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Berlin: Naughty and Nice

Romantic things to do in Berlin city

Heading to Berlin? This vibrant capital city has many different facets, so it’s important to know what you want to take from the experience. In a city as renowned for its world-class, throbbing techno clubs as for its singular political history, and famous for its slick galleries and museums, prepare for a pic ‘n’ mix of options.

Whether you’ve just arrived in Schönefeld for hilarity and mischief on a stag or hen party, or all loved up and tightly clasping hands with your sweetheart, there are two sides to every city. In Berlin, you can treat your loved one to a slice of the romantic and the risqué side of the German capital city.

Young couple kissing in park
Enjoy romantic preludes in one of Berlin's parks before you explore other romantic sights it offers  (Image by Valakirka, used under Creative Commons licence.)

Romantic things to do

Schloss Charlottenburg Castle Tower
Berlin's Schloss Charlottenburg Castle
There’s plenty to enchant lovebirds searching for a heart-melting getaway. You can indulge in a romantic spot of culture at the opera inside the Staatsoper. If you prefer instrumental sounds, you can take in a concert by the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra. Or how about venturing into the outdoors and taking a romantic cycle to explore some of Berlin’s parkland? You can hire a Buddy bike and be by your partner’s side every second (literally!), as these bikes allow couples to cycle two abreast rather than in single file like the traditional tandem.

Alternatively, you can ferry over to Schloss Charlottenburg to spend a fairy tale afternoon with peacocks in the city’s largest palace. Don’t forget to commemorate your Berlin city trips with the perfect souvenir:
a photo-booth snapshot in one of the many Photoautomaten you’ll spot on your excursions.

Going out on the town

If, on the other hand, you're feeling wild and out for fun, for a day you’ll never forget (if you can remember it) prowl down to Absinth Depot, a sweet little purveyor of inebriation with all the charms of a 19th century tobacconist. Indulge in a taste or buy a bottle of the green fairy to carry on the party at home. Spend an evening of hedonism in the nightclub Insomnia or, more passively, sip cocktails and watch cabaret at the Bar jeder Vernunft.

You can ease off any post-party aches the next day at the Badeschiff, a floating public swimming pool on the east harbour of the river Spree crafted from a repurposed ship hull, where you can order a hair of the dog at the poolside bar or sweat out the toxins over a fast and furious game of ping pong.

City of Berlin at night
Berlin's night lights will add extra romantic mood for you and your sweetheart's night on the town  (photo by Robert-Jan Lubbers)

Whether you're after something naughty or nice, both saints and sinners should remember to do at least one thing outside the limits of their comfort zone when on city trips. That’s what travel is about, after all, isn’t it?

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