Berlin has over 100 Christmas Markets, both large and small.
But arguably the largest is the Weihnachts-Rummel an der Frankfurter Allee, also known as Winterzauber, or Winter Magic.
This is Berlin’s version of Hyde Park’s Winter Wonderland.
It’s roughly 20,000 square meters in size and is a mix of a county fair or country show and a traditional German Christmas market.
And in this post, we go over what to expect and help you plan for your visit.
And when you are done, read our post on some of the other Christmas Markets in Berlin.
HOURS AND LOCATION
First, let’s start with some of the important details.
The Weihnachtsrummel an der Frankfurter Allee is one of the earliest Christmas markets in Berlin each year.
It usually opens in the first week of November and closes on December 26.
The hours depend on the day of the week, but you can count on it being open from 2 in the afternoon until 9:30 at night.
Weekends have slightly extended hours.
And as its name suggests, it’s located on Frankfurter Allee, just outside the Magdalenenstraße u-bahn station (map).
It’s roughly a 10 minute ride east bound on the U5 subway line from Alexanderplatz.
There are no tickets and it’s free to enter.
However, bring money for the carnival rides, which there are many, as well as the numerous food and drink stalls.
This Christmas market is the main option if you want to enjoy carnival rides.
Options here include a 45-meter tall Ferris Wheel and an even taller Vertigo swing tower.
There are stomach churning rides, such as the Devil Rock.
There are plenty of rides for kids as well, including a tall slide with multiple humps, a bumper car rink, a 3 story fun house, and a train ride through a haunted house.
There is also a kid-friendly roller coaster, which gives you some great views of the fair.
There are also rides for the small kids, like a carousel, and this hydraulic Santa sleigh ride.
Additionally, you will find carnival favorites, where you could test your skills playing games like skee ball and archery.
There are also money pit games, like a basketball station with the oval shaped rims, or the machines with the mechanical claws that just never seem to be able to grab anything.
But, this is a Christmas market, so there are some German Christmas market staples that you can count on.
First and foremost is Gluehwein.
There are stalls throughout the grounds pouring both red and white mulled wine to warm you up.
This market offers you the option to have your wine served in these boot shaped mugs.
There is also hot chocolate, eggnog, grog, and kids punch available.
There is plenty to eat, including sauteed mushrooms, deep-fried cauliflower, multi-flavored potato slices, burgers and pulled-pork sandwiches, as well as bratwursts and an array of other meats.
For the sweet-tooths, there are stalls selling an array of chocolate covered fruits, including apples, bananas, strawberries, and pineapple.
You can also find food stands selling churros, roasted nuts and liquorice, small cakes, and cotton candy.
There is even more to discover than what we covered, so make sure to pay a visit.
Read our post on some of the other Christmas Markets in Berlin.