Europe is one of the most romantic places in the world, with cobblestone streets, quaint town squares, cute little cottages and food to die for. Europe is one of the best places to take a loved one for Valentine’s Day!
But, where are the most romantic places in Europe? Of course, places like France, Italy spring to mind when thinking of the most romantic places in Europe but what about the Czech Republic or Hungary?
Keep reading to find out where the most romantic places in Europe are and where you should spend Valentine’s day.
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The most romantic places in Europe
Lets jump straight into the most romantic European destinations, where are you planning your Valentines Day trip?
Ophelie, Limitless Secrets
Paris is called “the City of Love” so it’s definitely one of the Most romantic places in Europe.
First of all, Paris is a gorgeous city: the historical architecture is stunning, the river Seine is flowing through and there are many photogenic places.
Second of all the ambiance in Paris is perfect for romance and was often depicted as such in movies. That’s why so many people come here to propose to their partner nowadays!
Thirdly Paris is providing amazing cuisine and fabulous hotels, so you will have everything to please your loved one! Lastly French people have a reputation to be passionate and seductive, so they will for sure motivate you to be the same during a trip to Paris!
Here are some of the best things to do in Paris for Valentine’s Day. You can start by admiring the Eiffel Tower with your lover! You can go during the day but it’s even more romantic at night when the Eiffel Tower is sparkling (it happens every hour from sunset to 1 am in winter).
Walking along the river Seine together is also really lovely. The banks of the Seine are rather quiet in February, so you won’t be disturbed. But the ideal would be to take a cruise on the Seine! Some of the cruise companies also offer proposing dinner cruises.
If you are looking for a charming area to discover with your partner, head to Montmartre! This neighborhood of Paris looks like a little village and will make you forget that you are in Paris! It’s highly picturesque and romantic.
For the art lovers, I recommend taking your sweetheart to the Opera Garnier for a ballet or an opera. Not only you will love the show, but the architecture of this place is absolutely magnificent!
Paris being a foodie capital, something else you have to try for Valentine’s Day is a romantic dinner! For example, you can go to the restaurant “Dans le Noir ?” Where you will have a gastronomic dinner in the complete dark served by blind people. How original right?!
If you want to pleasantly surprise your partner, book a 5 stars hotel with a direct view on the Eiffel Tower! For example, the Shangri La Hotel is a palace hotel in Paris that will amaze you both for sure!
Saint Emilion, France
Denise, Chef Denise
In the heart of Bordeaux’s world-famous wine region lies the UNESCO World Heritage site Saint Emilion which encompasses the picturesque village, and its surrounding vineyards. A charming medieval village, castle-like wineries, rolling rows of vines, what could be more romantic on Valentine’s day?
Named after a hermit monk who lived in a cave in the area, the appellation d’origine contrôlée (AOC) of Saint Emilion produces some of the best wines of France, most notably in the varietals of Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Merlot. So, one of the most popular things to do in this area is visit the local wine chateaus.
Although some of the higher-end wineries are only open to professionals, many opportunities for wine tasting can be found. The tour at one of the larger wineries, Château de Ferrand, is quite informative, with multiple options for tastings. At the other end of the spectrum is the family owned Château Beaurang with a more personal touch. If you’re not in the mood for a tour, the wine shops in the center of the village also offer tastings.
Or better yet, increase the romance factor and stay at a winery like Chateau Frank Mayne. The Relais on the property has just 4 rooms and a treehouse room which kicks up the romance another notch.
Stays include a complete breakfast which can be hard to find in France, and a tour of the property. Find the short path starting in the vineyard from the chateau to the village instead of taking the road-it’s much more scenic.
Filled with historic buildings, ruins, and churches, the narrow streets of Saint Emilion provide the perfect setting for a romantic couple of days of exploration.
The village is truly enchanting, and romance can be found simply by strolling the ancient stone streets holding your partners hand and stopping periodically to admire the views and quaint shop windows. When you need a little snack, grab a Saint Emilion Macaron from one of the local bakeries—yum!
The food of France varies from region to region, and this area specializes in delicious duck, comté cheese, and roasted lamb. And luckily, as with most places around the world, where there’s excellent wine, you’ll find excellent restaurants! And for Valentine’s day, you should make a reservation.
