‘Just because I don’t drink coffee. ‘Doesn’t mean I can’t have coffee culture with hot chocolate, in Vienna!

‘Just because I don’t drink coffee. ‘Doesn’t mean I can’t have coffee culture with hot chocolate, in Vienna!

As you know, a few weeks ago, I went to Austria.

And of course, I didn’t just go to Austria, but I decided to visit Vienna!

Visiting Vienna is exciting!

Having a hotdog and beer, on a rainy day in Vienna, is more exciting than you think!

If you’re just joining, and obviously, you’re not, ‘cos you would be following my blog so that you can get weekly updates of what The British Berliner is up to, wouldn’t you?

Wouldn’t you!

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At the Vienna Opera Ball.
@ WienTourismus / Peter Rigaud/Couture Vivienne Westwood

Meanwhile, here’s what you missed:

Phew!

Make sure that you get travel insurance before you actually travel!

Now, to be frank, I hate being out of the loop, and I generally prefer to be in the centre of things, and that usually includes staying in the Old Town, or the trendier part of town!

And Vienna didn’t disappoint.

We stayed at a brilliant place called the 25hours Hotel Vienna at MuseumsQuartier, which I found with the help of the Vienna Tourist Board.

We stayed at a brilliant place in Vienna – the 25hours Hotel Vienna at MuseumsQuartier.
Photograph ©Frank Böster

Thanks so much everyone!

Book your hotel here!

Vienna is an imperial beauty. You’re welcome!

I’ve already written about the history of Vienna, but it really does bear to be repeated.

Vienna is an imperial beauty!

It’s the capital of Austria and the cultural. economic, and political centre of Austria.

With a population of just 1.8 million, Vienna is the second (2nd) largest German-speaking city in the world, after Berlin!

Vienna is located in the eastern part of Austria and is close to the borders of the Czech Republic, Slovakia, and Hungary. In fact, Prague, Bratislava, and Budapest, are but a few cheap hours away!

TAKE ME THERE?

Myself looking glum at the airport. Leaving Vienna!
Photograph ©Frank Böster

As you know, I’m a great believer in train travel, but Vienna is rather far from Berlin, so we flew!

Our non-stop journey from Berlin Schoenefeld (SXF) to Vienna (VIE) took just 1 hour and 25 minutes via EasyJet, but of course, you can easily fly into Vienna International Airport, otherwise known as the Flughafen Wien, a destination flown by many major airlines, from many parts of the world!

If you’re flying from Europe, it usually takes between 1 to 2 hours, and is pretty much an easy ride!

IS IT GOING TO BE CROWDED?

I didn’t find it crowded in Vienna. And neither did they!

It depends!

I didn’t find it to be necessarily so, as we went in March.

It’s been some time since I had last been to Vienna, so we booked a walking tour. But the tour guide didn’t show up!

We were all sort of hanging around, and (ahem), I’m quite bossy and so at one point, everyone thought that I was the tour guide.

If only!

Mind you, if we were in Berlin and that happened, I would happily take the tourists with me, and do the tour myself!

Me in front of a piece of the Berlin Wall & Street Art!

However, Vienna is a place that everyone would like to go to at least once, as it’s rather nice and serene!

Who wouldn’t want to visit?

‘Best to book early!

WHAT IS VIENNA LIKE?

Mozart & Vienna are adorable!

It’s adorable!

I’ve been there a few times over the years!

Having said that, the last time that I was in Vienna, “The Tall Young Gentleman” had just been born twelve (12) months prior!

My mother-in-law had decided to give me a weekend break, so I was in Vienna and literally, still breast-feeding!!!

A Viennese speciality of a glass of beer mixed with fanta orange, was not a very good idea!

I had tried a Viennese speciality of a glass of beer mixed with fanta orange. A sort of shandy.

It was a mistake.

We went to the Prater.

The Prater is one of Vienna’s most popular amusement park, and it’s star is the Giant Ferris Wheel!

The Prater is one of Vienna’s most popular leisure areas with a world-famous amusement park opened in 1766!

One of the highlights of the Prater is the Giant Ferris Wheel – a masterpiece of 19th century technology – and one of the largest wheels in the world!

Did we go on the Giant Ferris Wheel back in 2003?

Nope!

We went on the wheel called the Blumenrad, otherwise known as the Flower Wheel!
Photograph ©Frank Böster

We went on the wheel called the Blumenrad, otherwise known as the Flower Wheel!

The seats are shaped like huge teacups which were twirled around.

And around.

And around.

I turned a ghastly shade of green!

I turned a ghastly shade of green.

Let’s just say that it took a huge amount of effort for me to keep things together.

We got off the Blumenrad, and I vomited the wheat beer and fanta orange concoction.

Everywhere!

We went on the Blumenrad / Flower Wheel, but we really should have gone on the Giant Ferris Wheel instead!
Photograph ©Frank Böster

I’ve never had a mixed beer since!

I DON’T SPEAK AUSTRIAN GERMAN or GERMAN AT ALL.

