The Good Har­vest

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On 11 Novem­ber, fam­i­lies all over Ger­many cel­e­brate Martin­stag, or Saint Martin's day, a hol­i­day to honor the kind-hearted Ro­man soldier who re­port­edly cut his cloak in half to share it with a beg­gar in or­der to keep him from freez­ing. In Ger­many, the cel­e­bra­tions in­clude the con­sump­tion of a large goose ( served with red cab­bage and dumplings, as the feast also sym­bol­izes the good har­vest and the be­gin­ning of the win­ter. Chil­dren usu­ally par­tic­i­pate in the more sec­u­lar lantern fes­ti­val that falls on the same night, singing and swing­ing pa­per lanterns in a pro­ces­sion to­wards a large bon­fire. This year, the at Ufa- Fabrik will once again be hold­ing a for chil­dren on the evening of Nov 11. www.kinder­bauern­hof.nusz.de. Vik­to­ri­astr. 13. T: 030 7517244.

Kaiser-Wil­helm-Gedächt­niskirche

The church’s bombed- out bell tower has been an anti-war me­mo­rial and sym­bol of West Ber­lin ever since its ru­ins were re­stored to their present state in 1957. The old church now hosts an ex­hi­bi­tion of be­fore-and-af­ter pho­tos doc­u­ment­ing its and Ku'damm's former splen­dor. In­side, look up to ad­mire what re­mains of the old mo­saic. Daily 9am– 6pm. www.gedaecht­niskirche- ber­lin.de. Bre­itschei­d­platz. T: 030.2185023. U Zool­o­gis­cher Garten, U Kur­fürs­ten­damm. C4

New Syn­a­gogue

Be­fore the war, this Moor­ish- Byzan­tine- style syn­a­gogue was Ber­lin’s largest Jewish place of wor­ship. The syn­a­gogue was se­ri­ously dam­aged dur­ing the in­fa­mous Kristall­nacht pogroms of 1938, while Al­lied bombs gave it the coup de grâce in 1943. The ex­otic gold dome is to­day the icon of Ber­lin’s Jewish re­birth, and the par­tially re­con­structed build­ing now houses a Jewish cen­ter and a mu­seum. Mu­seum: €3.50/3. Dome € 2/1.50. Un­der- 6s free. www.cju­daicum.de. Oranien­burg­er­str. 28-30. T: 030.88028300. S Oranien­burg­er­straße, S Hack­escher Markt. E2

Niko­laivier­tel and Knoblauch­haus

The Niko­laivier­tel is where Ber­lin was born, and the area still re­tains its an­cient char­ac­ter, al­though most of the build­ings in the nar­row me­dieval al­leys are replicas of de­stroyed orig­i­nals that dated back to the 1200s. The late- Gothic Niko­laikirche, Ber­lin’s old­est sur­viv­ing build­ing, is now a mu­seum. Other points of in­ter­est in­clude the Ephraim Palais Mu­seum and the Bie­der­meier­style Knoblauch­haus, a 19th- cen­tury mid­dle­class town­house that es­caped WWII dam­age. Knoblauch Haus: Tue–Sun 10am– 6pm. www.knoblauch­haus.de. Post­str. 23. T: 030.240020171. S+U Alexan­der­platz. F3

Panorama­punkt am Pots­damer Platz

In 20 sec­onds, an el­e­va­tor whisks you to the top of a 100m-high plat­form with one of the best views in Ber­lin. Vis­i­tors can en­joy drinks and cake at the café, with the city’s sky­line as a back­drop. Daily 10am–7:30pm (un­til 6pm Nov– Mar). €6.50/5. www.panorama­punkt.de. Kol­hoff Tower, Pots­damer Platz 1. S Pots­damer Platz. D3

Phil­har­monie

The seat of the world-fa­mous Ber­liner Phil­har­moniker orches­tra is one of Ger­many’s finest post-War ar­chi­tec­tural achieve­ments. The ex­te­ri­ors re­call a cir­cus tent, while the pen­tag­o­nal con­cert hall is ar­ranged with a cen­tral podium for the orches­tra and gal­leries for the au­di­ence around all sides. See En­ter­tain­ment sec­tion for full pro­gram. Guided tours daily at 1:30pm. € 5/3. www.ber­liner- phil­har­moniker.de. Her­bert-von-

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