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.

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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. roc­co­forte­ho­, 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,­, 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. ball­ 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-par­, 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.trau­ 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-ser­ 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, 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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