Honeymoon Hotspots: Berlin, Germany

DNA’s on-going review of the best honeymoon destinations for you and your new husband.

Attractions: When it comes to towns with party reputations, nothing, nichts, comes close to the German capital. It’s not just the European HQ of clubbing, it’s arguable the global epicentre of club culture. While Berghain topped DNA’s poll a few years back as best dance venue in the world, there are so many others, and good ones at that. If you didn’t come to party, Berlin is a city with a unique historical duality: capitalism and communism, Weimar liberalism and Nazi brutality, East and West Germany. If you venture out in daylight, visit the Globetrotters Reichstag, the Holocaust Memorial, the Siegessäule looming over the Tiergarten and the gorgeous Wannsee Lake.

Distractions: Since Berlin is where the world comes to dance, you may need to pace yourselves when it comes to partying. Like London, NYC and Sydney, Berlin is dealing with the chronic aftermath of “PNP” culture, with countless chem sex casualties. Be safe, be good to yourself and make sure you know what you’re taking if you’re taking something.

For grooms who don’t plan on sleeping much or being monogamous.

Romance Factor: While Berlin lacks the picturesque charm of Paris and the grandeur of London, it breeds a tough, bohemian attitude, much like the local men. This is truly a city that’s seen it all… and has invented quite a few new things, too.

Gay or nay? Berlin is so queer it eats slings, leather jockstraps and boots for frühstück. Classic West German gay life pivots around Nollendorfplatz (home to nightclub Ficken 3000, which translates as Fucking 3000), whereas Mitte in the East has a post-reunification wild-child style. The word for gay in German in schwul. Berlin is über-schwul.


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