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Warming up Christmas…

Berlin, December 2014

Berlin is magical during the Christmas time and the weeks before. Not only is the city dressed up in lights and multicolored forms, also the Weihnachtsmärkte, the Christmas markets, spread all over the city. Products of the season welcome happy people, who radiate a special energy on those days; maybe Christmas will not bring us happiness, but for sure the city (every city in the world) will shine and look nicer. Glühwein is, by the way, an ideal partner on these days…

The picture, from, was taken at the breathtaking Christmas market at Gendarmenmarkt square.

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Bitter, aromatic happiness!

Berlin, 1 December 2013

Replies to the question “What did you fancy the most in Berlin?” usually include the East Side Gallery, the Brandenburg Gate, the many parks in town or, from a non-tangible point of view, its fascinating history, noticeable on every corner of the city. Indeed, when back from a trip, we all take a favourite in our backpack of memories.

Travel guides, with limited space, make many eventual favs visible but, at the same time, they keep thousands aside from the visitor’s sight. We at recommend you include in your list of “Not to forget in Berlin” this very special place. Anyone said chocolate? Yumm!

In a corner of Gendarmenmarkt, the most “French-like” square in Berlin, “Fassbender & Rausch” shines in its own right. Far from being an art gallery or the amazing sixth floor of KaDeWe, the department store in Schöneberg, the visitors’ mouth waters in the presence of a hugh variety of tasty, colourful sins. No, it is no art gallery, but it kind of looks like one: through its windows, symbols of Berlin like the Reichstag and the Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church can be seen in chocolate, family size…

The Rausch and the Fassbender, who had been in the business of chocolate since 1863, joined forces in the late 20th century. As a result, the current store at the Charlottenstrasse 60 (U2 Stadtmitte), not just a shop where chocolate can be bought, but also a restaurant and a cafeteria. “Chocolate makes you happy” is the motto at “Fassbender & Rausch”, and no doubt this is true for most of us, isn’t it? Bitter, aromatic happiness!

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Time of Advent… and Glühwein!

Berlin, November 21, 2011

The Weihnachtsmärkte, the Christmas markets, remind us that the Nativity is approaching. In Berlin, most of the markets open starting Nov. 21st. Amongst the most visited ones, the WeihnachtsZauber at Gendarmenmarkt, one of the prettiest squares in town, is a must. Despite the fee of 1 euro (the rest of markets are free), it welcomes over 500,000 visitors every year, offering them not only a wonderful Christmas atmosphere but also live performances on a stage located in front of the Konzerthaus, and of course Glühwein, a not-to-miss at this time of the year.

This at Gendarmenmarkt is only one of the tens the city displays, but not the only one that is worth a visit: the Weihnachtsmarkt vor dem Schloss Charlottenburg, in the gardens of this palace, offers several activities in a programme including music and artistic installations, amongst others. At the Alexanderplatz, the Weihnachtsmarkt vor dem Rotem Rathaus has a ice skating rink around the Neptune Fountain, and also Glühwein, of course!

Less than 200 kilometres away from Berlin, the very old Striezelmarkt makes Dresden well worth a visit, sometime between Nov. 24th and Dec. 24th. Besides the magical atmosphere of one of the oldest Christmas markets in Germany (it takes place since 1434!), the Striezelmarkt is the place to buy and taste the famous Christstolle, a delicious cake originated in the Saxon capital city. The market is located at the Altmarkt, and offers a wide range of activities.

The complete list of Christmas markets in Berlin can be consulted here, and here that with the markets all over Germany!

++The video (in German) offers a stroll through some of the Berliner Weihnachtsmärkte: in Charlottenburg, at the Jewish Museum, inside the Kulturbrauerei and at Alexanderplatz, in front of the city hall.

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