About Jeroen M
Lives in Berlin, Germany
Since Sep 2007
35-49 year old male
Travel editor and writer based in Berlin; I've visited 64 countries, and have lived for several years each in Berlin - Germany, Bucharest and Brasov - Romania, Warsaw - Poland, Prague - Czech Republic, Johannesburg - South Africa and Kuala Lumpur - Malaysia. Currently working on guides and travel articles for Rough Guides, InYourPocket.com, Easyjet, Airbnb & TripAdvisor.
Architectural Buildings, Symphonies
Dance Clubs & Discos
With its park-like landscapes, free-roaming peacocks and small castle, beautiful Pfaueninsel Island in the Havel River is a lovely place for a hand-in-hand stroll. There are also meadows for summer picnics and a small restaurant near the ferry landing. The island is on the western outskirts of Berlin, in a lovely landscape of rolling hills, forests, rivers and lakes.
Relax with your beloved at this stunning thermal bath, beautifully lit beneath an arched roof. The pool has live concerts several times per week, and you can expect everything from classical and electro DJ music, to underwater readings, jazz nights and 'vibration therapy.' There's a sauna and massages too!
Learn all about love and life in the 'Golden '20s' on this excellent small-group tour by British expat Brendan Nash. Until the Nazis ruined it, Berlin had an astonishing nightlife scene, with revue theatres seating 2,500 people, dozens of gay and lesbian clubs, and thousands of prostitutes. Brendan's tour focuses on the experiences of gay Englishman Christopher Isherwood, who lived near Nollendorf Platz; his Berlin-inspired books resulted in the legendary film 'Cabaret'.
The KaDeWe (Kaufhaus des Westens) is famous as the largest department store in mainland Europe. But after shopping around the lower floors, couples should head up to the 6th floor, where the gourmet food department lies. The four champagne bars, chocolate bars and oyster shops here are perfect for a romantic – and perhaps even aphrodisiac – break.
The Berlin Philharmonic is one of the world's best orchestras, and regularly plays in the striking golden Philharmonie building near Potsdamer Platz. A concert with the full orchestra, directed by Sir Simon Rattle, is sure to sweep your lover off his or her feet!
Wander down tree-lined alleys and across cute bridges, sunbathe on the meadows, paddle around the boating lake or relax with a beer in one of the Biergartens... Tiergarten Park, in the middle of the city, is the ideal spot for a romantic stroll in any season.
This cute Kreuzberg café is as romantic as it gets, with old-fashioned sofas and chairs scattered across a bright, pastel-colored room. The organic coffee is reasonably priced and brewed on the spot. The cakes are fabulous – with vegan, lactose-free and gluten-free options offered daily – and there are breakfasts and other snacks on offer too.
Even if you don't dance, Berlin's oldest functioning ballroom (it's been going over 100 years now) is a must-see. There's dancing to different music styles every day of the week (tango, salsa, swing...), plus a live band with sweaty disco dancing on weekend nights. Try some of their hearty food and then spin your date around the dance floor.
The viewing platform and rotating restaurant of Berlin's iconic TV Tower are ideal places for watching the sunset or enjoying a cocktail. You're more than 200 meters above street level, and on clear days the views are stunning.
For an upmarket stopover for coffee and cakes in Mitte, there's no better place than Princess Cheesecake. They serve excellent freshly baked New York Cheesecake (German-style cheesecake found in other cafés is quite different) and a variety of other delicious sweets and pies.