Attention fashionistas: Supermodels, designers, and paparazzi flock to Berlin during the Mercedes Benz Berlin Fashion Week, which takes place from January 14-16 this year and promises many A - list sightings.
Fashion shows, parties, and receptions turn the city into a catwalk, proving that Germany's capital of cool can hold its own among international fashion cities like Milan, Paris, or New York. Along with big-name designers such as Vivienne Westwood, Marc Jacobs, and Calvin Klein, the Berlin Fashion Week is especially famous for its young up-and-coming designers and the stars of tomorrow.
Models, Actors, Musicians - if you are star-struck in Berlin, find out more about the favorite hangouts of international celebs in Berlin: Where Celebrities Like to Party in Berlin
What's on in Germany in January? Bundle up if you travel to Germany this month - temperatures are freezing right now, but you'll be rewarded with low rates, fewer crowds, and some great German events and festivals. Here is what's happening in Germany in January, from sports and glamour, to fashion, and food.
More Events in Germany in 2014
If your New Year's resolution is to work out more, you can start right way: Take part in the Berlin New Year's Run (2.5 mile long), which starts at the iconic Brandenburg Gate and leads you past many famous Berlin sights. No reservations required, kids are welcome, and donations are appreciated.
(Photo by René Erhardt)
If you spend the turn of the year in Berlin, make this night a memorable one and welcome 2014 at the buzzing New Year's Eve Party at the Brandenburg Gate. The German capital throws one of the biggest open-air parties in the world; with more than a million people swinging into the New Year, the Berlin party even tops the festivities of New York and London.
So shake off the old year and celebrate Silvester German style under the stars, with music, dancing, laser shows, and spectacular fireworks. You can celebrate all night long - the Berlin New Year's Eve Party lasts until the wee hours of the next morning
Another great (and very relaxed) New Year's Eve celebration is taking place on every German street, in every German city; join the locals who spill into the streets at midnight, bring some champagne, join the countdown, and wish a Guter Rutsch. Marvel at the many fireworks in the night sky, or shoot of your own rockets - you can buy fireworks in every German supermarket.
(Photo by http://silvester-berlin.de)
We are curious - how do you spend your New Year´s Eve in Germany? Do you celebrate at a New Year's Eve open-air event? Dance the night away in a club? Go to a restaurant, a glitzy gala or a concert? There are many great ways to welcome the New Year - Please share your favorite one with us here.
(Photo by http://silvester-berlin.de)
Tomorrow is the big day, or better, the big evening in Germany: The highlight of the holiday season is Holy Eve on December 24th. German Children usually don't get to see the illuminated Christmas tree until tomorrow evening (parents secretly decorate the tree with ornaments and lights, often on the afternoon of the 24th). Presents are exchanged, and many people visit a Christmas mass. A traditional German Christmas dinner is "Weihnachtsgans", goose, often served with dumplings and red cabbage.
December 25th and 26th are both federal holidays; shops and offices are closed, and families concentrate on the most important things in life; visiting friends, relaxing, watching a Christmas movie, and eating hearty food.
I wish you all "Frohe Weihnachten" - merry Christmas!
Are you spending Christmas in Germany? Let us know how you are celebrating. Please leave a comment in the section below.
It's high time to get my Christmas shopping done, and I am planning a shopping spree this weekend, which will hopefully turn out to be a treat in itself: The founders of one of Berlin's hippest flea markets are organizing a Christmas Market called Neukölln Flowmarket, where international designers offer arts, crafts, vintage, fashion and jewellery. The market is indoors, there will be Djs and live acts, and of course many food stands with waffles, cookies, and hot Glühwein. See you there?
- When: December 14 and 15, 2013
- Where: Umspannwerk, Kreuzberg, Ohlauerstr. 43, 10999 Berlin
- Admission: 3 Euros (including welcome gift)
Holidays in Berlin
The Christmas Market in Dresden has many superlatives - it is the oldest Christmas fair in Germany, displays the world's tallest nutcracker and celebrates the "Stollen Festival"with the biggest Christmas bread in the known universe. Get ready for a super-cake, weighing 4 tons and measuring 13 feet in length.
The annual Stollen Festival takes place this Saturday, December 7th. Before you try a bite of this culinary masterpiece, watch the traditional procession of hundreds of bakers and pastry chefs, who will carry the giant Stollen through the baroque Old Town of Dresden. At the Christmas market, the Stollen will be cut with a special 3 feet long silver-plated knife, and then sold to hungry visitors.
And what is the Super-Stollen made of? - 1.5 tons of flour, 1.000 pounds of sugar, 1.700 pounds of butter, 11 gallons of rum, and 2.5 million raisins.
Dresden Travel Tips:
I have a very sweet tooth, and I wish I could visit this year's chocolate festival in Tübingen, the largest one of its kind in Germany. I am sure Tübingen, a charming university town in the southwest of the country, presents the perfect backdrop for this dreamy festival. ChocolART features an open-air market in the Old Town, which offers sweet delicacies from around the world, and there are some mouthwatering activities like praline-making classes, chocolate massages, tasting sessions, and chocolate art exhibitions. Sweet!
- When: December 3 - 8, 2013
- Where: Tübingen
- Admission: Free
- Website: ChocolART Festival 2013
(Photo: ChocolART Festival/Benny Hechler)
Today, Germany officially kicks off the holiday season with the first of Advent, a beloved Christmas tradition in Germany.
Many families celebrate the Advent Sundays in the weeks leading up to Christmas with singing carols, drinking hot spiced wine, and eating Christmas cookies or a piece of Stollen, a traditional German Christmas cake.
The Advent wreath was first created by Johann Hinrich Wichern, a German pastor, who founded an orphanage in Hamburg in 1833. During the weeks leading up to Christmas, the children would ask him daily if Christmas had arrived. To make the wait easier, Wichern came up with his magical Christmas countdown, creating his first Advent wreath out of an old cartwheel and small candles.
Do you have a beloved Advent tradition? Tell us about it in the comments section below!
Celebrating the Season in Germany
- Christmas Traditions in Germany
- Christmas Gifts Made in Germany
- Recipe for Hot Spiced Wine
- How to Make an Advent Wreath
(Photo by Birge Amondson)