Romantic getaways are always among the most popular and most appreciated “travel themes”, including those which are we probably need the most. The daily stress, the work, and the hectic life can also prevent couples and lovers from sparing a time they would like to spend together. That makes the holidays or weekend getaways an excellent opportunity to think about a real escape towards relaxation, romance, to be kids again, and experience the thrill of courtship and passion again. So, do you want some suggestions? If you do, here are the 10 most romantic cities in Europe!
NOTE: This list is a result of a survey carried out on over 46,000 people, including specialists and travel enthusiasts, who were asked to share their 10 preferred romantic locations. These were the 10 cities with the highest number of votes.
10. Bruges, Belgium
Pointed houses, canals, flower parks … the city of Bruges seems almost like a place from the fairytales. Many people call it “the city of lace” due to the artisan tradition which gives an extra touch of romance to the place. For others, it is the Venice of the north. But, one thing is for sure, Bruges is the capital of culture and a splendid Flemish city. You can enjoy it on foot, by bicycle, a carriage ride, or a boat trip through the canals.
9. Florence, Italy
If there was a ranking on art, history, museums… Florence would have probably been given a more noble position. But this Tuscan city doesn’t fall short on its romance, too. Enchanting hills, vineyards as far as the eye can see, and in the streets, you can breathe in an air full of magic and history.
A walk on the Ponte Vecchio is nothing less than the symbol of Tuscan and Florentine romanticism. And, the view from the top of Brunelleschi’s dome… is breathtaking!
8. Lisbon, Portugal
Lisbon is surely an eclectic city that can fulfill every expectation: fun, culture, and, definitely, romance. It’s surrounded by a specific soft light, probably due to the reflections of the Tagus River. But its historic districts such as Alfama, with courtyards and terraces overlooking the sea, candlelit dinners, and the seven hills on which it’s built, definitely make it one of the most suitable destinations for a romantic getaway.
And, if you visit it during the summer, make sure you go on a gentle excursion on a sailing boat on the Tagus River, during which you can admire a dreamy sunset while sipping excellent local wine.
7. Budapest, Hungary
Budapest is probably the symbol of two hearts that come together: Buda, east of the Danube, and Pest, on the opposite side. Two souls that together give life to one of the most enchanting and fascinating destinations in the world. The capital of Hungary exudes romanticism, you can breathe, especially on the banks of Danube, on the Chain Bridge, which lights up with love in the evening. As if that isn’t enough, Budapest stands on 100 thermal springs … and if we add wellness to romanticism … we got a winning destination!
So, if you want to impress your loved one with a romantic and unforgettable day, book a relaxing day for a couple at the Széchenyi Baths and then finish with a spectacular night river cruise with drinks on board.
6. Prague, Czech Republic
Prague is the city of gold, made up of labyrinths of cobbled alleys that envelop you in their aura of mystery where it’s easy to lose yourself and leave yourself to love and passion. The funicular on the Petrìn hill, the labyrinth of mirrors, its gardens, and the fabulous Vltava river, this city is the ideal place to fall in love each and every time.
Of course, the Czech capital also offers romantic river cruises, which are perfect for celebrating a special occasion in a memorable way.
5. Montecarlo, Principality of Monaco
For many, it is the city of casinos and the Formula One Grand Prix, but Monte Carlo is much more. It is a princely and luxurious city, with its Japanese gardens wanted by Princess Grace, the Cathedral, the halls and rooms of the Prince’s Palace. In short, it’s the best city to feel like princes and princesses, kings and queens. It is definitely not among the cheapest destinations, but to spend a weekend like a king, Montecarlo is second to none!
4. Verona, Italy
Here’s another Italian city on our list, which proves that Italy, besides its flaws, it’s a city of romance and tourism like no other. Verona is definitely one of the cities you can’t miss. After all, it is the city with the most famous balcony in the world: that of Romeo and Juliet. A love story that has crossed every ocean and has inspired many couples, in search of the most intense feeling.
But, Verona is much more: a spectacle at the Arena puts the chills, but lovers surely won’t be able to leave without reciting the verses from the balcony at least once: ” Romeo, oh Romeo, because it’s you, Romeo! ”
3. Vienna, Austria
We get on the podium with Vienna, the Imperial city par excellence. Crossing the alleys of Princess Sissi’s city in the saddle of a carriage takes your heart back to the times of the purest romanticism, made up of solemn declarations and love letters, unlike today’s text messages. Beautiful churches, gorgeous dresses, gardens, and fountains, this city overlooking the Danube has inspired the most romantic dances in the world. After all, that’s why it’s called the Viennese Waltz!
And if you want to impress your loved one with an unforgettable declaration of love, climb the wonderful Prater Ferris wheel and dedicate the view of Vienna from above to them.
2. Paris, France
The city of lights is right after the first place, on the second step of the podium. For many, it is actually the most romantic city among the brightly lit and elegant Champs Elisée, the district of Mont Martre, and, of course, the Eiffel Tower, the symbol of the city. Dinner at the top of the tower is certainly a breathtaking experience, probably one of the most romantic experiences a couple could ever have.
It is definitely the capital of love and shopping, but also intimate and tantalizing. And, taking home a portrait made by street artists in Mont Martre is the right way to make your love immortal!
To make the most of your romantic day in Paris, we recommend you to choose a package that allows you to admire the lights of the city in the evening, includes a delicious dinner on the Eiffel Tower, as well as a cruise along the Seine admiring the Louvre, Notre Dame, and other timeless Parisian beauties.
1. Venice, Italy
Italy not only places 3 out of 10 on this list but also takes the top of the podium. The gold medal for lovers goes to Venice, which is also in the 6th place among the most beautiful cities in the world, with its breathtaking views and gondola rides between the canals and the lagoon. In fact, this is the detail that makes it unsurpassable – a gondola ride on the Grand Canal is the most romantic thing there can be for a couple. And if the gondolier sings some romantic songs, the first position is justified!