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Top rec­om­men­da­tions from the mem­bers of Die Gold­e­nen Sch­lüs­sel Deutschland.

Ev­ery month, we ask a mem­ber of Die Gold­e­nen Sch­lüs­sel Deutschland, a so­ci­ety for top concierges, to de­scribe Ber­lin. They have called it un­pre­dictable, ir­re­sistible, ever-chang­ing, pul­sat­ing, his­tor­i­cal, mul­ti­fac­eted, un­com­pli­cated, vi­brant, and green. If any­one knows the city, it’s them. Here’s a se­lec­tion of their rec­om­men­da­tions over the last year:

AB­SO­LUTE MUST- DOS:

Re­trace the Ber­lin Wall trail. Start­ing at Bran­den­burg Gate, stroll down Un­ter den Lin­den past Gen­dar­men­markt square and Mu­seum Is­land, fin­ish­ing at the TV Tower. Re­flect upon his­tory at the Holo­caust Me­mo­rial. Take in the view from in­side the Re­ich­stag dome. Visit the food sec­tion on the 6th floor of the KaDeWe.

SE­CRET SPOTS RE­VEALED:

The Max Lieber­mann Villa, a mu­seum housed in what used to be the artist’s sum­mer res­i­dence on Lake Wannsee Un­der­ground tours from the Ber­lin Un­der­worlds As­so­ci­a­tion (www.berlinerun­ter­wel­ten.de) KPM (www.kpm- ber­lin.com), the old­est porce­lain man­u­fac­turer in Ber­lin A tour of Teufels­berg moun­tain Street Food Thurs­day at Mark­thalle Neun (www.mark­thal­leneun.de) in Kreuzberg

3,2, 1, RE­LAX!

A walk around Krumme Lanke or Sch­lacht­ensee lakes, fol­lowed by lunch at the Fis­cher­hütte beer garten An es­cape to Pfauenin­sel, the is­land of pea­cocks A bike ride through Tier­garten A stroll and pic­nic in the gar­dens of the Char­lot­ten­burg Palace The Liq­uidrom (www. liq­uidrom- ber­lin. de) spa & sauna

GER­MAN DE­LIGHTS:

Sauer­braten at Mar­jellchen (www. mar­jellchen- ber­lin. de), a roast beef dish that’s first been ten­der­ized in brine

Königs­berger Klopse (meat­balls in white sauce) and Bienen­stich ( honey-and-al­mond­topped cake) at La Soupe Pop­u­laire (www.la­soupe­pop­u­laire.de) Curry36 in Kreuzberg for Cur­ry­wurst

Eis­bein (cured ham hock) with sauer­kraut, mashed peas, and pota­toes at restau­rant Max & Moritz (www.max­und­moritzber­lin.de) on Oranien­straße in Kreuzberg

Wild­schwein­braten (roast wild boar) in the Forsthaus Pauls­born (www.der­bun­de­spresses­trand.de) restau­rant in Grunewald for­est

NIGHT CAP:

So­lar Bar at U-An­hal­ter Bahn­hof, of­fer­ing great views of West Ber­lin Schiff­bauer­damm, full of great bars like Bar Tausend (www.tausend­ber­lin.com) Cor­do­bar wine bar near Hack­escher Markt Drinks on the ter­race at Monkey Bar (www. 25hours- ho­tels. com), on the top floor of the 25hours Ho­tel with a great view of the zoo.

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