Twin­kle, Twin­kle

Whether you be­lieve in the stars or not, Annabelle Mallia has al­lowed them to be her guide to Berlin just for a day.

Where Berlin - - CONTENTS -

Let the cos­mic stars be your tour guide this hol­i­day. BY ANNABELLE MALLIA

ARIES

(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.

CAN­CER

(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.

TAURUS

(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).

LEO

(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.

GEMINI

(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).

VIRGO

(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.

LIBRA

(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.

CAPRICORN

(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.

SCORPIO

(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.

AQUARIUS

(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.

SAGITTARIUS

(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.

PISCES

(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).

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