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There are countless ways to romance the ones we love, but Hilda Hoy has rounded up a few unique favorites for all the Berlin lovebirds out there.
E very day of the year is an opportunity for romance, but Valentine’s Day is the occasion that reminds us to pay extra-special attention to the one(s) we love. And although Paris has long declared itself Europe’s capital of romance, Berlin would like to remind everyone that it has plenty to offer too. From secluded spa indulgences to tango lessons for two, skyhigh getaways to memorable sunsets, read on for the Where team’s tried-and-tested options for romance, Berlin style. PURE INDULGENCE If your idea of romance is wining and dining, hurry and book a table at Grill
Royal (Friedrichstr. 105b, www.grillroyal. com), which has long been one of Mitte’s favorite tony restaurants. Besides riverside views and an art-filled interior that exemplifies understated chic, the restaurant is rife with celebrity sightings during this month’s Berlinale film festival (9–19 February). The highlight of the menu is premium steak off the namesake grill, but Valentine’s Day also calls for oysters – with champagne, of course. Go all out with the seafood platter, piled with oysters, lobster, king crab, caviar, and more. Embrace luxury even further at the
Hotel de Rome Spa (Behrenstr. 37, www. roccofortehotels.com), tucked away in the former jewel vault of a 19th-century bank building. Book the Honeymooners’ Package to enjoy foot baths, massages, champagne, and chocolate-dipped strawberries in a private treatment room, followed by even more relaxation in the sauna or aromatherapy steam room. The Vabali Spa (Seydlitzstr. 6, www.vabali.de), styled after the exotic resorts of faraway Bali, also offers numerous cozy corners for indulging in romance. The Romance package includes a rose-sprinkled soak for two in the jumbo tub of a luxurious private suite, followed by champagne, massages, a fruit plate, and as much time as you want to steam and sauna your way through the beautiful premises.
JUST DO SOMETHING For some couples, nothing keeps the romance alive better than shared experiences. For a fun couples’ activity that promises plenty of laughs, why not drop in to Clärchens Ballhaus (Auguststr. 24, www. ballhaus.de) for a crash course in tango? First opened in 1913, this classic dance hall in Mitte has been bringing couples closer on the dance floor for more than a century. Dancers of all levels of experience are welcome at the Tuesday evening tango classes, held upstairs in the stunning
Spiegelsaal, or “mirror room,” which is the very embodiment of faded grandeur. On other nights of the week, there are also drop-in classes in swing, salsa, and more.
For the opportunity to get creative together, sign up for a couples’ workshop at Frau Tonis (Zimmerstr. 13, www.frautonis-parfum.com), a boutique perfumery that blends its own diverse scents, many of them with a unique hometown theme (“Eau de Berlin,” “Berlin Summer”). While sipping prosecco and doing plenty of sniffing, you’ll get the chance to explore your olfactory profiles and mix up your own personal perfume to match the both of you.
Whether for a wedding, anniversary, or just because, creative couples can also sign up to make their own set of matching rings at the MVH Workshop, which is part of an artists’ studio collective housed in a former piano factory (Mengerzeile 3, www.trauringe-berlin.com). Under the guidance of an expert jewelry maker, these hands-on workshops will walk you through the process of making a beautiful pair of one-of-a-kind rings in whichever style you like out of gold, platinum, or palladium. THRILLS AND CHILLS To add a dose of excitement to a relationship, a helicopter ride over the city will definitely do the trick. Air Service
Berlin (www.air-service-berlin.de) offers a variety of thrilling airborne tours over the city to
admire the urban skyline or track the former path of the Berlin Wall. By far the most romantic tour of all is the Candle Flight Dinner, which whisks lovebirds off for a candlelit dinner at a 4-star, lakeside hotel in the countryside east of Berlin.
It’s not quite the adrenaline rush of flying, but the views from the sky-high, revolving restaurant in the TV Tower (Panoramastr. 1a, www.tv-turm.de) are the next best thing. Ride the elevator a dizzying 207 meters up and nab a seat by the window to toast to your love with sunset cocktails. Just don’t forget that the sun sets early here in this part of the Northern Hemisphere – between 5–5:45pm, depending on whether the date falls closer to the beginning or end of this month.
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