Soon, we will celebrate the day of love again and a lot of Berliners will say “Ick liebe dir” (= I love you in Berlin slang). Some are going absolutely crazy buying loads of flowers and pralines and others would love to erase this day from the calendar. We show you how to spend a romantic day in Berlin. And how to ignore Valentine’s Day while being in Berlin.
Even though Berlin rather has the reputation of a crazy party city than of a romantic city (like for instance Paris does), you can still spend some romantic time in Germans capital city. First of all, you’ll need a nice accommodation for your valentine’s day in Berlin. At this point, we would like to recommend our cozy double rooms with ensuite bathroom and TV where you can make yourselves at home. Also, our location in the middle of the hip cultural districts of Friedrichshain and Kreuzberg is perfect for a romantic day or evening for two. So, what should you do on Valentine’s Day 2014 in Berlin?
Let’s start the day with a rich and yummy brunch. There are loads of cafés offering breakfast in Berlin. For instance, you get really good breakfast at the cozy café “Wahrhaft Nahrhaft” at the Revaler Straße in Friedrichshain, in the homey “Café Marx” on Spreewaldplatz, Kreuzberg, or in the delicious café “Bastard” in Reichenberger Straße, Kreuzberg.
Well-nourished, you can go on a romantic walk to digest the rich brunch. Starting from “Bastard” or “Café Marx”, it’s just a short walking distance to the little street Paul-Linke-Ufer which goes along a canal. Continue to walk along the canal into south-east direction until you reach Schlesische Straße and the Oberbaum Bridge. From there, it’s just some minutes back to the hostel (Tour 1). From the café “Wahrhaft Nahrhaft”, you easily get to the Spree River via Modersohnstraße. Walk along the Spree River towards Oberbaum Bridge until you reach the canteen of Universal. Through the canteen, which is open to public, you get back on the street Stralauer Straße and to our hostel (Tour 2). On the following map, you can see both walks in blue and red on the following maps as well as the three cafés marked with yellow stars.
Back in Industriepalast, you can enjoy a coffee to warm up and then pack your swimming suits in your bag. Our next advice brings you to a thermal bath. I mean, what’s more romantic than relaxing together in warm water and in a sauna while being almost naked? We recommend the stylish and exclusive thermal bath “Liquidrom” in Kreuzberg. Here, you can float around in a sound pool or enjoy the Finish sauna. From our hostel, just take the Underground U 1 for ten minutes until you reach the stop “Möckernbrücke” where the Liquidrom is situated. You can find more tips for cool thermes and baths on our hostel blog.
If it’s not yet dark when you get out of the therme and the sun was shining during the day, get yourself a bottle of sparkling wine and clink glasses for sunset at a beautiful spot in Berlin. For instance, you get a wonderful view of Berlin and the Spree River when standing on the Oberbaum Bridge. On 14 February, the sun is presumably setting between 5 pm and 5:30 pm.
Feeling comfortable due to wellness and the sparkling wine, you should slowly make your way to a romantic dinner. Both in Kreuzberg and in Friedrichshain, there are loads of restaurants – here you find everything from Italian and Spanish food to Turkish, Egyptian and Vietnamese restaurants to Austrian and German delicacies. Maybe it’s time to try out something entirely new? In “Baraka” at Lausitzer Platz in Kreuzberg, you can chill on cozy cushions on the floor and enjoy Moroccan and Egyptian specialities. Or are you more up for Mediterranean ambience over tapas in the Spanish Restaurant “Faro” on Schlesische Straße, Kreuzberg?
If you’re still up for more romance after dinner, we say – off to cinema or theatre! Berlin is known for its huge cultural choice. In the theatre Schaubühne Berlin, there is always a good play on the programme and in the small and big cinemas of the city, you’ll definitely find something that suits your taste. For example, there is a modern theatre play of Romeo and Julia called “Chaos in Verona” shown in the Pfefferberg Theater in Prenzlauer Berg, which obviously suits the motto of the day perfectly. Make sure you reserve the tickets in advance for Valentine’s Day and then let the day end in a cozy cinema- or theatre chair with a glass of wine.
Don’t feel like Valentine’s Day at all and you’re still in Berlin? There is only one solution for you! Get your friends together, check out Berlin’s bars and then go to party in a club. On 14 February all clubs are throwing a party and no worries – they aren’t all about the motto “Happy Valentine’s”.
A lot of fun wishes
your Industriepalast Team
Written by Norma, receptionist at Industriepalast
is Berliner by choice and a passionate backpacker himself. As a receptionist he knows the real hostel life; as a blogger he's been writing for Industriepalast Hostel's Berlin blog since 2014.