Ask The Concierge

No­body knows the city bet­ter than your ex­pert concierge. Ni­co­lai Laaser, concierge at the Sof­i­tel Berlin Gen­dar­men­markt, shared his ex­pe­ri­ences and in­sider tips.

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Ni­co­lai Laaser, concierge at the Sof­i­tel Berlin Gen­dar­men­markt, shares his tips for drinks and ro­mance.

When friends come to visit, where do you take them?

The clas­sics – a stroll along Un­ter den Linden from the Bran­den­burg Gate past Mu­seum Is­land and end­ing at the TV Tower.

Any se­cret Berlin tips?

The Turk­ish restau­rant Os­manya in Tier­garten. It is mod­ern and dec­o­rated in daz­zling white and royal gold. Ex­trav­a­gant chan­de­liers cast a ro­man­tic glow and the ar­chi­tec­ture is ac­cented with Ro­man nu­mer­als, elab­o­rate bows, and col­or­ful paint­ings.

Three words to de­scribe Berlin.

Mul­ti­cu­tu­ral, vi­brant, sexy.

What are some wild ex­pe­ri­ences you’ve had as a concierge?

Once, a guest was very in­ter­ested in busses, es­pe­cially in hy­dro­gen busses. I called the BVG (pub­lic trans­port company) and was put through to the high­est of­fi­cer who was able to ar­range a hy­dro­gen bus on a reg­u­lar pub­lic trans­port route, leav­ing my guest com­pletely over­whelmed.

Which events would you rec­om­mend for the month of Oc­to­ber?

Once a year, Berlin’s world-fa­mous sights and mon­u­ments in the city cen­ter be­come the can­vas for a spec­tac­u­lar light and video dis­play for the Fes­ti­val of Lights.

Where is the co­zi­est place in Berlin?

En­joy a glass of wine with som­me­lier Christoph Geyler at Rutz wine bar, or a beau­ti­ful cock­tail at TheLib­er­ate bar.

A Berlin spe­cialty our read­ers should try?

Def­i­nitely the cur­ry­wurst, ei­ther at Kras­selts in Steglitz or at Curry36 in Kreuzberg. Restau­rant Aigner at the Sof­i­tel or Altes Zoll­haus in Kreuzberg also serve great Ger­man spe­cial­ties.

What dif­fer­en­ti­ates Berlin from other ci­ties?

It isn’t as stress­ful and dirty. Also, Ber­lin­ers are very open to for­eign­ers and life in gen­eral is more af­ford­able.

What Berlin spot would you rec­om­mend for ro­mance?

French restau­rant La Ra­clette: in­ti­mate, with a fire­place and can­dles on the wall.

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