Germany With AirBerlin: Day 3 (Part 1)

February 2, 2014

In the morning we departed by train for Berlin and while I was quite sad to leave Dresden, I was eager to finally explore Germany’s capitol.  Berlin has been on my dream destination list for as long as I can remember and AirBerlin thought the best way for our group to become first acquainted with the city was by making a stop at Fassbender & Rausch Chocolatiers.  Do they know the way to my heart or what?

Before our chocolate tour officially began, we sampled several incredibly delectable things from Schokoladen-Café’s menu.  Although the restaurant is definitely worth the wait, expect to encounter a queue to be seated, especially on the weekends.  Both locals and tourists know just how extraordinary this place is with its exquisite food and stunning view of the famous Gendarmenmarkt.

Then we were joined by the highly acclaimed Chef George Helwig in the demonstration kitchen where he explained everything there is to know about Fassbender & Rausch chocolate.  Made from the best plantation cocoa in the world, their pure fine dark and milk chocolate tastes like heaven.

Chef generously wanted to gift each of us a keepsake to take home and told us to pick out a word or phrase that he would write on a chocolate mascarpone heart.  Since my husband was not present and he loves chocolate even more than I, I chose the word “lobster”, which is what we affectionately call one another after we discovered that lobsters mate for life, to give to him when I returned home.

Then we went downstairs to see the rest of the massive store.  Fassbender & Rausch sell over two hundred varieties of fresh filled chocolates and truffles.  Only in their flagship location in Berlin can you see the entire collection.  Chef explained to us that him and his team regularly create giant works of chocolate art, such as the recreation of the Brandenburg Gate, to delight their guests.  I could not believe my eyes when I saw an elephant and plane together, since they are two of my most favorite things in life!

It goes without saying, that a trip to this sweet paradise is an absolute must for yourself and if you are looking for something special to bring home with you from your visit to Berlin.  If for some reason you cannot find the time to visit Fassbender & Rausch Chocolatiers, hopefully you are flying via AirBerlin, as every passenger is given a piece of their chocolate once their flight lands.

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Andi Perullo de Ledesma

I am Andi Perullo de Ledesma, a Chinese Medicine Doctor and Travel Photojournalist in Charlotte, NC. I am also wife to Lucas and mother to Joaquín. Follow us as we explore life and the world one beautiful adventure at a time.

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35 thoughts on “Germany With AirBerlin: Day 3 (Part 1)

  1. Krista

    “Lobster” – I love that, Andi. 🙂 Isn’t it so amazing to be with someone that you enjoy spending the rest of your life with? 🙂 What a beautiful introduction to Berlin. I love it there so very much and can’t wait to return. 🙂

    1. Andi Perullo de Ledesma Post author

      Haha most people think we’re crazy! But we always call each other lobster even in stores or restaurants. We also say “I lobster you.” It’s the best feeling in the world to find your soul mate. I am looking forward to returning to Berlin as well one day — hopefully next time it will be a bit warmer though!

  2. Katie @ Domestiphobia

    I love that last photo, and the one with you and the lobster heart is so adorable! This totally makes me think of the show “Friends,” when Phoebe tells Ross that he and Rachel will end up together because “She’s your lobster!” You two are equally adorable. Love it. 🙂

  3. Traveling Ted

    I discovered running the marathon that I have a big chocolate fetish also. Every time I ran a long run I skipped gatorade and went for the chocolate milk. Do you remember where they get their cocoa from. When I was in Trinidad & Tobago I was told they export a lot of their cocoa to Europe.

  4. Jessica (Coco/Mingo)

    OMG – you cannot tease me with a post full of chocolate like this!! Now I’ll be craving it this entire day! lol!! Is that…a huge chocolate bear?! 🙂 I’m glad you had a great time – it looks amazing!!!

  5. Fran

    I didn’t know what “real” chocolate tasted like until I went to Europe. The quality of their chocolate is amazing….just like your photos! Great post! Now I look for European chocolate at home. (European cheese too!) I’m looking forward to getting the “real thing” this summer in Europe.

  6. Elisa

    OMg that is completely amazing. They have lots of gorgeous, amazing chocolatiers here in Switzerland, but the Swiss don’t do the whole sculpture thing much, except maybe giant bunnies at Easter, which is like, snooze. I mean, look at that whole building, that’s incredible!

    If you like chocolate, you should really come to Switzerland next, you know 😉

    1. Andi Perullo de Ledesma Post author

      I can only imagine the chocolate in Switzerland!!! Switzerland is definitely on my dream destination list. I will let you know for sure when I come for a visit. We should go and get chocolate together.

  7. Luchessa

    This is def one of my most favorite places in the city. I bring all of my visitors there to get some fancy chocolate and to have a hot one upstairs in the bar! 🙂


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