And if they haven’t died, they still live today at the Märchenhafter Weihnachtsmarkt at the Jagdschloss Grunewald. On the second weekend of Advent, various fairytale characters come to life and transport you on a romantic journey to Christmas fairyland.
After a short walk you will reach the Jagdschloss Grunewald (Grunewald Hunting Lodge) on the shore of the Grunewaldsee lake, hidden deep in the forest. As every year, the Märchenhafter Weihnachtsmarkt takes place in the courtyard of the castle. Far away from the hustle and bustle of the big city, fairytale fans of all ages can look forward to Christmas in the unique atmosphere in the castle’s romantic courtyard.
Märchenhafter Weihnachtsmarkt in Berlin’s oldest castle
The Jagdschloss Grunewald is the oldest surviving castle in Berlin. This year, the Märchenhafter Weihnachtsmarkt will take place for the 18th time at the Renaissance palace built by Elector Joachim II in 1542.
Handicrafts and traditional delicacies
Various exhibitors from the region offer handicrafts and other goods at their stands. Visitors will be spoiled with traditional culinary delights such as fried sausages, gingerbread and roasted almonds as well as mulled wine and hot chocolate.
Real-life fairytale figures
A highlight of the Christmas market at the Jagschloss Grunewald is the visit of Mother Holle, Hansel and Gretel, Cinderella and other real-life fairytale figures who mingle with the visitors. You can listen to their stories told by the storyteller. There are also handicraft offerings for the whole family and unique photos for Christmas cards can be taken in the hunting depot. On a small stage, the fairytale action is accompanied by music and after dark, historically dressed night watchmen guide you through the forest back to the bus stop.
Highlights of the Christmas market at the Jagdschloss Grunewald
- Real-life fairytale figures mingle with the visitors
- Oldest preserved castle in Berlin
- The historically dressed night watchman will accompany you to the bus stop after dark
- Handicraft offerings for families
- Guided tours of the castle included in the entrance fee
Our tips for your visit to the Christmas market at the Jagdschloss Grunewald
Take original photos and make Christmas cards in the hunting depot. Take your children to see the storyteller.
Leave suitcases, sports bags and large backpacks at home or in your hotel. They are not allowed on the premises. A bag search is carried out at the entrance.
Opening hours and entrance fees
- When: This Christmas market in Berlin can unfortunately not take place in 2022
- Opening hours: 11:00 am – 7:00 pm
- Admission: €3, reduced rate €2 (including castle tour), free admission for children up to 6 years of age
You will find the Christmas market on the south-eastern shore of the Grunewaldsee lake. The best way to get there is by public transport and be accompanied back to the bus stop by the night watchmen.
If you come by car, there are a few parking spaces available at the Paulsborn restaurant (Hüttenweg 90).
- Bus: 115, X10, X83 Königin Luise Straße/Clayalle