Solveig Steinhardt

Where Berlin - - WHERE NOW -

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.

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