In need of a Christmas or New Year’s getaway with you loved one(s)? Forget about kitsch hotels and sugar-coated holiday deals – these European capitals still equals romance in a classy way!
First of all, I’m not a fan of this whole ‘romantic holiday’ scenery, cause the most romantic moments seem to happen when you least expect it. Nevertheless, I’ve visited some quite remarkable destinations this year, which I’d like to pass on to you. They’re easy to get to and the scenery is absolutely mesmerizing. Get ready for some good old-fashioned romance.
Within the past 10 years, Prague has become one of the most visited capitals in Europe. Apart from many tourists (you need to plan your visit well!), it’s not hard to understand why the Czech capital is currently regarded one of the most romantic cities in the world! The old-world charm and breathtakingly beautiful architecture will leave you stunned – especially around Christmas, where you can visit some of the famous Christmas markets.
Best time to go: Christmas or Spring.
Of course this list wouldn’t be complete without Paris! The city of love is still a must-visit if you’d like to spend some quality time with your significant other. There’s nothing like drinking champagne with a view to Sacre Coeur or the Eiffel Tower – or strolling along the River Seine on late evenings. Not to mention the many chic outdoor cafés and stylish hotels…ahh, Paris.
Best time to go: Always (my favorite season though is early and late Summer)
Still one of Europe’s most underrated cities (this is changing, through), but my absolute favorite – Budapest has got it all! A bit like Prague and Vienna, but still it’s own, Budapest offers beautiful architecture, a great food scene and a spa culture like no where else. Go now – before the crowds do.
Best time to go: Christmas or Summer
Let it be known: if you’re looking for old-school romance, there’s no place in the world like Vienna! The Austrian capital exudes good old-fashioned values and imperial architecture. Get carried away by nights at the opera and romantic restaurants – and finish off with a ride in a horse carriage through the city. You’ll feel like a princess (or prince!)
Best time to go: Christmas or Fall
Once my home and now an all-time European favorite, Lisbon keeps stealing the hearts of travelers from around the globe. The city’s glorious past can still be seen in the shape of gothic cathedrals and monasteries, but the true charm lies in the inhabitants, who are always friendly, and the food scene. Last-mentioned will sweep you off your feet like the traditional fado music will capture your heart.
Best time to go: Summer