It might seem like only yesterday that you were rushing to make dinner reservations on the big day, so we’re giving you ample warning this year. Valentine’s Day is right around the corner. The most romantic day of the year might be greeted with cynicism in the modern age, but we’re all in on February 14 and the magic it brings. Berlin is one of the most romantic cities on the planet, and we’ve put together a little list of ways to spend Valentine’s Day, all of which can be just as fun if you’re lacking a significant other. But, as George Orwell said, beauty is meaningless unless it is shared.
A Trip to Little Venice
Berlin is super romantic, but even we’re not going to deny that Venice comes above it. Luckily for all involved, you can find yourself a Little Venice in Berlin, in the shape of the relatively undiscovered Tiefwerder neighbourhood. Be sure to rent a canoe, if you’re up for rowing and all that.
Take a Candid Snap or Two
Phone cameras may have changed the way we take photographs, but there’s nothing that says you can’t nip back in time for something a little more intimate. There are plenty of old fashioned photo booths dotted around Berlin, so seek one out and take the perfect wallet picture.
Visit An Abandoned Airport
Okay, ‘visit an abandoned airport’ might not sound like the most romantic idea in the world, but hear us out. Tempelhof is one of Berlin’s most unique attractions after all. The ‘Mother of All Airports’ has been closed for over a decade now, but the runways are perfect for running into the arms of your loved one. Extra points for doing this in slow motion.
Enjoy a Romantic Panorama
We’re not afraid of a little cliched romance. What could be more delightful than watching Berlin spread out in front of you, with the object of your affection alongside you? Make a beeline for the Fernsehturm (TV Tower) and grab a kiss some 368 metres in the sky.
Luxury, Luxury, Luxury
Berlin is home to some fantastic wellness centres, and we wholeheartedly recommend checking them out on Valentine’s Day. Romance is supposed to be as relaxing as it is thrilling, and it doesn’t get much more relaxing than a massage and some time in the sauna.
Become a Prince/Princess
Schloss Charlottenburg is Berlin’s largest royal residence, and it is almost guaranteed to make you feel like genuine royalty. Slap on your finest wears and jump on the M45 bus for the full experience. You won’t actually become a prince or princess, but if you close your eyes tight enough…
Pitch, Putt, Passion
Traditional mini golf is a lot of fun, but we’re not going to deny that glow in the dark mini golf is far superior. Black Light Mini Golf is found at the far end of Görlitzer Park, and we can vouch for the unorthodox romance of it. There may have been beer involved.
Embrace Europe’s Best Night Out
Sticking with beer, Berlin is arguably the best night out in Europe. Now there is little romantic about a good old fashioned night out, but it is while running the bars of Kreuzberg, Neükolln and the rest that memories are made. Who knows, a drink too many could see someone down on one knee, and all bets are off from that point.
Board A Balloon
This will depend on the weather of course, but there is something old fashioned and romantic about a balloon ride. Hi-Flyer Balloon is your best bet in Berlin, and it even has the certainty and safety of being tethered to the ground. If you’ve ever wanted to go on a balloon ride but have resisted through fear of getting dragged off with the wind, Hi-Flyer Balloon is for you.
A Romantic Dinner for Two
Valentine’s Day is a lot like Hallowe’en. Big plans are made all year long, but the chances are real life will get in the way and most couples will make do with a candlelit dinner for two. Luckily for these lovers, Berlin is full of romantic restaurants that are tailor-made for those with hearts in their eyes. Just be sure to make reservations ahead of time, unless you enjoy sleeping on the couch…