Ask The Concierge
Over the years, the city's concierges have delighted Where Berlin readers with many priceless tips. Here are some highlights.
A collection of the best tips from Berlin concierges.
ESSENCE OF BERLIN
"Berlin is Berlin, with heart and
Schnauze (attitude), and always full of surprises." – Hatem Ferjani, Berlin Marriott Hotel "Berlin in three words? Pulsating, international, historic." – Uwe Aselmann, Berlin Marriott Hotel "It's historical, hip, exciting!" – Swen Roessler, Grand Hyatt Berlin "The quintessential Berlin experience: driving 200 km/h (125 mph) on a German Autobahn with a Porsche while eating bratwurst and listening to German bands such as Rammstein, Paul Kalkbrenner, and the Beatsteaks." – Thomas Munko, The Ritz- Carlton
TIPS & TRICKS
"Special tip: Briefmarken Weine, a GDR- era stamp shop on Karl- MarxAllee turned into a wine bar." – Linda Urban, Waldorf Astoria "My secret: The bartender at Schwarze Traube won the 'Germany's Best Mixologist' prize in 2013. Tell him your mood, and he'll make you the perfect drink." – Ayjut Kanbak, Grand Hyatt Berlin "Eisbein (ham hock) with sauerkraut, mashed peas, and potatoes from Max & Moritz in Kreuzberg is my favorite German specialty." – Tim Sachse, Hilton Berlin "I love taking guests on a video bus tour, driving around Berlin while watching footage of the past." – Carina Gerber, The Ritz- Carlton "For when it's cold outside: A candlelit table near the pianist at Filou on Bleibtreustraße." – Michael Kudoll, Sofitel Berlin Kurfürstendamm "I recommend the Georg Kolbe Museum in Westend, followed by a visit to the Olympic Stadium."
– Torsten Kaminski, The Ritz- Carlton
"Friedrichshain,I take visitors to to my show neighborhood,them the pubs of Simon- Dach-Straße or the weekly flea market at Boxhagener Platz." – Gerhard Buskies, Hilton Berlin "There's nothing more pleasant than sitting at a café on Rüdesheimer Platz in Wilmersdorf with a glass of wine in your hand." – Alexander Hohmann, The Ritz- Carlton "Romantic tip: Next to the idyllic Engelbecken, in the heart of Kreuzberg, is a café where you'll feel like you've left the city behind." – Kay Mischke, Hotel Palace Berlin "Savignyplatz, with its cafés and restaurants, is one of the coziest spots in Berlin." – Christoph Hundehege, Waldorf Astoria "Park Gleisdreieck reflects the spirit of Berlin. It brings together all different walks of life and is a modern meeting place." – San Ndiaye, Sofitel Berlin Kurfürstendamm "On my ideal day, I'd have breakfast at Fischerhütte on Schlachtensee and then visit Peacock Island." – Sebastian Schönfisch, Grand Hyatt Berlin "At the Beelitzer Heilstätten, you can visit an old sanatorium that makes a charming backdrop or photoshoots." – Marc Schiffer, The Ritz- Carlton "The former Tempelhof Airport, now a park, is a mysterious place with many interesting stories to tell." – Sebastian Sonnemann, Titanic Deluxe "Go to Altes Zollhaus for the best
Königsberger Klöpse, German meatballs in a caper sauce." – Philipp Stopp, Waldorf Astoria
"My The wildestvisit of Michael experience Jackson!"as a concierge? – Joachim Lenk, Adlon Kempinski "Once, a guest on his way to a Sunday karaoke party came to me and said, ' We NEED a plastic rat.' And we pulled it off !" – Anne Raber, Roccoforte Hotel de Rome "I always find marriage proposals charming. Each one is different, and I've organized at least 50." – Sandra Bösemüller, The Regent Berlin "My wildest time as a concierge? The time after the Wall came down." – Lutz Schneider, Westin Grand Berlin "Let's put it this way: As concierges, there's nothing we don't come across." – André Höftmann, Adlon Kempinski "A colleague once received a call from a guest complaining about the microwave not working. Well, the room had no microwave. He was trying to heat up his sandwich in the safe." – Thomas Munko, The Ritz- Carlton "I still remember the in- house World Cup celebrations, when the Italians and the Brazilians needed to be shielded from the rest." – Marc Schnabel, Kempinski Hotel Bristol Berlin "A guest was interested in hydrogen busses. I called the BVG and arranged a hydrogen bus for us. Our guest was overwhelmed." – Nicolai Laaser, Sofitel Berlin- Gendarmenmarkt
Flea market at Boxhagener Platz
"We NEED a plastic rat!"