Berlinale City Break

Berlinale City Break

A visit to the Berlin Film Festival is a must. What better way to lift the spirits in the bleak mid-winter. Online tickets go on sale at the beginning of February, but there are always some available a couple of days in advance at the box offices. On the last Sunday of the Festival, after the prizes have been awarded, all the films are shown again. This is the ‘Publikumstag’ when tickets are cheaper and a good opportunity to catch something you might not have chosen to see in the first place. All films have English sub-titles, whatever the original language, and the cinemas are easily accessible on public transport.

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Merry Christmas Markets

Merry Christmas Markets

A German Christmas is something special and Berlin rises to the occasion every year. Throughout December thousands of trees across the city are bedecked with sparkling white lights and the two grand avenues of East and West Berlin, Unter den Linden and Kurfürstendamm, compete for first prize in the illumination stakes. The iconic department store KaDeWe features dazzling decorations and smaller shops make a huge effort with their window displays. At a total of over 80 Christmas Markets the scent of mulled wine and spiced nuts lingers in the air. The only thing missing last weekend was the snow.  (more…)