If you’re splurging, the Michelin-starred Logis de la Cadene will be the go-to restaurant for the night. But plenty of less expensive options can also fit the bill like: L’Envers du Décor or L’huitrier-pie. Or, have a romantic gastronomic lunch at Atelier de Candale on the property of Chateau Candale, and a light dinner or picnic. In this romantic village, you can’t go wrong!
Cecily, Groovy Mashed Potaotes
Tucked away in the Swiss Alps, the chic and cozy town of Zermatt is the perfect romantic escape for Valentine’s Day. You will be arriving during ski season when the snow covers the mountains, making it a winter wonderland.
There are many romantic things to do in Zermatt, from having a ski day and warming up with some cheese fondue to dining in a Michelin-starred restaurant.
The best place to stay is at the boutique hotel Coeur des Alpes, which has one of the best views of the Matterhorn. When you arrive, ask for a glass of prosecco and take in the beautiful surroundings. Once settled into your room, relax by the fire or have a spa day in the hotel’s Hammam, sauna and outdoor hot tub.
The skiing in Zermatt is world-class. What makes it so special are the restaurants you can pop into along the ski hill, such as Chez Vrony for cheese fondue, hot cocoa or other delicious bites.
For a romantic dinner, don’t miss the Michelin-starred restaurant, After Seven. The interior design and creative cuisine make it a culinary adventure. Finish your evening off with a nightcap at Elsie’s Wine & Champagne Bar, a cozy spot where you will find locals and very good Swiss wine.
With the largest center square in all of Europe, Krakow makes for an amazing destination for Valentine’s Day. The city has a remarkable mixture of restaurants featuring international food as well as homemade Polish food.
There is a building in the center of the city that was formerly a cloth hall. Today it houses a variety of vendors where couples can stroll through to look through all the items being sold.
One of the most common items to be sold in the hall is amber jewelry. As the largest manufacturer of Baltic amber in Europe, Poland does an amazing job creating amber jewelry for all different kinds of taste. Everything from earring, to necklaces and pins and huge unique pieces can be found.
Along the exterior of the square are dozens of cafes, bars and restaurants to choose from. The side streets also have hundreds more, making for a dizzying decision making process of where to eat.
However, there are a few places that serve amazing food that should be tried. Chlopskie Jadlo is a traditional Polish restaurant that truly showcases the varieties of Polish food in a cozy atmosphere. U Babci Bar Mleczny which is otherwise known as a milk bar is a budget friendly no frills type of place where you can taste some of the best Polish food for very cheap.
Given its status as a college friendly bar, these bars are not romantic sit down restaurants but instead a great place to absorb the local culture. Couple’s can take a horse drawn carriage ride in the center of Krakow anytime during the day for a romantic view of the city.
The city sits on the river Wisla, and boats go up and down the river. A boat ride is a romantic way to see the city from the river, though it’s best to keep an eye out on which boats are running as well as the schedule.
Mersea Island, England
Sarah, A Social Nomad
The estuary located Mersea Island is a perfect place to spend Valentine’s Day. The island is connected to the mainland England by a Roman-era causeway that is uncrossable at certain states of the tide.
So, if being marooned on an island (albeit temporarily) with your loved one sounds appealing, this is the place for you during the celebration of love.
Mersea Island is small but perfectly formed – while there are hotels and bed and breakfasts here, you’ll likely want to opt for a cosy cottage for two or a glorious seafront apartment – the West Mersea Redwing Lodge has fabulous views and is gloriously isolated.
Mersea has it all for your romantic getaway – long lovely beaches for strolls along the sand and quiet easy roads if you want to bike around the island.
The Roman’s introduced vines to the island and today, the Mersea Island vineyard plies its trade, offers locally made wine (and beer) and some great tasting – or takeaway – options.
For the ultimate in romance inducing food head to the famous West Mersea Oyster Bar or the neighbouring Company Shed for seafood that includes the world renowned Colchester Oyster Native oyster, grown nearby.
The Cotswolds, England
Shobha, Epic England Travel
The area is known for its buildings that are made from a honey coloured limestone that glows golden in the sunshine. There are plenty of things to do in the Cotswolds as well as beautiful places to stay and fine dining establishments.
In Medieval times, the Cotswolds were wealthy from the sheep trade. Everyone wore wool and Cotswolds wool was known to be the best in Europe.
When the wool trade declined in the 19th century, the area’s popularity declined, too. The Cotswolds were left in a time warp until rediscovered again for their beauty in the 20th century.
