Berlin had a lot to live up to it’s expectations i had for her. From my brother to my buddies to just about anyone who’s ever set foot in Berlin – i’ve heard nothing but the best things about this city. So when i landed in cold Berlin weeks before Christmas, i decided to take a deep breath and just let go of all of those expectations, and experience it myself to form my own judgement.
I arrived from Frankfurt by train, and took a tram from the station to the Meininger Hostel where i’d be staying for 2 nights. It was already dark, so technically i’d get just over a day to explore such an important and large city with way too much to soak in. After checking in and dumping my bags, i wasted no time in stepping out to check out the nearest Christmas Market at Roter Ratshaus.
The Berlin Christmas Market, as seen from the Ferris Wheel… What fun, doing this after ages! #Germany #Berlin #germany25reunited #GermanyTourism #market #travel #LivingTraditions #urlaub #reise #Christmas #market #Deutschland #Europe #visitBerlin #weihnachten Video on YouTube: YouTube.com/ExoticGringo
Resisting the urge to follow Google Maps, i decided to practice my German by asking people around for the route to the market. It worked, and i was sipping some hot mulled wine in no time. It was definitely THE most favorite thing about Christmas markets for me 😉
The atmosphere was warm, welcoming and cheery and the moment i saw a giant ferris wheel, i knew i was up for a ride! Plus, it would help me do a quick aerial recce of the area.
That idea paid off (as you can see in the video above!), and i was rewarded with some spectacular views of Berlin by night… including the beautiful Christmas market itself. Before heading back to the hostel, i tried some chocolate coated cashews and currywurst – a form of bratwurst that’s native to Berlin. i have to say, that was the only one thing i did NOT like across my travels in Germany.
Walking back to the hostel, i remembered someone telling me that it’s legal to drink beer in the streets of Berlin so i had to give that a shot! I couldn’t believe what i paid for a 300 ml bottle of really good beer… 70 cents! Perfect way to end the day early, i thought – since i’d be waking up early the next day for a really long day to soak in all that Berlin had to offer in a day.
To be continued…
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