Editor’s Note

Where Berlin - - CONTENTS -

There’s some­thing mag­i­cal about the North­ern sum­mer. The Broth­ers Grimm and all their fairy­tale-writer col­leagues did a won­drous job de­scrib­ing the bright, balmy af­ter­noons, the berry-rich forests, the slant­ing, cooler sun rays cre­at­ing long but faint shad­ows. The Ber­lin sum­mer is rar­i­fied, and cer­tainly less in­tense than the loud Mediter­ranean July days I'm used to from my child­hood in Italy, but it has a great deal of charm nonethe­less – and I just can’t get enough of it. Ber­lin can get hot in July, and Ber­lin­ers like to spend as much time as they can next to the wa­ter, which the cap­i­tal for­tu­nately has plenty of. The city map is dot­ted with more than 30 lakes con­nected to each other by kilo­me­ters of wa­ter­ways, and there's an out­door swimming pool in al­most ev­ery neigh­bor­hood. For a good lake swim in au­then­tic Ber­lin style, choose be­tween Plötzensee, Krumme Lanke, Sch­lacht­ensee, Müggelsee, and Strand­bad Wannsee and dive in to get an idyl­lic view of the sur­round­ing veg­e­ta­tion. If it’s some­thing more ur­ban you're look­ing for, the Arena Bade­schiff (p. 12) float­ing swimming pool of­fers in­dus­trial views from the Spree river smack in the mid­dle of town. If all these ac­tiv­i­ties sound tempt­ing, wait un­til you read our list of sum­mer rec­om­men­da­tions (p. 10), from mu­sic fes­ti­vals to out­door ad­ven­tures, beer gar­dens to pleas­ant spots in the sun. And since no sum­mer af­ter­noon would be com­plete with­out a cold, sweet ice cream, we've com­piled a long list of choice gela­te­rias and semifreddo shops, for stay­ing re­freshed all month long. I would also like to in­tro­duce you to Jenna Rose Rob­bins, our tal­ented new ed­i­to­rial man­ager who will be man­ag­ing Where Ber­lin for a few months. Jenna has brought her sunny at­ti­tude and ex­pert knowl­edge of pop and rock mu­sic, history, and tech­nol­ogy all the way from Cal­i­for­nia.

SOLVEIG STEINHARDT EDITOR, WHERE BER­LIN

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