TRAVEL GAZETTE, BERLIN — Looking for a truly fantastic festive shopping experience?
Look no further than Berlin, where over 80 markets are currently conducting brisk business.
Each year many parts of the German capital are transformed into a magical Christmas shopper’s paradise, as small wooden chalets packed full of gorgeous Christmas gifts line the streets from Alexanderplatz in the east, to Charlottenburg in the west.
Soak up the sights, smells and sounds as you wander around the market; with the aroma of warming mulled wine and delicious German bratwurst filling the air.
Our top tip at the Travel Gazette is the “Weihnachtsmarkt vor dem Schloss Charlottenburg” –that’s at the old palace / castle.
It’s open daily from 14:00 – 22:00. (Best underground stop is Richard Wagner Platz).
This market usually has a musical concert, quality stalls – selling everything from honey, chocolates, handmade toys, clothes and novelties – to a wide selection of drinks vendors and food stalls.
There are around 250 vendors and even a small Luna park for the kids. As well as being popular with foreign tourists, the market is a huge attraction for German visitors, many come on coach trips from all parts of the country.
The Charlottenburg Palace is lit in beautiful festive light, and is a tourist attraction in its own right.