Whether you believe in the stars or not, Annabelle Mallia has allowed them to be her guide to Berlin just for a day.
Let the cosmic stars be your tour guide this holiday. BY ANNABELLE MALLIA
(21 March – 20 April)
Controlled by Mars, the “Lord of War,” your personality is “turbocharged” – assertive and strong. You probably lead quite the adventurous life putting speed skating right up your alley. However, you are also impatient and accident prone, so best to visit the Eisstadion Neukölln (Oderstr. 182) ice rink rather than the nearby frozen lake.
(21 June – 22 July)
The caretaker of the zodiac, you always place family and friends on the top of your priority list. You tend to worry a lot about health, at the risk of becoming a vegetarian. Whether or not you’ve already embraced the herbivorous life, head to Cookies Cream (p. 49), serving the much-lauded specialties of chef Stephan Hentschel.
(21 April – 20 May)
You are the moneymaker of the zodiac and offer true love to others, but jealousy and insecurity are your weaknesses. To ensure that your loved one will be yours forever, take him or her on a shopping stroll on the Ku'damm (U Kurfürstendamm), and give them something from Bucherer (Kurfürstendamm 45).
(23 July – 23 August)
Symbolized by the lion, Leos want everyone to know that they are king. Pleasure, overindulgence, status, and anything that improves self-image makes them feel good. The Shan Rahimkhan (www. shanrahimkhan.de) salon, combining personal grooming with total luxury, is the right spot to give a Leo's mane a good fix.
(21 May – 20 June)
A gifted communicator, curious, and adaptable, you are also two-faced. We all know this isn’t true, but you can take solace in the unleashing of other people’s double personalities on stage. For maximum theatrical schizophrenia, check out the characters' double and triple agendas in The Marriage of Figaro (Deutsche Oper, p. 53).
(24 August – 22 September)
This is the sign of the virgin: you are shy, repressed, but also a perfectionist, to the extent that your job becomes your life, so you need diversions and exposure. Try the celebratory atmosphere of the Mauerpark flea market (Bernauerstr. 63–64), with live music, creative sellers, and public karaoke sessions, where you can let go of inhibitions.
(23 September – 22 October)
Symbolized by scales, you look for tranquility, cooperation, and balance. You are objective and just, but abhor conflict and will give in just to keep the peace. Vibali (Seydlitzstr. 6, www.vabali.de) has 11 sauna rooms, pools, and therapeutic treatments, all designed to bring mind, body, and soul into perfect harmony. Just the thing you need.
(22 December – 19 January)
Being born in the middle of winter when nature sleeps, you must have realized early on that nothing would come easy to you. You are steady, organized, and patient, like the goat that climbs the mountain. Reward yourself at the top with a feast at KaDeWe’s gourmet food hall on the sixth floor. Tauentzienstr. 21-24, www.kadewe.de.
(23 October – 21 November)
The self-destructive Scorpio refuses to give up. You are strong-willed and stubborn, particularly when it comes to searching for inner values. Easier to be done after a few drinks at Green Door (Winterfeldtstr. 50), one of Berlin’s most relaxing cocktail bars with a kitsch, retro-style interior you can appreciate.
(20 January – 18 February)
This star sign has produced many eccentric people and great inventors, and you are one of them. Science, computing, and engineering attract you, so be sure to visit the Science Spectrum (Möckernstr. 26), or shop at the Erfinderladen (Lychenerstr. 8), a store full of inventions ranging from brilliant to plain bizarre.
(22 November – 21 December)
You are the archer and centaur, half man, half horse – a scholar and explorer who longs to experience and learn. For you to get the most out of your travels, book a Segway city tour with CooLTourings (www. seg-berlin-ways.de). This fun company will take you on a Berlin tour aboard a Segway, combining history and entertainment.
(19 February – 20 March)
You are emotional and sensitive. You deeply wish to do the right thing, but may lose track in the materialistic jungle we live in. Your response is to withdraw into your own dream world and seek refuge in the creative arts. For some creative escapism, visit the Picasso collection at Museum Berggruen (p. 43).