Filled with rich history and old-world charm, it’s hard to find a city in Europe that doesn’t feel at least somewhat romantic – especially to the average American traveler. However, if you’re looking for the ultimate romantic experience, some cities rise above the rest as picture-perfect destinations for those looking to celebrate their love.
Looking to explore the most romantic cities Europe has to offer? Plan a visit to one – or all five – of these starry-eyed spots:
1 – PARIS, FRANCE.
Paris is known as the City of Love, so it’s no surprise to find it on a list of most romantic cities in Europe. Boasting gorgeous old architecture, winding cobblestone streets, and plenty of wine bars and cafes perfect for dinner for two, romance is easy to find here. Book a place in Montmartre, known as the city’s artist district, for easy access to many of the city’s most lovely spots, like the Sacre Coeur, a stunning white church at the top of a hill that offers sweeping views of the city below.
2 – PRAGUE, CZECH REPUBLIC.
Prague has risen in popularity in recent years, and for a good reason. Prague’s charming architecture, cobbled streets and stunning squares are well worth a visit year-round, and from world-famous museums to impressive theatrical performances, there’s plenty of cultures to soak in throughout your stay.
This city is especially romantic when winter arrives and the holiday season draws near. As lights appear on every building and the city’s world-renowned holiday market returns to Old Town Square, you’ll find the spirit of the season hard to escape.
3 – AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS.
Amsterdam might not be known for romance, but it’s a beautiful place for a couple’s getaway. Rent a houseboat along the romantic canals or find a charming Airbnb property to reserve and spend your days wandering the streets, enjoying picnics in the parks and experiencing the city’s world-famous flower markets. At night, enjoy a walk hand-in-hand along the canals and admire the reflection of the city lights in the still waters.
4 – SANTORINI, GREECE.
This small island in the Aegean sea offers a picturesque getaway, with its easily-recognized white buildings tucked into seaside cliffs. While it isn’t the most accessible destination in Europe to reach, it’s certainly worth the extra effort. You’ll be treated to fine dining, delicious drinks, and some of the most stunning sunsets you’ve ever had the pleasure of witnessing, and there are no shortage of hotel rooms that offer incredible views of the sea below.
5 – BRUGES, BELGIUM.
This quaint little town offers the perfect romantic getaway for someone looking to escape Europe’s major cities. Situated near Brussels, you’ll find no shortage of old churches, cobblestone streets, charming foot bridges, and other details that make this city a real gem. Enjoy a romantic boat ride through the city’s canals – which aren’t nearly as crowded as the ones you’ll find in Venice – before indulging in a scoop of gelato or some world-famous Belgian chocolate from an artisan shop.
While you’ll have a hard time choosing a European city to visit that doesn’t have a romantic feel to it, these cities are some of the best destinations to keep in mind if you’re looking to embrace your relationship on your next vacation.