Berlin is home to more than 60 Christmas markets, from the traditional kitsch fest to hipster flea markets full of handmade goodies. Most are open from late November to the end of December. The Gendarmenmarkt Christmas Market is a classic cuckoo-clocks-and-wursts affair, with the opulent architecture of the square providing a Teutonic ambience. The Alt-Rixdorfer Christmas Market takes place every year on the historic Richardplatz in Neukölln during the second Advent weekend; it's a charming alternative to the more central and well-known markets.
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