Where Berlin - - WELCOME TO BERLIN -

April: time to breathe in the first wafts of sp­ing­time, its new light and colors, and to rel­ish the chirp­ing from its re­born trees. It’s also time to get our bikes out. This has been a mild win­ter by Ber­lin stan­dards, and though I have man­aged to never ever leave my bi­cy­cle at home, this month I will start oil­ing its rusty bolts to get it ready for the even heav­ier duty of the warmer sea­son. For those of you who feel like en­joy­ing the city on two wheels, this is the time to join a col­lec­tive bike tour with one of the city's tour agen­cies (p. 39), or rent your own bike for in­de­pen­dent rid­ing. At Ber­lin and Bike (www.berli­nand­bike.de) near Alexan­der­platz, prices start at €10/day, and you can even take the bikes on the S-Bahn and U-Bahn if you pur­chase an ex­tra ticket from the BVG ma­chines you'll find in any sta­tion. To help you get the most out of the awak­en­ing of na­ture, we spent the last month se­lect­ing a chro­matic ar­ray of ac­tiv­i­ties for th­ese April days, from walks in the green­ery and skate rides un­der the blue skies of the wide Tem­pel­hof air­port park to drinks in the yel­low sun­shine and vis­its to Ber­lin's pea­cock is­land (p. 10). And for the golf lovers in town, Annabelle spoke to golf ex­perts all over the city to se­lect the most scenic and the chicest golf cour­ses out there. It turns out that you don't have to travel far to swing your club: there's even a golf train­ing area on the roof of a build­ing over­look­ing the Spree river in Kreuzberg. The balls are noth­ing but com­pressed fish food, and you can make the fish happy with ev­ery stroke. SOLVEIG STEIN­HARDT EDI­TOR, WHERE BER­LIN

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