If you are in Hamburg in February, you’ve come to the right place to for a picture-perfect Valentine’s Day. Here are some suggestions how this special day can stay forever in your lovers’ memory.
Start the day early and take a chilly winter morning walk along the Isebek canal. The Isebek market, Europe’s longest weekly market, stretches out along the waterway. An endless array of traders offer everything the heart can desire. Isn’t this a perfect opportunity to surprise your heartthrob with a small bouquet of freshly-cut flowers?
Next you can head east to warm up with a hot beverage at Café Isekai, which also happens to double as a boat rental. Even if it's chilly, there’s nothing more romantic than exploring the city by canoe or paddle boat. You reach the Outer Alster lake in just a few minutes, where you'll enjoy a striking view. If you've had time to plan ahead and the weather allows it, the banks of the lake provide the perfect setting for a short picnic.
After paddling, walking around or sitting on the banks of the lake, you'll probably want to warm up a bit. Minutes away by foot lies one of Hamburg’s oldest and most striking indoor baths, the Holthusenbad. The beautiful sauna area might just be exactly what you need right now.
From here, hop aboard the U3 train to St. Pauli station, where Planten un Blomen park is just around the corner. If you walk north through the beautiful park, you’ll reach Europe’s largest outdoor ice-skating rink. Hold hands and glide over the ice together!
As the sun sets over Hamburg, make your way south towards the Landungsbrücken piers, where you can watch the last of the sun's rays reflecting on the Elbe river. Embark on a romantic boat cruise through the harbour and the many canals of Speicherstadt UNESCO site for a romantic view.
You can’t miss the Elbphilharmonie, towering majestically above the river. If times allows, see an musical performance or head for the plaza to get a perfect view of the river. The HafenCity and Speicherstadt districts are also the perfect place to top off the evening with a candlelight-dinner. Gourmet restaurants like Stricker’s Kehrwiederspitze, VLET, The Table, Wandrahm, Coast, or the mansion-like Wasserschloss fit this very special occasion just perfectly.