Are you looking for special and original presents? In such case this might be the right place.

dsc_0267For many years the cultural event Markt der Kontinente has been a real highlight for me and many other people in Berlin during the short and dark days before midwinter’s solistice, starting this year quite early on 19 November 2016. This unique market before Christmas will now occur the 20th time and in the time being also the last time due to the relocation of the Ethnological Museum from the old museum complex at Berlin-Dahlem to the actually being erected Humboldt Forum in the very centre of Berlin scheduled for 2019.

At the Bahia stand © Achim Kleuker

Guide of children in the museum © Achim Kleuker

It is the only Christmas market in town where you can buy in a cosy ambience varied clothes, gorgeous spices, small and big items for diverse purposes, bizarre art and colorful handcrafts from all over the world accompanied by a diversified cultural program (workshops), concerts and special children’s activities each day. The atmosphere is a little bit like strolling around an oriental bazar somewhere else in the world, so this market offers the unique possibility to plunge into a real melting pot of far-away impressions and near-by expressions.

dsc_0263Detail of handcraft from Peru

Markt der Kontinente has a special focus on products being produced locally in the respective countries in order to support such local community projects.  The whole event will take place during 4 weekends starting 19 November 2016, and the motto for this year is ‘Journey around the world in eight days’. So each weekend the attention will be drawn on a different continent of our unique world as follows:

Sat 19 Nov | Sun 20 Nov | Europe
Sat 26 Nov | Sun 27 Nov | Asia
Sat 03 Dec | Sun 04 Dec | America
Sat 10 Dec | Sun 11 Dec | Africa

Opening times: Market 11 a.m. –7 p.m.
Museum exhibition: 11 a.m. –6 p.m.
Concerts: 1 p.m. / 3 p.m. / 5:30 p.m.
Music workshops: 2 p.m. / 4 p.m.

mdk_arpirellasSouth-American patchwork from Peru

mdk_schalen_aus_asien_c_ruth_hundsdoerferBowls from Asia © Ruth Hundsdörfer

Adress: Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Lansstr. 8, Berlin-Dahlem
near subway station Dahlem-Dorf / bus line M11 or X83

Entrance fee: 8 € / 4 € reduced rate / under 18 free of charge
(includes admission to market, exhibition, workshops and concerts)

Do not miss it, if you should be in town.

dsc_0258Batik patterned cloth from Ghana

Markt der Kontinente is a cooperation project by ‘Staatliche Museen Berlin’ and ‘Freunde des Ethnologischen Museums’. Related links and some more detailed information in German language here / Infos, Links und weitere Details in deutscher Sprache hier:


Author: urban liaisons

I like travelling through the diverse realities and cultures of this world not only as a tourist. So this may also happen by simply imaginating the hidden rivers and caves of consciousness where postmodern nomads are crossing wide endless landscapes leading to a dream of no-where. My favourite areas are deserts like the sahara or high mountains, as in these empty terrestric regions the far-away horizon and sky is no limit anymore but a possible gate to inspiration and freedom. Posts will be published normally in English, but whenever appropriate also only in my mother tongue German. Unless otherwise mentioned or individually specified (for example by naming the author, artist, etc.) all texts, photos and/or graphic illustrations in this blog are subject to © urban liaisons (which may please be respected).


  1. A nice post mein freund. Taking advantage (I am going to Colombia on Monday and will out of the blogosphere for a little while) Joyeux Noël and a fantastic nieuwe jahr…
    That was Dutch. My bad. Neujahr… 😉

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      1. I’m glad. Though after the Paris killings in November 2015, after calling all friends and family who were al right (with one very close call) I realized, that all the fallen were actually “distant relatives”. Same applies for the Berliner Volke. And yes, we cannot give up. Take care.

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