The first speed-dating event took place at Peet’s Café in Beverly Hills in late 1998.
Usually advance registration is required for speed dating events.
At the end of the event participants submit to the organizers a list of who they would like to provide their contact information to.
Waiting for them on the platform - red hearts daubed on the windows and red, heart-shaped balloons strewn throughout - Berlin's famous "panorama train," transformed for the night into the "Flirt-Express," the venue for Germany's unusual speed-dating party on the rails.
Speed-Dating ist eine um 1998 in den USA entworfene Methode, neue Flirt- oder Beziehungspartner zu finden.
Die maximale Teilnehmeranzahl pro Geschlecht ist normalerweise auf sieben bis zehn Personen beschränkt.
Upon arrival, women are presented with a single red rose and men with that very German delicacy, a pretzel - maybe not sexy but heart-shaped. It's the second year running that German train operator Deutsche Bahn has staged the free event.
And Berliners were not the only ones enjoying its hospitality.