The 2013 Michelin Guide has awarded 12 Berlin restaurants with the Michelin Stars, including four two-star establishments. Berlin is now Germany's gourmet capital, with the most Michelin-starred restaurants in the country.
Among the winners of the new Michelin Guide is chef Tim Raue. For his work in his restaurant “Tim Raue”, he has received a second Michelin star, placing him in the good company of Christian Lohse at “Fischers Fritz”, Otto Hendrik at “Lorenz Adlon Esszimmer” and Daniel Achilles at “reinstoff”.
Holding onto one Michelin star each were "FACIL”, "First Floor”, "Hartmanns”, "Horvárth”, "Hugos”, "Margaux”, "Rutz” and "VAU”. Because of a change in chef, “Quadriga” was not included in this year's awards. The “Bib Gourmand” for the best-priced house was given to “Die Nussbaumerin” in Berlin-Charlottenburg.
According to visitberlin CEO Burkhard Kieker, “Berlin doesn't just cook, Berlin experiments with taste. Michelin-starred kitchens are part and parcel of life in a big city – ours range from glamorous hotspots to off-beat places serving truly excellent food. It’s this contrast that draws gourmands from around the world to Berlin. Eating in Berlin is an event in its own right and we've shown that we can do well in international comparison”.
Ninety-three percent of Berlin's tourists visit a restaurant during their stay. This makes sampling Berlin's culinary delights by far the most popular activity in Germany's capital, followed by “strolling in the city” (81%) and “sightseeing” (79%).