or “Magic of Christmas”, one of the oldest city markets with more than a century of history. In the wonderful setting of the two twin churches (the Deutscher Dom and the Französischer Dom) and the beautiful Konzerthaus, which for this occasion hosts truly “enchanted” works such as Mozart’s Magic Flute, they find about 120 booths (the entry costs one euro ) with a lot of products created by local artisans, from tailor-made carpenters, wood carvers to stonecutters, and the unmistakable traditions of the duck with red cabbage, marzipan, potatoes, caramel almonds (but year after year there are also more special and less typical proposals, such as crepes and even asian finger food). It is also one of the most suitable markets for those who want to listen to some music, from classic to gospel.
Visit Berlin for Christams with Boscolo.