December 1 Started with a late morning departure in UA 757 F from SFO to DEN, then a connection to Lufthansa 747 business class DEN-FRA, and then LH Airbus FRA-TXL. Selected a veal dish on the 747 as my dinner option. Watched one movie (Contagion), listened to their Advent music channel, and slept a couple hours December 2-3-4 Arrived Berlin Tegel Airport (TXL) just after 1330. Caught the TXL bus into Berlin Hauptbahnhof, then two train connections over to the nearest train station (Anhalter Bahnhof). An all-day transit ticket at 6.3 euros will cover all bus and train connections in this area (Zone A-B). Spent 3 nights at the ETAP hotel at a 45 euro weekend rate and 39 euro weekday rate with wifi included. Continental breakfast was 6 euros extra. This hotel concept offers minimum amenities in the room so I'd only stay here again if my plan was to be out most of the day. I miss not having a chair to rest in and kick my feet up. They did have an LCD TV. On the same block there is a Novotel Suites and Ibis. A block away there is a Holiday Inn Express I've used before. Plenty of cafes and restaurants, and Potsdamerplatz, an area with a shopping mall, casino, and high end hotels, is just a 5 minute walk away. Over my three days here I visited five different Christmas Markets, but only took photos of three. First, my favorite in Berlin at Charlottenburg Palace which I visited at night: Next stop is the area around the Rathaus (Town Hall) and Alexanderplatz, just a few minutes from each other: I also did a day trip out to Potsdam which can be done with a Zone ABC daily transit pass. This market ran about a mile straight down the main shopping district and had a lot more atmosphere than the ones in Berlin. I also did some hiking out in Sanssoucci Park which is filled with palaces. Ran into both hail and rain there.