10 Romantic Bucket List Destinations in Europe for Couples

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Looking for a romantic getaway? You’ve come to the right place. Europe is chock full of perfect spots for a couples’ retreat—with beautiful architecture, cobblestone streets, delicious wine, luxury spas, and secluded seasides, it’s hard to go wrong.

Whether you’re planning your honeymoon or your 20th anniversary, a simple weekend trip, or a holiday gift surprise, there are tons of romantic destinations in Europe for you to choose.

1 – Paris

Any place known as the City of Love will make it onto the list of the most romantic destinations in Europe. Paris will charm you at first sight—you’ll be awed by iconic landmarks, stroll down tree-lined avenues, and marvel at the beauty of the city lit up by night. Spend the day wandering through beautiful neighborhoods like Montmartre, admiring the views and the architecture before ending the night with some wine beneath the Eiffel Tower. With a rich history just waiting to be discovered, gourmet food, and unrivaled views, Paris is perfect for a romantic getaway.

The Eiffel Tower in Paris at sunset

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Must-Dos for Couples in Paris

Climb the Eiffel Tower

No visit to Paris is complete without a visit to the city’s most famous landmark. A popular proposal spot, nothing says romance quite like sharing a moment at the top of the Eiffel Tower with your loved one. The view of Paris sprawled out below will make the two of you feel like you’re on top of the world. 

Celebrate Valentine’s Day

The City of Love does Valentine’s Day like no other! If you’re lucky enough to be planning your couples’ trip around February 14, you’re in for a treat. Many restaurants, spas, and other services around Paris offer special deals and packages just for couples. So, why not celebrate Valentine’s Day with a gourmet French meal (wine and cheese included!) and cap off the night with a romantic cruise down the Seine River? 

See a Show

Paris is a hub of art and culture, theatre, and music included. If you’re looking for a classy night out with your sweetheart, grab tickets to an opera at the Palais Garnier. If you’re looking for something a little saucier, head over to the Moulin Rouge for a cabaret—it’s a must-do for couples in Paris. 

Enjoy a Seine Dinner Cruise

What could be more romantic than an evening spent floating down the Seine admiring the view as you enjoy a gourmet French meal? And don’t forget about that delicious French wine! This is a must-do for couples in Paris, no matter when you’re in town. 

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2 – Aix-en-Provence

Nestled into the Sainte Victoire mountain range in southern France, Aix-en-Provence is a little off the beaten path—making it the perfect destination in Europe for a private getaway. This romantic city has a little bit of everything you could ask for: mountains, seacoast, lavender fields, and Roman architecture. All of this blends to create the perfect destination to explore with your loved one. 

The Luberon Villages in Aix-en-Provence at dusk

Must-Dos for Couples in Aix-en-Provence

Visit the Lavender Fields

Can you even say you’ve been to the French countryside without having a couples’ photoshoot in the lavender fields? If you’re in town during June or July, you’re in luck. Just a short drive out of the city, not only are these fields pleasing to the eye (and camera!), but their natural fragrance will relax you and help you take in the peace of the moment. 

Explore the Luberon Villages

The hills of the Provence-Alpes-Cotes region of France are teeming with quaint charm and local culture. Walking these 1000-year-old streets hand-in-hand with your sweetheart will make you feel like you’re starring in a classic romance film. Life in this part of the countryside is slow and laid-back, so be sure to take it all in. Stop in a cafe for an afternoon coffee, browse around the local shops for quality artisan goods, and taste local wine outside while you admire the sunset. 

Roam Southern France

Aix-en-Provence is the starting point for exploring the whole Provence-Alpes-Cotes region, so it’s no surprise that there are plenty of options for romantic day trips. 

If you and your beau are wine connoisseurs, visit Cotes de Provence for a guided wine tour. The vineyards are most famous for their rosé, but you’ll find world-renowned reds and whites here, too. Plus, this area offers beautiful views of both the mountains and seaside.

