Ask The Concierge

No­body knows the city bet­ter than your ex­pert concierge. Linda Ur­ban, concierge at the Wal­dorf As­to­ria, is here to help. www.hotel­

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Linda Ur­ban from the Wal­dorf As­to­ria shares her out­door tips.

What does your per­fect day look like?

My per­fect days al­ways start with a big break­fast, af­ter which I like to go for long bike rides. I of­ten go to one of the city’s nu­mer­ous lakes (Müggelsee is one of my fa­vorites) and spend the day there, then, on the way back, I'll have din­ner in a cozy res­tau­rant be­fore let­ting the evening fade away with a good movie at the open- air cin­ema in Volkspark Friedrichshain.

When friends visit, where do you take them?

If it's their first Ber­lin visit, I show them the main sights be­fore go­ing on the oblig­a­tory Spree cruise. Oth­er­wise, I take them on an un­der­ground tour with the Ber­liner Un­ter­wel­ten tour agency. And if it’s Sun­day, I’ll take them to one of the dozens of flea mar­kets, like the one in Mauer­park.

What are your se­cret Ber­lin tips?

It’s got to be Brief­marken Weine – a wine bar in a for­mer stamp shop on Karl- Marx- Allee in Friedrichshain. You can en­joy good wine and an­tipasti while clas­si­cal mu­sic plays in the back­ground. The Jubel Patis­serie in Pren­zlauer Berg is also one of my fa­vorite places for de­li­cious cup­cakes and tartlets.

Tell us about your ho­tel.

The Wal­dorf As­to­ria Ho­tel opened its doors in Jan­uary 2013 and, stand­ing at 118m (390ft) in height, it's cur­rently the tallest build­ing in the western part of the city. Our li­brary on the 15th floor of­fers a fab­u­lous view, to be en­joyed while sip­ping your af­ter­noon tea. Our res­tau­rant Les Solistes by Pierre Gag­naire serves con­tem­po­rary French cui­sine and is dec­o­rated with one Miche­lin star.

Tips for a Ger­man spe­cial­ity?

You can get great pork knuckle with sauer­kraut at the Zur kleinen Mark­thalle res­tau­rant in Kreuzberg.

Do you know a ro­man­tic spot in Ber­lin?

Vic­to­ri­a­park in Kreuzberg and Friedrichs­brücke bridge in Mitte, where you have a great view over the Spree, as well as the Ber­liner Dom and the Na­tional Gallery.

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