When it comes to romantic cities in Europe, there are many destinations to choose from. Packed with historic architecture, jaw dropping landscapes, and delicious cuisine. Whether you are on a couples’ getaway, a honeymoon, or a weekend city break. Touring the most charming cities in Europe is an experience that won´t be forgotten.

Here are some of my favourites: 

Amsterdam

After visiting Amsterdam two or three times, this is a personal favourite. Many believe the stereotype that Amsterdam is good for partying and the historical sites. Yet the city is a lovely place to spend some time with your partner. I cherish memories of walking along the canals, cats in the cafés and the pretty Jordaan district. Lots of bicycles and a relaxed urban setting make it a good place to get away from your daily grind. 

Make sure to visit the Van Gogh Museum, take a cruise to tour the city, or see the impressive National Museum of the Netherlands!

Canals of Amsterdam UNESCO Sites in Europe

Paris

The city of light naturally has to be on this list. Paris, the French capital still holds the title of one of the most romantic cities in Europe. Enjoy a street side coffee and croissant near the Eiffel Tower. Don´t miss the opportunity to get a couples photo with it in the background. Take an evening stroll through the streets to see the city with the lights are on and savour the parisien atmosphere at night. Taste French cheese and wine at one of the characterful bistrots. Immersing yourself in the lifestyle of Paris. 

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Budapest

Not forgetting Central Europe, one of the most romantic cities is the capital of Hungary – Budapest. A fun holiday destination for all types of travellers. Solo explorers. couples, groups, and families. If you are planning a romantic getaway in Budapest. Take a walk at sunset each evening, to notice the iconic bridges that sparkle in golden colours. The late nights in the Hungarian capital turns the city into a picturesque setting. Especially close to the Danube River. Don´t miss the Buda Castle castle and visiting the Parliament building. 

Best bites in Budapest are Langos (a fried dough) Goulash (of course) and the delicious fried cheese.

Venice

Italy has to be on the list of course. Although the entire country has that relaxed and romantic atmosphere, there is something about Venice that makes you nostalgic and indulgent. 

The grandeur of St. Mark’s Square, the beauty of the Ponte di Rialto, and the chance to see the city from a typical gondola. The city which is afloat between the canals makes a stunning setting for your holiday selfies and will be memorable for all who visit. 

Choose one of the most romantic restaurants in town to really impress. CoVino in the Castello district only has 7 tables but oozes charm and character. Close to the Arsenale of Venice, you need to book ahead of time. Algiubagiò has a waterside view and a 100 year history. With Murano glass chandeliers and serving Venetian dishes this is a good place to really dine in style in Venice.

Barcelona

In Spain there are lots of romantic settings but as a city, Barcelona is hard to beat. Enjoy walking through Parc Guell designed by Antoni Gaudi or visit the iconic Sagrada Familia. Wander down to the Port Vell harbour and enjoy views of the coast with a glass of wine in hand. 

Barcelona is the perfect mix of modern-day entertainment, shoppings and historical monuments. Bustling with laid-back people, tourists and locals a like. This is not the only Romantic place in Spain but it certainly is one of the most versatile destinations in Spain.

The city also has an excellent railway system, you can easily hop on the Barcelona to Madrid train to get to the capital for international flight connections or to visit Madrid too. 

Which is your favourite European city for Romance? Let me know in the comments below:

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Romantic Cities in Europe