Also see our feature Christmas Customs in Austria, Germany and Switzerland and our Berlin City Guide.
Christmas Photo 4
A view of the Deutscher Dom from the Gendarmenmarkt Christmas market in Berlin. The “German dome” (never a cathedral), first constructed in 1708 and modified in 1785, today houses a museum. PHOTO © Hyde Flippo
Christmas Photo 5
Alexanderplatz – Alexa
A giant golden Christmas tree adorns Berlin’s Alexa shopping center on Alexanderplatz in what used to be East Berlin. PHOTO © Hyde Flippo
Christmas Photo 6
Checkpoint Charlie 1
A Christmas tree graces the former Allied border crossing at the Berlin Wall, now the site of a museum (on left) dedicated to the history of attempts to escape from East Berlin. This view is looking south along Friedrichstraße into former West Berlin from the approximate point where the Wall once stood. PHOTO © Hyde Flippo
• Read more about Christmas Customs in Germany, Austria and Switzerland.
• See more Berlin Christmas photos on the next page.
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AT THE GERMAN WAY
- Christmas Customs in Germany, Austria and Switzerland – An overview of Christmas traditions
- Christmas from A to Z – German Christmas traditions and terms
- Christmas Markets in Germany and Europe – An overview of the top Weihnachtsmärkte in Germany, Austria and Switzerland
- Advent and Christmas – The “arrival”
- A German Advent Calendar – Daily Christmas facts starting on Dec. 1 (in season)
- German Christmas Carols – Lyrics in German and English
- Christmas in the USA and Germany – A comparison chart
- Barbarazweig – The legend and the Christmas custom
- Epiphany and the Sternsinger – January 6 in the Germanic Christmas tradition
- Erntedank (“harvest thanksgiving”) or Erntedankfest in Germany and Austria is different from the American Thanksgiving tradition.
- St. Nicholas – The many German St. Nicks
- Thomas Nast created the modern Santa image.
- The Christmas Pickle Ornament – Is it really a German Christmas tradition?
- Glass Ornaments – a history
- Silent Night (Stille Nacht) – Our “Silent Night” page has the true story and related links.
- Holidays and Celebrations in Austria, Germany and Switzerland