Ask The Concierge
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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)
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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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.