If you’re looking to go into a fast-paced city for a day, check out Marseilles. This beautiful city is located right on the coast. On the coastline, you can sample the local seafood and take a boat out to the Calanques cliffs for some incredible views. 

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3 – Prague

Prague is known as the heart of central Europe, and this is true in more ways than one. While its location makes it easy to access from most other European cities, it is also one of the most romantic destinations in Europe. With its ancient cobblestone streets, beautifully-preserved landmarks and architecture, and serene city parks, Prague’s charm will draw you in like a moth to a flame. 

The stone Charles Bridge in Prague across the Vltava River with old architecture behind

Must-Dos for Couples in Prague

Explore Old Town

Old Town is arguably the most beautiful part of the city, and the most historic. Marvel at the detail of the buildings as you walk these ancient streets, stopping along the way to try traditional Czech pastries and maybe a few beers. Don’t miss the opportunity to take a couples’ photo in Old Town Square in front of the Church of Tyn. While you’re in the square, climb up to the top of the Astronomical Clock Tower to enjoy one of the most breathtaking views of the city with your loved one. 

Walk across the Charles Bridge

One of Prague’s oldest and most iconic landmarks, this is a popular proposal and wedding photoshoot spot. If you’re looking to catch it when it’s almost deserted, head there early in the morning to watch the sunrise. Once you’ve walked across the bridge, stroll over to nearby Kampa Park. Located right on the Vltava River, you’ll find swans grazing in the water and cafes dotting the streets for your caffeine fix after your early morning. 

Marvel at the Castles

The Prague Castle is indeed located right in the center of the city, but did you know there are also at least four other castles or chateaus that you can visit on simple day trips from Prague? If you and your special someone want to feel like royalty for a day, visit the Prague Castle, Pruhonice Park, Karlstejn Castle, Kriklovat Castle, or Konopiste Chateau. 

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4 – Cesky Krumlov

Known as one of the most picturesque towns in Europe, Cesky Krumlov is a fairytale come to life. The jewel of South Bohemia may be small, but it has a lot to offer. In the winter, snow blankets the sleepy town, and you’ll feel like you’re truly walking through a winter wonderland. In the summer, the streets come to life as the gardens bloom and people kayak down the Vltava River that curves right through the town center. All of these aspects and more make Cesky Krumlov one of the most beautiful towns in Europe, and it is still surprisingly under the radar for most tourists.

The village of Cesky Krumlov under the moonlight

Must-Dos for Couples in Cesky Krumlov

Admire the Cesky Krumlov Castle

The Cesky Krumlov Castle is impossible to miss. Standing tall over this tiny town, it is a work of architectural art. Directly accessible from the center, this landmark should be at the top of your list for a romantic getaway. If you two are into history, visit the castle museum. If you’re more into views, climb up to the top of the tower for the most impressive and romantic view of Cesky Krumlov. If you’re lucky enough to visit during the spring or summer, you can take a stroll hand-in-hand through the beautiful Baroque gardens.

Visit the Town Square

The city of Cesky Krumlov is liveliest around the Town Square. The square boasts incredible history and architecture and is dominated by an intricate fountain right in the center. While the square itself is small compared to other town squares in Europe, the quaint restaurants and cafes that border it are worth a visit, as well. Pop into one of the establishments and enjoy specialties like the local beer and desserts—you won’t regret it. 

Go Rafting on the Vltava

If you’re a more adventurous couple visiting during the summer, go Vltava River Rafting. The Vltava River snakes right through the center of Cesky Krumlov, so rent a kayak, canoe, or raft and take this opportunity to watch the city rise around you from your place in the water. Plus, the course of the river offers a few waterfalls for you to navigate—adding to the adrenaline rush. It’s a great way to enjoy fine weather, get that blood pumping, and share a completely new experience with your loved one. 

