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
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.
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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.