A special day requires a special setting. While classic hotels, restaurants and castles can provide you with some stunning wedding locations, often that certain je ne sais quoi can be missing. That’s why we’ve been on a mission to locate Germany’s most extraordinary wedding venues (and one in Austria, because it looked so dreamy!). Whether in a chocolate factory, football stadium or atop a mountain, there’s a host of unusual – yet romantic – locations to host your wedding. We’ve compiled a list of our 10 favorite ones. And of course, Berlin wedding photographer, Thomas Beetz is always on hand to accompany you on these adventures ;)
For art lovers
To marry surrounded by world-famous art, modern architecture and breathtaking scenery sounds like a fairytale. However, you can do just this at the Franz Marc Museum in Kochel am See. After a civil ceremony, you and your guests can indulge in a champagne reception in the foyer, before being whisked off for a tour of the expressionist exhibition. The museum restaurant, “Blauer Reiter,” with its impressive culinary offerings, completes the day!
Rivers of melted chocolate don’t only have to exist in Roald Dhal-inspired fantasies. Indeed, at the chocolate factory in the Cologne Chocolate Museum you and your guests can indulge childhood fantasies of drinking cups of sticky chocolate, surrounded by the scent of coca beans (after your wedding ceremony in the roof gallery of the Bel Etage, of course). Afterwards you can continue the feast in the museum restaurant, with its panoramic views of the River Rheine and Cologne Cathedral, while the party can go full swing under the glass roof of the stunning atrium.
Location: Schokoladenmuseum Köln GmbH, Am Schokoladenmuseum 1a, 50678 Köln
Phone: +49 221 931 888 17
Extras: Exclusive tours, with wine and chocolate tastings
Those looking to enter the port of marriage can do exactly that in Hamburg. On luxury sailing vessels, the Sea Cloud I and II, the bridal pair and their guests can sail off into the sunset to the sound of piano music and lapping waves. Up to 92 guests can indulge in up to six meals a day and make use of the on board snorkeling and water ski equipment. What are you waiting for? Anchors away!
Location: Sea Cloud Cruises GmbH, An der Alster 9, 20099 Hamburg
Phone: +49 40 30 95 92 99
Contact: Konstanze Baßin
Extras: Watersports, cabins, fitness and on board pianist
Up in the clouds
Who dares to venture 207 meters above sea level will be floating on could nine. At the top of Berlin’s TV Tower, located in the heart of Germany’s capital, you can enjoy 360 degree panoramic views while saying ‘I do’. The revolving restaurant, Sphere, also means you can tour Berlin, without leaving your seat, leaving you to enjoy the show while quaffing champagne and indulging your culinary senses.
Location: TV Turm Alexanderplatz Gastronomiegesellschaft GmbH, Panoramastraße 1A, 10178 Berlin
Phone: +49 30 24 75 75 875
Upside East, with its glass terrace 45 meters above Munich – featuring spectacular views across both the alps and Bayern’s capital – and an achingly stylish interior, is the venue for a trendsetting wedding. The tenth floor of the Upside East boasts a chic lounge and club space, thus explaining why the biggest media firms and designer labels also choose the breathtaking venue for their exclusive events.
Stylish and fashionable, the Upside East will have your guests green with envy. Credit:
Atop a mountain
The mountain calls! In Austria’s Hüttendorf Maria Alm, romantic chalets, rustic huts and cool bars provide the perfect backdrop for a dreamy white wedding. In winter, guests can take to the slopes before an evening thaw in the sauna, while there are plenty of hiking opportunities available in the summer months. Couples often tie the knot in the impressive pilgrim church or Ritzen castle, before going on to celebrate in the Sky, Wein or Hüttendorf bar.
Location: Hüttendorf GmbH & Co KG, Bachwinkl 27, A-5761 Maria Alm, Austria
Phone: +43 676 475 4742
Extras: Wedding planner
Beer on tap
Around 100 meters above sea level, in the middle of the Black Forest, you can discover the 1791 state brewery of Baden, the Rothaus. Here you can tie the knot in the Old Brew House, enjoy Baden specialties in the rustic Rothaus hall and unearth the mysteries of the famous Tannenzäpfle beer. With 17 rustic, yet modern guest rooms for you and your guests to fall into, it won’t matter that the beer is flowing until the early hours!
Location: Brauereigasthof Rothaus, Rothaus 1, 79865 Grafenhausen-Rothaus
Phone: +49 7748 522 9600
Extras: Brewery tour
A dream for all fans, you can hold your wedding where the heart of football beats: in a stadium. Four times a year, it’s possible for your guests to head to Dresden stadium and cheer you on as you say ‘I do’ in one of the stylish lounges, VIP rooms, or on the 380- square meter terrace. It doesn’t matter whether you’re a party of 10 or 10,000, there’s a fitting location for every fan block!
Location: Stadion Dresden Projektgesellschaft mbH & Co.KG, Lennéstraße 12, 01069 Dresden
Phone: +49 351 25088 113
Contact: Simone Wendt
Extras: Wedding planning, catering
What could be more romantic than tying the knot under the stars? The planetarium in Hamburg offers space for up to 250 guests to sit back and indulge in a journey through space, with accompanying music. It’s also possible to carry out a civil ceremony in the unique water tower, in which the planetarium is located, and hold your reception in the adjoining park. Now, just to find some suitable space-suit wedding attire…
Location: Planetarium Hamburg, Hindenburgstraße 1b, 22303 Hamburg
Phone: +49 40 4288 652 25
Contact: Andrea Klerman
A wedding held in the midst of vintage cars and historical architecture will not only make the mens’ hearts beat faster! The event halls in Berlin’s and Düsseldorf’s Remise, with its legendary old-timers, oak parquet floors and glass gallery, offer you a particularly refined backdrop against which to get married. A guided tour will also keep the guests amused.
Location: Lange CI GmbH, Wiebestrasse 36-37, 10553 Berlin
Phone: +49 30 3640 7813 (Berlin) / +49 211 2295 0573 (Düsseldorf)
Contact: Nina Illgen (Berlin) / Svenja Kreckel (Düsseldorf)
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Extras: Event management, guest tours