Christmas 2021 in Berlin: what to do, practical info and tips

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Berlin is known for being a dynamic, exciting and hectic metropolis, a real paradise for music and nightlife lovers, but on the occasion of Christmas, the German capital shows visitors its magical and enchanting side. If you want to immerse yourself in a romantic and dreamy atmosphere, between colored lights and Christmas decorations, you just have to organize your holidays! On the other hand, it's never too early to start planning next Christmas. Here are tips and advice for your trip.



Index

  1. Berlin Christmas Markets Tour
  2. Girocittà on foot or by bus between the Christmas lights
  3. Ice skating
  4. Tour of the Breweries
  5. Taste the Christmas gastronomic specialties
  6. Attending the Christmas mass
  7. Relax at the spa
  8. Listen to Christmas carols in front of the Schöneberg town hall
  9. Shopping in the Shopping Centers
  10. Which museums and attractions remain open?
  11. What means of transport are available?
  12. Climate in Berlin at Christmas
  13. User questions and comments

Covid-19 emergency: events, concerts and demonstrations could undergo last-minute changes due to the Coronavirus pandemic. We recommend that you inform yourself well about the situation of the destination you intend to visit before departure. If you are planning a trip, follow government guidelines and make sure you are in line with safety measures.

1 - Tour of the Berlin Christmas markets

On the occasion of Christmas, Berlin is transformed by taking on the charm and colors of a typical fairytale town. Throughout the city there are several Christmas markets with stalls selling hand-made toys, decorations, scarves and wool hats, but also mulled wine and confectionery specialties. Here are some of the most beautiful markets:



  • Gendarmenmarkt market, Located between the Deutscher Dom and Französischer Dom churches (Get directions), open every day from the last week of November until 31 December;
  • Berliner Weihnachtsmarkt, near Alexanderplatz and the Rathaus Town Hall (Get directions), open every day from the last week of November until 29 December;
  • Market of the Schloss Charlottenburg, located in the park of the Castle (Get directions), open every day from November 30th to December 26th except Christmas Eve.

2 - Girocittà on foot or by bus between the Christmas lights

When Berlin lights up for the holiday season, it's as if it were transformed! The city takes on unprecedented contours and colors, especially along the streets of Charlottenburg. With a panoramic bus tour you can enjoy the show and above all stop whenever you want, with stops between shopping centers or Christmas markets, and then go up and continue the tour. With a walking tour of the city's attractions you can experience a more intimate atmosphere, together with a guide who will be able to tell you the thousand stories of Berlin!

3 - Ice skating

There is no Christmas movie in which you don't see young people, children and families armed with skates, hats and woolen scarves dashing on ice rinks between pirouettes and ... some comical fall! If you want to be the protagonists of your film, you will find a city full of tracks to try your hand at: at Alexanderplatz, Charlottenburg, Potsdamer Platz and even near the Olympiastadion!



4 - Tour of the Breweries

If the atmosphere is too cold and you are looking for an original and ... tasty way to warm up, a solution could be a tour of beer and craft breweries: there are plenty of them, and it is a way to get to know a characteristic aspect of the capital German! Together with an expert guide, you will visit some of the best pubs and breweries in Berlin, for a perfect Christmas preparation!

5 - Taste the Christmas gastronomic specialties

Il traditional Christmas meal in the German capital he sees Gänsebraten as his main dish,roast goose, which is usually accompanied by gnocchi and Grünkohl, a kind of black cabbage stew cooked in broth with spices and meat. Another traditional recipe of the eve are the Knackwurst, or the sausages accompanied by potato salad. For fish lovers, the recipe to taste is that of Karpfen Blau, that is boiled carp which is then browned in butter and accompanied by red cabbage and potatoes (this recipe is also typical for New Year's Eve).

Typical desserts include Lebkuchen (gingerbread biscuits), Christstollen (sweet bread stuffed with candied fruit, dried fruit and raisins), Baumkuchen with chocolate (known as "tree cake" as it consists of several layers reminiscent of the concentric circles of a cut tree trunk). Finally, among the foods to be consumed on the street while walking among the markets, we mention the Reibekuchen (potato pancakes) and the classic mulled wine, here known as Glühwein.