Singing will do just as well!
©WienTourismus Lukas Beck: Vienna Boys’ Choir

Not. A. Problem.

Lots of people speak English. Or High German, otherwise known as Hochdeutsche!

AM I GOING TO LIVE IN A HUT?

Living in a hut, is not at all the done thing. In Vienna!

Ha! Ha! Not unless you want to!

I’M ON A BUDGET. WHAT SHOULD I DO?

If you’re on a budget in Vienna. Let them eat cake!

I’ll be honest with you. Vienna isn’t known as a cheap destination.

Quite the opposite in fact!

I can’t give you any details but for the more budget conscious traveller, there are plenty of hostels and other moderately priced accommodation to be had. Book ahead to get good prices.

Book your hotel here!

I’M LOOKING FOR SOMETHING A BIT DIFFERENT. ANY IDEAS?

I got into contact with a quirky boutique hotel group called 25 Hours Hotels!

Certainly!

You know how much I like boutique  or art design hotels.

Well, on doing some research, I got into contact with a quirky boutique hotel group called 25hours Hotels.

The 25hours Hotels is a young hotel concept which seeks contemporary answers to the requirements of an urban, cosmopolitan clientele, boasting an unconventional mix of contemporary services, coupled with dynamism, surprise and a touch of adventure!

The 25hours brand is currently focused on Germany, Austria and Switzerland.

We went to the 25hours Hotel Vienna at MuseumsQuartier.

The 25hours Hotel Vienna at MuseumsQuartier, is an art design circus-themed boutique hotel!

Just like the hotel in Amsterdam Zaandam, the 25hours Hotels’ quirkiness is plain to see.

Practically every single room had some sort of association with the circus!

And with one of the hotel motto’s being – We Are All Mad Here – is it any wonder that it was pretty much my type of place!

And surely, there wouldn’t be any looking at the ceiling in boredom, here!

We Are All Mad Here!
The 25hours Hotel Vienna at MuseumsQuartier.
©Stephan Lemke for 25hours Hotels

As we were in Vienna to celebrate my husband – The Music Producers’ – birthday, we were upgraded to one of the xl rooms, with a colourful circus theme on the wall!

The room was huge!

It also had a flat screen TV, a free-standing closet place to hang up clothes with long shelves, an imac workstation writing table, a cool vintage sound system bluetooth speaker, an iPod docking station, some leather pouffles, a private terrace with a wooden garden table and chairs, and lots of plug outlets.

My husband was very pleased!

We were upgraded to one of the xl rooms, with a colourful circus theme on the wall!

There was a small fridge, and an extra toilet, so that I could do my make up in peace. Yay!

The bathroom was a sort of internal interior space with a huge sink, a really nice rainshower compartment that had a glass panel, which also had a curtain that could be drawn.

If you so wished!

I very much liked the orange and lemon infused sustainable organic bath gels, shampoo, conditioner and body moisturiser, which all had hilarious save-the-environment instructions on the bottles! And at the end of a long day were awfully welcoming, as well as plenty of fluffy towels, and free hi-speed WiFi!

I did miss my fluffy dressing gowns and fluffy slippers though!

‘Notice the save-the-environment inscription on the bottle at the 25hours Hotel Vienna at MuseumsQuartier!
©Stephan Lemke for 25hours Hotels

The 25hours Hotel Vienna at MuseumsQuartier also had a “mermaid’s cave” which consisted of a sauna, a spa centre, and fitness equipment, free of charge to guests.

You could also have access to a free mini car and bike rental, as well as free bottled water and towels, if you wanted to go jogging!

The view on the rooftop bar of the 25hours Hotel Vienna at MuseumsQuartier, is pretty amazing!
©Stephan Lemke for 25hours Hotels

The lobby was very nice with comfy leather sofas, crisp daily newspapers and glossy magazines. There was also a hotel food truck in the garden.

Being that the hotel is actually located in the Museum Quartier part of the city, the view on the rooftop bar, was pretty amazing!

Breakfast in Vienna was quite marvellous!

For breakfast, we had marvellous cold cuts, bacon, sausages, eggs, and baked beans, a variety of sea-food, vegetables, sauces, and cream. As well as a wide stock of cereal, fruit, cake, pastries, pots of tea, coffee local champagne, and juices.

They also had a wonderful array of crunchy Germanic and French home-made bread, and a variety of jams and pickles! Yum!

It was very nice indeed!

The Music Producer helping himself to morning refreshment, at the 25hours Hotel Vienna at MuseumsQuartier.

The 25hours Hotel at MuseumsQuartier (depending on the room), can be booked from €97.00 per night, which for two (2) people would be €48.50 a pop, and an absolute Vienna bargain!

The buffet breakfast is €21.00 per person. Children up to 6 years old are free of charge. Children from 7 to 11 years old get a 50% discount. Guests can also buy a Grab & Go breakfast from the lobby for €7.00 per person.

Book your hotel here!

WHAT ABOUT TRANSPORT POSSIBILITIES?

