Munich might not be the first city to come to mind when you’re looking for a romantic get-away, but don’t let that fool you. The old cobbled streets and gothic architecture are just the beginning. These are our top picks of super romantic ways to spend Valentine’s Day in Munich.
Let your romance blossom at the botanical gardens
A bunch of flowers on Valentine’s Day is the go-to gift for many. However, to go all out with the flower theme, we think that warming up in the Glasshouse Complex of Munich’s botanical gardens is much more romantic. There are three large greenhouses and numerous smaller ones, and each has its own climate and miniature eco-system. Ogle at orchids, watch out for poison-dart frogs in the tropical greenhouse or wander through a display of aquatic plants and fluttering butterflies.
Bathe bare in Europe’s most beautiful spa
As spa days go, there are few with more spectacular architecture than that of Müller’sche Volksbad’s. Take a dip in one of the luxurious pools and admire the perfectly preserved art-deco architecture. Or if you prefer to sweat it out in the sauna, the dome-covered facilities at Müller’sche Volksbad’s will not disappoint. Brave it bare and go nude in the rooms of varying temperatures. There’s also an opportunity for a scrub and massage to get you relaxed and in the mood.
Share the love with Lebkuchen love hearts
If you’ve heard of these before, you will probably associate them with Oktoberfest. However, the German gingerbread hearts are also popular at Valentine’s Day. Decorated with cute messages, they’re the perfect way to say “Ich liber dich” to your sweetheart. Even if you aren’t in Munich this Valentine’s Day, these are a great gift idea and they’re super easy to make at home.
Spend the day like royalty at the Nymphenburg Palace
Always dreamed of being a prince or princess? Have a royal day out at one the castles in and around Munich. Many of the castles have King Ludwig II to thank for their creation, though he did not see the completion of many and their styles vary greatly. Nymphenburg Palace is one of the most central. An extensive park and landscaped gardens wrap around this impressive castle and there’s lots to explore inside and out. There’s even a museum in the riding stables that exhibits carriages and sleighs that would make Cinderella envious.
Admire the modern art at the Brandhorst Museum
Do you and your partner adore contemporary art? The colourful façade of the Brandhorst Museum is a work of art in its own right. But if you have time, go inside and stroll hand-in-hand through the exhibitions and explore their collection of more than 700 works. Fans of Andy Warhol will enjoy the ‘pop culture’ room which includes one of his most famous works – Marilyn. There’s a whole floor dedicated to Cy Twombly to discover and helpful narratives for those who aren’t well-versed in modern art. The museum now allows photographs to be taken inside so get ready to take some arty snaps.
Share a romantic meal
Take your date for a meal to remember. For lovers of a good steak, Zum Goldenen Kalb is the obvious choice. This must-try steakhouse is perfect if you’re looking to spend a little extra for a special Valentine’s dinner. The restaurant’s décor is on point, although the meat fridge on display is not for the squeamish. If meat is a no-go for you or your date, no problem. Gratitude is a top-notch, modern vegan restaurant with creative dishes, excellent wine and superb service. To dine at either of these restaurants, it’s best to reserve a table if you don’t want to be disappointed.
Watch a romantic film in luxury
The cinema date is an absolute classic. However, this is no ordinary cinema experience. At Gloria Palast, get ready to go all out. Here you can have food and even prosecco brought to your chair. The whole place screams luxury and will be a cinema experience you won’t forget. This Valentine’s Day, they’re showing Fifty Shades of Grey – a cliché we know, but Valentine’s Day is all about the corny, so sit back and embrace it.
Enjoy the sunset from Munich’s highest point
Reach for the stars at Munich’s best-known landmark. With a viewing platform at 190m, the Olympic Tower is the perfect place to watch the sun go down over the city. Up here there’s a tiny Rock Museum where you can find Ozzie Osbourne’s signed guitar or the glittery jeans of Britney Spears. If you’re going all out, you can enjoy the 360-degree views as you have a romantic dinner at the revolving Restaurant 181. If you’re seeking a more subtle sunset experience that doesn’t involve wobbling at the top of the tallest tower, wrap up warm and head to the top of Olympiaberg, the Olympic Park’s very own little mountain.
Cosy up on a couch
If snazzy restaurants aren’t your style, this is the place for you. Pizza and chill is the vibe at Couch Club. For gin-lovers, this bar is an absolute dream. Snuggle up on a comfy sofa and enjoy making your way through some of the 130 variations of gin that are in stock here. Maybe don’t try them all though or you might not make it home for the night!
Watch the most famous love story of all time
Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliette must be one of the most famous love stories of all time. Munich’s spectacular National Theatre will be showing the tragedy as a classical ballet, choreographed by the famous John Cranko, on Monday the 12th and Saturday the 19th. There are a few tickets left and most of them are standing, but hopefully, this won’t put you off. The theatre itself has a fantastic restaurant, but if you fancy something different use the KOMPAS app to search for restaurants nearby that are tailored to your preferences.
We hope we’ve got you feeling loved up and ready for Valentine’s Day. Watch this space for next week’s ideas of what to do if you’re in London this Valentine’s Day.
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