Berlin gets dress in Christmas colours for December – and there are a lot of markets spread across the city. One of the biggest markets in the city is on the Gendarmenmarkt square in the center of the city with a church at each end of the square and the Berlin Concert hall on the side. The market is placed on one of the most beautiful squares in all of Berlin and it attracts a lot of visitors.
The market is so popular it is actually only one charging an admission fee – of 1€ per person so it won’t break the budget – but if you want to avoid the charge and the biggest crowds it is free to visit from 11 to 14 on Monday to Friday. When you get in the market it is very crowded at night – too crowded for our liking. We wonder around the area and there are a lot of small houses selling different goods and lot of places selling a food off different sorts. And getting a bite to eat and a glass of glühwein the ever present German mulled wine.
On the middle of the market is a stage where there are dance performances probably performed by the staff at the Berlin Koncerthaus which is located right at the square and the stage is actually on the stair up to the theater. If you can actually manage to get a decent spot you can watch the performance while you eat your bratwurst or drink your glühwein.
The market got a pretty wide selection of goods and food so I can see why it is popular. But I prefer some of the other markets around the city which are a bit less busy than this overcrowded market. If you want to visit Gendarmenmarkt you could consider coming early – we went there for a second look at the market and lunch on a Monday shortly after the opened at 11. There were still people around the market – but it wasn’t crazy as it had been at nighttime.
I guess part of the reason why so many people go here is because of the central location – it is an easy walk from the Museum Island or Brandenburger gate and you can reach it by the U2 underground line at Stadtmitte station.