Berlin may not have the bridges of Venice, the picture-perfect views of Montmartre, or the fairytale roofs of Prague, but the vibrant neighborhood life of its Kieze, the city’s important cultural scene, its gorgeous views, and stellar food have given the
Inspiration for marking this Valentine's Day with the one you love.
THE "ALL LOVED-UP" COUPLE
There have been plenty of Casanovas in the past who have perfected the art of love, so why try to reinvent the wheel? Besides, if you can't be cheesy with the one you love, where's the fun? For maximum cliché love, the typical
German Lebkuchen heart decorated with sweet devotions is absolutely essential, together with the finest chocolates and the reddest roses you can find at luxury department store KaDeWe (Tauentzienstr. 2124). For 100%-predictable Berlin romance, get lost in each other’s eyes and wander aimlessly in the Baroque gardens of yesteryear at Charlottenburg Palace, commissioned by Elector Friederich III in 1699 as a summer residence for his beautiful wife Sophie Charlotte…ah, what a true gift of love! If the weather permits, indulge in a little picnic by the duck pond feeding each other grapes, and in the evening head to Italian restaurant Al Contadino
Sotto Le Stelle (Auguststr. 36) and share a delicious plate of homemade spaghetti, sucking up every last strand in true Lady
and the Tramp style… until you end up kissing.
READY FOR THE BIG "YES"
So, you are thinking of popping the question, and believe that Berlin will inspire an affirmative answer from your loved one? Good choice! But given the weather, you must be sure to do it right: it would be pointless to climb to the top of the TV Tower if the only view you are going to get is fog. Start instead with a stroll hand in hand to discover the small, lit-up boutiques of Bleibtreustraße, stopping at Nibs Cacao (n. 46) for a thick hot chocolate with lots of whipped cream. Where the street meets the Ku’damm boulevard, you’ll accidentally bump into the Bucherer jewelry store, where you can decide to surprise her with a small gift, say, a collier from their Lacrima collection. Once you’re all shopped out, take a cab across town to Gendarmenmarkt and kneel down for the all-important question in the perfect symmetry of this 18thcentury square. Now that you have officially united your souls, it’s time to satisfy more earthly desires with melted cheese and wine by the fireplace at cozy La Raclette (Lausitzer Str. 34) in Kreuzberg.