With the coming of autumn the leaves turn many different colours and the whole of Berlin sparkles with light. Numerous major events such as the anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall make the city a particularly exciting travel destination in the coming weeks. For an overview of the season’s many highlights, we spoke with Lucas Hurtado, concierge at the Park Inn by Radisson at Alexanderplatz in Berlin. He also gave some very personal tips that you should definitely try out during your visit to Berlin.
So who is Lucas Hurtado?
The concierge of the Park Inn by Radisson at Alexanderplatz in Berlin, who is also in charge of the Berlin Tourist Info by visitBerlin, has been taking care of the hotel’s guests and their requests since 2017. Mr Hurtado grew up in Berlin and returned to his beloved home town after his time spent abroad and his one-year trip to Australia.
Which three cosy cafés can you recommend to your guests on a rainy autumn day in Berlin?
Even on a rainy autumn day, Berlin offers plenty of possibilities to find shelter, thanks to its numerous cafés and restaurants. I particularly recommend a visit to the Café im Literaturhaus in Charlottenburg. You can buy a book in the café’s bookshop, then relax while reading it in the café.
In the Chén Ché Teehaus in Mitte I regularly find peace and quiet. I especially appreciate its authenticity and the atmosphere that reminds me of my time spent in Asia.
A historical eye-catcher is the former engine house in front of the waterfall in Viktoriapark. Today you will find the Restaurant Tomasa in Villa Kreuzberg here, where I like to order the ‘Kreuzbergteller’ plate for breakfast.
Which events should guests make sure not to miss in autumn in Berlin?
Every year the Festival of Lights and Berlin leuchtet provide great spectacles for both Berliners and visitors alike. You can enjoy viewing the illuminated sights on one of the boat trips on the Spree.
We are also celebrating two anniversaries in Berlin this year: the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall and the 100th anniversary of the Bauhaus. Numerous events are on offer where you can deepen your knowledge of Berlin.
If you want to enjoy culinary delights in the city, visit the sixth Berlin Food Week from 21 to 27 October. Events, restaurant specials and workshops are guaranteed to offer something to suit everyone’s taste.
A guest wants to discover unique museums. Which five museums would you recommend and why?
On the occasion of the Bauhaus year, the Bauhaus Archive/Museum of Design is showing pieces from its hundred-year history in the exhibition entitled original bauhaus, from 6 September to 27 January 2020.
30 years after the fall of the Berlin Wall, the group exhibition Durch Mauern gehen [Walking through Walls] at the Martin-Gropius-Bau explores the concept of demarcation through borders and barriers.
Extraordinary guided tours tracing the city’s history are particularly popular with our guests. Berliner Unterwelten e.V. offers various guided tours that give an insight into historical bunkers and installations of Berlin’s underground world. Tempelhof Airport, with one of the largest building complexes in Europe, also offers this possibility.
One of my favourites is Hamburger Bahnhof, the museum for contemporary art. The regularly changing exhibitions fascinate me time and again.
Typical Berlin cuisine: What restaurant tips would you give and what would you recommend trying while there?
With almost 10,000 restaurants, making the right choice during your stay in Berlin can be a challenge. For the crispiest and juiciest chicken in town, I recommend a visit to the cult traditional Berlin restaurant Die Henne, which is over 100 years old. Or the Prater Gaststätte, which offers exquisite, hearty dishes as well as its home-brewed beer.
A special highlight is the restaurant Katz Orange in Mitte. You can enjoy regional products, modern creations and unique cocktails in the former brewery building.
Three of the capital’s photo spots: Which three viewing platforms or photo locations are an absolute must for every guest’s trip to Berlin?
At 150 metres high, the roof terrace at our hotel Park Inn by Radisson offers one of the most impressive views of Berlin. The city’s highest sky lounge is thus one of the most impressive photo spots and a popular location to bring the evening to a close. I also like to recommend the view from the National Monument in Viktoriapark and from Teufelsberg. A classic, of course, is always the Television Tower.