Ask The Concierge
Nobody knows the city better than your expert concierge. Linda Urban, concierge at the Waldorf Astoria, is here to help. www.hotelconcierge.de
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.