One of the many facets of Berlin that nobody expects is how much water there is in the city. 300kms of rivers and canals, which often open up to form idyllic lakes, give Berlin a vacationy feel even in its most industrial parts. And what is more pleasant and relaxing than drinking a beer while watching boats (or swans) go by? Come evening, Berliners flock to the banks of the Landwehr Canal in Kreuzberg to watch the sun slowly go down behind the buildings, and if I could, I would join them every single night for the whole summer. But June is also Berlin's wettest month of the year, so it may be a good idea to find indoor alternatives. A great one is the Long Night of the Sciences, taking place on 11 June at various scientific locations (see p. 8). Or simply turn to our Entertainment section (p. 52) for a plethora of great events and exhibitions.
SOLVEIG STEINHARDT EDITOR, WHERE BERLIN