Edi­tor’s Note


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.

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