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The holidays are over, which means it’s time to re­turn to ev­ery­day life. Gone are the sum­mer dresses and the sun­glasses, and here come the first leaves of the fall. Which, how­ever, is a great sea­son, es­pe­cially in Ber­lin! Just take a walk through Grunewald for­est to ex­pe­ri­ence the first ex­pres­sions of au­tumn, from mul­ti­hued tree­tops to leaf-strewn trails hid­ing hun­dreds of gor­geous mush­rooms. Not too cold and not too hot, this is also the right sea­son for long walks through the city to learn about its ar­chi­tec­tural im­por­tance (p. 10). From or­nate Art Nou­veau build­ings built for the up­per classes to the 1920 Bauhaus revo­lu­tion and on­wards to all the trends in 20th cen­tury de­sign, Ber­lin im­presses visi­tors with its end­less va­ri­ety of façades and style com­bi­na­tions, enough to give ar­chi­tec­ture lovers Stend­hal syn­drome. And if you fall in love with the retro ‘50s look of the Bikini-Haus, for ex­am­ple, why not get some sou­venir mid-cen­tury mod­ern fur­ni­ture? The an­tique fes­ti­val on Suarezs­traße, tak­ing place on 6 Septem­ber, will be cel­e­brat­ing the city’s “an­tique street” with food, stands, and lots of shop­ping (p. 18). Septem­ber is also a great month to ex­plore all things Jewish (p. 16). With Rosh Hashanah (Jewish New Year) around the cor­ner and the 10-day Jewish Cul­ture Fes­ti­val, this is your chance to learn about the tor­mented his­tory of Ber­lin’s Jews as well as to cel­e­brate the re­birth of the Ber­lin Jewish com­mu­nity, which is now be­gin­ning to thrive once again. From a clas­si­cal con­cert with horn so­los and a con­tem­po­rary art ex­hi­bi­tion to a de­li­cious burger, flip through our rec­om­men­da­tions to en­joy this lively month in Ber­lin.

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