Stroll through Cesky Krumlov After Dark

Cesky Krumlov is a tiny little town, almost a village. After sundown, the bus tours clear out and even during the busy season, there’s not much nightlife to speak of. This means that if you decide to take a romantic twilight stroll, you’ll have the streets mostly to yourselves. This is ideal for photo opportunities. You can walk from through the entire town within about 20 minutes, so take your time exploring. Pro tip: usually, you can catch a busker playing the guitar on the bridge over the river. Stop by and have a romantic slow dance in the moonlight while the castle, all lit up, looms above you. 

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5 – Venice

If you’ve ever seen pictures of Venice, you already know why it’s considered one of the most romantic destinations in Europe. This is a city like no other—characterized by narrow canals and tiny streets twisting through colorful buildings, it’s easy to lose yourself in its unique charm. The way of life here is relaxed and laid-back. You’ll find locals enjoying coffee and wine while watching the world pass them by, and you’ll have no problem joining right in. The history and architecture, along with the unique style of food and drink, make this one of the most romantic and beautiful cities in Europe. After a full day of exploring, park yourselves at a traditional Venetian restaurant called a bacari, and enjoy traditional tapas and wine. 

A canal below some brick houses in Venice

Must-Dos for Couples in Venice 

Take a Gondola Ride

Can you even say you’ve been to Venice if you don’t take a gondola ride? Perfect for honeymoons, anniversaries, proposals (hint hint!), or just a couples’ trip, you and your loved one will savor the opportunity to spend an evening on Venice’s most iconic form of transport. Just you, your partner, and your gondolier float through the blue-green waters of Venice, marveling at the architecture of the buildings rising above you. Don’t forget to visit the famous Rialto Bridge during your gondola ride!

Marvel at St. Mark’s Basilica

Located in Venice’s Piazza San Marco, this is one of the grandest buildings you will ever see. Built in the year 1060, when Venice was still a powerful city-state in its golden age, the Italian art, paintings, and architecture will blow your mind. Even if you don’t enter the building (but we recommend that you do!), seeing the exterior is enough to make you stop and stare in awe. 

Visit Murano & Burano

The quaint little islands of Murano and Burano are about 40 minutes from Venice by water bus—and the views from the water bus ride itself are worth the trip! Once you get to Murano or Burano, you’ll notice that the buildings are even more colorful than those in Venice, if that’s even possible. Each of these islands is well-known for its unique craft. Murano is famous for its Venetian glass. If you visit Murano, you’ll want to catch one of the glass-blowing demonstrations held at the Murano Glass Factory each hour. If you choose to go to Burano, be sure to visit the Venice Lace Museum.

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6 – Cinque Terre

Cinque Terre is another romantic destination you’ve probably seen photos of all over the internet. A popular spot for honeymoons, this cluster of fishing villages right on the northwestern Italian coast offers a little bit of everything, no matter what kind of travelers you and your beau are. Quiet villages woven together by trails and railways offer the privacy and intimacy every couple desires for their romantic getaway. Enjoy the delicious (and cheap!) local wines, the exquisite fresh seafood, and the locally-grown olives. The beaches are clean and serene, the hiking trails offer a bit of fresh air and beautiful views, and the boat trips will satisfy your thirst for adventure.

Colorful buildings at Vernazza village in Cinque Terre Italy

Must-Dos for Couples in Cinque Terre

Enjoy the Beaches in Monterosso

If the two of you are looking for a romantic beach holiday, Monterosso is a must-visit. Monterosso is the oldest of the five fishing villages and known for its beautiful beaches. With miles of sandy beaches decorated with umbrellas and bordered by the clear blue water of the sea, you may never want to leave. After your relaxing beach day, you can head into the Old Town for some wine and seafood.

Walk the Path of Love in Riomaggiore

A popular spot for anniversaries and honeymoons, Riomaggiore is the southernmost of Cinque Terre’s five villages. The biggest draw for couples is the “path of love.” The shortest and most famous trail in Cinque Terre, couples from all over the world walk the path to admire the natural beauty and the views from the Ligurian cliffs. For a romantic end to the day, be sure to reserve a table on the harbor to watch the sunset over the water.