There are beautiful preserved villages in the Cotswolds along with romantic hotels and bed and breakfasts. Some of the beautiful villages to visit are Burford, Bourton-on-Water, Moreton-on-the-Marsh and the Slaughters. (Although Slaughter is a strange name for a village, it is a corruption of a word for wetlands in Old English).
According to a British survey from 2011, Copse Hill Road in Lower Slaughter village was named the most romantic street in the country. Broughton Castle in Banbury has been called the most romantic castle in England thanks to both itself and its location.
Modern visitors may recognise Brampton from the town scenes of Downton Abbey. Highclere Castle, which played the part of Downton Abbey, is also located nearby.
Broadway Tower was built in the 18th century by its wealthy owner as a cool place to take his guests for a banquet. From the top of Broadway tower you can see 16 counties on a clear day.
We have spent a romantic weekend at the Belmond Le Manoir aux Quait’Saisons which is not only a beautiful hotel but also a two star Michelin restaurant operated by celebrity chef, Raymond Blanc. Between the English country house setting and the amazing food, this hotel is a highly indulgent romantic experience.
Caroline, CK Travels
London is high on the list of the most romantic places in Europe with heaps of fun things to do for couples on Valentines Day.
If the weather is lovely and sunny take a walk along the South Bank along the River Thames for a scenic stroll that takes you past iconic landmarks and buildings. Or you could head up high to the Sky Garden – London’s highest public garden with a foliage-filled atrium and beautiful skyline views.
London is famous for its fantastic theatre scene and every night there are many plays and musicals in the west end. If you are a fan of live music, then head over to the world-renowned jazz club Ronnie Scotts, an atmospheric basement bar with low-lit cabaret tables.
You will be spoilt for choice at the range of places to eat and drink in the city. Choose a traditional afternoon tea, afternoon tea bus tour or enjoy a champagne brunch by day, or head up high to restaurants in the Shard or places like Sushi Samba in the evening for wonderful views of the city with twinkling lights.
There are plenty of expensive and beautifully decorated romantic bars in the city or if you are on a budget find a cosy and historical old pub with a log fire.
Eilean Shona, Scotland
Melanie, Two Plus Dogs
Ever heard of Eilean Shona? We certainly hadn’t until we saw it in the weekend newspaper. This hidden gem is an island located in the Inner Hebrides, just off Loch Moidart, Scotland.
It offers a wind-down and return to nature as it is home to just 7 remote holiday cottages, one very grand house, many beautiful creatures and nothing else.
No permanent residents, no shops, and no cars- a complete cut off from the bustle of everyday life. The scenery is stunning, think sandy remote beaches, rocky cliffs and breath-taking woodlands, all with an absolute minimum number of other human beings. The perfect opportunity to reconnect and take quality time as a couple or family.
You take a RIB boat from the mainland to the island and are then left, with your luggage, to enjoy the amazing tranquillity. The level of creature comforts you choose to have for the week is up to you.
Some of the houses have no electricity, whereas others are more modern with electric lighting and gas ovens. All are beautifully furnished. Plan ahead for a break here, take some delicious food and drink and embrace the silence.
There is plenty to do on the island but it is all nature led and peaceful, for example; walking, drawing, reading, writing, nature hunting, and for the more adventurous; wild swimming, cliff scrabbling or bolder leaping. Cosy up in your cottage for the evening in front of a real fire with some nice food, this is the ultimate romantic retreat.
Eilean Shona offers the idyllic romantic Valentines break. J.M Barrie described the island as “a wild rocky romantic island,” and it was in fact the inspiration for Peter Pan’s Netherland.
Valentine’s Day can mean different things to different people. If you’re spending Valentine’s Day in Europe, then there are plenty of places to choose from. If you prefer exploring a small city with the friendliest locals and nearby breathtaking nature, then spending a few days in Galway is perfect for you.
The coastal town of Galway is a mixture of charming historical landmarks nestled in a modern atmosphere. Walking down the cobblestone Quay Street is a great way to find local deals. Head into the Claddagh Museum and learn about the history of the jewelry icon. There’s a claddagh ring for every stage of the relationship, making it the perfect Valentine’s Day gift!
Galway is the perfect place to walk hand in hand down the Old Long Walk while taking in the history of Lynch’s Castle and the Spanish Arch. If you prefer exploring Gaelic ruins and being out in nature, then head to The Aran Islands. It’s a forty-minute ferry ride from Galway to the islands. Be sure to dress in layers as the weather can be unpredictable in all of Ireland.
