Visit Berlin is inviting visitors to ring in the holidays at the annual Christmas Markets (Weihnachtsmärkte) held throughout Berlin. 

This notorious, beloved German holiday tradition offers visitors the opportunity to explore 80 different markets spread throughout the city. Each one will offer its own unique atmosphere along with unique culturally enriching events.

The markets will begin to take place sometime in late November and go on until Christmas. The holiday tradition dates back to the 1500’s. 

Visitors will have the option to witness live choir performances at the Gendarmenmarkt Christmas Market, go to a theatrical performance of the Nutcracker at the Gedächtniskirche market, ride a ferris wheel at the Roten Rathaus market, witness fireworks at the Gendarmenmarkt market, and so much more

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Most of the festivals are held in the Mitte district, or the center of the city. Getting from one market to the other will also be a factor to consider, so if this is your first time, plan carefully. Travel options include driving or the German metro system.

Additionally, due to the ongoing COVID – 19 outbreak, German markets will abide by the 2G rule. The requirements are as follows: 

  • Only vaccinated and recovered persons will be admitted.
  • Children and adolescents between 6 and 18 years of age will only require proof of a negative test. 
  • Children under 6 years of age do not need to present proof of vaccination or a negative test.
  • Corona rapid tests (including citizen tests) are no longer free of charge.
  • Wearing an FFP2 mask (or, since 7 August, in some cases also a simple surgical mask) is mandatory in public transport as well as in public facilities and everywhere where the minimum distance of 1.5 metres cannot be maintained.

You can find more details and information regarding safety protocols in this official announcement made by the State of Berlin. 

For more details regarding the major Christmas markets going on this year in Berlin, as well as a map of the markets, you can visit the State of Berlin’s official website. You can also check out Visit Berlin’s mini itineraries for each market!  

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