Take the tram in Vienna!

Transport in Vienna is excellent.

The trams and horses are romantic, and the trains are easy to use, and very efficient.

You can also walk around quite easily, as Vienna is pretty small!

Once again, don’t forget to buy a public transport Vienna card. However, for ease of transport and discounts to attractions, museums, and restaurants, we used the Vienna City Card for 72 hours. Tickets can be bought everywhere that tourists go to, tourist information  points, and on-line!

However, just like in Berlin, and in many European cities, there are no barriers, and we all want to keep it that way, so please buy your ticket!

ANYTHING ELSE?

Apple strudel is a very important part of Viennese coffee culture!

Apple strudel is king!

MY VERDICT:

Vienna Tourist Board. Now. Forever.

I absolutely adore Vienna.

It’s classy.

It’s European.

It’s got art and culture and has a vibrant history.

And even though Vienna is considered to be expensive. It’s not as expensive as you think!

WOULD I COME AGAIN?

‘Just because I don’t drink coffee. ‘Doesn’t mean I can’t have coffee culture with hot chocolate, in Vienna!

You bet!

Vienna is charming.

I really can’t wait to visit again.

Let’s do it!

JUST BECAUSE I DON’T DRINK COFFEE. ‘DOESN’T MEAN I CAN’T HAVE COFFEE CULTURE WITH HOT CHOCOLATE, IN VIENNA!

‘Just because I don’t drink coffee. ‘Doesn’t mean I can’t have coffee culture with hot chocolate, in Vienna!

This article is part – sponsored by the Vienna Tourist Board and I received a press discount from the 25 Hours Hotels but all opinions and the wonderful hot chocolate and delightful Austrian food I happily consumed, are my very own! Thanks so much!

It’s almost Easter!

In April & May, I’ll be visiting Croatia, Sweden & Finland!

I’ll be there. Will you?

If you’re not in Berlin in April, you won’t get any Easter eggs!

'Just because I don't drink coffee. 'Doesn't mean I can't have coffee culture with hot chocolate, in Vienna!
‘Just because I don’t drink coffee. ‘Doesn’t mean I can’t have coffee culture with hot chocolate, in Vienna!

Watch this space!

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I learnt my lesson in Spain. And obviously, in countries like Qatar, where technically the risk is higher, I can’t imagine going that far beyond, WITHOUT INSURANCE. No siree! You can get yours here, at World Nomads!

A win-win for all!

Thanks a million!

‘Just because I don’t drink coffee. ‘Doesn’t mean I can’t have coffee culture with hot chocolate, in Vienna!

Are you a coffee drinker? Or are you like me, a person who can’t bear the sight of it! Spill the beans!

See you in Berlin.

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Food in Germany: 10 delicious best German meals to try out in Berlin – Because German food isn’t as rustic as you think!

Hello from Germany!
Hello from Germany!

Omigosh!

What a week!

Last week, I reiterated over the #InterestingTimes that 2016 has produced, not knowing that just a day later, we too would have a fatal terrorist action that occurred on our very own doorstep, of my beloved Berlin.

An angel at the Sony Centre Christmas, in Berlin! ©Birgit Kaulfuss
An angel at the Sony Centre Christmas, in Berlin!
©Birgit Kaulfuss

In one of the most culturally vibrant German activities – the Christmas Market!

The Christmas Market in Germany, isn’t just any old market.

The German Christmas Market is a way in which we can socialise with our American friends in Berlin!
The German Christmas Market is a way in which we can socialize with our American friends in Berlin!

Oh dear me no!

The German Christmas Market is a way in which people can socialize with their friends, hang out, and just have a fine old time.

The Christmas Markets isn’t Disneyland or some sort of recreational park, it’s a German tradition of browsing at skilled crafts, shopping, eating traditional German Christmas streetfood, and drinking to the heath of one and all, with hot mulled wine, otherwise known as Glühwein. And for those with a far stronger alcoholic tendency than my own, trying out the “Feuerzangenbowle.”

Trying out the Feuerzangenbowle. Again!
Trying out the Feuerzangenbowle. Again!

It can reduce a grown man to tears if care is not taken…!

And then the attack.

The Christmas Market around the Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church (the Gedächtniskirche) at Breitscheidplatz. In Berlin © Jens Kalaene - picture alliance dpa.
The Christmas Market around the Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church (the Gedächtniskirche) at Breitscheidplatz. In Berlin
© Jens Kalaene – picture alliance dpa.

We were all so shocked at the carnage and death at the very popular Christmas Market around the Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church (the Gedächtniskirche) at Breitscheidplatz in Berlin, where the attack took place in the photograph above.

It’s a Christmas Market with more than 100 beautifully decorated market stands and Christmas booths, 70 fairground rides, and lots of  German and Austrian delicacies, not far from the High Street, the zoo, and the aquarium.

We cried, and we talked about what to do next.

And let me tell you what the next step is.

Get up, brush down, wipe away the tears, keep calm, and Carry On with things!
Get up, brush down, wipe away the tears, keep calm, and Carry On with things!

