Christmas Vacation In Germany: Winter Escapades In Berlin
Schmidt Christmas Market has put together more than just a collection of your favorite Christmas Décor on this edition of our seasonal Christmas Blog.
No instead, we have gathered together some top suggestions for a topic that is not explored nearly as often as many others: international travel over the holiday season.
The idea of flying across the Atlantic Ocean and visiting Europe over the holidays may seem romantic until you arrive there with no clue where you are going.
Luckily, there is more than enough to keep you occupied all of Christmas day and more in the city of Berlin alone.
If you are concerned about getting bored on your next vacation over Christmas to the city of Berlin, you are in the right place. Let’s get started looking at everything there is that the city has to offer during this magical time of year to tourists around the world.
The Top 10 Most Exciting Things To Do Over Christmas Vacation In Berlin
Our Christmas Blog decided that the readers would benefit more from something a little different than our usual Christmas Decor recommendation lists.
Instead, we scoured all of the most popular sites around the Berlin city to see what the best things to do this Christmas are in such a magical city.
It appears as if the opportunities are endless.
Nighttime Seasonal Concerts
Music is a massive part of the German culture, and it is easy to see its influences everywhere you look as an outsider. If you walk along the streets of Berlin and at night this time of year, it is nearly impossible not to run into a group of carolers.
Local tradition has it that you are supposed to join in for at least one song whenever you encounter one of these roving bands of festive singers. It is certainly worth a shot as it will be an unforgettable night and an incredibly memorable experience.
Hertha Bsc Tickets
If you are interested in seeing some professional sports performances live in the great city of Berlin, two places have amazing venues where live performances are often held this time.
You can always get yourself a pair of Hertha BSC tickets to see whichever of the biggest names coming to the city are this year perform for the night. If you are lucky enough, there may even be a home game scheduled for Christmas Eve.
Seeing the energy of the German people who are native to the city on a home game is something that everyone must do before they go home from Berlin for the season.
Deutsche Oper Berlin
The German Opera has been in service for over 100 years now and is one of Europe's most well-regarded. The month of December is one of the busiest times of the year for the Berlin German opera, which holds performances almost every night.
If you enjoy watching high-quality live-action plays, this is probably the best place to catch a play in the world, even for those of you who have not seen one in person before it is still worth checking out.
Berlin Botanical Garden
Sometimes we want to capture a little glimpse of something other than the crystal lien whiteness of falling snow on Christmas day. The Berlin botanical gardens are perfect for such an escape.
Get lost amongst a bewildering variety of winter plants that thrive despite the harsh winter conditions.
It can be a little bit disorienting because we as humans are so used to wintertime being a desolate period of the year. If you find that you have a love for the outdoors, you do not want to miss out on the botanical gardens in Berlin.
Potsdamer Platz Ice-Skating Rink
It may be hard to believe, but there are people out there who have never had the chance to go ice-skating. It is one thing not to enjoy the activity, but it is an entirely different one to have been deprived of trying it in the first place.
Take your friends and family members down to the Potsdamer Platz Ice-Skating Rink and see what you can do out on the ice. It is a great workout that will leave you feeling both weightless and like you had a good workout at the same time.
Window Shopping At The Gendarmenmarkt
The open-air German shopping markets that can be found throughout Berlin during the Christmas season are among the most popular tourist attractions in the entire city.
Some estimates say that up to 100 different markets will open up over the course of December. Many of the city’s local artisans come out to display their wares during this time.
Whether you are shopping for something to eat from local farmers or want to find a unique gift from an artisan, these shops will have something that is of interest to everyone who is visiting the city of Berlin over Christmas.
New Year’s Kiss At The Brandenburg Gate
Brandenburg Gate is one of the world’s most high-traffic spots for the new year. There are plenty of reasons for this thanks to the numerous activities available outside of the gate.
However, it is still a tradition to be in the presence of the gate the moment that the clock struck midnight on New Year’s Eve.
If you happen to be in the area, do not miss out on the opportunity to take part in one of the world’s coolest group traditions for New Year’s in Berlin.
Seasonal Spirited Pub Crawl
Of course, German culture is renowned around the world for the German people's high-quality beer and the country’s most famous holiday of Oktoberfest. Going on a pub crawl is also a local tradition for newcomers in Berlin on Christmas Eve.
With hundreds of different choices available to try to see how many different local spirits, you can imbibe it before the end of the night responsibly.
Winter Wonderland Snow Sledding Near The Brandenburg Gate
An activity that anyone can enjoy right next to the Brandenburg Gate is the outdoor tunnel sledding you can find at the winter wonderland exhibit.
This structure is the most giant tunnel made for public sledding in all of Europe, and it is located right outside of Berlin’s famous shopping center Potsdamer Platz where it is close enough that you can see the Brandenburg gate while you are sledding down the hill.
If you have never gotten to go sledding down a hill in the middle of a city over Christmas, you definitely will not have trouble remembering it after you have gotten the chance to go down the hill at least once. It can be that exhilarating.
The Key To Winter Euphoria In Berlin
Traveling over the holidays can be a stressful experience if you are not adequately prepared. There is always pressure to take advantage of the time you have to yourself since most of us only have limited free time.
While it is essential that you take full advantage of any free time, there is no need to put pressure on yourself or set any unnecessary expectations for how your Christmas vacation will go. Take this list with you, and as you explore the city, you can mark things off as you come across them.
Feel free to be spontaneous and add anything that isn’t on the list you come across; you feel it is worth experiencing. It is your vacation, after all.
Do not forget to come by Schmidt Christmas Market Once you return from your vacation to take care of all of your Christmas decor needs.