Caption light caption light erlin isn’t just a conglomeration of urban spaces, post-industrial structures, luxurious turn-of-the-19thcentury buildings, and communist architecture. The city’s southwestern neighborhoods are covered in forest and dotted by lakes and ponds, and are a popular vacation spot for many Berliners. The best way to dive into Berlin’s greenest slice is to rent a bike and take it on Above: Eye-catching architecture adorns the Englishstyle gardens at Pfaueninsel. This photo: The Fischerhütte Biergarten at Schlachtensee the U3 U-Bahn line, getting off anywhere between Dahlem Dorf and Krumme Lanke to explore roads lined with marvelous villas built in a variety of styles, but also parks, woods, and lakes where Berliners come to swim whenever it’s sunny. Originally built for the upper class of the early 1900s, the districts of Zehlendorf and Dahlem are an explosion of architectural styles, featuring Bavarian half-timbered mansions, boxy and functional Bauhaus buildings, austere Prussian villas, or floral Art Nouveau houses. The townhouses around Im Gehege in Dahlem are built in a combination of urban and country styles, while the houses and apartment buildings of the Onkel-Toms-Hütte Waldsiedlung on and around Riemeisterstraße near Krumme Lanke were designed by Bruno Taut in the 1920s for the working class, aiming to prove that functional architecture can be adapted to an idyllic forest setting. To view the interior of a Berlin lakeside villa, head to the Haus am Waldsee (www.hausamwaldsee. de) on Argentinische Allee, which houses a contemporary art collection both inside the building and in its lovely waterside garden. Another mansion-cum-museum is the Liebermann Villa (www.liebermann-villa. de), once the summer house of painter Max Liebermann and now a gallery displaying the artist’s collection with a gorgeous view of lake Wannsee just out of the window. hard to believe that this very view is what a Nazi delegation looked out on when they planned the annihilation of the Jews in 1933: the nearby Haus der Wannsee-Konferenz (www.ghwk.de), where the conference took place, is now a memorial museum.