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Prepare for the Winter – Vabali Super Spa

Wednesday, November 26th, 2014

Hey Friends,

 

Berliners know that Berlin only has a 2 seasons, Summer and Winter. Now the time has come. The summer finally saied goodbye to Berlin, the nights are getting longer and the days are getting shorter. And as if that wouldn’t be enough, it’s also getting colder. The Winter in Germany is known to be grey and veeeery cold. The coldest ever measured temperature in Germany was -37,8°C somewhere in Bavaria. Fortunately it doesn’t get as cold here in Berlin. The coldest night measured in Berlin was -24°C in 2012. Not as cold as Bavaria, but still very cold.

 

So how do Berliners survive this cold and dark season?! Here are some suggestions on how to make it through the winter.

 

1. dress properly

 

Like my grandmother said when i was a little boy, “dress like an onion”. Try to wear at least 5 layer of clothes. Vest, shirt, sweater, cardigan and jacket. 2 pair of socks, a pair of thermo underpants and some pants. Gloves, scarf and a hat. (i recommend to put your socks and underwear on the heating before you wear it) Now as you wear 7 kilos of clothes you probably look like that….

 

winter_baby                                  foto (www.markt.de)

 

2. Relax in a Spa

 

Whats better than lean back and enjoy the heat of a sauna when it is cold and grey outside?! Right! A massaga just after the sauna. :D Berlin offers various places to relax and escape from the cold. One very special Spa is the “Vabali premium Spa” close by the Berlin Hauptbahnhof (Hbf). There you can feel free to enjoy their spacious sauna area with soothing salt, honey, and fruit aromatherapy, numerous pools and relaxation areas, harmoniously-designed massage and wellness treatment premises.

 

spa 2                                  foto (www.vabali.de)

 

Vabali premium Spa

 

3. Spend some time at the Christmas Market

 

So you are wrapped in lots of clothes and relaxed after sauna. Now you are just missing a hot and stong “Glühwein” (mulled wine). During this time of the year you can find them pretty much anywhere. But they taste best at the christmas markets. I recommend to visit the one at “Gendarmenmarkt”. It is known to be the most beautiful christmas market. Close by the museum island. It’s nice and cosy. Good food, some little shows at their stage and many little shops that sell homemade thingies. if you prefer to visit an action christmas market, then go to Alexanderplatz. Here you will find roller coasters, shooting stands, bumper car and many more attractions. But be careful with your bags! Unfortunately it is the most profitable time for pickpockets.

 

weihmarkt              foto (www.schopaholic.livejournal.com)

 

Christmas Market at Gendarmenmarkt

 

How to Prevent Being Pickpocketed

 

have a good winter time here in Berlin!… :D


Brace yourself, winter’s coming! Christmas markets in Berlin

Tuesday, October 15th, 2013

and here we go again: the almost complete list of all Christmas markets in Berlin

for all of you who need a little bit more a link to all

and here in English

Christmas Markets Berlin 2013

1.    Christmas market at Kollwitzplatz
02.12; 09.12; 16.12; 23.12.2013
Ökomarkt Kollwitzplatz, Kollwitzplatz
10405, Prenzlauer Berg
from 12.00 to 19.00
Organic Christmas market, Sundays only
2.    Lucia Christmas Market
25.11.2013 – 22.12.2013
Kulturbrauerei, Knaackstraße 97, 10435, Prenzlauer Berg
from Monday to Friday from 15.00 to 22.00
Saturday & Sunday from 13.00 to 22.00
Family-friendly Christmas market with daily cultural program
3.    Organic Christmas Market
01.12; 02.12; 08.12; 09.12; 15.12; 16.12; 22.12; 23.12.2013
Sophienstraße, Mitte
from 12.00 to 19.00
Christmas market with arts and crafts, organic products
4.    Berlin Christmas Tide Market
25.11.2013 – 29.12.2013
Platz vor dem Roten Rathaus (Berliner Rathaus), 10178, Mitte,
from Monday to Friday from 12.00 to 22.00
Saturday- Sunday from 11.00 to 22.00
24.12: closed
25.12; 26.12: from 11.00 to 21.00
Arts and crafts, up market snacks and food, traditional roundabouts for children and many more attractions