For a romantic dinner, head to Martine’s Restaurant and Winebar for modern Irish dishes made with fresh, local ingredients. The cozy atmosphere and friendly staff are wonderful.
Isabelle, Issys Escapades
Florence is an extremely romantic European city and for those with a love of art and culture, it is the perfect place to spend Valentine’s Day in Europe.
Start your day with a walk up the hill on the Oltrarno side of the river to Piazzale Michelangelo, to watch as the sun rises over the rooftops of Florence. Watch as it illuminates all of Florence’s most iconic sights – the Duomo, Sante Croce Church and of course, the incomparable Ponte Vecchio bridge.
Once you are done, make your way to the nearby Bardini Gardens; a beautiful setting on the hill overlooking the city, this allows you a wonderful vantage point of the great Duomo of Florence.
When finished, walk hand in hand through the streets of the Oltrarno and stop off in any of the wonderful artisanal stores that take your fancy. Among them, you will find metalworkers, paper-makers and masters of mosaic.
By now, you’ll be hungry, so pop into a local vinoteca for a glass of wine and some nibbles – Il Santo Bevitore is a great option.
In the afternoon, cross the river to wander the corridors of the vast but intriguing Uffizi Gallery, to gaze upon masterpieces such as Botticelli’s Birth of Venus and Caravaggio’s Medusa.
When finished, simply wander the streets of the historical centre and follow where your feet lead you. Make sure to walk the banks of the River Arno at sunset and watch as the colours of the Ponte Vecchio change as the sun goes down.
Finally, finish your romantic day with a Michelin starred meal in the elegant ambience of the Four Season’s Michelin starred restaurant, Il Palagio. If you are not ready to end the day after your meal, cap it off with a cocktail at La Terraza – the rooftop bar of the Intercontinental Hotel.
If you’re looking for a romantic hotel to stay in for Valentine’s Day in Florence, check yourself in to Villa Cora, an aristocratic villa set just on the outskirts of the city and overlooking the Boboli Gardens.
Alternatively, if you’d prefer somewhere a little more private, reserve a luxury Airbnb in Florence instead.
Simona, Slovenians Travel
If you think of Venice, you might think of the crazy crowds and carnival. But guess what – Venice can be soooo romantic, if you visit at the right time, after all carnival and summer is maybe not the best idea.
In any season it is crucial to stay on the island. Why? Venice is very popular with day trippers and before the pandemic it was flooded with cruise guests. If you stay on the island, you can have St. Marc’s square almost to yourself at sunrise or after sunset.
Another great sunrise spot is Accademia bridge, from where you can see the Santa Maria della Salute church with the sun rising behind it.
For a very intimate and secluded sunset spot, I would recommend the island San Giorgio Maggiore, from which you’ll have a beautiful view to the Doge’s palace and Campanile.
When staying on the island, book in advance and find yourself a canal view room as it is worth every penny, believe me (and it’s not even that expensive).
But what would be Venice without the iconic gondola ride?! The going rate is around 80€, but up to 6 people can fit in a gondola. For a romantic ride, book it just for yourself.
Right now it’s still not that busy so you might get a discount and even more important – you might end up on the Grand canal with the view to the Rialto bridge (in the last years the gondolas didn’t operate much on the Grand canal because there was just too much traffic).
On my last visit I’ve definitely fallen in love with Venice and I would surely recommend it to you as a romantic weekend getaway.
Joanna, Andalucia In My Pocket
Granada is one of the most romantic cities in Spain. Located at the foothill of the Sierra Nevada mountains and just one hour away from the coast of the Mediterranean Sea, Granada is a perfect choice for couples to spend a romantic Valentine’s day in.
Walking around Granada is a romantic thing itself, navigating the narrow-cobbled alleys of the old Albaicin, or exploring the streets of the new town, in the bazaar near the Cathedral.
There are many romantic things to do in Granada, one of them being a visit to the hammam Al Andalus. The intimate atmosphere of the hammam and the relaxing traditional massages are a great way to spend the end of a day, after walking around, exploring the hilly streets of the city.
Granada has many beautiful viewpoints, from the more popular Mirador San Miguel to beautiful hotel rooftops, where couples can enjoy a drink with a view of the famous Alhambra Palace.
A romantic Valentine’s Day weekend in Granada must also include a passionate flamenco show in one of the caves at the outskirts of the city. There is no other art more passionate and fuller of emotions than one hour of flamenco.