Enjoy the Local Wine in Manarola 

Manarola is the village of Cinque Terre that you’ll recognize from photos. With brightly-colored pastel houses emerging from the cliffside, you won’t want to put your camera down. Stroll through the winding streets, popping into cafes along to way to try some freshly-baked focaccia. Then, hike up even higher to reach the olive vines and local vineyards for a romantic sunset dinner. 

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7 – Florence

Florence makes for a classic romantic getaway. Another popular honeymoon spot, this city is famous for its culture, history, and architecture—and its influence on the rest of the world. The home of the Renaissance, you won’t be able to escape the classical feel of Florence. There’s a lot to see and do here, so make sure you fuel up for your big day with some delicious sandwiches and incredible coffee. 

The Duomo in Florence through an open window

Must-Dos for Couples in Florence

Visit Piazza del Duomo

The most iconic square in Florence, Piazza del Duomo, is a must-see. With the Duomo’s famous red-brick dome that has become the symbol of the city, you won’t be able to miss it. Visit the beautiful cathedral located right in the square, along with St. John’s Baptistry and the Opera del Duomo. The architecture surrounding the square will take your breath away. 

Get off the Beaten Path to Oltrarno & Piazzale Michelangelo

This area of Florence is a bit outside of the city center, meaning it will be quieter and more intimate for a day spent with your loved one. Escape the crowds by visiting the ornate Pitti Palace and the lush Boboli Gardens. If you’re up to the task, hike the 20 minutes up to Piazzale Michelangelo to enjoy one of the best views of the entire city—so don’t forget your camera! 

Walk across the Ponte Vecchio

Older even than the Venice’s Rialto Bridge, the Ponte Vecchio is the most famous bridge in Florence. This pedestrian-only bridge connects the Piazza Signoria to the Palazzo Pitti. Take your time walking across and checking out the craft and artisan pop-ups—who knows, you may find some beautiful golden Florentine jewelry to gift your loved one. 

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8 – Budapest

Known as the Pearl of the Danube, Budapest is one of the liveliest destinations in Europe. Still somewhat under the radar for tourists, Budapest can be whatever you want it to be—perfect for a romantic trip that is exactly to your liking. Budapest was formerly two cities, so it’s no wonder that it has so much to offer and so many different personalities. A medley of old and new architecture and cultural influences, the capital of Hungary has an unforgettable and unique charm that you won’t find anywhere else. After your day exploring this strange yet beautiful city, unwind in a ruin bar with a glass of local Hungarian wine. 

Buildings in Budapest lit up at sunset

Must-Dos for Couples in Budapest

Soak in the Szechenyi Baths

What’s more romantic than a visit to a beautiful 19th century spa? These thermal baths are one of the city’s main attractions, and it’s easy to see why. This spa complex is enormous, boasting saunas, steam rooms, massage parlors, and even private cabins for a romantic couples’ spa day. The beautiful architecture and the relaxing heated pools—both indoor and outdoor—will make you feel like royalty. If you’re looking for the most intimate experience possible, we’d recommend going in the early morning when the baths are mainly free from tourists. 

Hike up to Gellert Hill

For the more active couples, you can enjoy a rigorous yet rewarding hike up the viewpoint at the top of Gellert Hill. Gellert Hill offers one of the best views of Budapest—marvel in awe at the beautiful city laid out below you, including the Buda Castle, the Chain Bridge, and St. Stephen’s Basilica. Plus, after you’ve taken in the view, you can relax in the Rudas Thermal Baths after making your way back down. These Turkish-style baths boast art nouveau architecture for you to admire while you soak. 

