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Although snow hasn’t reached Berlin yet, when you are out in the city you cannot miss that it’s Christmas time. People may have decorated the trees in their front yards with Christmas balls or electric lights.
The city itself has also done some spectacular decoration with the help of its electricity supplier: The linden trees along the boulevard Unter den Linden are illuminated by 80 km (50 mi) of electric lights.
But back to Berlin! This week I visited the Christmas market at Gendarmenmarkt. Gendarmenmarkt is a square in the center of Berlin, famous for its two cathedrals, the French and the German one, as well as the Konzerthaus. I like this market for its diversity. There are a lot of food stalls which sell typical German Christmas food like Lebkuchen (ginger bread), Marzipan (almond paste) and Bratwurst, but also many many arts and crafts stalls that offer Christmas decorations and unique handmade gifts.
And of course my friends and I couldn’t go without having Glühwein (mulled wine)! Many Germans just go to Christmas markets in order to enjoy this seasonal drink. Glühwein is usually prepared from red wine, which is heated and spiced with cinnamon, clove, lemon zest and star anise. Delicious!