LOVE AND THE CITY: Berlin – ideas for a romantic weekend for two
When it comes to which European city to go to for a romantic weekend, few people think of Berlin. Paris, Rome, and Venice are the ones that immediately spring to mind. But not Berlin.
To be honest, I’ve never thought about this city in a romantic way myself, until I moved here. And now I can safely say that Berlin is one of the most soulful cities in Europe. The sunsets alone here are worth it! I watch them every evening with admiration, and believe me, they are not inferior to sunsets on islands or at the ocean. So if you’re looking for a non-trivial option for a trip for two, Berlin has something to surprise you. Here are eight ideas for a romantic weekend in Germany’s capital.
1. SWIMMING ON THE ROOF AND ENJOYING THE VIEWS
The best place to stay, of course, is downtown. But the center of Berlin is not quite typical. Unlike most European cities it is not divided into old and new, but stretches from east to west. It includes Alexanderplatz square to the east, the Brandenburg Gate to the west, the Reichstag, the Tiergarten, and the famous Potsdamer Platz square made of glass and concrete.
The entire area described above is the center of the city, the area is called Mitte, and it is here worth stopping for romantically thirsty travelers. For example, on the business square Potsdamer Platz there is a modern hotel Grand Hyatt Berlin . Views of the metropolis from all its rooms are stunning.
On the one hand you see wide avenues of the German capital, on the other – old roofs of historic houses and domes of cathedrals, on the third – the fairytale forest Tiergarten, on the well-kept paths which constantly scurry squirrels and hares – it is just a couple of hundred meters from the hotel. In short, the Grand Hyatt Berlin is a great option in terms of strategic location, but that is not the main plus of the place. The main one is the pool with jacuzzi, which is located on the top floor of the hotel. It’s in a room with panoramic windows, and you can see all of the above from here.
By the way, if you are in Berlin in warm season, after the swimming you can go for a walk together to the outside terrace of the hotel, located right there on the roof to admire the sunset.
In the cooler months, head to the terrace and enjoy a sauna or hammam at the Club Olympus Spa & Fitness before heading out for a relaxing soak. When you’re feeling warm enough, wrap yourself up in a fluffy bathrobe and go and lie down on a cushioned chaise lounge chair on the hotel’s outdoor terrace, covered with a warm plaid for good measure. Hmm, perhaps the winter option is even more romantic than the summer one!
2. GO TO THE PRENZLAUERBERG FOR BRUNCH.
Berlin, especially on weekends, has a real breakfast cult. For an authentic morning meal, head to the cozy Prenzlauer Berg neighborhood. Hardly a casualty of the war, the neighborhood consists mostly of old houses with fascinating facades. Its quiet cobblestone streets are lined with restaurants and cafes.
Whole families come here for breakfast, to meet friends and for morning dates for couples in love. Breakfast in Prenzlauer Berg runs until lunchtime, brunches until as late as the evening, and most establishments have outdoor terraces where Berliners sit even in winter, just to cover up with warm plaids and enjoy their meals in a leisurely manner.
Pictured: Classic breakfast at Prenzlauer Berg
There is an especially high concentration of cafes with great breakfasts on Kollwitzstraße, which bears the name of the famous German artist Kethe Kollwitz and her husband, the doctor Karl Kollwitz. If you love cheesecake, why not try Cafe Dreikäsehoch (Kollwitzstrasse 44), it offers a variety of flavors and heights, or if you fancy a romantic breakfast as a cup of coffee and bagel, then next door you will find Schlomo’s Bagels, a bakery and coffee shop serving the freshest bagels to fit every taste.
Pictured: Cheesecake at Cafe Dreikäsehoch
But don’t limit yourself with our recommendations; just wander around Prenzlauer Berg, enjoy the peace and quiet, and check out the places that you like. Believe me, none of them will disappoint you.
3. TAKE A WALK THROUGH THE MEDIEVAL NIKOLAJVIERTEL QUARTER
If you want to soak up the atmosphere of the Middle Ages you have to go to the historic quarter Nikolaifrťel, center of which is the church of St. Nicolas which was built in 1200. Its authentic asymmetric facade with a tower survived until the end of the nineteenth century. In the seventies of the nineteenth century it was modified, and since then the church is decorated with two towers in neo-Gothic style.
In the photo: the facade of the church of St. Nicholas with two towers.
During World War II the quarter was almost completely destroyed, but for the 750th anniversary of Berlin it was finally decided to clean up the area, which had been neglected for decades. Today, the medieval quarter in the heart of the city has been restored almost exactly as it looked.
Pictured: Girls in historical costume in Nicolausviertel.
The ornate streets with outdoor stores and cafes invite visitors to soak up the past, slow down, admire the architecture of the area, and discover lovely details that bring out the emotions of children.
