Ed­i­tor’s Note

Where Berlin - - Contents -

The days are get­ting shorter, but that’s all the more rea­son to cel­e­brate Berlin’s nightlife. In­som­niac clubs, late-night din­ners, and a sub­way sys­tem that is in­ex­pli­ca­bly more crowded on week­end nights than on any week­day’s rush hour have earned this city the rep­u­ta­tion of Europe’s nightlife cap­i­tal. This month, col­or­ful light in­stal­la­tions will be il­lu­mi­nat­ing the city's façades (p. 10). Spec­ta­cles like flow­ers on the Bran­den­burg Gate, art­ful pat­terns on the Pots­damer Platz sky­scrapers, and tourist land­marks cov­ered in polka dots will turn the city into a mag­i­cal for­est of light and color.

And what bet­ter way to embrace the au­tum­nal mood than with a bowl of creamy and hot pump­kin soup? The gi­ant orange fruit is ev­ery­where this month, with pump­kin fes­ti­vals (p. 53) and Hal­loween cel­e­bra­tions (p. 41) all around town. If the pump­kin Fest on Akazien­straße on 4 and 5 Oc­to­ber still hasn't sat­is­fied your fall crav­ings, check out wine shop La Ven­dem­mia (Akazien­str. 30) to taste the out­come of the lat­est har­vest.

Speak­ing of wine, Ger­many may not have the wine rep­u­ta­tion of some of its Euro­pean neigh­bors, but Ber­lin­ers sure are big fans of the ruby liq­uid. Whether it’s Chi­anti, Ries­ling, or Bordeaux you are after, turn to page 14 to learn more about Berlin’s wine scene. And we’ve also got great news for the shopa­holics out there: After a long buildup, the Mall of Berlin on Leipziger Platz fi­nally opened its doors on 25 Septem­ber, so run to this shop­ping tem­ple and get lost in stores like Bimba y Lola, Pa­trizia Pepe, or In­timis­simi. It is the per­fect get­away on a rainy Oc­to­ber day.


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