The next step is to get up, brush down, wipe away the tears, keep calm, and Carry On with things!

We’re stoic, and have a stiff upper lip! 

Berlin is the safest West European city that you can ever hope to find.

Germany is open for business, and always will be.

But if you have any concerns about safety, feel free to contact me. I live here. I’m on the ground!

And so, my post this week after much reflection, and because I tossed and turned as to what to write this week, and I have a family…. this post is on:

FOOD IN GERMANY: 10 DELICIOUS BEST MEALS TO TRY OUT IN BERLIN – BECAUSE GERMAN FOOD ISN’T AS RUSTIC AS YOU THINK!

Here we go:

German stodge, such as Mutzen, otherwise known as a German fried doughnut!
German stodge, such as Mutzen, otherwise known as a German fried doughnut!

1.  When people think of German food, you can’t blame them when their impressions tend to lay on the stodgy side of things such as the Mutzen, otherwise known as a German fried doughnut, above!

Not very exciting!

And greasy!

However living in Germany has shown me that of course, German food does lie a little on the heavy side, since it was originally designed for working class peasants, but you know, the modern-day German isn’t a peasant!

Well, not all of them…

Savoury German food such as croquettes, green beans, brussel sprouts, rich venison and home-made gravy! Oh my!
Savoury German food such as croquettes, green beans, brussel sprouts, rich venison and home-made gravy! Oh my!

So you can get lovely food such as croquettes, green beans, brussel sprouts, rich venison and home-made gravy! Oh my!

2.  In fact most Germans are intelligent, tolerant, internationally minded, and open to different life experiences, and that is reflected in the food. In fact, in Berlin where I live, you’d be hard-pressed to find “real” German food!

A most delicious Bosso Spätzle! How to eat cheaply in Luxembourg!
A most delicious Bosso Spätzle!
How to eat cheaply in Luxembourg!

Austrian food. Yes.

Berlin food. Oh yes!

But German food. Eeeh! Umm!

Not quite.

“Typical” German food has a hard, long reputation of being rather stodgy and boring. Pretty much like British food actually! So let’s see what we can find, because our Christmas Eve dinner above, reminded me that food in Germany can be pretty awesome.

If you know where to look!

3.  For those of you who don’t know, the most popular meal in Berlin is not the sausage.

That very famous, most popular, Berlin speciality: The Döner Kebap!
That very famous, most popular, Berlin speciality: The Döner Kebap!

Nope! No sire!

It’s the Döner Kebap!

The kebab is made from small cuts of lamb or chicken meat which is grilled on a spit and then sliced. These slices are put into a Turkish-like loaf of bread with added raw white and red cabbage, slices of onions, tomatoes and cucumbers, and smothered with either garlic sauce, a sort of Turkish-mint sauce, spicy pepper-tomato sauce, or all of the above. The Döner Kebap can be found all over Germany and in pretty much every food corner in Berlin. Yum!

4.  ‘Remember when I said that German food is more than stodge.

Because vegetables...!
Because vegetables…!

It’s true you know, so let’s talk vegetables!

The thing that Germans all rave about is…

Wait for it…

Asparagus!!!
Asparagus!!!

Asparagus!

I know!!

White asparagus, otherwise known as Spargel!
White asparagus, otherwise known as Spargel!

Asparagus, especially white asparagus, otherwise known as Spargel, is a popular summer dish especially in season. It’s a pretty short one of just two (2) months, so we all run around, looking for the nearest farmers market so that you can get can the freshest produce possible.

Luckily for us, we have two (2) farmers markets in my neighbourhood, and one of them is less than one (1) minute away from my house!

5.  Breakfast in Germany is very different from breakfast in Britain.

In Germany, the breakfast tends to be “continental” in style.

And the best breakfast of all is a home-made one made by the very loving hands of a German grandmother!

A most delicious breakfast spread you can expect, in a typical German home!
A most delicious breakfast spread you can expect, in a typical German home!

We had a variety of cold cuts, slices of cheese, slices of ham, freshly cut paté or leberwurst, seasonal fruit, salmon, jam, butter, creams, and sauces, German condiments,  pickles, boiled eggs, a basket of crunchy bread, fruit juice, yoghurt, tea, coffee, and some seafood!

6.  Speaking of seafood.

Magnificent grilled fish over saute vegetables, covered in tomato and a cheese sauce, sprinkled with edible flowers! ©The Music Producer - Frank Böster
Magnificent grilled fish over saute vegetables, covered in tomato and a cheese sauce, sprinkled with edible flowers!
©The Music Producer – Frank Böster

Ha!

Where should I start!

This year, we spent some considerable time on both the German Baltic Sea and the German Northern Sea!

I say old boy! That’s quite a feat.

What!?!

My fish bun (Fischbrötchen) made with pickled or Bismarck herring served on kitchen foil in a bread bun (brötchen) with pickles, lettuce and huge slices of fresh raw onions!
My fish bun (Fischbrötchen) made with pickled or Bismarck herring served on kitchen foil in a bread bun (brötchen) with pickles, lettuce and huge slices of fresh raw onions!

