The Out­look Is Green

sigh of re­lief from Annabelle Mallia, as win­ter breaks and she can marvel at the city’s flo­ral de­lights once again.

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Marvel at the city's spring­time botan­i­cal de­lights. BY ANNABELLE MALLIA

B er­lin is one of the green­est cities in Europe, leav­ing the lo­cals with a deep long­ing for na­ture dur­ing the win­ter-long hi­ber­na­tion. That’s why spring is the most ex­cit­ing sea­son, when frost-cov­ered ground and bar­ren trees give way to bright leaf buds and beau­ti­ful scat­ter­ings of cro­cuses and snow­drops. It’s the best time for long walks to soak up the new­found sun­shine and re­dis­cover Ber­lin’s botan­i­cal side.

A PUBLIC AF­FAIR

The easy place to start is Tier­garten, Ber­lin’s "Cen­tral Park." Orig­i­nally the hunt­ing ground of the Prus­sian roy­als, the lush park is filled with peace­ful walk­ing trails, ro­man­tic canals, lush mead­ows, and even an open-air lamp­post mu­seum. In the mid­dle of it, Café am

neuen See (Licht­en­steinallee 2, www. cafeam­neuensee.de) of­fers a beer gar­den and res­tau­rant, if you’re in need of re­fresh­ments, and boat rentals. To­wards the end of April, fol­low di­rec­tions on park maps for the Rhodo­den­dron-Hain (grove) and you’ll find your­self amongst 3-me­ter-high bushes in full pink and pur­ple bloom, straight out of a Monet paint­ing.

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