In a city with such cold and long winters as Berlin, the Christmas period is the last celebration of light and warmth before we all hold our breath and wait for the city to defrost – in March, if we’re lucky. And with Christmas markets, lit-up streets, Hanukkah candle lightings, and a myriad of shows, December is arguably one of the most exciting months in Berlin.
This is also a very busy time here at WHERE. For this issue, we spent days window shopping around town to find the best gift ideas for your friends and relatives (p. 16). My favorite of all was the Map of the World book, a collection of modern maps of cities and countries, designed by artists and designers – and which I actually bought for myself.
If you're visiting a Christmas market, which I certainly recommend, do not leave before you've had a Langós (fried dough with vegetables and cheese) or a piece of Baumkuchen, Germany's Christmas cake par excellence, accompanied by a glass of Glühwein, mulled wine with spices served in a mug that you can take home. Christmas markets are a great way to spend a December afternoon, and Berlin has more than 60 to choose from, from nostalgic to contemporary to charity ones. For something a little different, visit the ethnic Christmas market inside the Ethonology Museum in Dahlem: the perfect combination of culture, shopping, and festive spirit.
SOLVEIG STEINHARDT EDITOR, WHERE BERLIN