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It’s that time of the year again: Sum­mer va­ca­tion is over, the air is cool­ing down, and our daily rou­tines are drag­ging us back into the grind of ev­ery­day life. To try and soften our land­ing on the bumpy path to­ward win­ter, this month we chose to fo­cus on ac­tiv­i­ties that will ease you back into the swing of the post-sum­mer sea­son.

Whether it’s school or work you're head­ing back to, it helps to keep the dreami­ness of the sunny sea­son as alive as pos­si­ble. One great way to do this is by feed­ing the cre­ative spirit. Tak­ing in con­tem­po­rary art ex­hi­bi­tions can stim­u­late cre­ativ­ity for the months to come, and Ber­lin Art Week, tak­ing place all over town 15–20 Septem­ber, pro­vides a per­fect op­por­tu­nity to ex­plore the new­est de­vel­op­ments in Ger­man and in­ter­na­tional art – and maybe even ac­quire some for your home. For the event, Hilda Hoy has cre­ated an itin­er­ary of the best places to see, ex­pe­ri­ence, and buy art in Ber­lin (p. 10). If you're more the clas­si­cal type, how­ever, don't miss the Bot­ti­celli ex­hi­bi­tion start­ing this month at the Gemälde­ga­lerie, ex­plor­ing the Floren­tine master and his last­ing in­flu­ence (p. 40).

Af­ter you’ve treated your eyes to some beauty, it's a good idea to treat the rest of your body to some dead-se­ri­ous pam­per­ing. Over the past few months, Annabelle Mal­lia has been charged with the tough task of test­ing the city’s most re­lax­ing spots. The re­sult is a head-to-toe pam­per­ing guide (p. 14) for full body and soul re­ju­ve­na­tion. And for those pre­par­ing to hit the books, Jenna Rose Rob­bins has scoped out in­tel­lec­tual havens for those with off­beat tastes, from kitschy col­lec­tions to science sanc­tu­ar­ies (p. 34).

SOLVEIG STEINHARDT EDITOR, WHERE BER­LIN

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