It’s a beautiful spring—don’t let it pass by without joining us for explorations and enjoyments in the month of May!
Get Out and Explore
Tuesday, 10 May Why does Switzerland have the only foreign embassy in Berlin that is located in the area reserved for the German government? Learn this and much more on a visit to the Swiss Embassy.
Friday, 13 May A guided tour of the Neuer Garten, Potsdam, in a lovely setting between two lakes. The garden is home to the Marble Palace, the Orangerie, and Schloss Cecilienhof, where the Potsdam Conference took place to plan the peace after World War II.
Friday, 20 May A guided tour of the Berlin Wall Memorial, which tells the stories of people whose lives were restricted by the Wall, who were forced to move because of it, and who aspired to get beyond it.
Friday, 27 May A stroll around the Botanischer Garten in its spring splendour—the best time of year!
Eat, Drink, and Enjoy
Wednesday, 11 May Lunch at the Palace Restaurant, Lebanese and international specialties near Charlottenburg Palace.
Friday, 13 May Blind wine tasting—an excellent opportunity to develop our palates, have some fun, and get to know each other better!
Thursday, 19 May Lunch at BLEND, in the Pullman Berlin Schweizerhof, a restaurant highlighting local and seasonal ingredients but also reflecting the multi-faceted international food culture of Berlin.
Talk About Books and Art
Tuesday, 17 May. A journey through a history of Meissen porcelain. See a BIWC member’s collection of Meissen and learn about fascinating material that has provided so much to daily life and the decorative arts.
Monday, 23 May Discussion of Kurt Anderson’s New York Times best-seller, Fantasyland: How America Went Haywire, A 500-Year History. See what you think of Anderson’s argument that “From the start, our ultra-individualism was attached to epic dreams and epic fantasies …”
Monday, 30 May. Discussion of Afterlives by Abdulrazak Gurnah, the winner of the 2021 Nobel Prize for Literature. The novel follows the lives of four protagonists living on the coast of Tanzania during colonial times and the early years of independence
Stay Fit with Walking Groups
Saturday, 7 May A walk through the Tegeler Forst, passing the Flughafensee and continuing north to the Tegeler See and along the Greenwichpromenade to the Archaischer Erzengel vom Heiligensee sculpture, a memorial to the Berlin artist Hannah Höch.
Every Wednesday A walk around Schlachtensee.
Every Thursday A walk in Tiergarten.
Languages and Games
Tuesday, 3 May Spanish speakers (not only a chance to exercise your Spanish, but also to taste the products of an award-winning ice-cream confectioner!)
Monday, 9 May and 23 May English speakers.
Tuesday, 10 May and 24 May German speakers.
The Club has several Mah Jong groups who play regularly.