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Stattmarkt Berlin – An Alternative Christmas Market

Spray Cans from I'm Colors You Inkdians! - Art by Mein Lieber Prost at Stattmarkt at Stattbad Wedding in Berlin

Berlin has a plethora of Christmas Markets (Weihnachtsmärkte) but one market this month offers an alternative to the usual glut of Glühwein stands, Crépes sellers and Christmas gift stalls – so if you’ve had a kitsch overload head to Stattmarkt at Stattbad Wedding.

The Stattbad is a former public baths (Stadtbad) and the Stattmarkt makes clever use of the building’s past – the tiled walls lend themselves to making the most of colourful artwork and there is a light installation by Markus May and Moritz Arnold in the deep end of the pool.

Art by Doppledenk and Light Installation by Matkus May & Moritz Arnold at Stattmarkt at Stattbad Wedding in Berlin

Climbing the stairs from the ground floor to the first floor, with its balcony overlooking the pool, there is a particularly striking piece – I’m Colors, You Inkdians! by Mein Lieber Prost.

I'm Colors You Inkdians! - Art by Mein Lieber Prost at Stattmarkt at Stattbad Wedding in Berlin

Works by $askia (Saskia Hahn) and Emess also caught my eye.

All Seeing Monkey - Art by $askia at Stattmarkt at Stattbad Wedding in Berlin

Art by Emess at Stattmarkt at Stattbad Wedding in Berlin

Still on the first floor, in what appears to be the former changing rooms, was a space curated by Open Walls Itinerant Gallery, who also exhibited at Stroke Urban Art Fair in the summer.

The gallery represents an impressive roster of artists including: Prost, YZ, BR1, Vermibus and ALIAS.

nsd 057 - Art by BR1 at Stattmarkt at Stattbad Wedding in Berlin

nsd 049, nsd 052, nsd 053 - Art by BR1 at Stattmarkt at Stattbad Wedding in Berlin

Painful Past and Bitter Swig - Art by Vermibus at Stattmarkt at Stattbad Wedding in Berlin

Lost By The Sea - Art by ALIAS at Stattmarkt at Stattbad Wedding in Berlin

Descending the stairs, I couldn’t resist stopping to take a snap of a hairdryer, a remnant of the building’s past life.

A hairdryer at Stattbad Wedding in Berlin

It was back on the ground floor that I found my favourite part of the exhibition.  Entering what seemed to be the bowels of the building, with uneven floors and exposed pipework, I encountered artworks and installations perfectly matched to their surroundings.

Postmodernist Deconstructionism - Art by Anton Unai at Stattmarkt at Stattbad Wedding in Berlin

Art by Unknown Artist at Stattmarkt at Stattbad Wedding in Berlin

Sitting - Art by ALIAS at Stattmarkt at Stattbad Wedding in Berlin

And in my final room, I discovered my star of the show – KEN (aka Plotterroboter).  His installation, Behind The Mask, and accompanying paintings were all cleverly executed and artfully lit.

Crouch - Art by KEN (aka Plotterroboter) at Stattmarkt at Stattbad Wedding in Berlin

Behind The Mask - Art by KEN (aka Plotterroboter) at Stattmarkt at Stattbad Wedding in Berlin

Emergency - Art by KEN (aka Plotterroboter) at Stattmarkt at Stattbad Wedding in Berlin

If I’ve failed to convince you to visit, check out this trailer by Markus Küpper, which ALIAS posted on his Facebook page and led to my visit:

So, this December in Berlin, make the most of the traditional Christmas Markets on offer but take some time to seek out the unusual at the Stattmarkt at Stattbad Wedding.

Location, Opening Times and Prices

Stattbad Wedding (Gerichtstrasse 65) – nearest station: S + U Wedding.

Fri 7 to Sun 9 December and Thu 13 to Sun 16 December: 1200 – 1900.

€5 (€3 concessions).

Flohmarkt am Mauerpark – a Berlin Flea Market

The crowd moves through the stalls at the Flohmarkt am Mauerpark (Flea Market) in Berlin on a Sunday

The crowd at the fleamarket at the Mauerpark yesterday was a real mix of the optimistic and the pessimistic.  Some were wearing hotpants, vests, flip flops and sunglasses.  Others were in overcoats, scarves and woolly hats.

For those of you that haven’t been there yet, and if you’re in Berlin on a Sunday I urge you to put that right, the fleamarket at the Mauerpark is a sprawling collection of stalls selling everything from original art and homemade pottery to house clearance junk (one man’s junk is another man’s treasure) and second hand clothes and books.

I came across a stall yesterday, that is either new or I have missed before, selling Lego figures.  There were Harry Potter characters, knights, Red Indians and Star Wars characters galore.  I even spotted Father Christmas and a snowman.

Star Wars Lego figures on sale at a stall at the Flohmarkt am Mauerpark  (Flea Market) in Berlin on a Sunday

Lego figures, including Father Christmas and a Snowman, on sale at a stall at the Flohmarkt am Mauerpark (Flea Market) in Berlin on a Sunday

There are also plenty of stalls selling food and drink (it was a running joke with some recent visitors that you can get beer anywhere in Berlin).

Having experienced Berlin in summer three times I was amazed to walk through the stalls with relative ease during the winter but with the sun nudging the Mercury up on the day the clocks changed it was a different story.

The crowd moves through the stalls at the Flohmarkt am Mauerpark (Flea Market) in Berlin on a Sunday

The Mauerpark was swarming with bargain hunters, people spotters and Sunday strollers.  Those who weren’t thronging the aisles were lazing about on the grass in the shadow of the wall or gathered around the Bear Pit (site of the famous Karaoke sessions that I still haven’t seen) to enjoy the entertainment.

A crowd gathers at The Bear Pit, site of the famous Karaoke, on a Sunday at Mauerpark in Berlin

There were some people being a bit more active: jugglers, swingers and singers.  And a changing cast of characters on the basketball court.

Basketball game on a Sunday at Mauerpark in Berlin

And bearing witness to Berlin’s alternative tendencies a diver was making his way around the crowd.  He was either as mad as a box of frogs or very adept at drawing the attention he craved.  Probably a bit of both, as he seemed a lot happier when he had a crowd gathered around him and was having his photo taken.

The Flohmarkt Frogman moves amongst the crowd at Mauerpark on a Sunday in Berlin

A close up of The Flohmarkt Frogman as he moves amongst the crowd at Mauerpark on a Sunday in Berlin

The Flohmarkt am Mauerpark is held every Sunday (with a few exceptions – check the website) alongside a former strip of no-man’s-land off Bernauer Strasse.

I would definitely include a mooch here on my itinerary for the perfect Sunday in Berlin and if you’ve got the bargain hunting bug you can move on to the nearby Flohmarkt am Arkonoplatz.

For more information on the flea market you might like to read this article on Slow Travel Berlin.  And Zoe gives some insight into the people/style-spotting opportunities on überlin.