Berlin | Oberbaumbrücke

Berlin | Oberbaumbrücke

While most of Europe has been blanketed in snow this week, Berlin has managed (for once in winter) to stay sunny – but it’s misleading since temperatures have dropped to as low as -13C at night with highs of -5C or -6C during the day! Whenever there are several consecutive days of sub-zero temperatures, chunks of ice collect on the river Spree upstream of the Oberbaumbrücke in Eastern Berlin, as shown here shot earlier today during blue hour.

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Berlin | Gendarmenmarkt Christmas Market

Berlin | Gendarmenmarkt Christmas Market

It’s suddenly a lot colder here in Berlin again – not even going above freezing during the day. Spring is probably not far away now, but with these cold temperatures it makes me think of dark evenings, snow, and Christmas markets – like this one on Gendarmenmarkt.

Berlin Gendarmenmarkt Christmas Market

Germany | Berlin Gendarmenmarkt Christmas Market

December is always a dark month here in Berlin – and the clouds make things even worse! But at the end of November the Christmas markets start to open up across the city, and it just wouldn’t be the same without them. My favorite one is on Gendarmenmarkt in the center of the city. It’s a beautiful square and the market is always exceptionally well decorated. There are lots of stalls selling arts and crafts, and plenty of good food as well.

Potsdam | Schloß Sanssouci Blue Hour

Potsdam | Schloß Sanssouci Blue Hour

Yesterday I went to the 19th edition of the Potsdamer Schlössernacht – an evening where the gardens of the palaces in Potsdam are open and there are various musical and theatrical performances. The highlight is seeing the palaces lit up at night, and at the end there is a firework display as well. Unfortunately it draws massive crowds (unsurprisingly), so it can be difficult to photograph without thousands of people in the shot!

This picture was taken with a 1 minute exposure using a Hoya NDX400 filter – this way as people move they don’t appear in the frame (unless they don’t move of course!) and it always accentuates the beautiful colors at blue hour.

Dresden | Christmas Market Drink Stall

Dresden | Christmas Market Drink Stall

This is a shot of a person serving drinks (glühwein, hot chocolate, punch, etc) at a stall at the Christmas market in Dresden.  This particular stall was located in the “Middle Age” Christmas market, in the former stables (Stallhof).  It’s very atmospheric, and well worth a visit!