Another romantic thing to do in Granada is search for its hidden gardens and stroll around them with your loved one. These traditional Moorish gardens feel so intimate due to tourists not knowing about them. They used to be oasis of relaxation hidden behind tall walls, in the Moorish times. They are beautiful landscaped with water elements, sculptures, fountains and many, many flowers.
Amber Charmei, Provocolate
Lisbon has to be one of the most romantic capitals of Europe – perfect in any season, and especially for Valentine’s Day. This is not a city that depends on beautiful weather to shine. Those famous tiled facades and yellow trams look wonderful even in the rain.
This is an intimate, cozy city. There is plenty to do over a romantic long weekend in Lisbon. The city is full of culture and cafes.
Try the oldest, which is also one of the most sumptuous in decor, with gorgeous woodwork and a mirrored ceiling. It’s the idea place for a romantic Valentine’s day breakfast of a Café com Leite and a Pastel de Nata – the city’s famous egg custard tarts.
The Confeiteria Nacional is right in the center. From here, you can catch the famous tram 28 that rises through the storied hills of Lisbon and the most enchanting districts – Estrella, Baixa, and Alfama.
Wandering down the hill and getting a little lost introduces you to the romantic secret corners of Lisbon.
One of the most fun places to go for lunch in Lisbon is the Time Out Lisboa market, set in the historic Mercado da Ribeira. You can taste dishes from the city’s famous chefs at the self service dining court.
But if this is not a day for oysters on the half shell, then what day is? For a perfect Valentine’s Day lunch, try one of the elegant raw bars at the edges of the market.
Eat at the counter and point to whichever of the impeccably fresh, sweet states of the Atlantic catches your eye. A flute of sparkling Portuguese wine suits the holiday, and the delicious briny fare.
After lunch, try some antiquing. Many shops specialize in antique tiles. Or if books are more to your taste, walk over to the Chiado district, with the famous Livraria Bertrand – open since 1732.
Across the way is the enchanting Livraria Sa’ da Costa with books, maps, and curiosities.
For the aperitivo hour, a glass of Ginja – a cherry liqueur – is a delight. Enjoy a glass standing u shoulder to shoulder with the locals at one of the traditional Ginja bars near Rossio square.
For the evening, the passion and poignancy of Fado may be the right choice for Valentine’s Day. But if saudade – the Portuguese word for longing – seems too much, try a little bar hopping. Pensao Amor, in a former brothel, hits a playful note.
Becki, Meet Me In Departures
One of the top romantic destinations in Europe has to be Seville. Visually and unarguably, it’s one of the prettiest cities in Spain which combines palaces, stunning Moorish architecture, beautiful cobbled streets and cool shady parks.
If you’re looking for a romantic getaway, then you’ll find it in this city. For the perfect Seville itinerary be sure to visit the Real Alcazar, and the Cathedral of Seville with its Moorish style Giralda. Both of these sites are listed as UNESCO Heritage landmarks.
The palace of the Real Alcázar. was originally built as a fortress during Seville’s Islamic rule. It then became the residence of Spanish Kings when the Christians conquered Seville. Today the palace is open for visitors to marvel at the intricate Mudéjar architectural, beautiful courtyards and gardens.
The Cathedral of Seville and the Giralda. The Cathedral boasts itself as being the biggest in the world by volume. It’s also the final resting place of Christopher Columbus, inside you can see his tomb! The Giralda dates back to when a Mosque stood on this site, climb the Giralda for romantic views over the city.
Not far from the historical centre is the Plaza de España and Parco de Maria Luisa. The Plaza was built in 1920 for the Spanish World Exposition, look out for the pretty little decorative azulejo tiles. A moat runs parallel to the building, you can rent a boat for a romantic row.
Derek and Mike, Robe Trotting
Europe is full of romantic cities, but one favorite is the coastal city of Sitges, Spain.
Located on the stunning Costa Brava, gay Sitges is packed all summer long with beach-goers – but it’s also a fabulous destination for Valentine’s Day.
With over 310 sunny days each year, the city of Sitges is the perfect climate to catch a little winter sun and while the water temperatures cool off in February, you can likely still get on the beach and find comfortable temperatures in Sitges.
This means that activities like boating or walking Passeig Maritim, the enchanting waterfront promenade that hugs the coastline. Passeig Maritim is full of vibrant oceanfront bars, cafes and restaurants to stop at along the walk.
