Sunday, 18 January 2015

Day 2 in Berlin

I would love to say that we were up bright eyed and bushy tailed today. Unfortunately we weren’t but we were here to relax so it felt good to lie in for once in a while. 

After consulting our top Berlin Market picks, we decided to go to Alexander Platz first.
We wandered by the river into the Museum quarter (which I’ll have to save for another visit) and stopped in a little coffee shop for a late breakfast.

p.s. That coffee tasted as good as it looked.

It wasn’t until afterwards did we release that this wasn’t Alexander Platz and instead we had stumbled upon Karl Marx market. Luckily we had intended to go here, although probably not in that order.

Karl Marx – One of my favourite markets I think. The little wooden huts are centered around a circular ice rink.

It was here we tried ‘Langos’ a German dough, deep fried and then covered in a variety of toppings.

Can you tell already that these posts are not going to be filled with the healthiest of foods?

We went for a garlic spread (which was amazing) with cheese and ham on the top.

Deliciously unhealthy and very naughty too. Oh well. 

It wasn’t long before the storm clouds gathered and the hail and wind descended upon us.
Unlike some of the other markets, what I particularly liked about this one was they had little German wooden huts, with benches and cosy red blankets that you could snuggle up in and keep warm. 
With a bar in every one, it was a perfect place to shelter from the rain.

After drying off and getting warm again back at the hotel, we planned our evening.
We made our way firstly to the Eisenhower Market which was our top 10 list of Markets. 
Again, it took us a while to find it but when we did our initial reaction was that the market seemed a bit run down and not to our liking.
We couldn’t have got it more wrong. Yes it was very different to any of the other markets but that’s what made it special.

This market felt very family orientated and extremely traditional. There were lots of stalls selling homemade produce, gifts and all kind of sweet treats.
We stopped for a Gluhwein (of course) and noticed families sitting round a fire, cooking fresh bread on sticks. We joined them, not only to keep warm but also to watch the children happily eating their bread by the fire.

It was here I bought myself a rather nice, warm pair of gloves.
Not wanting to miss out on new food – We tried Kartoffelpuffer. 
Deep fried shredded bits of potato covered in sugar with apple sauce on the side. I can’t say I enjoyed this as much as I thought but I’m glad I tried something new.

After a few hours we left this market and made our way closer to the centre of Berlin to go to the Alexander Platz market.
The feel of this market was very different to the one we had just left.
The market was loud and colourful and buzzed with a very different atmosphere.
The bright lights reminded me more of the English Winter Wonderland.

It had a bit more of an arcade feel with rides, colourful signs and loud party music. This seemed more of a tourist market rather a local German speciality but a great one to explore none the less. 

Never the less, we gorged ourselves on nutella covered pancakes, more Gluhwein and probably some of the best mushrooms covered in a garlic sauce I have ever tried.

I would still recommend going to this one but don’t expect it to be as good as some of the other more traditional German Markets.
After quite a busy day, we made our way back to the hotel and spent the rest of the evening relaxing in the Jacuzzi.

A perfect end to a rather chilly but wondferul day in Berlin.

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