Gendarmenmarkt
Gendarmenmarkt
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This picturesque town square is surrounded by several historic structures.
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Neighborhood: Mitte (Borough)
How to get there
  • Hausvogteiplatz • 3 min walk
  • Stadtmitte • 4 min walk
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The Swiss Nomad
Lugano, Switzerland3,144 contributions
Jan 2020 • Couples
We visited the Christmas market on this square two days before NYE while visiting Berlin.
There was an entry fee of 1eur to get access to the fenced market, and inside there were shops and stalls selling food and handcrafted goods.
We had a gluehwine and a sausage; both decent, not spectacular and clearly pricier than in other shops outside.
I dislike being in crowds so we quickly left, as the market was quite crowded and noisy.
All in all interesting but that's it, not a must-do in my opinion.
Written January 8, 2020
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Rae
Los Angeles, CA26 contributions
Dec 2019
I had the great opportunity to visit this market 4 times during my trip to Berlin. Instead of checking out the EDM or the club scene in Berlin, I made the Christmas Market my nightly activity. Unlimited Mulled Wine plus broadway quality music, what more can you ask for? It is a 1€ entry fee to get in. There is live music, over 50 indoor and outdoor restaurants, and stores. They have a few indoor restaurants to choose from plus many shops as well. You can a variety of alcoholic beverages. The mulled wine is fabulous. This is a must-see destination during your Christmas trip to Berlin.
Written January 15, 2020
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Mikael F
Helsinki, Finland30,625 contributions
Jul 2021
The square was built at the end of the 17th century. It is one of the most beautiful squares in Berlin.

The three monumental buildings Deutscher Dom, Konzerthaus, and Französischer Dom beautifully frame the square.

The square is also known for its Christmas market. The decorated wooden booths offer traditional handicraft items and delicious Christmas specialties.
Written August 3, 2021
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marycoons
Hanover, MN240 contributions
Jun 2022
The concert hall was closed because they were rehearsing for a concert the next day. The government building next to it that had 5 floors of information on Parliament history had nothing in English. The Huegenot Museum in the church next to the concert hall could have been fantastic if it had more in English.
Written June 24, 2022
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germanwithoutsandals
germany84 contributions
Aug 2022
This square is a caricature of Hohenzollern aspiration. Everything is too big. Two large, identical, symmetrical churches - what for? Surely to show Paris and London that a provincial place right in the middle of the Brandenburg sandbox could do oversize, too?

Sit down and ponder hubris in her cradle.

Bring food and drinks from somewhere far away that's not a tourist trap, though.
Written August 13, 2022
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BrakiWorldTraveler
Belgrade, Serbia17,648 contributions
Feb 2020
Due to its turbulent history and mostly to heavy bombing and street fighting at the end of the WWII, Berlin cannot proud itself with many nice squares like other European metropolis.
The Gendarmenmarkt is surely the most beautiful one. It was also heavily damaged, but restored in the post war era.
Gendarmenmarkt consists of two "Cathedrals" standing one across the other - French on the north side and the German one opposite it on the southern side. In between them stands a gorgeous classic style Concert house.
The "Cathedrals" date back to early 18 c. and first to built was the French one for their protestants (Hugenots) and few years later the German, also a protestant Church. The domes were added later, and hence the Cathedral name, although they never were a bishop's seat.
I don't know if they're regularly open. This was my third time in Berlin, and I've never managed to enter them, only saw very few interior pics online.
However, taking a break here is very rewarding while sightseeing German capital, as the sq is in the very center and really beautiful.
Written April 2, 2020
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Bridgett C
21 contributions
Dec 2019
We went here for New Year’s in Berlin on a recommendation from our VRBO host and were not disappointed! It was like an upscale German Christmas market, with a cool indoor-like spaces for some merchants and restaurants. It would have been great to have a sit down meal at one of the restaurants but we didn’t know that you needed to make reservations beforehand (or see how to make them on the Gendarmenmarkt website). Regardless, we ate and drank well at the stands throughout the market and LOVED the fireworks show at midnight - truly a once in a lifetime experience.
Written January 2, 2020
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David R
Adelaide, Australia65 contributions
Dec 2019
The Christmas market at the Gendarmenmarkt was one of the largest Christmas markets we went to in Berlin complete with a number of different sit down restaurants serving a wide range of foods in addition to the usual market fare. Being centrally located near Fredrichstrasser we virtually bumped into it when walking around Berlin near our Hotel. It was very busy, but well worth a visit with a wide variety of stalls and of course plenty of Gluhwein.
Written January 19, 2020
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Eileen108
Mount Shasta, CA4,299 contributions
Aug 2019
We only had a short time here as part of our tour, the square was not too crowded (August 2019) and the French Church, German Church and Concert Hall were impressive and imposing structures. I stepped into the German Church to use the restroom, which was free and clean. We went here as part of "Alla Tours" all day tour of Berlin from our cruise ship's one day stop in Warnemunde port.
Written April 5, 2020
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1girl_1passport
Vancouver, Canada1,041 contributions
Nov 2019
This was one of my favourite squares to visit and take pictures. We were so lucky to have a beautiful blue sky and we took alot longer then we planned here taking tons of pictures. From here also you can walk to the University for more pictures and the place of the book burning.
Definitely make this one of the places to visit.
Written February 7, 2020
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