Ask The Concierge

Over the years, the city's concierges have de­lighted Where Ber­lin read­ers with many price­less tips. Here are some high­lights.

Where Berlin - - CONTENTS -

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

CONCIERGE AD­VEN­TURES

"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

Pea­cock is­land

Tem­pel­hof Air­port

Flea mar­ket at Box­ha­gener Platz

"We NEED a plas­tic rat!"

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