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Uwe Asel­mann, concierge at the Ber­lin Mar­riott, knows where to go for great views and a beau­ti­ful sun­set.

No­body knows the city bet­ter than your ex­pert concierge. Uwe Asel­mann, concierge at the Ber­lin Mar­riott Ho­tel, shared his in­sider tips.

The great thing about the Ber­lin Mar­riott Ho­tel is its first-class em­ploy­ees, who love their pro­fes­sion and seek new chal­lenges ev­ery day. This of course has a pos­i­tive ef­fect on our ho­tel guests.

What makes Ber­lin dif­fer­ent?

That it is so di­verse, and that it of­fers some­thing for every­one to en­joy. Every­one is able to find their niche.

When you have friends vis­it­ing, where do you take them?

The Bran­den­burg Gate, the Re­ich­stag, the Holo­caust memo­rial, Mu­seum Is­land, and the Hum­boldt Box, the dy­namic in­for­ma­tion cen­ter for the Hum­boldt Fo­rum devel­op­ment project. Any se­cret Ber­lin tips for Ber­lin vis­i­tors? The So­lar Bar at An­hal­ter Bahn­hof. It of­fers guests a great view of the western part of Ber­lin from the 14th and 15th floor. For din­ner, the Mas­sai African Res­tau­rant on Ly­ch­ener Str. 12.

Three words to de­scribe Ber­lin?

Pul­sat­ing, in­ter­na­tional, historic.

What do you do af­ter work?

In the summer, I usu­ally end up in a beer gar­den. Ber­lin has some gor­geous ones!

Where is the co­zi­est place in Ber­lin?

On Schiff­bauer­damm, which is full of great Ger­man restau­rants and bars. My fa­vorite ones are Brechts Res­tau­rant and Bar Tausend.

A Ber­lin spe­cialty our read­ers should try?

I would rec­om­mend a tra­di­tional Ger­man dish such as braised beef cheeks, served with dumplings, red cab­bage, and red wine. Think­ing about it just made me re­ally hun­gry!

What Ber­lin spot would you rec­om­mend for ro­mance?

One of the most ro­man­tic places in Ber­lin in summer is Tier­garten, be­cause you can al­ways find a se­cluded cor­ner. The sun­set from Teufels­berg in Grunewald or from the Ber­liner Dom is guar­an­teed to melt any heart.

USE­FUL IN­FOR­MA­TION

Emer­gency num­bers

Po­lice, call 110 free from any phone. Am­bu­lance or fire, call 112 free from any phone. Med­i­cal Ser­vices, T: 030.310031. 24h Phar­macy: Haupt­bahn­hof Apotheke. T: 030.20614190. S Haupt­bahn­hof.

Tourist Passes

Mu­seum Ber­lin Pass: al­lows three days of un­lim­ited ac­cess to ma­jor museums. www.vis­it­ber­lin.de Ber­lin Wel­come Card: pub­lic trans­port for three days, and dis­counted en­try to a long list of attractions. www.vis­it­ber­lin.de City Tour Card: as above, but con­di­tions vary, so best to check which is most suit­able for you. www.city­tour­card.com

BER­LIN AIR­PORTS

Ber­lin Tegel (TXL)

Ap­prox. 10 km (5 miles) north­west of the city cen­ter. www.ber­lin-air­port.de. T: 030.60911150. TO AND FROM CEN­TRAL BER­LIN By bus: Buses 109 or X9 to Zool­o­gis­cher Garten run ev­ery 10 mins, tak­ing ap­prox. 20 mins. The TXL ex­press bus to Alexan­der­platz via Haupt­bahn­hof runs ev­ery 5–10 mins, tak­ing ap­prox. 25 mins. Sin­gle tick­ets cost €2.60 and can be pur­chased on board.

By U-Bahn: Bus 109 or X9 con­nects to the U-Bahn train sys­tem at Jakob-Kaiser-Platz. Bus 128 links to the U-Bahn at Kurt-Schu­macher-Platz and runs ev­ery 10 mins, tak­ing ap­prox. 25 mins. Tick­ets cost €2.60.

By taxi: Reg­u­lar cabs take 10–20 mins to city cen­ter. Ap­prox­i­mately €20–€35. Left lug­gage: Ser­vice cen­ter in Ter­mi­nal A (ground floor), T: 030 41012315

Ber­lin Schöne­feld (SXF)

Ap­prox. 20 km (12 miles) south­east of the city cen­ter. www.ber­lin-air­port.de. T: 030. 60911150. TO AND FROM CEN­TRAL BER­LIN By re­gional train: Deutsche Bahn-op­er­ated RE7 or RB14 to Ost­bahn­hof, Alexan­der­platz, Haupt­bahn­hof, and Zool­o­gis­cher Garten. RE9 to Haupt­bahn­hof via Süd­kreuz and Pots­damer Platz. Trains take ap­prox. 45 mins, tick­ets cost €3.20.

