I’m in Germany at Christmastime, you know what that means…
Charlottenberg is a district in west Berlin, home to Charlottenberg Palace and a lot of white people. It’s not so politically correct but it’s true. Charlottenberg has always been wealthy – originally an independent city before being made part of Greater Berlin in 1920 then situated deep into the British sector after the war.
It’s not far from where I’m living so we decided to make our way over and soak up a real German Christmas market. We have them in the UK as well, a vague attempt to copy the Germans at extortionate prices, but nothing is quite like the real thing.
My first priority was to find something big and doused in chocolate. This chocolate-covered apple made me wonder why I don’t make a batch to keep at home. Shota, on the other hand, needed something warm.
We decided against mulled wine (Glühwein) since we’d already had some beautiful Georgian wine at lunchtime… ‘Tis the season!
Actually, I’m in the process of making a website for our Georgian wines, so if you fancy a bottle or two just let me know! They’ve won many awards and are quite unlike anything you might have tried before.
We strolled around some more, observing the slightly tipsy Germans let loose and dance to a brass band.
Although I couldn’t take my eyes off the stalls and how unbearably cosy they all looked!
Shota finally found wurst, which was surprisingly the same price as Curry 36.
Whereas I’d already finished my apple so started eyeing-up the handmade stuff…
It was unbearably cold by this point, but I’m glad we went past this guy just before leaving. He was selling hand-crafted fountain pens, one of the more impressive stalls against rows of souvenirs and jewelry.
… And finally a Finnish fish stall, because why not?
We had to retreat to the car as it was just so cold, and already nearly 10pm. The Weihnachtsmarkts around Berlin stay open pretty much all day, every day, but there are a few which are known for being especially good, Charlottenberg being one of them.
Hopefully I didn’t make you too hungry! Have you been to a German Christmas market? Or maybe you even have some in your town?