Gendarmenmarkt is a beautiful square in Berlin, where one of the most important Christmas markets happens during the holiday season. The market is surrounded by three imposing buildings, the Konzerthaus (concert house), the Französischer Dom (French Cathedral) and the Deutscher Dom (German Cathedral).
I have to say that the vibe gets even more magical with these buildings around, they help to create an amazing scenario. The Christmas decoration is beautiful, the shopping tents (all white with a star on the top), and the restaurants (all cozy inside) are organized near to each other, it’s easy to find everything and know where you are.
I visited the market twice, at the beginning of the afternoon (Thursday around 1:30 pm) and after got dark (Sunday around 4:30 pm), and the vibe changes a lot depending on the day and time. The first time, during the weekday, was much less crowded, easier to walk and see everything.
During the weekend, after got dark we found ourselves in a sea of people, trying to find an available spot to seat and eat. But, if you just have one chance to visit the place, I suggest you go after gets dark, it’s much prettier because of the Christmas lights. Even with the crowd, we were able to pour ourselves some drinks and find a place to eat some Berlin specialties.
At the Gendarmenmarkt, you’ll find a varied of products to buy: Christmas decorations, crafts, warm clothes, accessories, and so on. In the food and drink department, it’s a fest: Sausages, Flammkuchen (thin and delicious pizza), Käsespätzle (pasta with cheese), Glühwein (mulled hot wine), beers, hot chocolate, just to name a few.
When you order a drink, you pay for it and also for the glass/mug (usually €3 more), but when you return the recipient they give you the money back. In case you want to keep the glass/mug as a souvenir (I did!), just keep it, you paid for it already. Besides all the shopping, food and drinks, this market also has a stage for Christmas performances.
Check it out the pictures of the Gendarmenmarkt to inspire your visit
How much? The entrance costs €1. Free admission for children under 12, and from Monday to Friday between 11 am and 2 pm for everybody (except on 26 December).
When? It happens every year in November and December. In 2016 from 21/NOV/2016 to 31/DEC/2016. Daily from 11 am to 10 pm. It closes earlier on Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve.
Where? Gendarmenmarkt, 10117 – Berlin, Germany
The prices presented here are from November of 2016 and the currency is Euro