There were lots and lots of possibilities to eat some sort of seafood. In fact, all sorts of seafood. I mean, OMG!

7.  Ah yes. Meatballs!

Are they burgers. Or meatballs!
Are they burgers. Or meatballs!

Some might even go as far as to call them burgers!

In Germany, they’re called different things. In Berlin, these German meatballs are huge pan-fried minced balls of beef, pork, or lamb and are known as Boulette.

In fact, so much so that when I first came to Germany, I didn’t know what they were, so I didn’t eat ’em! Imagine my shock when I discovered that they were actually meatballs!

I wasted two years not eating them!!

A Berlin lunch of Frikadellen, Fleischkühle, Fleischpflanzerl or Königsberger Klopse!
A Berlin lunch of Frikadellen, Fleischkühle, Fleischpflanzerl or Königsberger Klopse!

In other parts of Germany they are smaller and known as Frikadellen, Fleischkühle, Fleischpflanzerl or Königsberger Klopse!

They are not normally eaten with a tomato sauce but with bread! As you can see above, these meatballs were small, topped with apple mousse, accompanied by sliced brown bread sprinkled over with tomato, salmon, and mustard & cress, or sliced brown bread topped with cream cheese, sliced radishes, with more mustard & cress.

In fact they were quite delightful, so I scoffed the lot!

8.  Yummy in my tummy, heavenly, tasty dessert!

A frightfully enticing profiterole, choux à la crème, a cream puff or simply in Germany, a windbeutel!
A frightfully enticing profiterole, choux à la crème, a cream puff or simply in Germany, a windbeutel!

Scrummy desserts can be found all over Germany, as the cake shops are lovely.

Now I wish that I had taken a photograph of my cream puff before I actually pounced on it, but there it is!

The profiterole, choux à la crème, cream puff, otherwise known as a windbeutel in Germany, is a filled choux pastry ball with a typically sweet and moist filling of whipped cream, custard, or pastry cream. The puffs are sometimes garnished with chocolate sauce, caramel, or a dusting of powdered sugar, or simply left plain.

Mine had castor sugar, which I promptly licked off!

The most popular dessert in Berlin however, is the doughnut, otherwise known as a Berliner! And can be quite a classy affair if taken with champagne!
The most popular dessert in Berlin however, is the doughnut, otherwise known as a Berliner! And can be quite a classy affair if taken with champagne!

The most popular dessert in Berlin however, is the doughnut, otherwise known as a Pfannkuchen or a Berliner!

It’s usually filled with plum or strawberry jam, but doesn’t have a hole in it, or sprinkles…! In fact, during our wedding, our pre-lunch snack was the Berlin doughnut, otherwise known as a Berliner, with croissants, orange juice and glasses of champagne!

Cool or what!

9.  Since it’s that time of year, let’s throw in gingerbread and Stollen.

Let's throw in Gingerbread and Stollen for good measure!
Let’s throw in Gingerbread and Stollen for good measure!

I’ll tell you a secret, I don’t actually like German gingerbread, and I can’t eat the Stollen ‘cos of my allergies!

Are you shocked!

I love gingerbread men if I make it myself!
I love gingerbread men if I make it myself!

I do love gingerbread men though. The kind for children, and home-made, and that’s about it!

10.  Finally, I’m not going to leave this post without talking about street food.

A Swedish sausage made from venison, otherwise known as Hirsch!
A Swedish sausage made from venison, otherwise known as Hirsch!

The very highlight of a typical German day is the sausage.

The sausage above was served with thin slices of bread, and a venison light brown sauce. Quite yummy!

Alrighty!

All hail the almighty S!

Germany has loads of different sausages and each comes with its own unique taste.

White sausages. I've tried it every which way, but I still don't like it! ©TakeAway - Wikipedia
White sausages. I’ve tried it every which way, but I still don’t like it!
©TakeAway – Wikipedia

I find the white sausage with sweet mustard or Weißwürst quite disgusting personally, even though I’ve tried it every which way.

Ah well!

Delicious grilled pork sausages, otherwise known as bratwurst. Yum!
Delicious grilled pork sausages, otherwise known as bratwurst. Yum!

The grilled pork sausages with mustard, ketchup or both, otherwise known as Bratwurst can be decisively delicious.

My favourite German sausage however, is the currywurst. The currywurst is Berlin’s most famous sausage.

Currywurst and chips slathered with tomato ketchup, curry powder, and sometimes mayo!
Currywurst and chips slathered with tomato ketchup, curry powder, and sometimes mayo!

Currywurst!

Currywurst is beef or pork sausage grilled and chopped up, then smothered with a spicy ketchup and curry powder. It’s eaten with a pile of chips and a slice of bread or a bun. It’s such a famous icon that it even has its own Currywurst Museum where you can learn how currywurst is made, smell it, watch a film about it, attempt to sell it, and play around with the french fries and chips. You can sometimes even have chocolate and curry ice-cream!

