Just Weihnachtsmarkt Things

We had a visitor on the start of this year’s advent and we thought, what better way to see Berlin this time of the year than with all the sparkling lights of the most visited Weihnachtsmärkte (Christmas Markets) in the city?


Locals have told me that the Weihnachtsmarkt in the front yard of Charlottenburg Palace has got to be the most charming one in the city. Just see for yourself!

A hot cup of Lumumba (hot chocolate with a shot of rum) from Weihnachtsmarkt vor dem Schloss Charlottenburg

And this ridiculously big sparkling tree in front of the casino near Potsdamer Platz.


And to all Filipinos out there who can’t be home for Christmas, there’s this booth (located at the corner closest to KFC) at Weihnachtsmarkt an der Kaiser-Wilhelm-Gedächtniskirche to help with the homesickness. But this of course also goes to everyone out there who wants a taste of Filipino cuisine. Please try the Banana Balls!

Family Weekend in and around Berlin

We started October with a long weekend here in Germany, one that also happens to be my dear mum’s birthday weekend, so the family (all coming from the 6-hour-drive-away, North-Rhine Westphalia) decided to spend it here in our dear city.


We, too, as fairly new Berliners, have used this chance to see the places we should have already seen by then. One no-brainer is of course our city’s TV-Tower (Fernsehturm) in Alexanderplatz. It’s hard to miss this famous landmark and even the rest of the family has been to Alexanderplatz many times before but none of us had ever actually made it up the tower. Unfortunately, we have just about picked out the worst weather to go up because it was really foggy and we barely saw anything other than the cloud we were stuck in. I’m not even going to bother with pictures. 🙂

Entrance to TV Tower: 14€ per person

Park Sanssouci – Potsdam

The next day, the sky has cleared up nicely so we went to Sanssouci Park in Potsdam. This one’s a real treat and there’s no entrance fee for the park itself, and it’s HUGE. There are individual fees for each site if you wish to enter them but we just walked around and looked at them from outside.

We really were in luck with the weather

Himmelspagode – Hohen Neuendorf, Brandenburg

And for more of mum’s birthday celebration, we had a nice feast in Himmelspagode, this enormous Chinese restaurant built in a very unlikely location, in Hohen Neuendorf, Brandenburg.