Today is the official start of the Christmas season in Berlin. The Christmas Markets are open – Weihnachtsmarkt
Christmas markets are a long-held tradition in Germany. Berlin has over 60 markets. Christmas markets are held from late November through Christmas.
First, we headed over to Europa Center. As we were a day early, all the stalls were closed. A German woman explained to us that the stores were closed and we should come back tomorrow. Guess we looked liked tourists.
Yesterday, we went looking for some early Christmas decorations – as it was Sunday, the stores are all closed – so we headed over to Bikini Berlin to grab coffee at Einstein’s and mingle among the tourists. The recently refurbished Bikini re-opened over the summer and features some high-end retailers and POP UP retail concepts. Next to one of the Einstein’s , I believe there are two – one at each end, is a large plate glass window that overlooks the baboon pit in the Berlin Zoo. My three year-old enjoyed the Zoo Christmas themed decorations and all of the fake snow.
Sunday at the Bikini offered plenty of space to burn off a little energy, take in the decorations and grab a coffee. All in all, not a bad afternoon in Berlin.
Bikini Berlin Christmas
Concept Mall – Shopping Experiences for tomorrow´s urban society
BIKINI BERLIN, the revitalised destination in the City West, combines aspects of life like work, relaxation, accommodation and entertainment with unconventional shopping experiences. BIKINI BERLIN – which is so very different from regular shopping centres – sees itself as a concept mall, a compilation of carefully curated and coordinated boutiques, concept and flagship stores, as well as gastronomy offers and service providers. Instead of branches of ubiquitous chain stores, on the lower three floors of the Bikinihaus visitors will discover numerous retail stores that have not yet been fully established in Berlin or the rest of Germany. With this individually coordinated offer, the Concept Mall, a name coined by BIKINI BERLIN, is aimed at a trend and style-conscious international audience with high standards when it comes to quality and shopping experience. Integral parts of the Concept Mall of BIKINI BERLIN are the modular BIKINI BERLIN BOXES and the SUPERNOVA store concept.
BIKINI BERLIN BOXES
The highlight of the architectural design can be found to the rear of the Bikinihaus and covers an area of 7000 square metres: the freely accessible, green rooftop terrace, on a two-storey new build facing the Zoological Garden. Below the terrace, which serves as a green oasis in the middle of the city, is the BIKINI BERLIN POOL with a total area of 3300 square metres. This area is home to a total of nineteen BIKINI BERLIN BOXES for varying, short-term tenants: flexible modular systems made from wood, which are available in five sizes between 19 and 39 square metres and have a purposely minimalistic design. This understatement leaves maximum scope for the ideas of the respective tenants and turns the spotlight onto the ideas and products that can be presented here with comparably low cost and a high level of flexibility. The BIKINI BERLIN POOL also includes an adaptable event area that will appeal to additional visitors with different events and exhibitions.