Edi­tor’s Note


As a com­pul­sive ex­plorer, I have a ten­dency to rush to a new place as soon as I hear about it. Which is usu­ally fine, un­less you get the sea­son en­tirely wrong. So when I first heard of the Thai­wiese, an area in Preußen­park ( Wilmers­dorf ) where Thai fam­i­lies meet, cook their de­li­cious foods, and sell it, I im­me­di­ately took an U-Bahn to Fehrbelliner Platz, only to re­al­ize that this event takes place only in the sum­mer, and only in good weather – not on frosty De­cem­ber morn­ings. So this year I de­cided to turn my “to-see” list into a more sea­sonal af­fair, vow­ing not to visit any of the spring­time sites if the trees are not yet en­tirely green. Now that sum­mer is around the cor­ner, the time has come for me to get out and start cross­ing some of th­ese places off my list, and I would like to share them with you: One place I have grown par­tic­u­larly cu­ri­ous about is the Natur­park Südgelände, a tan­gle of once-busy rail­way tracks aban­doned more than 50 years ago. This was enough time to al­low a whole for­est to grow back on the tracks them­selves, show­ing how quickly and pow­er­fully na­ture wins back its spa­ces but also pro­vid­ing fab­u­lous photo op­por­tu­ni­ties. Also on my list are the Tier­park zoo, which I want to see again, this time in its leafy ver­sion; the Pfauenin­sel, an idyl­lic is­land on lake Wannsee in­hab­ited by free-roam­ing pea­cocks; and a straw­berry-pick­ing ex­cur­sion, as sug­gested by Annabelle Mal­lia on p. 48. The sun­shine also in­spires me to go shop­ping, ei­ther on the Ku’damm, with its good mix of high-end and high-street shops (p. 12), or in Pren­zlauer Berg, which is also a great spot for a pleas­ant cof­fee break in the sun. En­joy your stay!

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