And my final stop, Berlin. I had visited Berlin this summer, so I had done the “major” sites. I enjoyed it enough to want to go back to visit. And well you already know of my love of Christmas Markets.
I arrived in Berlin by train from Dresden. Again with the laziness, I took a taxi to my hotel, Grand Hyatt Berlin. That lucky taxi driver is now the owner of my Ipod. Yes I still carry an Ipod and all I have to say on the matter, is mind your business. (Yes I mean you, Whitney and Kevin)
This summer I used the Hop on Hop off bus for all my transportation needs, because it was easy. This trip I decided to walk around because according to the map the sites were close by. Which was probably true, but it was COLD. So first stop? Yep, you guessed it, Gluhwein and a Bratwurst.
There are over 100 Christmas Markets in Berlin. There was no way I was going to hit 100, but I figured I could visit some of the majors. I started in Potsdamer Platz as it was right next to my hotel. It’s claim to fame is that is has snow hill for tubing.
I then headed over to Weihnachtszauber at the Gendarmenmarkt, which is probably my all time favorite market.
Gluhwein, Langos, Hot Belgium Waffles….. Magical…….
I did manage to do some actual siteseeing, in between eating and drinking. I booked a early tour of the Reichstag. And given that I still had not mastered the train/tram/bus system, I walked. It was cold, but I got to see a not crowded Brandenburg Gate.
I checked out the Topography of Terror and then the Jewish Museum. They had a interesting special exhibit on circumcision, Snip/it!
And finally back to the Christmas Markets, I finally had to breakdown to get a tram/train ticket. I visited the markets at Alexanderplatz, Kaiser Wilheim Church and Charlottenburg Palace. They were all quite nice, but the winner is still the one at Gendarmenmarkt.
I will be heading back again, no question. And with that I say Auf Wiedersehen