Ask The Concierge
Sebastian Sonnemann of the Titanic Deluxe Hotel offers tips for visiting Berlin.
Describe your perfect Berlin day.
There would be a lot of sunshine, of course. I’d start with breakfast on Olivaer Platz, followed by a stroll along the Ku’Damm with a midday stop in KaDeWe. In the afternoon, I’d take a boat tour on the Spree River, followed by a drink at one of the great riverside beach bars. Dinner would be at the Filou restaurant.
When friends come to visit, where do you take them?
There are so many options, but I’d start with the highlights, like the Brandenburg Gate, the Reichstag, and the remaining parts of the Berlin Wall.
Any secret Berlin tips?
The former Tempelhof Airport, which is now a park – a mysterious place with many interesting stories behind it.
Sum up Berlin in a few words.
Cool and multi- cultural.
Which events would you recommend this month?
The Festival of Lights, which uses light installations to put landmarks, streets, trendy neighborhoods, and interesting sites from Berlin’s history at center stage.
What do you like to do after work?
Enjoy Berlin and its urban life outdoors.
Tell us something about your hotel.
Titanic Deluxe stands for classic luxury. The former costume storehouse of the Staatsoper was used by the director of the royal theater after 1838. The rich history of the location is reflected in the design of the rooms, the stunning ballroom, and the guest areas.
What’s one of the wildest experiences you’ve had as a concierge?
Finding someone a butler during the ITB trade expo. Thankfully, through the connections of The Society of the Golden Keys in Germany, I was able to book one from Hamburg.
What’s one of the coziest spots in the city?
In the Beef Club restaurant here at the Titanic Deluxe Hotel, of course.
A German culinary specialty our readers should try?
In Berlin and Brandenburg, definitely Königsberger Klopse, meatballs in a white sauce with capers.
What sets Berlin apart from other big cities?
Berlin always stays fresh, new, and interesting every day.
Which spot would you recommend for romance?
Viktoriapark in Kreuzberg. In the evenings, it’s very romantic by the hillside waterfall.