The Christmas market at Schloss Charlottenburg

The baroque palace of Schloss Charlottenburg is an impressive sight at any time of year, but it's particularly atmospheric in the snow. It's snowing quite heavily by the time I arrive, the snowflakes swirling in the lights of the market. It doesn't prove too easy to take a photo, as the fine-flaked snow seems keen to find its way into my camera.

The big propeller-like thing in the picture below is a Weihnachtspyramide (literally Christmas pyramid), a traditional Christmas decoration from the Erzgebirge (Ore Mountains). This particular one's a giant one decorating the top of a stall selling Glühwein, but you can buy small ones for your home at some of the market's stalls. They have holders for candles, which make the fan go round when they're lit, in turn making all the figures on the Weihnachtspyramide go round. Not all of them work very well, though and of course if it doesn't rotate properly, you end up with burnt fan blades, which isn't very decorative at all! Generally, you get what you pay for.

There's plenty of food on sale - from snacks like Bratwurst and Schmalzkuchen to soups and stews, plus things to take home like gingerbread and marzipan. There's also a wide selection of handicrafts - wooden ornaments, candles, lanterns, hats, scarves and more.

A great place to spend a snowy evening!

Richard-Wagner-Platz (U7)
Westend (S41, S42, S46)
Schloss Charlottenburg Christmas Market
Spandauer Damm 10 - 22
14059 Berlin


Very atmospheric pics, I can almost feel that snow. Enjoy Poland.

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