Ask The Concierge
Nobody knows the city better than your expert concierge. Anne Raber, concierge at the Hotel de Rome, shared her experiences and her insider tips for the most delicious honey-and-almond cake.
Anne Raber, concierge at the Hotel de Rome, shares sightseeing tips topped off with a bite of German cuisine.
Describe Berlin in three words. Beloved, moving, 24/7. When friends visit, where do you take them? The dome of the Reichstag is a must see, and I like showing friends the bust of Nefertiti at the Neues Museum. When the sun is shining, I like to go to Villa Liebermann at Wannsee. And after a long day of sightseeing, Greek food at Ousies in Schöneberg and a drink at the Kurhaus Ponte Rosa beer garden round things out perfectly. What do you like to do after work? Work never really ends for a concierge, but I do like going to new restaurants or visiting exhibitions. What’s been your craziest experience as a concierge? A Sunday evening request for a karaoke party: “We NEED a plastic rat.” And we pulled it off! Do you have any event recommendations for September? Berlin Art Week, from 16-21 September, and the Berlin Marathon on 28 September. Where do you suggest for sampling German cuisine? Königsberger Klopse (meatballs in white sauce) and Bienenstich (honey-and-almond-topped cake) at La Soupe Populaire. Or the egg liqueur tart at the top of the TV Tower. Good spots for romance? Watching the sun set over Berlin’s rooftops from the terrace of the Hotel de Rome, or a walk through Schöneberg’s Südgeländer Park. Any final tips? See the concert series at the Piano Salon Christophori – classical and jazz music, played by young artists in an atelier normally used to restore pianos. The place itself used to be a workshop owned by the BVG, and now you can sit on folding chairs with a beer or glass of wine and listen to amazing music there. For sightseeing, the bell tower at the Olympic Stadium in Spandau is another little-known gem: from there, you can see to Alexanderplatz and, with a clear sky, as far as Potsdam and the Müggelberge hills.
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