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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.