6 - Attending the Christmas mass

During the annual religious services on Christmas Eve, the churches are always very busy. To attend mass, you can go to any church in Berlin. but if you want to enjoy a unique experience, we recommend that you reach some of the most beautiful churches in the city, such as the Kaiser-Wilhelm-Gedächtniskirche (Get Directions), the Berliner Dom (Get Directions) or the Nikolaikirche (Get Directions).


7 - Relax at the spa

For those who want to take a relaxing break during the Christmas period, we recommend the visit of one of the thermal establishments open during the winter holidays. Among the most popular are the Spreewelten, the Spreewald-Therme, the Kristalltherme Bad Wilsnack and the Fontane Therme Neuruppin. They are all located outside the city, but can be easily reached in just over 1 hour by train.

8 - Listen to the Christmas carols in front of the Schöneberg town hall

Each year, the traditional Christmas concert takes place on the square of the Schöneberg town hall on Christmas Eve. The "Schöneberger Brass Ensemble" of the Leo Kestenberg Music School plays all the most famous traditional Christmas songs. Berliners usually come to the square to sing along and enjoy the Christmas atmosphere. The concert ends with the classic "Silent Night, Holy Night", during which the liberty bell rings. This evocative Christmas concert has been taking place for over 30 years and it is a real institution!

9 - Shopping in Shopping Centers

Shopping malls attract a lot of attention during the Advent and Christmas season thanks to flashing lights and sumptuous decorations that illuminate the eyes of young and old. They are the perfect place for last-minute gifts, and also ideal for warming up a bit after walking along the cold streets and squares of the city. Between the Berlin's most beautiful shopping malls we point out the Potsdamer Platz Akcaden (characterized by the iconic and spectacular glass roof) the Gesundbrunnen Center, and the Kaufhaus des Westens (KaDeWe), the Bikini and the Europa Center.

Which museums and attractions remain open?

Berlin museums are usually closed on Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve. However there may be some exceptions, such as the DDR Museum, Chachpoint Charlie and the Führerbunker and the TV Tower, which in recent years have also remained open on the eve. In general, special opening and closing times apply during the Christmas holidays.

However, most museums are open from 10:00 to 18:00, some until 19:00 or 20:00. To be on the safe side, we recommend that you check the official websites of the attractions of your interest. Find out more about what to see in Berlin

What means of transport are available?

Berlin's transport system is one of the most efficient in the world, e continues to guarantee excellent service even during the holidays, albeit with some limitations. On holidays, Sunday times apply (therefore constant but slightly less frequent journeys are guaranteed). On the night of Christmas Eve, the U-Bahn operates continuously, with the exception of lines U4 and U55. On Christmas Eve, all bus and tram lines run according to Saturday schedules.

  • Recommended solutions: Metro and bus are the most effective solutions for getting around Berlin. The single ticket costs € 2,30 and is valid for 2 hours.
  • Useful passes and cards: we recommend the purchase of the Berlin Welcome Card with discounts and transport included in zones ABC

Climate in Berlin at Christmas

The climate in Berlin in December, and especially at Christmas, is quite similar to that of many cities in northern Italy. The minimum temperatures are close to 0 ° C, the maximum hardly exceed 4 ° C; therefore expect a cold but not particularly icy climate. However, it is not uncommon for snow to occur, so don't forget to bring scarves, hats, gloves and warm clothing.

Christmas offers in Berlin: Flight + 4 nights in Hotel

  • Return flights Rome Berlin from € 59,00 -
  • 4 nights in Hotel from € 176,00 per room
  • Flight + hotel package: Flight A / R + 4 nights / 5 days from € 294,00 per person - see the offer

Tickets, tours and bookable activities

We propose some activities and tours to do in Berlin. Click on the tour you are interested in for more information or to book.


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