Berlin's most famous iconic meal - currywurst, chips & mayo!
Berlin’s most famous iconic meal – currywurst, chips & mayo!

Currywurst can usually only be found in Berlin everywhere you look. My two favourite places however, are the 1930’s East Berlin historical establishment called Konnopke’s Imbiß in my own area of Prenzlauerberg, and the 1980’s West Berlin trendy establishment Curry 36, in my old neighbourhood of Kreuzberg!

p.s. They speak English in both places so no worries if you don’t speak German!

That’s it from me.

See you next year!

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FOOD IN GERMANY: 10 DELICIOUS BEST MEALS TO TRY OUT IN BERLIN – BECAUSE GERMAN FOOD ISN’T AS RUSTIC AS YOU THINK!

Tasty German Bavarian pretzels!
Tasty German Bavarian pretzels!

This article is not sponsored, and the exciting food experience that I’ve always had, is my very own!

In January I’ll be making an announcement that will either having me jumping up and down like a Jack-in-the-Box, or crying over my hot cocoa! Find out in January!

The British Shorts Film Festival will take place from 12th – 18th January, 2017

Berlin Fashion Week will take place from 17th –  20th January, 2017.

At the beginning of  January, I’ll be going to Holland, and at the end of it, I’ll be skiing in my favourite place, Rokytnice nad Jizerou, in the Czech Republic!

January is December is going to be full of excitment!

Have a great festive season, and a stunning New Year!

Food in Germany: 10 delicious best German meals to try out in Berlin - Because German food isn't as rustic as you think!
Food in Germany: 10 delicious best German meals to try out in Berlin – Because German food isn’t as rustic as you think!

Do you like German food? Is a German meatball a burger, or just a huge meatball? Let me know!

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The secret to surviving Berlin Fashion Week is to sip champagne, quaff on cocktails and drink lots and lots of water – Part I!

Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Berlin Spring/Summer 2016.
Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Berlin Spring/Summer 2016.

Last week, I wrote to you all about what Berlin Fashion Week was all about and not only that, but Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Berlin in particular. I’m such a fashionista, how could I not?

This week, I’d like to go into a bit more detail about the social aspects of Berlin Fashion Week and the fashion shows that I actually went to, so that if you ever decided to try it out for yourself, you would know what to expect.

And most importantly, the after-party scene because honestly, what’s a show without a party LOL!

Panorama Flyer Summer Party - Berlin Fashion Week

Here we go.

I received press invitations and passes to thirty-five (35) exclusive fashion houses and fashion trade shows, and seventeen (17) after-shows functions and parties.

Seventeen (17)!

Of course, after what happened last season, there was absolutely no way that I would even attempt to go to them all, so I decided to be smart and be selective. There’s always the next fashion season…!

WHERE DID I ACTUALLY GO?

I actually went to:

DAY ONE (1)!

  • BRACHMANN
A model poses at the Brachmann show during the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Berlin Spring/Summer 2016 at Stage at me Collectors Room on July 7, 2015 in Berlin, Germany.
Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Berlin – Spring/Summer 2016

My first (1st) show of the season started at, for the  very first time, a new contemporary venue – “the Stage” at me Collectors Room.

It was such a sunny day that by the time that I got there, I was sweating like a sauna addict. Ha! You know what I think about saunas! Needless to say, I arrived in plenty of time before the show was due to start.

The label BRACHMANN POST-CLASSICAL MENSWEAR modernizes menswear classics by  looking for inspiration in menswear staples as well as architecture, popular culture, and modern art. BRACHMANN synthesizes progressive design, perfect fit, exquisite materials of natural fibres, and a luxury finishing made in Germany, into a cohesive men’s apparel line of urban chic and minimalistic elegance.

Phew!

Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Berlin Spring/Summer 2016.
Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Berlin Spring/Summer 2016.

The lines were sleek, clean, and classical with lots of linen and leather shoes. My son “The Tall Young Gentleman” does a bit of modelling every now and then….. so I know that it’s pretty hard to keep a straight face!

I loved the colours of grey, blue, brown, dark green and cream, and the coolness of the fabric if only I could afford them for my boy.

I think he might actually like the long shorts and the fact that they’re not wearing socks LOL!

Before I could actually start concentrating on the next showing, I took a car and decided to visit the Sponsors Lounge at “the Tent” aka Berlin’s most historic landmark – Brandenburg Gate!

Champagne & Asian titbits!
Champagne & Asian titbits!

I had a variety of tiny Asian dishes, two (2) glasses of champagne, two (2) bottles of water, a huge cup of Earl Grey tea (of course!), had my make-up done free of charge, at the Maybelline stand and my nails prettied.

Pink!

I had also planned to go to their AfterShow Party at the Steigenberger Hotel Bar. I didn’t go in the end, as it’s all about pacing myself this time around, because if you’re going to dance the night away where better than in Berlin.

Better to take it slow!

