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.

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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.

IM­AGE OF THE BER­LINER PHILARMONIE: © JUNEDE/IS­TOCK/THINKSTOCK

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