If you walk down to the sand, a romantic stroll along the surf can take you to the picturesque Iglesia de San Bartolomé y Santa Tecla. It’s a waterfront church that’s on every postcard from Sitges and belongs in every romantic itinerary.
Every couple loves to enjoy a meal together, and Sitges, Spain is full of delicious tapas and the freshest seafood. One of the most delicious stops for a tapas feast is the airy and vibrant El Cabel.
It’s in the city’s medieval section with narrow, winding cobblestone streets and beautiful architecture. It’s the perfect backdrop for a delicious meal with the one you love. No matter who you love, the city of Sitges is an unbelievable Valentines destination.
Mijas Pueblo, Spain
Linn, Andalucia Hiking
As one of the most popular white villages in Costa del Sol in southern Spain, Mijas Pueblo is the perfect place to spend a romantic Valentine’s Day. The picturesque whitewashed village sits halfway up the mountain with idyllic coastal views.
Often featuring markets, live concerts, and local celebrations, it’s most likely happening something nice on Valentine’s day too.
Cute restaurants and bars offer local food, the Mayan Monkey, world’s smallest chocolate factory, is perfect to learn how to make local chocolate – and maybe you can even make the heart shaped?
Mijas Pueblo also has a couple of museums worth visiting. The Museum of Miniatures, where you get a magnifying glass to see all the little objects, the Wine Museum makes a romantic place where you can even buy a bottle of wine to have in your hotel room.
The adventurous couples can explore some of the Sierra de Mijas hiking trails starting right above the village for an unforgettable nature experience. February is the perfect time of the year to walk the mountains.
Stay at TRH Mijas where you can swim in the pool or enjoy the spa and wellness center for some well deserved luxury.
Ellis, Backpack Adventures
Sighnaghi in Georgia is called the city of love and is a great destination to spend valentine’s day. This cute little town at the foot of the caucasus mountains got its fame as a lovers destination because couples can get married here any time of the day. The wedding house at the town’s city hall is open 24/7 and anyone can come to register their union.
This curiosity is not the only reason though that Sighnaghi is a great place to visit for valentine’s day. It is in the heart of Kakheti. Georgia’s wine growing region with rolling green hills and ancient monasteries. Sighnaghi is definitely one of the most scenic towns here. Perched on top of a hill it offers beautiful views on the Alazani valley and the snow peaked mountain tops in the distance.
The medieval fortress walls and cobbled stone streets make for a picturesque setting. Add in some great restaurants with traditional Georgian food and some excellent boutique hotels and you are in for the perfect romantic getaway.
Trying some of the local wines is a must. Don’t be fooled by the reused bottles they are sold in at the market. The quality is superb. Otherwise you can’t go wrong at Pheasant tears. This restaurant has the best food in town and is recommended for a romantic dinner.
Giulia, Travelling Sunglasses
The majestic Danube river, gorgeous avenues from the late 1800s, hearty food, and contained prices: these are only some of the reasons to choose Budapest for Valentine’s Day.
Besides visiting the main sights and the hidden gems, there are lots of special things to do as a couple in Budapest.
For example, head to Varosliget park to admire the majestic Heroes Square and the picturesque Vajdahunyad Castle.
Take some time to relax at one of the most beautiful spas, Szechenyi Thermal Bath: soak in the warm outdoors pools, detox in the saunas, and pamper yourself with a massage.
Another fun activity is skating on the temporary ice-skating rink.
The best spots in Budapest for sunrise and sunset are the Fisherman’s Bastion and the Citadel. Lesser known but very unique is Liberty Bridge: climb and sit on the lower, accessible parts and admire the sun setting behind the Buda hills.
Combine the sightseeing of Budapest by night with a warm environment: catch tram 2, one of the 10 most beautiful trolley rides by National Geographic, and pass by the Parliament, Chain Bridge, the Danube promenade on one side, and Buda Castle hill and Gellert hill on the other.
While you can enjoy a quick meal or even street food for lunch, there are many ways to splurge on a Valentine’s dinner in Budapest.
A few special locations are the New York Cafè and Salon Restaurants, with their lavish frescoes and end-of-the-century feeling; or Halaszbastya, located inside the iconic Fisherman’s Bastion with a wonderful view.
Check out a Danube Valentine’s Day cruise with dinner for an amazing panorama of Budapest’s landmarks (albeit probably lower-quality food).
Do you prefer a great dinner instead of a fancy location? Try Zeller for traditional Hungarian cuisine with a twist, and a wide variety of wines.