  • IVANMAN
Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Berlin Spring/Summer 2016.
Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Berlin Spring/Summer 2016.

Just look at those cheek-bones!

Phowar!

The avant-garde menswear designer label IVANMAN is one of the European nominees for the coveted International Woolmark Prize 2015/16 for outstanding emerging designers from around the world.

The inspiration behind this season’s style is the non-specific but elegant element of sport.

I was on the front row.

Again.

Yay!

The rooms are much smaller this year so the seating is stricter.

Ah well.

I used the system that I used last season.

Complete and utter bragging, bravado and downright enthusiasm!

Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Berlin Spring/Summer 2016.
Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Berlin Spring/Summer 2016.

The clothes were colourful and bright in pink, pale blue and yellow shirts. Very slim trousers, soft suede and crocheted tops. Very 1950’s Teddy Boy with a more vibrant but very thin, anorexic look!

  • VEKTOR
Don't mess with this guy! He might be a model, but he's tough and can catwalk you down!
Don’t mess with this guy! He might be a model, but he’s tough and can catwalk you down!

Vektor was founded by a German – Croatian duo and is a Berlin-based fashion label for womanswear, menswear and unisex styles. It’s inspired by urban everyday life, street style and subcultural living, and focuses on functionality and soft extravagance.

I was sitting one seat away from a German Casting Director (Germany’s Next Top Model) and a current TV entertainer on Ich bin ein Star – Holt mich hier raus! or “I’m a Celebrity. Get Me Out of Here!” I didn’t know him myself but with the amount of whispering, twittering and pointing of fingers going on behind me, I made it my business to find out who he was. After all, I was literally sitting next to him..!

Rolf Scheider and Frank "Froonck“ Matthée at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Berlin.
Rolf Scheider and Frank “Froonck“ Matthée at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Berlin.

His name was Rolf Scheider and he was rather nice, chatty and friendly.

Anyway, the clothes were sort of see-through-ish net-like material. Very sporty and sort of like a spartan soldier uniform, in my opinion! Lots of bulky shoulders for boys, plaits in hair for girls. Nylon, white, cream and denim material. Very strong eyebrows, white pumps.

Tattoos totally accepted LOL!

Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Berlin Spring/Summer 2016.
Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Berlin Spring/Summer 2016.

On leaving, I bumped into a really famous German D.J. but I forgot his name. He tends to do dance rave type of music and has short blond hair!

PARTY ONE (1)!

  • i-D OPENING COCKTAIL / ZALANDO FASHION HOUSE / BOLD / NOT JUST A LABEL

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I then went to a fashion showing / drink cocktails / party organised by BOLD promoting i-D – a glossy magazine that documents fashion and contemporary culture and Zalando Fashion House – a Berlin based-online-platform-for-fashion-brand and staged at the iconic department store, Warenhaus am Weinberg.

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It’s great to discover and experience exciting fashion workshops, talks, films, exclusive previews, Zalando fashion and new talent curated by Not Just A Label, all under one roof!

I only dropped in for about 30 minutes and surprised everyone by arriving in a fancy Mercedes-Benz car! I did a little networking with Niccolò Montanari who is the Co-Founder of the Berlin Fashion Film Festival & Head of Marketing, and took in some of the street wear fashion whilst quaffing on Pimms and a bottle of water!

At Zalando Fashion House/ i.D /Not Just a Label - Berlin Fashion Week.

There was a female D.J. and along with a live musical performance, were models with strange scrawlings on their faces presenting fashion pieces of print in a bold, interesting and contemporary way!

PARTY TWO (2)!

  • BREAD & BUTTER

Bread & Butter Get Together - Berlin Fashion Week

Even though I didn’t make it to the Brachmann AfterShow Party, I made it a point of duty to go to the Bread & Butter Get Together.

Bread & Butter is truly one of my favourite places and the fashion darling of Berlin. It’s a trade show for selected brands and stands for all aspects of Modern Urban Lifestyle, unparalleled inspiration and youthful energy and style.  It’s had a few problems over the years but you can’t pull a good fashion brand down!

 Even though it wasn't sunny Brazil this time around, we love Bread & Butter anyway! - Berlin Fashion Week

I arrived at about 19:45 and was given two (2) chips for refreshments and food as press. I’m not a fan of beef at restaurants so I ordered an organic burger at the food market. It came with bacon and cheese. I also ordered a schnitzel burger later on too, and really dug in!

There were a couple of fridges scattered around and you helped yourself to beer which was completely and utterly free for everybody which was preeeeety good! The water wasn’t free but thankfully, I had loads with me and was able to slow down!

Outddors at Bread & Butter - Berlin Fashion Week

One of the reasons that I didn’t move on, was because of the weather. We were all outside sitting on bean bags and deck chairs with a live DJ banging away when it began to spit, rain and thunder.

I then met some Italians who called me over to join them. They owned a start-up shoe company called Lerews and were looking to take up some of the German business space. They were a warm bunch of three (3) men and one (1) woman – all Italian. And they kept trying to pile me with (paid-for) cocktails and more beer!

