TIPS2GO
04/02

Don’t be a cliché on Valentine’s Day

Why not surprise your loved one with a short getaway to one of these three original and romantic destinations?

Valentine’s Day - you can love it or hate it, but the fact of the matter is that it's approaching fast and impossible to ignore. If you’re struggling to woo your loved one on the cheesiest day of the year, we’ve got some suggestions lined up for you. Forget about flowers or chocolates, grab your significant other and head off to an unexpected destination. We’ve picked three cities that will make this a Valentine’s Day (or weekend) to remember.

Berlin

The German capital Berlin is renowned for its exceptional variety of attractions, its vast urban culture and its constantly evolving gallery and clubbing scene. The vibe of Berlin is on the streets, and this makes Berlin a true Mecca for the most creative and exotic among us. There probably isn’t another city in the world that can compete with such an enormous amount of art galleries, museums, shops and boutiques. When exhausted from hopping from one cultural spot to another, you can take your pick from over 4,650 restaurants across the city. Berlin being home to immigrants from all over the world, the city has embraced multi-cultural cuisine to an unseen degree. This year, Valentine’s Day falls on a Sunday, so it’s the perfect opportunity for a leisurely breakfast or brunch in one of the city’s many breakfast spots like House of Small Wonder or Distrikt Coffee.

An almost obligatory activity in Berlin, is posing for four shots in Berlin’s Photoautomaten. These black and white photo booths are open all hours and scattered across the city. The photos only take a few minutes to print and provide a brilliant Valentine souvenir of your time in the city. Draw back the curtain and pose for a fun set of snaps with your loved one.

Best thing about Berlin: the fact that things keep changing all the time.

Samsonite’s tip to cupid-up your trip: get your loved one a Lite-Shock suitcase with a laser engraved pullhandle: original and creative, just like Berlin. Laser engraving is free until 29/2/2016.

Prague

Baroque palaces and gardens, Romanesque chapels and cellars, Gothic cathedrals, worldly Art Nouveau buildings and unique Cubist architecture make Prague a place with no parallel in the world. You don’t have to be an expert on individual artistic styles in order to appreciate the diversity of the city’s architecture. Don’t miss the sprawling Prague Castle, the bustling Charles Bridge, the famous Astronomical Clock in the Old Town and the quirky, Art Nouveau, Frank Gehry-designed Dancing House. The picturesque river Vltava, spanned over thirty bridges and footbridges, is truly one of a kind.

But Prague just wouldn’t be Prague without the jazz spilling out of windows and posters advertising nightly concerts: Prague can satisfy both classical music listeners and fans of rock, pop and every other genre. Prague is also famous for its abundance of great beers, and many pubs and dining experiences. You can cool your shopping fever in a number of modern shopping malls or on Pařížská Street, Prague’s most exclusive shopping avenue, home to many of the world’s top luxury brands. With Valentine’s Day, go strolling through the narrow cobbled lanes in the Old Town (Stare Mesta) and Lesser Town (Mala Strana) districts before walking uphill to the top of Petrin Hill. On moonlit nights the city looks magical from above.

Samsonite’s tip to cupid-up your trip: surprise your loved one with the Neopulse Spinner 55 in Valentine red. Stylish and refined, just like Prague’s architecture.

Florence

Florence is a city that can be overwhelming if you don't have a plan of action. Make sure you are prepared if you want to get the taste of the city and the vibes that locals breathe everyday. The Ponte Vecchio is one of Florence’s landmarks and probably the most photographed bridge in the city. Romantic and beautiful, the crowds begin descending on the famous bridge early. To avoid the crowd, head just one bridge to the west to Ponte Santa Trinita: you have a better view to take your pictures and less people around.

Since you are here for Valentine’s Day, you might want to visit the more “intimate” area in Florence: the Oltrarno, the section of Florence on the other side of the river from Piazza Della Signoria. In this area you will find a lot of history and art heritage like monuments, museums, churches and parks but also handcraft shops, artisan workshops, mosaic-makers and goldsmiths. And the ideal place to have a romantic lunch or dinner, since this district counts a great number of restaurants and cafes maintaining the typical atmosphere. Also located in the Oltrarno district is Piazzale Michelangelo, the most famous square in Florence with a magnificent panoramic view of the city. Still relatively unknown to the city’s tourist throng is Piazza di Santo Spirito: home to Florence’s hippest, liveliest bars and cafes, most of which feature outdoor terraces. The atmosphere you will breathe here is absolutely different from any other squares in Florence. A great place to end your intense day in Florence! And of course, you cannot leave Florence without doing some serious shopping: Via de Tornabuoni is the most elegant street in town; Via dei Calzaiuoli is a popular street filled with high-end to everyday modern stores; and the Via del Corso has almost every product you can imagine.

Samsonite’s tip to cupid-up your trip: the Spark Beauty Case in Valentine Red: classy and sophisticated, just like Florence.

More great Valentine gift ideas can be found here