It's official: Spring has sprung. Unter den Linden is green once more, and prettier than ever these days. It's sure been a busy winter in our editorial office, and the spring and summer are looking even wilder, with new museum openings and hundreds of events all over town. For all you art lovers, the Berlinische Galerie is reopening after renovations at the end of May (p. 40), while the world's favorite wax museum, Madame Tussauds, will soon be presenting its new creations in an entirely redesigned portion of the building. And since May is made for walking around the city and discovering its rich history, Serene and I compiled a list of lesser-known spots where 20th-century happenings have left their mark.
To celebrate the lush greenery, Hilda went on an in-depth botanical exploration of the city and came back with a herbarium of recommendations for plant enthusiasts, from the city's best parks and gardens to botanical shopping and plant-themed restaurants, including tips on where to find in-season fruit and wild edibles growing on public land (p. 14).
This month also marks the 50th anniversary of the beginning of diplomatic relations between Israel and Germany, and I decided to follow the Israeli ambassador's advice (p. 66) by paying a visit to the Israeli rooftop restaurant of the 25hours Hotel. With a bird's-eye view of the zoo and a fresh, greenhouse feel, NENI features top-notch but affordable cuisine and makes for a lovely lunch break. They even make chraime, a spicy tuna recipe I usually make at home, and delicious sabich, a soft pita stuffed with hummus, egg, and fried eggplant.