An organic burger and a beer at Bread & Butter - Berlin Fashion Week

I declined the cocktails.

Ha!

And sipped the beer.

Slowly!

LOL!

By 23:00, everyone was looking rather flushed and the rain refused to subside, so I decided to make a run for it and go home!

DAY TWO (2)!

  • ANJA GOCKEL
Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Berlin Spring/Summer 2016.
Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Berlin Spring/Summer 2016.

Anja’s Gockel’s collection is called “Amelia” after the 1920’s American aviation pioneer – Amelia Earhart – the first (1st) woman to fly over the ocean. This collection is inspired by boldness and courage.

I once again found myself on the front row but this time I brought my fascinator with me and black and silver kitten heels!

Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Berlin Spring/Summer 2016.
Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Berlin Spring/Summer 2016.

The clothes were colourful and sort of African-like patterns, prints and jodhpurs. Lots of orange and very cool-down-the-weather fabric. Burnt orange, glittery dresses and nude or silver high-heeled shoes. Huge glasses and very long hair.

I loved the clothes and could quite see myself wearing them with no problems at all!

  • LOUISE FRIEDLAENDER
Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Berlin Spring/Summer 2016.
Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Berlin Spring/Summer 2016.

The show was billed as Louise Friedlaender @The Apartment. I then took a car and indeed, the show really was at an apartment. In West Berlin!

Anja Gockel at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Berlin

I hadn’t really realised that the venue was off-site and ended up back at Brandenburg Gate! Luckily, the organisation was so efficient that the Mercedes-Benz transport hosts were immediately able to put me into another car LOL!

Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Berlin Spring/Summer 2016.
Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Berlin Spring/Summer 2016.

The catwalk was in a living room accompanied by a classical musician and a live singer. This was the first collection for Louise Friedlaender.

The clothes were focused on tailoring and timeless silhouettes and a sort of modernistic sci-fi style dresses and tops with ra-ra tassels on the bottom edges! Light soft tweed, long grey knits and coral, glass, shell necklaces. Colours were grey, brown, cream and olive-green with felt or suede slippers and slip-ons of various colours.

  • #FASHIONTECH BERLIN-KONFERENZ – THE CONFERENCE ON THE FUTURE OF FASHION.

Fashion Tech Berlin - Berlin Fashion Week

Leaving @The Apartment proved more difficult than I had anticipated as the cars weren’t taking us back, just dropping us. It’s a good thing that I actually live in Berlin so I know how to get about.

I took off my kitten heels and prepared to take the bus to the next underground station which was just one (1) bus-stop away! I was going to attend a fashion technology conference.

Wearable technology by Maartje Dijkstra: Intimacy - Fashion Technology

The fashion technology conference is the platform for all up-coming ideas and business models that influence the way fashion is designed, produced, distributed, marketed and sold.

FASHIONTECH BERLIN 08.07.2015 © NILS KRÜGER - Berlin Fashion Week

I would have loved to have spent more time there but there wasn’t any, so I picked the 13:30 session on “Technology as a fashion statement: Style vs Sensors.”  It was really interesting and focused on “glowing technology,” light sensors in clothing and whether in the future clothes could be intelligent and think.

Who knows, but that’s fashion baby!

Stay tuned!

p.s. Even though like the very lovely Adventurous Kate, I’m a great lover of pimms and champagne, you  should always drink responsibly so that you can be all fabulous and partake in the festivities and events that bizarre Berlin and gorgeous Europe has to offer, and have a jolly good time  and dance the night away, while doing it!

  • Photographs of Vektor ©Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for Mercedes-Benz).
  • Photographs of Anja Gockel ©Peter Michael Dills/Getty Images for IMG).
  • Photographs of Louise Friedlaender ©Joern Pollex/Getty Images for IMG).
  • Photograph of Maartje Dijkstra: Intimacy ©Robert Lunak.
  • Other photographs ©Victoria Ade-Genschow – The British Berliner.
  • Last photograph of Fashion Tech Berlin ©Nils Krüger.
  • Photographs of the Impuls Graduate Show 2015 ©Peter Michael Dills/Getty Images for IMG).

This article is not sponsored and even though I received complimentary press tickets, all opinions and the various titbits and tasty organic burgers, are my very own!

I wholeheartedly have so much to share with you and I haven’t even told you about the evening stuff yet so I’m splitting this post into two parts. Part I now and Part II in a fortnight (two weeks).

Next week, I’ll finally be revealing three (3) travel destinations I will be travelling to in August!

Fingers at the ready!

July is going to be quite enjoyable!

Watch this space!

Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Berlin Spring/Summer 2016.
Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Berlin Spring/Summer 2016.

I quite fancy some of these clothes. What about you? Could you see yourself wearing these fashion items down your street? Are you brave enough to wear shocking pink and vibrant yellow? Do you like my new it-took-me-a-few-hours-to-do-all-by-myself-blog-look? Comments on my logo?

See you in Berlin.

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