12.24.2015
lifestyle

Magical Christmas Food Porn From Berlin

Berlin is tripping right now because Winter hasn’t really hit. Normally, we might even have snow already, justifying the mug after mug of Glühwein at the Christmas markets. But people are still sitting outside restaurants and cafés. I can’t remember a winter in my ten years here when I was still cycling in December—sometimes it’s barely even possible to walk on the ice and snow, let alone cycle. The sun is even out, which is unheard of for Berlin winter. The gray rolls in around November and doesn’t disperse until about April. It’s a thing.

Nonetheless, the temptations of the Christmas market, called WeihnachtsZauber (Christmas Magic), are still irresistible. The food selection at the Christmas markets is an array of greasy, gooey, dough-y, boozy goodness: Bratwurst, pretzels, cheeses, waffles, cakes, candied fruits and nuts, beer, mulled wine and hot baked-apple cider. Quarkbällchen; raclette; baumkuchen—you just can’t help yourself.

One of the most popular seasonal food fairs in Berlin takes place at Gendarmenmarkt, a 17th century market square in Mitte, Berlin. The square is famous for its "ensemble" of architectural buildings—simply called the French Church, German church and the Konzerthaus. These buildings were largely destroyed in WWII, but restorations were completed in 1994. The Gendarmenmarket WeihnachtsZauber runs until 31 December, with a big celebration party for a “Guten Rutscht!” into the New Year with live music and celebrations.

There are many Christmas markets across Berlin, Alexanderplatz hosts a funfair style festival, and the Lucia fest in Kulturbrauerei is a Scandinavian influenced market with Swedish Christmas songs, Nordic traditions and offerings, and even a whirligig.

Naturally, no one is about to let all this festive feeding end on Christmas Day.

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