Discovering the history of Potsdam at seven Christmas Markets
Christmas in Potsdam has a special charm all of its own. Advent delicacies glimpsed between 18th century weavers’ houses, horse-drawn sleigh trips on the Crown Estate of Bornstedt, traditional handicrafts in the Dutch Quarter. In Potsdam the Christmas markets are cleverly interwoven with history and the various historic backdrops.
The Nowawes Colony for Bohemian weavers was set up under Frederick the Great. This is where, in what is the present-day district of Babelsberg, visitors will find the Bohemian Christmas Market with its traditional handicrafts and typical Advent treats, tucked away among a charming cluster of weavers’ houses dating back to the 18th century. There is an opening event with the christal fairy and a long mulled wine night. Opening times: 01.-10.12., fridays 5: pm until 10: p.m, saturdays, 11: am until 10: pm and sundays 11: am until 6: pm.
On the second weekend of Advent, the Potsdam Sternenmarkt will take place in the courtyard of the Coach House on the Neuer Markt in Potsdam’s historic city centre. Over the period when this Christmas encounter with Poland takes place, traders representing our neighbours to the east will be plying their wares in the form of handicrafts and specialities. In the courtyard of the Coach House, Polish artists and craftsmen will be selling their products from around 40 stalls. Opening times: 01.12. 4: pm until 8: pm, 02.12. 11: am until 8: pm, 03.12. 11: am until 7:pm. Entrance fee 3 Euros, children and young people up to 14 years of age have free admission.