Ask The Concierge

No­body knows the city bet­ter than your ex­pert concierge. Michael Ku­doll, concierge at the Sof­i­tel Berlin Kur­fürs­ten­damm, shared his in­sider tips for the best exhibitions and food shop­ping.

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Michael Ku­doll, concierge at the Sof­i­tel Berlin Kur­fürs­ten­damm, knows how to en­joy fam­ily time and the great out­doors.

What does your per­fect day in Berlin look like?

Sleep­ing in, read­ing the Ber­liner Mor­gen­post on­line with my cup of cof­fee, and go­ing for a long walk around one of the the city lakes, like Sch­lacht­ensee or Krumme Lanke, fol­lowed by ice skat­ing with the fam­ily at the Horst- Dohm-Sta­dium in Sch­mar­gen­dorf. In the af­ter­noon, a visit to the zoo, then an early din­ner and a film at our fa­vorite theater, the As­tor Film Lounge.

When you have vis­i­tors, what do you show them?

I usu­ally get them a “Small Group“ticket, so they can use pub­lic trans­port free of stress. With that, we take the U3 to Wit­ten­berg­platz to visit the gourmet food depart­ment at KaDeWe. Then we go for a stroll on Tauentzien­straße and visit the Bikini Berlin mall, which has a great ob­ser­va­tion deck over­look­ing the zoo’s mon­key en­clo­sure. After that, I like to take them to the Haupt­bahn­hof sta­tion and walk from there to the Re­ich­stag, Bran­den­burg Gate, Gen­dar­men­markt, and Mu­seum Is­land. When the weather is nice, the day ends in a beer gar­den by the wa­ter, ei­ther at the Fis­cher­hütte on Sch­lacht­ensee or at Café am Neuen See.

De­scribe Berlin in three words

So­phis­ti­cated, easy­go­ing, liv­able.

Tell us some­thing about your ho­tel

De­signed by Ger­man ar­chi­tect Jan Klei­hues, the in­te­rior plays with light­ing, along­side Bauhaus-in­spired fur­ni­ture in lovely warm col­ors. Through­out the ho­tel, you can dis­cover strik­ing art­work, like paint­ings by Ger­man artists Ju­nior Toscanelli and Ka­trin Kamp­mann.

What events do you rec­om­mend in Jan­uary?

The cold sea­son is the time for vis­it­ing mu­se­ums. I rec­om­mend a pho­tog­ra­phy tour in the West, start­ing with the ex­hi­bi­tion

Pho­tog­ra­phy in the First World War at the Mu­seum of Pho­tog­ra­phy, fol­lowed by a visit to C/O Berlin in the for­mer Amerika Haus, which cur­rently presents the ex­hi­bi­tion Mag­num.Con­tact Sheets. Fi­nally, the ex­hi­bi­tion Love at the Cam­era Work art gallery.

Where is the co­zi­est place in Berlin?

On a dark and cold win­ter evening, a can­dle-lit ta­ble near the pi­anist at restau­rant Filou on Bleib­treustraße.

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