Ed­i­tor’s Note

Where Berlin - - CONTENTS -

Ah, love! It is only fair that the emo­tion that in­spired some of the best songs and works of art and lit­er­a­ture in the world should de­serve its own month. But why Fe­bru­ary, and not May or June, when the flow­ers are in bloom and the spring has awak­ened our ro­man­tic de­sires? It is all thanks to Saint Valen­tine, the Ro­man priest who de­cided to keep mar­ry­ing cou­ples in se­cret de­spite an edict by Em­peror Claudius, who had pro­hib­ited mar­riages: he be­lieved mar­ried sol­diers wouldn't fight as pas­sion­ately as sin­gle ones. Valen­tine was caught, im­pris­oned, and tor­tured, but while in jail he cor­re­sponded with some of his fans, al­ways sign­ing his let­ters "from your Valen­tine." Then, in au­then­tic mar­tyr style, he was ex­e­cuted by beat­ing, ston­ing, and de­cap­i­ta­tion and even­tu­ally died on Fe­bru­ary 14, 269 AD.

Ever since then, cou­ples in love have been ex­chang­ing gifts and flow­ers on Valen­tine's Day, and have trans­formed the oth­er­wise cold month of Fe­bru­ary into an op­por­tu­nity to keep their hearts warm. And in Berlin, where Fe­bru­ary tem­per­a­tures av­er­age be­tween 29 and 39°F (–1.5 and 8.5°C), with a record­set­ting low of –14.8°F (–26°C) in 1929, warm­ing up is def­i­nitely a pri­or­ity at this time of the year. There are lots of things to do this month for lovers vis­it­ing the

Haupt­stadt, so turn to page 10 for some spe­cific rec­om­men­da­tions de­signed for ev­ery kind of cou­ple out there, or take our Nightlife test on page 58 to find out where to spend your ro­man­tic nights – with or with­out a part­ner.

And if your real love is cin­ema, it's time to re­joice: for 10 days this month, the Ber­li­nale film fes­ti­val will be bring­ing the best of in­ter­na­tional cin­ema, so turn to page 16 for tips on how and where to se­cure your tick­ets.

With love, SOLVEIG STEINHARDT ED­I­TOR, WHERE BERLIN

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