Berlin is one of the most culturally diverse and artistically relevant cities in the world and there is so much to say about this global capital, but we are gonna save all of that for later… because right now we need to focus on the Christmas markets!
This city takes its holiday festivities very seriously, and there are a wide range of Christmas markets for every taste. We visited a few of the markets, and our favorite is the WeihnachtsZauber at the Gendarmenmarkt, located between the famous Konzerthaus and the French Cathedral. Our most feverish holiday expectations were met with joyous Berliners occupying pristine stalls selling Glühwein (hot mulled wine), handmade ornaments, gourmet holiday treats, and everything Christmas and Hanukkah themed. Make no mistake, Santa Claus is definitely coming to this town!
^^^The holiday spirit abounds at this magical marketplace, and we were delighted to see so many festive wares on display in the square. We spent the entire afternoon perusing the stalls and checking out the goods.
^^^We took a break for lunch at the neighboring Augustiner brewery… because so much holiday festivity really works up an appetite for vegetarian spätzle and beer!
^^^There is live Advent and Christmas music performed during the day to warm up the crowd for the evening… when Slayer takes the stage and performs songs from their upcoming Christmas album. At least this is what I was told…
^^^The market becomes even more picturesque at night… maybe it’s just the Glühwein talking but I can’t wait for Christmas! Long live love!