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Berlin Christmas Market Guide: Weihnachtsmarkt Schloss Charlottenburg

November 27, 2011
Weihnachtsmarkt Schloss Charlottenburg Lit Up

Berlin Christmas Market Guide: Weihnachtsmarkt Schloss Charlottenburg

Updated November 26, 2016 – Hot Glühwein? Check. Tasty sausage roasted over an open fire? Check. Good friends? Check. A castle, the Schloss Charlottenburg? Check.

If you’ve checked all of these items off, you’ve just spent a perfect day or night at one of Berlin’s most picturesque and romantic Christmas markets, the Weihnachtsmarkt Schloss Charlottenburg.

Berlin Christmas Market Guide: Weihnachtsmarkt Schloss Charlottenburg

Already one of Berlin’s premier tourist attractions, Schloss Charlottenburg becomes all the more spectacular once it’s been set-up for it’s annual Christmas market, or Weihnachtsmarkt Schloss Charlottenburg.

It not only attracts tourists, but locals as well who come with their family and friends to enjoy the welcoming, warm, and festive experience.

Weihnachtsmarkt Schloss Charlottenburg Front

A Christmas Market Beside a Castle

Nighttime is best time to visit Weihnachtsmarkt Schloss Charlottenburg, as the castle is illuminated with various colors, and the stalls, children’s rides, and other buildings are covered with swathes of twinkling fairy lights.

 Weihnachtsmarkt Schloss Charlottenburg Castle Statues at NightWeihnachtsmarkt Schloss Charlottenburg Joyeux NoelWeihnachtsmarkt Schloss Charlottenburg Lit UpWeihnachtsmarkt Schloss Charlottenburg by Night
Weihnachtsmarkt Schloss Charlottenburg StandWeihnachtsmarkt Schloss Charlottenburg Blue Angel

Eat All the Sausages and Drink All the Wine

While taking in the beautiful surroundings of the Weihnachtsmarkt Schloss Charlottenburg, eat all the wurst you can manage and drink all of the mulled wine you can handle.

Weihnachtsmarkt Schloss Charlottenburg ShoppingWeihnachtsmarkt Schloss Charlottenburg Eat and Drink
Weihnachtsmarkt Schloss Charlottenburg Sausage
Weihnachtsmarkt Schloss Charlottenburg GluhweinWeihnachtsmarkt Schloss Charlottenburg Ginger Bread
Live Entertainment in the Form of Christmas Carolers 

While at Weihnachtsmarkt Schloss Charlottenburg, check out the live entertainment like this choir singing Christmas carols.

Weihnachtsmarkt Schloss Charlottenburg Choir
Seasonal Retail Therapy 

Weihnachtsmarkt Schloss Charlottenburg also offers a great chance for shopping to your heart’s content. If you love Christmas, you’ll be able to find anything and everything related to the holiday season. Other stalls even sell things like jewellery, soap, scarves, hat, and oddly enough underwear! 

Weihnachtsmarkt Schloss Charlottenburg Bird Houses
Weihnachtsmarkt Schloss Charlottenburg Christmas DecorationsWeihnachtsmarkt Schloss Charlottenburg Childish Delight
Good to Know

  1. The Weihnachtsmarkt Schloss Charlottenburg opened on November 21 and will remain open until December 26, 2016. The market’s open from 2:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. on Mondays – Thursdays, 12:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays, and from 12:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. on the Christmas holidays.
  2. The Christmas market’s extremely busy on the weekends. If you’re driving, be prepared to spend a lot of time looking for a parking space. Consider taking public instead or visiting during the week. 
  3. Families take note — bring your kids to the “Royal Christmas Market for Children” with all sorts of rides ranging from a classic ferris wheel, to a merry-go-round, and even a miniature railroad. 
  4. For more information on Christmas markets around the city, check out advice from locals including the Berlin Christmas Markets: A Beginner’s Guide and The Best Five Christmas Markets in Berlin
  5. Check out my Pinterest board for European Christmas market inspiration.

Location

Weihnachtsmarkt Schloss Charlottenburg
Spandauer Damm 20-24, 14059 Berlin
http://www.wvdsc.de/

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  • Reply Andrea November 28, 2011 at 6:53 am

    Ooooh – gorgeous photos! This one looks like so much fun too – I want to explore more of the xmas markets!!

