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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