4. HAVING A PICNIC AT THE SITE OF A VANISHED PALACE
The story of the now-defunct Palais Monbijou in Berlin is known to few. Most people vacationing today in the beautiful park on the banks of the river Spree have no idea that a beautiful Rococo palace once stood there. It was built in 1706, originally belonged to the Prussian dynasty Hohenzollern, and then passed into the ownership of the German emperor’s family. At one time Palace Montbijou was a guest of Peter I himself, the emperor even received a gift from the Prussian king of amber décor from the amber cabinet.
In the photo: Montbijou Park on the riverbank
During the Second World War, Montbijou Palace was completely destroyed and, like much of the Hohenzollern heritage, was never rebuilt. Its ruins were finally dismantled in 1960, and today there is a park divided into two parts by a railway bridge. One – more noisy and touristy, with views of the river and many cafes, the second – quieter and quieter behind the bridge. Berliners often like to picnic here or just relax during their lunch break. We recommend you to do the same if you’re having a picnic on a good day, and by the way, the park also has a good view of the Bode Museum.
5. HEAR SOME FAIRY TUNE ON THE GENDARMENMARKT
Gendarmenmarkt is probably the most beautiful square in Berlin. I call it the “music box” because every hour beautiful melodies can be heard from the bell tower of the cathedral located here. The square is surrounded on three sides by magnificent monuments: the German Cathedral, the Konzerthaus, and the French Cathedral.
Photo: Konzerthaus on Gendarmenmarkt square
So, in the French Cathedral there is a carillon – a system of sixty bells of different sizes, controlled by a keyboard. The carillon is programmed to play a different classic melody every hour.
On the photo: French Cathedral on Gendarmenmarkt Square
If you stand on the square right in front of the cathedral at this time, it feels like you are inside a music box, you can even imagine yourself with fairy tale characters, such as a paper ballerina and a stalwart tin soldier.
Check the timetable and the list of melodies inside the cathedral, and if you want to see the carillon with your own eyes, go upstairs of the cathedral – the entrance costs 3 euros.
6. SEE BERLIN’S MAIDEN BRIDGE
Once upon a time in Friedrich Wilhelm’s time, one of the canals in the Kupfergraben in the Spree was navigable and therefore required a drawbridge. It was then that architect Martin Grünberg designed Berlin’s oldest and only drawbridge, today called the Jungfernbrücke (Maiden’s Bridge).
The street along the canal is almost always quiet and deserted, it is pleasant to walk along it from Museum Island to see the old drawbridge in wood and metal and admire the work of German craftsmen of that era. By the way, it was called “Maiden” a little later. According to one version, the bridge received its name because the maidens were sent to it before their wedding, and they waited to see whether the construction would creak under their feet. If it did not squeak, the bride was innocent.
Maiden’s Bridge in a painting by Hans Balushek, 1926-27.
Another theory is that the bridge is so called because the girls would gather there during their work breaks to spread gossip, which would then travel around at the speed of light. The third version of the origin of the name of the bridge is vicious. They say that in the past lady of love from the surrounding brothels caught their customers on it. In general, all versions of the origin of the name of Maiden Bridge – excellent, none of the accounts can not be dropped, just choose, what you personally like more.
7. GO FOR A ROMANTIC DINNER IN KREUZBERG
For a romantic dinner, go to one of Kreuzberg’s establishments . Before the fall of the wall, this neighborhood was popular with alternative youth, it was famous for its bars and eateries with inexpensive food. Kreuzberg is now known as the “Turkish neighborhood” because it is mainly inhabited by Turks and has a popular Turkish market not only for its fruit, vegetables and fish, but also for home furnishings.
Kreuzberg has a wonderful atmosphere that is hard to describe, but easy to feel. There is a huge number of places with a variety of cuisines: Turkish, Vietnamese, Indian, and most importantly – with very reasonable prices. In the evenings, when all the restaurants are lit up with colored lights or candles, it’s the most romantic place in Berlin.
But if you prefer the romance of the big city, stay in Potsdamer Platz. Here, beneath the huge glass dome of the Sony Center, there’s an abundance of restaurants for every taste. If you like burgers, check out KiNova (Potsdamer Sraße 2).
Pictured: Burger with blue cheese sauce
Pictured: Grilled corn at KiNova
Also at KiNova I recommend trying the delicious corn baked in some unknown way. By the way, original sauces are the main specialty of the restaurant thanks to which even usual dishes get extraordinary taste.
8. VISIT THE ABANDONED AIRPORT TEMPELHOV AND FEEL THE ROMANCE OF THE COUNTRYSIDE
If you ever get tired of the hustle and bustle of the big city and you want some childlike joy and countryside romance, then go to the abandoned airport Tempelhof . However, the word “abandoned” in this case is not quite appropriate.
Despite the fact that the airport is not working since 2008, on its vast area (and it is more than 350 hectares), local residents have fun as they can. Here they ride bikes, roller skates and kites, barbecue, play sports, roll in the haylofts and develop vegetable gardens.
By the way, the gardens, where locals plant flowers and vegetables, put benches, tables and sheds – available to all comers. So you can find a cozy corner, hide there among the flowers and tomato bushes on a low bench under the awning, and, cuddling, relax until sunset. Or you can get over to neat haystacks and lie on them – here it is, a real country romance!