  • Reply Christine November 28, 2011 at 9:37 am

    I was there yesterday, too! And made pretty the same picture 😉

    • Reply Cheryl Howard November 29, 2011 at 8:43 pm

      @Andrea – thank you. It was really fun, especially when you can enjoy them with friends.

      @Christine – ha ha, that’s awesome. 🙂

  • Reply fotoeins | Henry November 28, 2011 at 8:19 pm

    Cheryl,

    Schöne Beleuchtungen, schöne Farben!

    Photos and posts like these make me ache (ACHE!) for the Weihnachtsmärkte at this time of year. Even if it’s +21C here on the beach, it doesn’t totally make up for the very atmosphere and food and drink about which you’ve described.

    I completely agree about being in Europe at this time of year, and it’s why I’ve set up the RTW so I end up in Europe/Germany for the final three months of 2012. 🙂

    Thank you for your post and photos!

    • Reply Cheryl Howard November 29, 2011 at 8:47 pm

      @Henry – Glad you enjoyed the post. Don’t worry about it now and enjoy your current situation. You’ll see it all next year for sure. 🙂

  • Reply Stephanie - The Travel Chica November 29, 2011 at 12:12 am

    Not a huge fan of the neon lights on the building, but everything else seems very appropriate for Christmas time. I need to be somewhere like this for the season one year.

    • Reply Cheryl Howard November 29, 2011 at 8:52 pm

      @Stephanie – Agree, I wasn’t the biggest fan either but the setting was quite lovely. 🙂

  • Reply Laurel November 29, 2011 at 11:38 am

    Beautiful, I love how all the buildings are lit up.

    • Reply Cheryl Howard November 29, 2011 at 8:55 pm

      @Laurel – Me too! Christmas markets are one of my favorite things about living in Europe.

  • Reply taknil November 30, 2011 at 5:06 pm

    Nette Bilder!

    • Reply Cheryl Howard November 30, 2011 at 9:12 pm

      @Taknil – Danke!

  • Reply jade December 1, 2011 at 1:18 am

    Christmas markets make me so jealous that I live in LA and we don’t have one! Looks like a really lovely one here too.

  • Reply Sherry December 1, 2011 at 5:56 am

    I’ve always wanted to visit and shop and festivities at one of the many Christmas markets in Europe. The only thing is that its so overwhelming since there are so many. Can’t decide. If I were in Germany, I’d definitely visit this Berlin one at night, too. I’m loving those lights on the building – very colorful and appropriate for the holidays.

    • Reply Cheryl Howard December 1, 2011 at 4:40 pm

      @Jade – Come and visit Europe in the winter! Then go back home to LA and appreciate the warm weather all the more. 😀

      @Sherry – there are so many … but you start to realize they’re all the same after a while. Just pick the best ones like ones located besides castles or ones with different themes. 🙂

  • Reply Adrian B. December 2, 2011 at 2:39 pm

    Great photos! I feel like a kid in a candy store watching them 🙂
    Christmas is my favorite time of the year and I can easily spend a full day in a Christmas market.

    • Reply Cheryl Howard December 2, 2011 at 9:30 pm

      @Adrian – aww, thanks. Me too!

  • Reply Mathieu December 4, 2011 at 4:18 am

    These pictures make me miss living in Germany! Have fun 🙂

    • Reply Cheryl Howard December 4, 2011 at 11:49 pm

      @Mathieu – Come back for another visit! And living in Berlin? Well, there’s never really a moment that’s not fun. 😉

  • Reply Christy @ Technosyncratic December 5, 2011 at 10:38 am

    Gah, I wish we could be there! Chiang Mai has some really pretty Christmas trees that have been sprouting up around the city, but the 80+ degree weather really changes the vibe. 🙂 Love the way the Schloss Charlottenburg is lit up – so festive!

    • Reply Cheryl Howard December 5, 2011 at 3:06 pm

      @Christy – Chiang Mai sounds pretty nice right about now. 🙂

  • Reply AlicevstheWorld November 20, 2016 at 2:41 pm

    This looks so amazing, I’d love to visit a traditional Christmas market like this one day!

    • Reply Cheryl Howard November 20, 2016 at 10:02 pm

      Hey there Alice –

      Thanks for commenting. I do hope you make it to a European Christmas market someday! Please make sure you have a mulled wine for me. 😉

      Cheryl xo

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