The neighborhood around Boxhagener Platz is a bohemian neighborhood situated in the former East Berlin. I liked the colours of the houses, the casual side, much more relaxed than the Mitte district for example. People dress as they please, some of them barefoot, taking advantage of the sunny day on the terraces of the many cafés. The small Boxhagener square was built in the early 20th century, between the Grunberger street and Krossener street. Before it was called simply square D. Today its colloquial name is "Boxi" and it is a popular spot because of the park at its centre, with games for children. Over the weekend, there is a market. The square was renovated a few years ago and then the market settled around the kids park. The market has existed since 1905, previously it sold fruit and vegetables but nowadays it is simply a flea market. There are some groceries, regional specialties, but they are usually eaten while walking around. The market is a mix of professionals and regular people who come to get rid of what they no longer need.
A bike ride through the streets of Berlin, knowing what you're after, discovering the surprises of its walls, its parks, its people. The balance of a city with nature and time. Open possibilities. Berlin is wonderful, no doubt.
This is a small market located by the Museum Island, across the river Spree. It's nice because the market is located right next to the river and, during warm weather, it feels like you're on the beach. They sell a little of everything but mostly art. There are paintings by artists from the city, typical pictures we've all seen in newspapers and on the news from the fall of the wall or from the communist era. But they have a more modern touch. There are various sizes and most will offer help so that you can carry them home safely.
Berlin has a real rage for Christmas markets, so when Christmas is coming the squares fill with typical Christmas craft and food stalls. The Gendarmenmarkt square in the city center has the largest market, it even has a closed tent to avoid a little cold outside, and there are many craft stalls. In the food stalls you can choose from a wide variety of typical products, such as sausages and different sweets. There are even different activities on the central fountain, such as dance and theater. Of course, the whole place is decorated for Christmas and everything is in line with the times. To enter the market you have to pay € 1 and it seems a little odd to charge for entering a market, but it's so well maintained and features performances so it seems a fair price for enjoying it.
The Christmas markets of Germany are beautiful, especially in Berlin. You can purchase everything from Christmas decorations to typical sausages and you can't leave without trying some of them! They cost about 2.50-3 euros and that's dinner! The largest Christmas markets are in Potsdamer Platz are Alexander Platz, Kurfürstendamm and Gendarmenmarkt.
If there is a perfect season to visit Germany it is Christmas. All cities are illuminated and filled with friendly people thanks to traditional Christmas markets. I have already spent three years in Germany and each time I like it more. Each city is filled with fully decorated wooden stalls with lights and Christmas decorations. There is always a lot in the cold environment and everyone drinks the typical mulled wine, that although at first tastes great, warms the body in a minute. Food forms a huge part of the picture. It is exquisite, with giant sausages with grilled meat or the thousands of traditional sweets that taste of glory. There are also many places of beer and mulled wine and, of course, no shortage of Christmas articles posts. Moreover, in these establishments also sell artesalenales products like soaps, candles, incense, figurines of all kinds, etc.. This last year I went to Berlin and every neighborhood had installed a Christmas market. The difference from other years and over other cities is that in Berlin also installed in rinks markets, so you can also enjoy the atmosphere and the food and drink, you can practice a sport lovely outdoor free. These markets start in early December and stay until the new year arrives. Personally, it's the place where I have been able to feel the Christmas spirit which speaks so often because not miss, do not miss nor cold.