Why YOU should honeymoon in Berlin this year

Why YOU should honeymoon in Berlin this year

Ich bin ein Berlinner – Jack Palfrey tells us why Berlin is the top honeymoon choice for 2014

Berlin is a fantastic short honeymoon destination all year round. The German capital throbs with vitality and creative spark that will keep visitors on their toes for days, weeks and even months at a time. It's fashion, architecture and ultra-hip vibe, which is led by a constant influx of creative types, mean it is deserving of its UNESCO world heritage title: 'The City of Design'. Not forgetting of course its 420 art galleries, 50 theatres and 153 museums to boot.

But what makes it a must-visit honeymoon destination this November?

Uncover the history

9 November 2014 marks 25 years since the collapse of the Berlin Wall, and while the anniversary of a destroyed war relic may not scream romance, it's easy to get swept up in the magic of the events that occurred on this day in 1989. At roughly 10:45pm on 9 November 1989, under mounting civilian pressure and a reluctance by guards to administer lethal force, the Wall's checkpoints were opened, finally creating a link between the East and West side of the city which had been physically divided for nearly 30 years.

Hundreds of Ossis (East Berliners) swarmed through the gates, being greeted by Wessis (West Berliners) laden with flowers and champagne. The city celebrated through the night, culminating with groups of young East and West Berliners dancing atop the Wall. The city was united. This image, while throwing the modern day, largely negative, perspective of immigration sharply into relief, oozes with an idea of unity and love, which is strongly reflected in the planned anniversary celebrations of this famous day.

What's next?

For the upcoming festivities a new Berlin Wall will be constructed. This one however, will not be made from concrete, but instead from illuminated helium balloons, that will cover the majority of the almost 100-mile track on which the concrete divide once stood. It will be a fantastic spectacle - a symbol of a world without walls - with celebrations reaching a crescendo during the release. The balloons will be cut free, poetically echoing the demolition of the wall all those years prior and conjuring a sense of benevolence reminiscent of that first night of reunification in 1989.

The light wall will be accompanied by other commemorative events throughout the city, including guided walks and bike rides along the length of the wall (tandems available!) with an onus placed on the East Side Gallery at the southern edge of the district of Friedrichshain. The gallery itself is the 1,316m surviving stretch of original wall that has been emblazoned with fascinating satirical images showcasing the civil unrest present in Berlin when the wall stood.

Romantic stop-offs

If the balloon wall is about all the history you can handle for one trip, then Berlin in November still offers newlyweds masses of experiences to enjoy. Whether you're a couple suited to elegant trips to the Schloss Charlottenburg, a huge 18th century royal palace, or a cheeky visit to the city's Erotik Museum, there are enough attractions here to satisfy even the most stubborn of spouses. Evening attractions are much the same, with the more relaxed couple provided plenty of quiet high-end cafes facing out onto early 20th century courtyards to enjoy, while the more adventurous couple can wolf down plates of delicious currywurst while sampling the city's infamous bar scene.

The nitty gritty

History buff or not, there is nowhere more romantic than Berlin this November. But remember to book early! Thousands of visitors are expected over the milestone weekend and accommodation is likely to fill quickly.

Where to stay: If you're searching for a hotel then the ultra-stylish COSMO is worth checking out, with rooms from €99pn (£82) in November. Alternatively self-catering options include this cosy apartment in central Berlin from £52pn.

How to get there: Return flights with British Airways from London Heathrow to Berlin are £109.50pp, based on trips departing on 4th November and returning on 11th.

Pictured: remains of the Berlin Wall. Courtesy of Brandenburger Tor © Visit Berlin/Scholvien.

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