By S-Bahn: Trains S9 and S45 to Haupt­bahn­hof, via Ostkreuz and Süd­kreuz re­spec­tively, run ap­prox. ev­ery 20 mins, tak­ing ap­prox. 1 hr, tick­ets cost €3.20.

By U-Bahn: Bus X7 and X11 to Ru­dow sta­tion con­nect with the U-Bahn sys­tem, run ev­ery 10 mins. Jour­ney ap­prox. 1 hr, tick­ets cost €3.20.

By (night) bus: Ar­rivals be­tween mid­night and 4am Mon– Fri can take bus N7 to cen­tral ar­eas.

By taxi: Reg­u­lar cabs take ap­prox. 30 mins to city cen­ter, cost­ing €30–€40. Left lug­gage: At the multi-storey car park P4, T: 030.60911150.

GET­TING AROUND

Fares Buy tick­ets from ma­chines in the sta­tion, and be sure to val­i­date them in the posts next to the ticket ma­chines. Sin­gle tick­ets cost €2.60, or 4-trip

tick­ets for €8.80, which you can val­i­date as you need. If trav­el­ing fewer than three train sta­tions or six bus or tram stops, buy a short-trip ticket for €1.50. Day tick­ets cost €6.70 for un­lim­ited travel un­til 3am the fol­low­ing day, or if you are trav­el­ing with oth­ers, a small group ticket will get up to five peo­ple un­lim­ited travel for €16.20. For those stay­ing longer, a seven-day pass valid for seven con­sec­u­tive cal­en­dar days may be bet­ter value at €28.80.

U-Bahn The un­der­ground sys­tem is ex­ten­sive, with nu­mer­ous sta­tions close to­gether. Most lines run ev­ery 5 mins (less fre­quently out­side work­ing hours), 4am–12:30am (re­placed by night buses out­side of these times).

S-Bahn The above-ground sys­tem is faster than the U-Bahn but less fre­quent. Trains run ev­ery 10–20 mins. Tim­ing and ticket rules ap­ply as above.

Pub­lic Ferries With a reg­u­lar BVG ticket you can also hop on one of the six pub­lic ferry lines. Most beau­ti­ful is the trip from Wannsee to the lake­side vil­lage of Kladow. It leaves ev­ery hour and takes about 20 mins.

Rail Travel

Deutsche Bahn is the na­tional rail­way com­pany, in­clud­ing the Re­gional Bahn (RB) and Re­gional Ex­press (RE) trains, which op­er­ate around greater Ber­lin and Pots­dam. The In­ter­city (IC) and Euro­pean City (EC) trains travel fur­ther afield and in­ter­na­tion­ally. www.bahn.de, T: 0180.6996633 (toll num­ber).

Rent A Bike

Explore Ber­lin’s great sights by bike and choose your own des­ti­na­tions. Deutsche Bahn Call-a-Bike ser­vice: www.callabike.de Ber­lin and Bike: www.berli­nand­bike.de, T: 0163.5120124.

Rent a Car

Europ­car: www.europ­car.com, T: 040 52018765 Hertz: www.hertz.com, T: 0180 6003690 (toll num­ber) Avis: www.avis.com, T: 0180 6217702 (toll num­ber)

MONEY SER­VICES

Banks and For­eign Ex­change

Ex­change AG: Friedrich­str. 172. T: 030.20649296. Deutsche Bank: Kur­fürs­ten­damm 111. T: 030.8904370.

Lost Cards and Cheques

Amer­i­can Ex­press: T: 069.97972000 Din­ers Club: T: 07531.3633111 MasterCard: T: 0800.8191040 Visa: T: 0800.8118440

Tax-Free Shop­ping

Ger­man law en­ti­tles all non-Euro­pean Union res­i­dents to VAT tax re­fund. Look for stores dis­play­ing the Global Blue Tax Free shop­ping sign and ask for a Tax-Free Form when shop­ping. Upon de­par­ture from the EU, pur­chased goods and the com­pleted form must be shown to a cus­toms agent and a cus­toms stamp ob­tained no later than three months af­ter the date of pur­chase. Make sure your goods are un­used. Go to the re­fund counter and present the stamped form, or send it to Global Blue as soon as you reach your des­ti­na­tion. www. glob­al­blue.com

REAL ES­TATE AGEN­CIES

Spe­cial­izes in Ber­lin and Bran­den­burg real es­tate sales. Apart­ments, whole build­ings, vil­las, and more. www.ad­hoc-immo.de. Hohe Allee 36, 15366 Neuen­hagen bei Ber­lin. T: 03342.259560. Off Map

Al­lianz

Of­fers se­lected prop­er­ties and is de­vel­op­ing a num­ber of build­ing projects in var­i­ous ar­eas of Ber­lin. www.al­lianz-realestate.com. Joachim­staler­str. 10-12. T: 030.212343562. U Kur­fürs­ten­damm. C4

Ber­lin Cap­i­tal In­vest­ments

Spe­cial­izes in apart­ment sale in cen­tral Ber­lin for both in­vest­ment and self-use. Check web­site to search for small units, big apart­ments, or pent­houses in Ber­lin’s most pop­u­lar neigh­bor­hoods. www.ber­lin-cap­i­tal.com. T: 030.52009700.

