The Christmas market around the Gedächniskirche has existed for 35 years. For us, a visit to precisely this Christmas market has been a traditional part of the Christmas season for years.
In general, you should not drive towards City West. Parking spaces are scarce here or really expensive in the multi-storey car parks. We take public transport to the “Zoo” and walk the few steps to the Gedächniskirche. This not only has the advantage that you can drink a delicious mulled wine, you can also take bus 100 further to Alexanderplatz and thus tackle a Christmas market marathon.
Around 170 stalls await visitors to the Christmas market at the Gedächniskirche. About half of the offerings are culinary. From mulled wine to yeast dumplings, you’ll find something to suit every taste. The prices are reasonable, but in contrast to smaller Christmas markets in Berlin, they are somewhat higher. There are a lot of tourists here, who sometimes pay 50 cents more.
Every year there are some beautiful arts and crafts stalls offering small and large gift ideas, from Christmas tree decorations to goldsmith’s work.
There are always small carousels for children, but unlike other Christmas markets, the offer is kept within limits and it doesn’t degenerate into a Christmas hustle and bustle.
The Christmas market is always well attended and you walk from stall to stall. I sometimes find it too crowded, but it still draws me back every year.
The elaborate lighting that decorates not only the Christmas market but the entire Kurfürstendamm is particularly beautiful. From the end of November, Christmas motifs shine from 4pm to midnight every day. Over 600 trees are decorated with fairy lights and bathe the streets of Kurfürstendamm, Tauentzienstraße and Uhlandstraße, Fasanenstraße, Grolmannstraße, Kantstraße and Reichsstraße in a Christmas atmosphere.
In keeping with this, many shops decorate their shop windows with great gift ideas and turn window shopping into an experience. I can still remember standing in front of the shop windows of KaDeWe with astonished eyes as a child and admiring the moving figures that always told little stories there.
Sunday-Thursday: 11-21 h
Friday-Saturday: 11-22 h
24.12: 11-14 h
25 + 26.12: 13 -21 h
New Year’s Eve 31.12.: 11 – 01 h
New Year’s Day 01.01.: 13 -21 h