Speaking of wines, trendy Kadarka, in the famous party district on Kiraly street, is perfect to try some Hungarian wines and do people-watching. The rooftop bar of Aria Hotel is also perfect for a drink, with a view of Saint Stephen Basilica’s dome.
With a more modest budget, try Estilo Fashion, a modern and stylish boutique hotel close to the Central Market Hall on Pest side, or the colorful Art’otel, on Buda side, with a wonderful view of the Parliament.
Prague, Czech Republic
Veronika, Travel Geekery
Prague is undoubtedly one of the most romantic destinations in the world. Prague in winter especially truly becomes a fairytale destinations.
Even better, wandering the streets of the Old Town and around the Prague Castle on a snowy evening means no crowds and only a magical atmosphere.
You cannot leave out walking across the Charles Bridge. You also need to climb to the top of the Old Town Bridge Tower for the most amazing views of the Charles Bridge with the Prague Castle in the background.
Afterwards, stroll to the Lesser Town riverbank (near the Mánes Bridge) where there are often beautiful swans happily posing for photos, with the remarkable Charles Bridge as a backdrop.
An area called the New World, still close to the Prague Castle, is especially charming too and ideal for long walks with your sweetheart.
It’s also right there where Prague’s most romantic hotel is located – U Raka. The hotel has a restaurant too, which comes highly recommended.
Other romantic places to eat include Restaurant Mlýnec near the Charles Bridge, V Zátiší hidden in the Old Town or Ginger & Fred on top of the iconic Dancing House building.
If you get cold walking around the narrow winding streets of Prague Old Town, stop for a heart warming cup of hot chocolate at the Choco Café U Červené židle (By the Red Chair). It’s a lovely place, which offers a vast array of different hot chocolate, as well as coffee.
San Gimignano, Italy
Martina and Jürgen, PlacesofJuma
One of the most beautiful places to spend a unique and very romantic Valentine’s Day is certainly San Gimignano in Italy. This enchanting place is located in Tuscany and is for many an absolute travel highlight.
San Gimignano is often called the Medieval Manhattan: And really, the many high medieval towers making an imposing scenery and are a real eye-catcher.
Really romantic is a walk through the old stone alleys of the historic old town. You’ll discover something beautiful at almost every corner and you’ll also find countless opportunities for taking lovely couple photos.
Also, when eating out you will get your money’s worth during your vacation, and so nothing stands in the way of a romantic dinner. For dessert you should definitely try the ice cream of Gelateria Dondoli on the main square, Piazza della Cisterna. This has already been crowned 2 times as ice cream world champion.
The area around San Gimignano is also wonderfully romantic, with its hilly vineyards and ideal for walks in the countryside. Here you can also find amazing accommodation, the so-called agritourism accommodations.
Recommended for couples is the Castello di Fulignano – a beautiful castle with apartments, huge pool and a wonderful panoramic view over the hills of Tuscany.
Derek and Mike, Everything Copenhagen
Copenhagen, Denmark is an often-overlooked European capital with beautiful architecture, a cutting-edge food scene and romantic attractions abound. It’s the perfect escape for a Valentine’s Day getaway to the cold north.
In Copenhagen restaurants you can expect an unrivaled culinary experience. The New Nordic food movement, which originated in the city, means an impressive collection of the most Michelin Stars in all of Scandinavia.
You have to book well in advance to dine at Noma, the World’s Best Restaurant winner four times over, but there are many other more accessible places to try New Nordic food. Try restaurant Meille or U Formel for a more affordable and easy-to-book meal in the city.
The stunning architecture of the city cannot be missed with world class buildings like the New Opera House and Black Diamond Royal Library
A lover’s stroll along scenic Nyhavn canal is the perfect addition to any afternoon in Copenhagen. For art lovers, Copenhagen is full of brilliant museums like the New Carlsberg Glyptotek, the Danish Design Museum and the nearby Louisiana Museum of Modern Art.
Not to be outdone are the lavish castles, which are open to the public daily. Couples will feel like royalty while visiting the Crowned Jewels at Rosenborg Castle. The entire Renaissance castle is a museum of different periods of the Danish monarchy, one of the oldest monarchies in the world.
With so much to do, see and eat in the romantic city of Copenhagen, it’s a perfect Valentine’s Day trip.
Nestled on Slovenia’s short stretch of Istrian coastline, Piran is one of the most charming towns on the Adriatic.
