Germany is world famous for its markets, and Berlin is no exception. Markets in Germany are always colorful and breathe a special kind of atmosphere, which can be felt even more at the Christmas markets, which pop up already by the end of November.
But before that, it is still the flea and food markets that color the bustling German capital. Below we have highlighted our seven favorite markets to explore on a weekend in Berlin. If you would like to explore more cool markets, be sure to check out our free travel guide of Berlin.
If you are lucky to be in Berlin on a Saturday, you will have some amazing options. Head for Boxhagener Platz to see our top pick of the hip Friedrichshain neighborhood, go for delicious food in the elegant Markthalle Neun in Kreuzberg, or gather with the Berliners at the Kollwitzplatz Market in Prenzlauer Berg. All markets can be reached easily by metro.
The market of Boxhagener Platz belongs undoubtedly to the best in Berlin. Amidst the hip atmosphere of this former part of East-Berlin, visitors stroll the stalls for some cool trinkets, clothes and souvenirs whilst experimenting with freshly prepared bites.
Boxhagener Platz is a great bet on your Saturday in Berlin. It is not just the amazing market here, but also the boutiques that surround the square, selling retro fashion, original jewelry and second-hand treasures.
The market is held on Saturdays until 15:30h. Get directions.
Markthalle Neun is a beautiful antique market hall, which used to be a railway warehouse. The market provides all kinds of fresh food, restaurants and food stands. Find here freshly produced pastries, smoked fish, meat, or go for a craft beer – all products here are known to be of high quality and locally produced. Inside the elegant market hall you will also find a tiny Aldi supermarket – and maybe that's the Aldi on the prettiest location in the world.
This market hall in Kreuzberg is one of the best all-weather options, with cosy terraces popping up on sunny days. Get directions.
The Kollwitzplatz Market is one of the local favorites that pops up twice a week. On Saturdays, there's a farmer's market offering the freshest ingredients for your culinary treats, or take it easy, and try out a delicious bite at one of the food stands. Besides food, the Kollwitzplatz Market is also a place to find trinkets, hats, and other accessories.
A nice extra during the darker months of the year is that the Kollwitzplatz Market will convert into a Christmas market by the end of November! Get directions.
In case you find yourself in Berlin on a Sunday, you belong to the lucky ones – in terms of markets. Choices are plenty with the huge Mauerpark Market, the authentic Arkonaplatz Market in Berlin Mitte, the Trödelmarkt as the oldest flea market in Berlin, or the bewitching Nowkoelln Flowmarkt. Also these markets can be reached easily by public transport.
The Arkonaplatz Market is a true flea market, slightly chaotic and with a wide variety of products on offer. Find here vintage cameras, paintings, globes, or that chair you’ve always been looking for. You never know what you're going to encounter this time at the charming Arkonaplatz Market. One thing is sure, that it is an entertaining place, with its people and its remarkable second-hand articles. Get directions.
The Nowkoelln Flowmarkt offers you a hip and fancy stroll along the Landwehr Canal, on the border of the Neukölln district. In a greenish setting, the stalls here present original handmade products, art and vinyl, as well as vintage clothes and a variety of second-hand goods. This cosy market is an absolute must for vintage lovers.
The Mauerpark Flohmarkt is a huge flea market flanked with some street food stands and small cafés. Amidst a slightly chaotic atmosphere, vendors are offering their second-hand treasures, original handmades, trinkets and souvenirs. If you're about to get overwhelmed by the amounts of flea and creativity here, consider having a peek into the amphitheatre as you might well become a Bearpit Karaoke star in front of hundreds – check out their webpage to see when it's on.
The largest flea market of Berlin can be found in the Mauerpark, every Sunday until 18h. Get directions.
The Trödelmarkt has a long history that started in 1973, when it was opened as the first flea market in the city. Nowadays it still lives up to its original purpose of bringing you the best ‘flea’ of West Berlin. You can be sure to find here fantastic vintage clothing, collectibles and artisans’ handicraft, as the market does not let sellers bring industrial goods. Meanwhile, some of the market vendors offer delicious street food to satisfy your appetite while exploring the stands. Rain or sun, the Berliner Trödelmarkt welcomes you at walking distance from the Tiergarten S-Bahn station.
The winter break of the Nowkoelln Flowmarkt, one of our favorite flea markets in Berlin, is not something to feel very sad about. Because, the winter season means a lot of fun in Berlin! What can be more enchanting and festive than the smell of mulled wine and warm lights all around cosy outdoor markets? Starting from the last weekend of November, Berlin will welcome you with its grandiose Christmas markets!
With more than 50 Christmas markets decorating the streets and squares of Berlin, it can be hard to make a choice of what to visit. An interesting strategy can simply be to start wandering about the great places of Berlin and see what fantastic Christmas markets you'll find on your way.
To give you some guidance, consider going to the Lucia Christmas market at the KulturBrauerei in Prenzlauer Berg, the beautiful Weihnachtszauber at the Gendarmenmarkt, or the magical Christmas market at the Charlottenburg Palace. These three Christmas markets are top notch and will surely make your stay in Berlin even more special.
To everyone's joy and convenience, the top museums in Berlin are open on weekends. It is impossible to talk about the cultural layer of the city without mentioning the magnificent Museum Island, or as it is named in German, ‘Museuminsel’. On this small piece of land surrounded by the Spree River you will find five museums, showcasing six millennia of human history. Since 1999, this cultural complex has been awarded the status of UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Museum Island contains the Bode Museum, the Pergamonmuseum, the Alte Nationalgalerie, the Altes Museum and the Neues Museum, each of which certainly deserving special attention from culture vultures.
Besides that, we'd like to remind you that Berlin is one of the party capitals of Europe! A city where parties of all sorts swing on till dawn. But also if you simply want to have a nice drink with friends in a good atmosphere, Berlin is a great choice. Have a look at our free map of Berlin to get an overview of the greatest bar areas of the German capital.
By using our unique layers, you will see information displayed on the map which cannot yet be found anywhere else. Be it the nicest areas for shopping, the finest green spaces of Berlin, the greatest museums, or the exact area of West Berlin that was isolated by the Berlin Wall. Be sure to click on anything you see on the map to get further information.
Make sure to check out our article about East and West Berlin, for a look into the divided German capital of the 20th century. You will learn how East separated from West, and about the best places to visit today, like Checkpoint Charlie, the Stasi Museum or the East Side Gallery.
Berlin is waiting for you, einsteigen bitte!