This year the city of Berlin organises about 60 Christmas markets. This is an impressive number, which proves a longstanding cultural tradition in Germany.
Different people try to establish the top ten of the markets based on a number of criteria. I believe that each of them has got its magic and beauty, so it would be unfair to rate Berliners’ efforts and say which is the best. And rating is always based on personal preferences and taste, isn’t it?
While visiting Berlin, we managed to see two Christmas markets: the one in Alexanderplatz, in Eastern Berlin, and the one next to the Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church, in Western Berlin.
While contrasts between the two parts of Berlin are still visible and perceivable today, we have not noticed any big differences between the two markets. After all, Christmas is universal in the Christian world…
Alexanderplatz Christmas market
Not far away from the Berlin Central Train Station (Berlin Hauptbahnhof) one can easily spot the market. Small wooden houses make a circle around an ice skating area.
There are plenty of traditional Christmas treats: hot sausages, Glühwein (mulled wine), a large variety of gingerbread, roasted chestnuts, Christmas decorations and many, many others.
We stopped for a moment to see people skating. We also had some traditional sausages and some mulled wine as it was freezing.
Christmas Market at the Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church
This Market surrounds the Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church, located in Western Berlin, in Breitscheidplatz between Kurfürstendamm and Zoologischer Garten.
The same wooden houses offer a large variety of handmade crafts, Christmas decorations, cloths, toys and traditional food: the famous Thuringian bratwurst, sweet waffles, candied fruit, nuts. Each food item goes well with the mulled wine!