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The last thing you want on Valentine's Day is to feel like you're the protagonist in the world's worst rom-com. Skip the cheesy prix-fixe dinner and get outside. This is Vienna, after all, a city free of cliches and full of culture. Whether you're single, coupled up or somewhere semi-awkwardly in between, here are six non-boring date ideas that will actually get you excited for Valentine's Day.

For Winter Lovers

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It’s no coincidence that in at least two of your favorite romantic flicks, couples go ice-skating. There’s something about the cold (and those cute outfits) that can warm even the most cynical of hearts. Lace up your skates and hit the rink at Vienna’s Rathaus. City Hall has been transformed into a winter wonderland including an ice-skating rink, fairy lights between the trees and outdoor booths serving organic delicacies. Once you’ve had enough gliding (and/or clumsy falling), warm up with hot drinks at the Almhütte.

Where: Rathausplatz 1, A-1090, Vienna
When: Until Mar. 12. Daily, 9 a.m.-10 p.m.
More info: +43 1 40 90040; wienereistraum.com

 

For Art Lovers

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When you're at the Kunsthistorisches Museum, it doesn’t matter whether you’re flying solo, partnered or in a complicated situation that defies all Facebook categories. For this Kunstschatzi, an event where the museum transforms its dome hall into a spectacular cocktail bar, the theme is Be My Valentine. Bartender Tom Sipos will kick off the evening with a cocktail mixed just for the night while DJ Laminat spins apropos tunes. The entire evening will explore eternal love themes, including ones not usually associated with V-Day. Guided tours will begin at 8 p.m., focusing on the highlights of current and permanent exhibitions. Buy tickets online.

Where: Burgring 5, 1010, Vienna
When: Feb. 14, 7-11 p.m.
More info: +43 1 52 524 4025; khm.at

 

For Chocolate Fanatics

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If you want to spend Valentine’s Day with your one true love (i.e., chocolate), you can totally do just that at Sacher Boutique Spa. Time to Chocolate is a luxurious set of three chocolate treatments for the ultimate in pampering. Treat yourself with the Symphony in Chocolate, which features a decadent chocolate wrap, purifying cacao bean peeling massage, nourishing chocolate body mask and a relaxing massage with sweet chocolate body care.


Where: Sacher Boutique Spa, Philharmoniker Straße 4, 1010, Vienna
When: Daily, 10 a.m.-8 p.m.
More info: +43 1 51 456 510; sacher.com

 

For Stargazers

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It was Antoine de Saint-Exupéry (of The Little Prince fame) who said, “Love does not consist in gazing at each other, but in looking outward together in the same direction.” If you find nothing sexier than geeking out with your S.O., then the planetarium has your names written all over it in glittering stardust. On Valentine's Day, peek up at the cosmos for an hour of romance and stimulating education. You'll learn how to orient yourself with the help of the stars in the sky, discover how to identify constellations, get to know the eight (sorry, Pluto) planets of the solar system, and look at the sun and moon in detail. Making out in the dark? Optional.

Where: Oswald Thomas Platz 1, 1020, Vienna
When: Feb. 14, 6-7 p.m., 9-10 p.m. & 10:30-11:30 p.m.
More info: +43 1 89 174 150; planetarium-wien.at

 

For Musical Lovers

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Love can get lost in translation. That’s why serious musical lovers should head over to Burg Kino and watch Oscar-nominated La La Land in the original English. Aspiring actress Mia (Emma Stone) serves lattes to movie stars between auditions, while jazz musician Sebastian (Ryan Gosling) scrapes by playing cocktail parties. As their dreams begin to come true they're faced with decisions that test their love affair. Grab your beloved to see a film that breathes new life into a retro genre and offers an irresistible excess of heart.

Where: Opernring 19, 1010 Vienna
When: Feb. 14, 6 & 8:30 p.m. (see all showtimes online)

More info: +43 1 587 84 06; burgkino.at
 
 

For Opera Lovers

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If opera makes your heart sing, look no further than L'Elisir d'Amore by 19th-century Italian composer Gaetano Donizetti at the Vienna Opera. This comic opera tells the story of Nemorino, a peasant who loves the wealthy and overbearing Adina and goes in search of a love potion. Armed with liquid courage (haven’t we all been there?), he suddenly becomes popular and Adina realizes she loves him. Featuring the world-famous tenor aria “Una Furtiva Lagrima,” this opera stars soprano Olga Peretyatko and tenor Dmitry Korchak in the leading roles.

Where: Opernring 2, 1010, Vienna
When: Feb. 17, 8-10:15 p.m.
More info: +43 1 514 44 2250; wiener-staatsoper.at

Stergios Prapas

Stergios is an art collector, an investor, an entrepreneur and a father of a beautiful daughter. He's also a freeletics freak and a lover of good food and great wines.