It has all the charm of Croatia’s Dalmatian coast minus the crowds (especially in February, which is low season in Istria). If you love relaxing on quiet beaches, exploring cute alleyways and churches and indulging in fresh seafood, this is the perfect place for a couples’ Valentine’s getaway.
Viewed from the bell tower or old Town Walls, Piran is a sea of brick-coloured rooftops. Narrow laneways lined with cute apartment buildings – each one with a different pastel shade decorating its window shutters – little squares and coffee shops define the heart of the city.
The long seafront promenade is made for romantic strolls, and you can jump into the sea at any point if you fancy.
Secluded stone beaches can be found on either side of the peninsula, just a few minutes’ walk from town.Nothing beats a seafood lunch at one of Piran’s waterfront restaurants – Podlanca, which is set on a fishing boat docked in the inner harbor, is very memorable.
For accommodation, Apartments Lara is the perfect size for two. Its central location is ideal, and there’s even a private rooftop terrace – perfect for sipping a glass of local wine as the sun sets.
Chrysoula, Athens and Beyond
If you’re seeking a romantic city for Valentine’s Day but don’t want to travel to the typical hotspots of Paris and Rome, you may find yourself inspired to travel to the historic city of Athens, the capital of Greece.
With a plethora of rooftop bars with glistening views of the Acropolis (A for Athens), Michelin-starred restaurants (Spondi), quaint cafes and some excellent tours and workshops, there are a whole host of different things for you and your loved one to do.
Start your time in Athens exploring the ancient archaeological sites, before moving on to the Cycladic-inspired island village of Anafiotika; a blissful white-washed slice of serenity in the city.
You’ll then want to indulge in some sweet treats from one of Athens’ many bakeries before perhaps visiting a museum or doing a spot of shopping in the centre of the city. Top off your day with a stroll down Lycabettus Hill or kick back with a cocktail in hand while you watch the sun go down.
The next day you could start with a tourist favourite like the Changing of the Guard at Syntagma Square or opt for a relaxing brunch in one of Kolonaki’s cool cafes. Continue your day with more sight-seeing, museum-hopping and walks in the park before checking out some more wine bars and restaurants in the evening.
Athens has a collection of wonderful hotels, from boutique properties with personalised service and a small number of rooms to larger chain hotels like the Hilton and Radisson with excellent on-site amenities.
You can also take day trips from Athens to Delphi, Cape Sounio, Nafplio and Epidaurus for even more Valentine’s adventures.
Jade, The Migrant Yogi
The medieval city of Sibiu, Romania is one of Europe’s most romantic cities to spend Valentine’s Day with your partner.
Though it has gained in popularity since holding the title of European Cultural Capital in 2007, Sibiu is still largely undiscovered, giving it a less-touristy feel than other European cities.
Sibiu is a small city in Transilvania nestled in the Carpathian basin. There are strong Germanic influences which are apparent in the architectural style as well as Sibiu’s German name, Hermannstadt.
In the Old Town of Sibiu, expect to be surrounded by picturesque pastel-hued buildings, mysterious stair passages, and secret tunnels that connect the city’s multiple squares.
There is an abundance of things to do in Sibiu – everything from indoor and open-air museums to nearby hiking or snow sports. While visiting for Valentine’s Day, take a day or two to visit the nearby mountains, cozy up by a fire or book a cabin with a private hot tub!
Or, take a day trip to a nearby castle (Bran and Corvin Castle are both reachable in a few hours) or check out Turda Salt Mines!
For a romantic dinner, check out Kulinarium or Restaurantul Hermania, both of which are on the fancier side. Benjamin’s is a great option for a steak dinner, or head to Syndicat Gourmet for an interesting (yet delicious) fusion of Romanian and Indian food.
Sibiu is a safe city and has a wide array of hotels and Airbnbs from which to choose. Airbnbs will offer more privacy and freedom, whereas a hotel will afford you with more amenities and services. Try the Imparatul Romanilor Hotel for a romantic stay in one of the city’s most iconic hotels.
Sibiu can be reached by train, bus, or plane from Romania’s capital, Bucharest. By train or bus you’ll reach Sibiu in about 5 hours. If you fly, you’ll be in the air for about 55 minutes.
If you’re in the mood for old-world romance, try taking the overnight train from Budapest, Hungary to Sibiu! The ride takes about 11 hours and departs from Budapest at 7pm.
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