First we went to Alexanderplatz, the main hub of East Berlin. We saw the Fernsehturm (the TV tower: you can't miss it...), the Rotes Rathaus (city hall), Weltzeituhr (world-time-clock). Then we walked through the Christmas market on Alex. Berlin has quite a few markets, and although they are all a bit carnivalesque, they are varying degrees of full-on fair. This one had an ice rink and a ferris wheel, and some kind of little train ride for children. They sell Wurst, crepes, sugared almonds, Belgian waffles, roasted chesnuts...and you can buy mulled wine, cider, eggnog...Also Christmas decorations, warm hats/socks/scarves.
From here we walked down past Marx and Engels (below left), past the Berliner Dom (below center), to the Nostalgischer Weihnachtsmarkt on Unter den Linden, Opernpalais.
So here is proof we are in Berlin:
And now we're tired.
And really, it's only Day 3. It's like the 12 days of Christmas, except it's before Christmas, and it started with our birthday, and it's 17 days long. So it's actually better. But sorry dad, no partridges.