Berlin, Germany

The Core Four was at it again – this time to the magical, Christmas-y Deutschland.  I’ve said it many times before, but I just adore Germany and German culture.  Since we moved to London, Berlin has been up at the top of my list for cities to visit, and somehow, it just hasn’t happened yet!  But the time finally came and it was well worth the wait.

Overall, I loved Berlin.  It’s a fantastic city.  It’s big, but not too big.  Modern, but still has a ton of character.  Lots to see and do.  Fantastic bars and restaurants.  Friendly locals. Oh yeah, and they had a great Christmas market!

We flew into Berlin late Friday night.  I love cities where the airport is super close and convenient to the city centre.  It was the easiest 30 min. bus ride into town and just a 5 min. walk to our hotel!  We hit up a local bar for some cocktails then went to bed in anticipation for a long day of sightseeing on Saturday.

We spent Saturday morning doing our own walking tour.  We clocked about 6 miles walking around seeing: Checkpoint Charlie, Potsdamer Platz,  the Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe and the Brandenburger Tor.

Lunch on Saturday was a special treat.  A few years ago when Dan and I visited San Diego, we went to Stone Brewing Co for dinner one night.  It was one of the coolest breweries we’ve ever been to and is a really cool company overall.  Since then, we’ve followed the brewery on Facebook and have enjoyed their cookbooks and beer brewing books.  Just about the time we booked our trip to Berlin, we saw on their Facebook page they were going to open a Berlin brewing facility and restaurant.  Lucky for us, they opened last month and we were able to go!  And once again, they did not disappoint!  Fantastic, unique space and more importantly, really good beer and food!

After a long lunch and beer tasting, we headed over to Alexanderplatz to explore the Christmas markets!  We sipped on Gluhwine while wandering around picking up our final gifts for family and friends.  We even took a trip on the ferris wheel!  I’ve not been to close to ten different Christmas markets throughout Germany and Eastern Europe.  My favourites still remain Munich, Vienna and Innsbruck.

We had a fantastic dinner that evening at a local, traditional German restaurant, Zur Letzen Instanz.

We spent our Sunday checking off the remaining sites on our list:  Museum Island, Berliner Dom and the Berlin Wall Memorial.  We even had some extra time to stop back into the Christmas market for one last lap around.  (I was even able to snag this FANTASTIC fur headband at this adorable antique market!)

Yay for Berlin! Another amazing German city.  I can’t wait to keep exploring more of Germany and improving meine Deutsche! And I can’t express it enough to lucky we are to have Kent and Erin over here with us.  We just LOVE travelling and exploring with them!

We’re in London for the next two weeks (shocking).  We have our 5th Annual Glaser Christmas Party next weekend, then we’re off to Iceland with the Ives for a week to celebrate Christmas!

Prost!

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