Christmas has always been a magical time for me, so when we had the opportunity to visit Berlin, I jumped at the chance, as I’d heard lots about German Christmas markets. After a four hour delay at the airport, we finally arrived in Berlin, took a pre-booked transfer to our hotel and made our way through the streets. We stayed at the Westin Grand Hotel, which has a very good central location. The hotel itself was very ‘christmassy’:
This little ‘hot toddy’ station was right outside the hotel, playing festive music and serving delicious mulled wine with rum.
There was a magnificent staircase in the foyer but the best bit was this:
a fabulous suspended Christmas tree!
We visited two Christmas markets during our stay. The first, Weihnachtszauber at Gendarmenmarkt, was very close to our hotel. You have to pay a small entrance fee, only 1euro, but it’s worth it! It was very crowded when we visited in the evening but the lights were beautiful.
We also visited Potsdamer Platz which was a smaller market but had the same type of stalls. I only took this photo, as it wasn’t dark so lights weren’t as impressive.
Although I did love all the lights and the real Christmas atmosphere, if I’m totally honest, I was a little disappointed in the markets themselves. I was expecting to come home with loads of gorgeous, unique Christmas decorations but I didn’t buy one! I suppose this is mostly because they didn’t fit in with my decor style (Read about it here), not because they weren’t beautiful!
One place definitely wort visiting at Christmas was the Botanical Christmas Gardens! It was so beautiful, here are just a few of the lights!
Berlin is such an interesting place to visit, there’s so much history to see. We saw the remains of the Berlin Wall, Brandenburg Gate, the Reichstag building as well as lots of Second World War sites, but it’s too somber to talk about them in a Christmas post!
I’d definitely love to go to more Christmas markets, but next time maybe in Scandinavia! Can anyone recommend any good ones?