5.    Christmas Magic at
Gendarmenmarkt
25.11.2013 – 31.12.2013
Gendarmenmarkt, 10117, Mitte,
Daily from 11.00 to 22.00
Traditional Christmas goodies, delicious culinary delights, upmarket arts and crafts and a cultural program. Admission 1€.
6.    Christmas Market at Alexanderplatz
25.11.2013 – 6.1.2013
Alexanderplatz, 10178, Mitte
daily from 10.00 to 22.00
Christmas stalls, large ice-rink and daily program for the whole family
7.    Christmas Market at the Opernpalais
25.11.2013 – 26.12.2013
Opernpalais, Unter den Linden 5, 10117 Berlin, Mitte
from Monday to Thursday from 12.00 to 21.30
Friday to Saturday from 11.00 to 22.30
Sunday from 11.00 to 21.30
24.12: closed
25.12; 26.12: from 11.30 to 21.00
Small nostalgic market with arts and crafts and Christmas music program
8.    The Big Berlin Christmas Market
25.11.2013 – 23.12.2013
Alexanderstraße von Jannowitzbrücke bis Alexanderplatz, 10178, Mitte,
from Monday to Friday from 13.00 to 22.00
Saturday & Sanday from 10.00 to 22.00
24.12: closed
9.    Weihnachtsmarkt an der Kaiser-Wilhelm-Gedächtniskirche
25.11.2012 – 01.01.2013
from Sunday to Thursday
from 11.00 to 21.00
Friday & Saturday
from 11.00 to 22.00
10.    Winter World at Potsdamer Platz
Christmas market:
03.11.2012 – 04.01.2013
daily from 10.00 to 22.00
Advent Saturdays : from 10.00 to 24.00
24.12. from 10.00 to 16.00
Closed on 18.11 and 25.11
Potsdamer Platz, 10785 , Tiergarten
11.    Christmas Market at the
Schloss Charlottenburg
25.11.2013 – 26.12.2013
Platz vor dem Schloss
Charlottenburg, Charlottenburg
from Monday to Thursday from 14.00 to 22.00
from Friday to Sunday from 12.00 to 22.00
24.12: closed
Large and romantic Christmas market with craftwork, culinary delights, a music programme and children’s activities in front of the illuminated castle
12.    Spandau Christmas market
25.11.2013 – 23.12.2013
Altstadt Spandau, 13597, Spandau
Monday to Thursday from 11.00 to 20.00
Friday from 11.00 to 21.00
Saturday from 11.00 to 22.00
Sunday from 11.00 to 20.00
with craftspeople, show program and gastronomy Place

13.    Christmas market at
Winterfeldtplatz
02.12; 09.12; 16.12; 23.12.2013
Winterfeldtplatz, Winterfeldtplatz  10785, Schöneberg,
from 11.00 to 19.00
Christmas products and arts and craft
14.    Alt-Rixdorf Christmas market
07.12.2013 – 09.12.2013
Richardplatz, Berlin, Neukölln
Friday from 17.00 to 21.00
Saturday from 14.00 to 21.00
Sunday from 14.00 to 20.00
Nostalgic Christmas market
15.    Christmas market Alt Köpenick
07.12.2013 – 16.12.2013
Köpenicker Altstadt, 12555, Köpenick
Monday to Friday.:from 14.00 to 20.00;
Saturday and Sunday: from 12.00 to 20.00
Christmas products and arts and crafts
16.    Märchenhafter Weihnachtmarkt am Jagdschloss Grunewald
08.12.2013 & 09.12.2013
Jagdschloss Grunewald
from 11.00 to 19.00