Ask The Concierge

An­dré Höft­mann, head concierge at Ho­tel Ad­lon Kempin­ski Ber­lin, one of Europe’s most fa­mous ho­tels, is over­flow­ing with in­sider tips. www.hotel­concierge.de

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An­dré Höft­mann, head concierge at Ho­tel Ad­lon Kempin­ski, shares his tips for an un­for­get­table city stay.

What would be your per­fect day? Break­fast in the Böt­zowkiez neigh­bor­hood, then a walk through the dis­trict of Friedrichshain, with a stop or two at an ex­hi­bi­tion or mu­seum, fol­lowed by a boat ride on the river Spree and din­ner in one of my fa­vorite restau­rants. When you have vis­i­tors, what do you show them? All the things not nec­es­sar­ily found in guide books, such as the Weis­sensee lake, with its beach and Milch­häuschen ter­race café and restau­rant, or the con­tem­po­rary art ex­hi­bi­tion at Samm­lung Boros, where art and his­tory uniquely merge.

What are your se­cret tips for Ber­lin? The Ar­minius­mark­thalle in Moabit, a small mar­ket with lo­cal pro­duce, food stalls, and a cul­tural pro­gram in the evenings. Or Vik­to­ri­a­park in Kreuzberg, which has a beau­ti­ful panoramic view over the neigh­bor­hood.

De­scribe Ber­lin in three words.

Cool, sexy, un­der­stated. Whatas a concierge?are your wildest ex­pe­ri­ences Let'swe don’tput it come­this way: across. There is noth­ing that

Which event do you rec­om­mend in May? I al­ways like the Phil­har­monic and the shows at the Chamäleon Theatre. How­ever, in this sea­son, Ber­lin is at its best when you can en­joy it out­doors.

Where is the co­zi­est spot in Ber­lin? At the Strand­bar No.1 – with beau­ti­ful back­ground mu­sic, happy, danc­ing peo­ple, and a won­der­ful view of the Mu­seum Is­land.

Tips for a Ger­man spe­cialty? More so a tip for a Ber­lin spe­cialty: A must is the cur­ry­wurst at Konnopke at U Eber­swalder Straße.

Do you know a ro­man­tic place in Ber­lin? The sun­set at Cafe Schoen­brunn, a boat ride along the canals in evening light, or the view of the city from the TV tower in the late evening when you’re al­most alone.

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