After spending the morning wandering through Stadtpark taking photos of the park covered in snow (I’ll upload them tomorrow, I promise) I decided to head into the city to check out the Victorian Christmas Markets that the British consult puts on on the 1st advent weekend every year. Unfortunately, the markets themselves were kinda disappointing as they were full of items that my Grandmother has in her house (think old British china and assorted clutter) and not overly Christmas-y. However, I did buy a Terry’s Orange Chocolate cause I have an extreme weakness for them and I was given some free shortbread biscuits, so it wasn’t a complete waste of time.
I then decided to wander through the Jungerfernsteig Christmas markets on my way to Mönckebergstrasse in order to find some gloves and a scarf. But once I reached Mönckebergstrasse, I stumbled upon not one but two other Christmas markets which, of course, I had to investigate and drink glühwein at, only cause they had really cool commemorative mugs. There was also so much yummy looking food as well, like roasted chestnuts and kartoffelnpuffer, but I decided to refrain and remind myself that these markets will be going all through December so there is heaps of time to try all the different foods on offer. Having no luck finding some gloves and a scarf I liked and being terrified of the crowds in the stores, I headed back to the Rathaus to have a wander through the Christmas markets there. I didn’t last long as it was just way too crowded to even move let alone have a look at what the stalls were selling. I shall have to return one lunchtime or mid-week evening when the crowds are less. Then on the way back to the U-Bahn, I stopped off at the Gänsemarkt christmas markets to get some Schmalzkuchen and also had a brief look at the christmas markets set up along the Colonnade.
In the space of one afternoon, I visited seven separate Christmas markets all within about 10 minutes walking distance from each other. Now, I love Christmas markets, but having that many so close is kinda overkill and way too much of a good thing.