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