My husband and I once got caught in a downpour right there, made a tent out of raincoats, and hid under it, enjoying the real country smells of rain, wet earth and hay. And then we saw two rainbows and it was unforgettable.
In short, I hope we were able to convince you that despite prejudices, Berlin is a very romantic city. Here you can and should enjoy time in the company of a loved one, declare your love and make proposals, and a weekend spent here will give you an amazing experience that will remain in your memory forever.
Romantic Road – a popular route
Germany has many interesting places and popular routes. The Romantic Road is the most famous tourist route in Germany. The “Romantic Road” stretches from the Main through Franconia, Bavarian Swabia and Upper Bavaria to the Alpine peaks.
The Romantic Road, Ausburg
There are many interesting places and popular routes in Germany. The Romantic Road (Romantische Straße) is the most famous tourist route in Germany. The “Road of Romantics” stretches from the Main through Franconia, Bavarian Swabia and Upper Bavaria – to the Alpine peaks.
This road combines the main riches of the German land – ancient castles, ancient monasteries, emerald meadows and vineyards. Amongst all this splendor, the 366-kilometer-long freeway has been built.
Map of the Romantic Road
Map of the Romantic Road
All towns along the Romantic Road in Germany
(Würzburg), the residence of the archbishops, the Fortress Marienberg
- Röttingen – City of wine and sundial , Rottenburg Museum of dolls and toys German Christmas Museum
- Wallerstein – the city that stands in the crater of an ancient meteorite and Castle Harburg
- Pilgrim Church in the village of Wies ,
The route begins from the city of Würzburg. There travelers taste the local wine, see the baroque 18th century palace – the residence of the archbishops (Würzburger Residenz). Tourists are invited to visit the Marienberg Castle (Festung Marienberg) (XIII century), which rises majestically on the hill above Würzburg.
Bad Mergentheim, photo by Holger Uwe Schmitt
The next destination for romantics is Bad Mergentheim and its famous fortress, a stronghold of the Teutonic Knights. In the castle of the Masters there is a museum of the Order.
Rothenburg ob der Tauber, photo by mbell1975
A must stop in the fabulous Rothenburg (Rothenburg), a city that has preserved its authentic historical appearance. Rothenburg itself is called the open museum of the Middle Ages. Travelers visit two unique exhibits here – the Museum of the German Christmas and the Museum of Medieval Justice.
The city of Dinkelsbühl (Dinkelsbühl). Its entire historic center can be called a landmark. Houses with colorful facades and Gothic inscriptions preserve the medieval flavor. The old part of Dinkelsbühl is surrounded by a ring of castle walls with defensive towers.
Nördlingen, photo by Roger Wollstadt
Old Nördlingen was built in the crater of an ancient meteorite exploded, so the historic part of the city has a regular round shape. The center of Nördlingen is surrounded by a wall with eleven towers and five gates. These structures have stood almost unchanged since the XIV century. And in Nördlingen there is a museum dedicated to the “founder” of the city – the huge meteorite.
Harburg Castle (Schlöß Harburg), photo losgor
Next on the path of tourist “romantics” stands Harburg. Harburg Castle on the mountain is the oldest medieval German fortress (XI century). You can get into its courtyard if you go through a chain of gates with locking bars. The oldest defensive structure of the fortress is called the Tower of Thieves.
Fuggerei, photo by Allie_Caulfield
In Augsburg you can get to the Fuggerei quarter, which is known as the “city within the city”. It consists of seven little streets with seven gates. In the center of the quarter has its own church. Banker Jacob Fuggerei in 1514-23 years built this quarter for the poor citizens. Today, poor families with children live in the quarter. The Fugger Family Foundation decides to move into the Fuggerei.
Wieskirche, Pfaffenwinkel (Pfaffenwinkel), photo Boris Ott
Next, travelers go to Pfaffenwinkel (Pfaffenwinkel). It is an area of beautiful landscapes and untouched nature. Tourists visit the pilgrimage church of Wieskirche. The church was built in honor of the statue of Christ, which was associated with a divine miracle. The baroque Wieskirche looks simple from the outside, but its interiors with colorful columns, gold moldings and colorful frescoes are magnificent. The object of pilgrimage, the figure of the Savior, is in the central altar.
Schwangau is the most romantic stop on the route. It is home to the majestic 19th century royal castles Schloss Hohenschwangau and the legendary Schloß Neuschwanstein.
Füssen, photo by Werner Böhm
The last destination on the Romantic Road is Füssen. The medieval historic center of Füssen has been completely preserved. High above the city, on a hill, rises an architectural complex: the monastery of St. Magnus and the residence of the archbishops of Augsburg.
Along the Road of Romanticism there are bicycle paths. Along the way there are restaurants and route maps are sold. Tourists are offered a special package. Cultural events, concerts, and folk festivals are constantly being held along the way for travelers.
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