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.
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.