Check Out Buda Castle

One of the most beautiful pieces of architecture in the city, the Buda Castle complex, was once the seat of the Hungarian kings. Now home to the Hungarian National Gallery, you and your loved one can spend an afternoon admiring works of art from Hungarian artists past and present. Once you’re done in the palace and the gallery, head over to the iconic Fisherman’s Bastion, the most famous photo spot in the city. Be sure to get a cute photo of you two between the columns overlooking the Danube River with the Parliament Building in the background—it’s something you both will cherish. 

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9 – Rome 

Rome is one of the most famous cities on the planet—and for a good reason. This giant city was once home to the ancient Roman empire, and so it boasts unrivaled history, architecture, and culture. For those couples who aren’t looking for just a cultural holiday, though, you’ll also find impressive nightlife, incredible food (hello, gelato!), and a fashion scene to rival that of Paris. 

The Castel Sant'Angelo in Rome

Must-Dos for Couples in Rome

Toss a Coin in the Trevi Fountain

This beautiful Baroque fountain is the most famous in the world. The centerpiece is a stone-carved Oceanus and his horse-drawn chariot standing over the waterfall into the fountain. The legend goes that if you make a wish and toss a coin into the fountain, you’ll have good fortune and return to Rome. So, make like Lizzie McGuire—stand with your back to the fountain and toss a coin over your left shoulder. If you do it right, you’ll be sure to return to Rome with your loved one. 

Visit Vatican City

The city-state of the Vatican is a must-see. Home to the Pope and the seat of the Catholic Church, the Vatican is significant for more than just religious reasons. At St. Peter’s Basilica and the Sistine Chapel you can admire Michelangelo’s famous ceilings, which he adorned with paintings and frescoes. For even more works of art, you can visit the Vatican City museum complex, which is the largest in the world. 

Castel Sant’Angelo

A towering castle is located right on the River Tiber, the Castel Sant’Angelo is most known well known for being the mausoleum of Hadrian. But that’s not its only claim to fame. Now a museum featuring relics from years past, the castle has been used as everything from a prison to the residence of the Pope. Climb up to the top of the tower for one of the most breathtaking views of the entire city of Rome. Then, for a romantic end to a day of sightseeing, take a stroll along the Bridge of Angels.

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10 – Brussels

Famous for Belgian chocolate and waffles, Brussels is a key destination in Europe for couples who love culture. With its delicious local cuisine, political significance, and unique heritage, Brussels is a city with endless personality—perfect for a romantic weekend getaway. Underneath its regal charm, you’ll begin to discover the endearing quirks of the city. Not only is it home to the iconic Mannekin Pis—a statue of a kid urinating into a fountain—but it’s also a huge hub for comic book culture. 

An archway surrounded by Tulips in Brussels

Must-Dos for Couples in Brussels

Explore the Grand Place

This UNESCO World Heritage site is one of the most iconic main squares in Europe. In the Grand Place, you’ll find the Town Hall, the King’s House, and restored guildhalls that were used as market stalls during centuries past. For the full effect, walk through the square while the buildings are lit up in all their glory after dark, and pop into one of the bars for a smooth Belgian beer. 

Visit the Brussels Royal Palace

This ornate palace is a must-see for couples in Brussels. Preceded by well-manicured gardens, this beautiful piece of architecture is still fully operational as the king’s office. If you’re visiting during the summer, make sure to see the gardens in full bloom and take a tour of the inside—here you’ll find antique furniture, royal portraits, and more remnants of the past handed down through the Belgian monarchy over the years.

Visit a chocolatier (or several)

Belgium is famous for its chocolate, so what better place to try some than in Brussels? You’ll find several chocolatiers and other sweets shops around the city, and it’s hard to go wrong—pop your head in and try a few pralines and other sweet treats. What could be more romantic than sharing some legendary Belgian chocolate with your sweetheart? 

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If you’re looking for romantic destinations in Europe, all the beautiful cities on this list have something spectacular to offer. Whether you’re on your honeymoon, celebrating your anniversary, or just looking for a getaway with your loved one, you’ll be sure to find something that delivers the romantic vacation you’re craving.

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