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Winter Film Festival and Winter Magic in the Nikolaiviertel

Christmas market in Berlin from 11 November 2022 to 01 January 2023

“A Feuerzangenbowle has quite a kick! Not because of the hangover. That’s another story. A Feuerzangenbowle is not exactly a punch. It’s something between a drink and witchcraft. Beer sinks into the legs, wine stays on the tongue, liquor crawls into the brain. A Feuerzangenbowle, however, enters into your mind. Smooth and warm, it envelops the soul, takes away the heaviness of the earth and dissolves everything into mist and fog.” – Heinz Rühmann

This year again, until after Christmas, everything revolves around the Feuerzangenbowle – from a cinematic and culinary point of view – around the square at the Nikolaikirche. Three times a day in the Nikolaiviertel you can enjoy the film classic with Heinz Rühmann and other great movies on comfortable sofas and armchairs free of charge.

Savour the taste of the traditional Feuerzangenbowle...

Make sure to have a cup of Feuerzangenbowle in your hand while watching Die Feuerzangenbowle. Traditionally, the high-proof hot drink is prepared from red wine and fine spices in a large copper kettle. Three burning sugar loaves soaked with rum drip the melting sugar into the warming punch.
Does your surname happen to be Pfeiffer - with three f’s? Then you are the guest of honour at the Winter Film Festival in the Nikolaiviertel and every hour you get a cup of Feuerzangenbowle for free, inspired by the film.

Berlin’s cosiest winter market

Nostalgic little wooden huts and Christmas lighting around the entire Nikolaikirchplatz, curling and all kinds of culinary delicacies make a visit to Berlin’s most cosy winter market perfect for the whole family.

Stress-free Christmas stroll in the Nikolaiviertel

The welcoming pedestrian zone in the historic heart of Berlin with its small shops and cafés also invites you on a stress-free Christmas stroll. From handicrafts from the Ore Mountains to antiques, an art gallery, jewellery, fashion, tea specialities and decorations, to fabrics and soap art. There is a lot to discover here.

Family day

Sunday is family day at the Winter Film Festival and Winter Magic in the Nikolaiviertel. At 2:00 pm you can watch traditional children’s films as a family. 

Highlights of the Winter Film Festival and Winter Magic in the Nikolaiviertel

  • Die Feuerzangenbowle film classic
  • Feuerzangenbowle punch
  • Curling
  • Open until after Christmas
  • Free Feuerzangenbowle for guests with the surname Pfeiffer

Our tips for your visit to the Winter Film Festival and Winter Magic in the Nikolaiviertel

Get comfortable and watch the film over a cup of Feuerzangenbowle and then visit the Berliner Cathedral, Museum Island or any of the other numerous sights in Mitte. Bring your friends whose surname is Pfeiffer to get a free cup of Feuerzangenbowle every hour! Make sure to have a good look round the Nikolaiviertel, it’s perfect for a stress-free Christmas stroll and you will almost forget that you’re actually in Berlin.

Opening hours and entrance fees

  • Date: 11 November 2022 to 01 January 2023
  • Film: Monday to Friday 14:30, 17 and 19:30
  • Opening hours: daily 12 pm - 10 pm
  • Admission is free


The Winter Film Festival takes place in front of the Nikolaikirche in Berlin’s historic heart, the Nikolaiviertel. We recommend travelling by public transport.

  • Bus: 248, M48, N42 Nikolaiviertel & 248, M48, N8, N40, N42, N65 Berlin Rathaus (town hall)
  • S-Bahn (overground train): S3, S5, S7, S9, S75 Alexanderplatz
  • U-Bahn (underground train): U2 station Klosterstraße & U2, U5, U8 Alexanderplatz


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