Ber­lin Hyp Im­mo­bilien

Helps clients bet­ter un­der­stand the Ger­man real es­tate mar­ket and of­fers a wide range of Ber­lin com­mer­cial prop­er­ties, from of­fice build­ings to in­dus­trial es­tates to shops. www.berlin­hyp­im­mo­bilien.de. Bu­dapester Str. 1. T: 030.25999908. S+U Zool­o­gis­cher Garten. C4

Ber­lin Yield Es­tate

Res­i­den­tial and com­mer­cial build­ings in Ber­lin. www.berlinyield­estate.com. Unter den Lin­den 16. T: 030.68324467. U Franzö­sis­che Straße. E3

Ber­lin­mae­gleren

These agents cover a wide range of prop­erty types, from vil­las to apart­ments, and also of­fer rental ser­vices. Sec­ond branch in Pren­zlauer Berg. www.ber­lin­mae­gleren.de. Rankestr. 30. T: 030.61202398. S+U Zool­o­gis­cher Garten. C4

BNP Paribas Real Es­tate

With its own sub­sidiaries and a close-knit net­work, this real es­tate agency is present na­tion­wide. Cov­ers all rel­e­vant real es­tate mar­kets and en­sures de­tailed and com­pre­hen­sive knowl­edge of the lo­cal mar­ket. www.realestate.bnpparibas.de. Neues Kran­zler Eck. Kur­fürs­ten­damm 22. T: 030.884650 U Kur­fürs­ten­damm. C4

En­gel & Voelk­ers

One of the world’s lead­ing ser­vice com­pa­nies in the pro­vi­sion of high qual­ity res­i­den­tial and com­mer­cial real es­tate and yachts in the pre­mium seg­ment. www.en­gelvoelk­ers.com. Bleib­treustr. 34-35. T: 030.88001188. S Sav­i­gny­platz. B4

Guth­mann Es­tate

Ar­chi­tects, econ­o­mists, cer­ti­fied real es­tate agents and ap­pren­tices serve in­ter­na­tional clients on a daily ba­sis. They pro­vide real es­tate ser­vices, build­ing project plan­ning, and su­per­vi­sion, as well as analy­ses and mar­ket re­ports. English, Ger­man, and Ital­ian spo­ken. www.guth­mann-es­tate.com. Blüch­er­str. 22. T: 030.69004240. U Gneise­naus­traße. E5

HIHC Hor­vat

This real es­tate ser­vice agency will an­a­lyze clients’ hous­ing needs and find an apart­ment to buy or rent on their be­half. HICH Hor­vat also of­fers re­lo­ca­tion ser­vices for ex­pats and in­ter­na­tional clients. www.hihc.de. Olymp­is­che Str. 1. T: 030.33099930. U Neu Wes­tend. Off Map

Virtu - Finest Real Es­tate

Ex­perts in the field of real es­tate, law, and eco­nom­ics joined to set new stan­dards in the field of real es­tate mar­ket­ing and con­sult­ing in Ger­many. Virtu ad­vises clients on real es­tate in­vest­ments in Ger­many, fo­cus­ing on lux­ury real es­tate. www.virtu.com.de/en/. Jäger­str. 58- 60. T: 030.20679590. U Franzö­sis­che Straße. E3

Your Place Ber­lin

These real es­tate agents and me­di­a­tors of­fer per­son­al­ized ser­vices and free con­sul­ta­tions, promis­ing to ne­go­ti­ate bet­ter deals for their clients. They spe­cial­ize in clients who live abroad, of­fer­ing to per­form all re­search and to visit the apart­ments be­fore the client’s ar­rival. www. your­place­ber­lin.com. Wil­libald-Alexis-Str. 2. T: 030.53064083. U Gneise­naus­traße. E5

Ziegert Im­mo­bilien

Has a large port­fo­lio of apart­ments in all of Ber­lin’s neigh­bor­hoods and helps clients un­der­stand the Ger­man real es­tate mar­ket, of­fer­ing ad­vice on in­vest­ment pos­si­bil­i­ties. www.ziegert-im­mo­bilien. de. Sch­lüter­str. 54. T: 030.88035350. S Sav­i­gny­platz.

Tell us about the Ber­lin Mar­riott Ho­tel.

Although only built up in the eastern part of the city, Ber­lin’s dense tram net­work is the third largest in the world, af­ter Mel­bourne and St. Peters­burg.

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