The cold rainy weather has finally seemed to pass over Berlin, we were blessed this week with some wonderful sunshine. And with friends in town, I was able to see a whole new side of Berlin. We rented bikes and rode all over of the city—through the sprawling central Tiergarten gardens, to the pretty Schloss Charlottenburg palace, and around the towering museums on Museum Island. I discovered the wonderful beer garden Schleusenkrug tucked behind the Tiergarten, climbed the roof of the Berlin Cathedral, had rooftop drinks on the snazzy Hotel de Rome, and found the quiet garden courtyards inside the Jewish Museum. And I finally had my first sips of the Berlin favorite Berliner Weiße, a tart sour wheat beer that is usually spiked with either raspberry or woodruff syrup, as well as the German summer drink Hugo, made with mint, lime, elderberry syrup, and Prosecco.
This weekend it was back to just me and TH, but the weather was so nice, that we joined what seemed like the rest of Berlin in lying around in the city’s parks. On our first sunny vist to Mauer Park we managed to find some bikes at the flea market, enjoyed the sounds of a gypsy jazz band, and were inspired by the tempting smell of bratwurst to order a small grill for summer cookouts when we got home. I’m excited to keep exploring the summer in Berlin, the best time in the city we’ve been told. From Spree River-side parties and trips to Lake Wannsee in the west to leisurely bike rides along the city’s winding paths, I can’t wait to enjoy more of Berlin’s warm weather!