Kempinski Blog Article
Visiting a new city is always exciting, but with so many things to see and do, it can be difficult to know how best to spend your time.
Luckily for you, we’ve spoken to some of the knowledgeable concierges from across our international hotel portfolio to get their top tips on how to get the most out of their areas. Their local knowledge of secret spots, exciting activities and hidden restaurants will ensure that your trip is the best it can possibly be.
Dresden is known to be one of the prettiest cities in the whole of Germany, with magnificent architecture sat amongst stunning natural beauty.
One of its most standout attractions is the idyllic Saxon Switzerland National Park, situated just 30 kilometres from the city. In the words of Markus Walsch, concierge at Hotel Taschenbergpalais Kempinski Dresden, “whether it’s summer time or winter in Dresden, Saxon Switzerland is always worth a visit”.
According to Markus, one of the highlights of the park is Bastei Bridge - “the perfect viewing platform and selfie spot!”. The man-made bridge stretches across incredible rock formations, with visitors treated to staggering panoramic views of the mountain landscape.
To reach the national park from Dresden, Markus recommends taking one of the historic steam boat paddlers or renting a bike and cycling along the Elbe river.
Markus’ colleague, head concierge Roland Würzbach, also suggests visiting the “wonderful” Albrechtsberg Castle. Roland’s insider tip is to explore the winery of vintner Müller, which he describes as “a secret cosy place that needs to be discovered”. He explains: “Hidden on the right hand side of Albrechtsberg Castle and right above the vineyard, the vintner serves wine and a delicious selection of homemade Tarte Flambee, straight out of a traditional wood fire oven.”
The extravagant beauty of Vienna means it can be hard to fit everything into a visit. Jens Thiele, assistant head concierge at Palais Hansen Kempinski Vienna, told us that there are some things which you simply can’t afford to miss.
For a flavour of the beautiful Viennese architecture, Jens recommends visiting some of the city’s art nouveau buildings, such as the church on the Steinhof, the subway pavilion on Karlsplatz and the Secession.
Thomas Crampton, another of the hotel’s concierge team, agrees and calls Vienna “the most beautiful city in the world”. His top recommendation is the viewing platform of the Albertina, “especially in the evening, with its view of the illuminated opera and the Schönbrunn Palace - you can feel like an emperor!”
Spectacular viewpoints were a recurring theme when we spoke to the Palais Hansen Kempinski Vienna team, with Daniel Wukovits, head concierge, suggesting Kalhenberg Hill. The spot, Daniel says, offers “unparalleled views over the city”.
Munich is a city bursting with character, with enough things to do to last a lifetime. For Andrea Busato, head concierge at Hotel Vier Jahreszeiten Kempinski Munich, some of the best experiences are the ones which can’t be planned in advance.
“I would say that the most exciting activities are the spontaneous ones that we organise, whether it’s a private helicopter sightseeing tour or picking fresh gooseberries for royal guests (we once had a princess staying at the hotel!).”
The German city also has a wealth of brilliant dining options and Andrea gave us his top tips on where to get the best food. “For the Kempinski foodies, I recommend the Young Bavarian Cuisine found in our Schwarzreiter Tagesbar and Restaurant, where guests can enjoy excellent, authentic Bavarian dishes, both traditional and extraordinary”.
Andrea stresses that they always suggest activities which suit the individual guest or group, finding out their interests and wishes and matching experiences to these.
Stunning St. Petersburg
The mystical city of St. Petersburg has a fascinating history, playing a key role in World War II and being the site of multiple revolutions. These moments took place among staggering architectural beauty and visitors are able to learn about the St. Petersburg story while wandering through its stunning streets.
Vladislav Kulminskiy, concierge at Kempinski Hotel Moika 22 St. Petersburg, is keen to highlight the city’s playful side too, with his personal highlight being New Holland island. He says that there are “fun activities all year long” but suggests going in the summer as “there are concerts and different events taking place”.
If you are visiting in the winter months, then Alexandra Karaseva, concierge supervisor at Kempinski Hotel Moika 22 St. Petersburg, recommends visiting the Okhta ice rink. Alexandra calls the site “absolutely magical” and says that at Christmas they have “falling snow, festive music and lots of colourful lights”.
Wherever you visit around the world, our concierges and other hotel staff members will make sure that you have the trip of a lifetime. The Kempinski team would be delighted to help you plan your stay.