11 of the Most Romantic Cities in Europe to Inspire Your Wandering Heart

These romantic cities are guaranteed to take your breath away

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We love all the continents equally, but when it comes to romance, Europe always wins. Our picks of the most romantic cities in Europe are guaranteed to make your heart pound, whether you’re looking for love or want to treat your sweetie to an intimate city break.

We write a lot about the ways that travel is chaotic, uncomfortable and challenging. We’ll let you in on a secret…

Travel can also be amazingly romantic.

Wandering cobbled streets, inhaling divine incense, gazing at spectacular views, or snuggling beside a toasty fire…

If you’re a dreamer, a seeker, or a true romantic, you’ll lose your heart in these most romantic cities in Europe.

So, stop sighing over Venice. Forget Paris. Here are our picks of…

The Most Romantic Cities in Europe

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1. Get steamy in the sauna in Helsinki, Finland

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Helsinki is so beautiful, winter or summer!

Winter or summer, Helsinki rates as one of the most romantic European cities. In summer, Helsinki’s breathtaking landscapes, beautiful beaches, and circuitous cycle paths will stir your heart. In the winter, cuddle up in a cozy cafe or treat your sweetheart to one of Helsinki’s steamy saunas.

Find your ideal romantic hotel in Helsinki

Explore Helsinki by boat on this canal boat tour

2. Unleash your inner dragon in Ljubljana, Slovenia

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A stroll along the river in Ljubljiana is the ultimate in romance.

Any city that is said to be founded upon the killing of a dragon has got romance built into its bones. (Not that I in any way condone dragon killing!) With its medieval castle overlooking the meandering streets and the romantic river winding through the city centre, Ljubljana is guaranteed to steal your heart. If it doesn’t, a day trip to Velika Planina will do the trick!

Treat your sweetie to a romantic stay in Ljubljana

3. Discover handmade souvenirs in Sarajevo, Bosnia & Herzegovina

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Sarajevo has cozy cafes, cobbled streets, and a romantic river.

The old town of Sarajevo oozes exotic charm. There are winding cobbled streets, artisan’s crowded shops, and a friendly coffee shop on practically every corner, serving the fragrant Bosnian brew. In the new town, modern boutiques and cafes attract the young and vivacious population. Overlooking it all are the gorgeous peaks of the Danaric Alps — an idyllic backdrop to an incredibly romantic city.

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4. Explore on two wheels in Amsterdam, Netherlands

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There’s nothing quite like a romantic stroll along Amsterdam’s canals to make your heart beat faster.

Exploring the maze of canals by bicycle, strolling the fairy lit waterways by night, picnicking in Vondelpark or hopping a ferry to Amsterdam-Noord… Amsterdam is a city built for romance. If it’s raining, which it often is, tuck yourself into a snug bar or a candlelit cafe (spliffs optional) to watch the world go by.

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Get cozy in a romantic hotel in Amsterdam

Meet your next insignificant other on a Ganja Walking Tour

5. Make fairytales to come true in Prague, Czech Republic

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There’s no fairytale place quite like Prague in winter.

Trams rattle down cobbled streets and cosy cafes await on every corner in Prague. If you’re lucky a blanket of perfect snow will settle on the city while you sleep turning it into a winter fairytale. Whether you go in winter or summer, Prague is definitely one of the most romantic cities in Europe and one of the best European honeymoon destinations, too.

Nothing fires up romance like a spooky experience. Take your sweetheart on this Ghost Walking Tour in Prague to discover the magical mysteries that lurk in the dark. You will be squeezing each other tight before the night is through.

Find the perfect romantic hotel in Prague

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6. Sip hot coffee in cool cafes in Riga, Latvia

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Riga is even romantic in the rain.

Explore the magnificent architecture, sip coffee in the cool cafes, and relax in the steam baths… you’ll soon see why we think that Riga is one of the world’s most romantic cities.

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Find a cozy hotel to snuggle up in Riga →

7. Indulge in a heavenly chocolate fix in Salzburg, Austria

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Winter or summer, there is plenty of romance in Salzburg, Austria.

The narrow streets of Salzburg sing “romance” from every twist and turn while the majestic Alps tower protectively above. It helps that Salzburg is the setting for of one of the most romantic movies of all time. A trip to Hotel Sacher for a slice of rich chocolate heaven (aka Sacher-Torte) is enough to melt anyone’s heart.

Get your heart singing at these Salzburg hotels

Take this walking tour to learn what makes Salzburg’s heart beat →

8. Lose yourself in medieval intrigue in Dubrovnik, Croatia

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It’s hard not to think of castles and kings in Dubrovnik, Croatia.

You can’t help but think of kings, queens and medieval intrigue when climbing the steep stone stairways that make up many of Dubrovnik’s city streets. Which is why they filmed so much of Game of Thrones here! Climb to the top and peek over the city wall for breathtaking views of the surrounding azure sea.

Dubrovnik is so stunningly beautiful it is easily one of the most romantic European cities. Wander its polished, gleaming streets and it’s easy to imagine you’re living in a fairytale.

Live your Game of Thrones fantasies at these hotels in Dubrovnik

9. Sample gelato with the locals in Torino, Italy

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The architecture alone makes Turin one of the most romantic cities in Europe.

Think Rome is the most romantic city in Europe? Pah! We love Torino for its proximity to the Alps, its historic architecture and its friendly untouristed streets. Share a cone of heavenly gelato at Gelato Fiorio with your sweetie for the ultimate in romance.

You can visit Turin at any time of year but we love late spring, while it’s still cool but warm enough to hike or get out on a bicycle.

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Speak the language of love at these Turin hotels

10. Heat up a candlelit romance in Lisbon, Portugal

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The dreamy streets of Lisbon, Portugal.

We fell in love all over again with Lisbon during our stay there earlier this year. Snuggle up in one of its gorgeous boutique hotels or get lost on the maze of streets of the Alfama then while the evening away in a candle-lit wine bar. Romance at its best.

(Don’t miss: Our recommendations for the best vegan and vegetarian food in Lisbon)

Book yourself into a wonderful Lisbon hotel

What could be more romantic than this Lisbon sunset sail?

11. Become a knight in shining armour in Valletta, Malta

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The stone streets of Valetta are certain to melt your heart.

It’s hard to wander the streets of Valletta without picturing white knights pounding through the narrow streets on majestic armoured steeds. If you have a romantic bone in your body, Valletta will get it stirring.

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Be treated like royalty at one of these Valletta hotels

Yes, we are hopeless romantics at heart. What traveller isn’t? Which city do you most want to visit with that special someone? Or where would you most like to fall in love? Did we skip your top pick for most romantic city in Europe? Let us know in the comments! Maybe we haven’t been there yet — and we’re always looking for travel tips!

  Happy adventures, Stephen & Jane

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  1. Comment by John

    John August 13, 2018 at 10:57 pm

    Love your list! Those are really amazing places, all perfect for romantic getaway:) I have just recently went to Europe with my husband for a little trip and the place that surprised me the most was Warsaw in Poland. I had no idea how great and romantic this city is. We spent there only few days, but they were incredible. We have seen stunning parks and went to few spots for couples. The one that we both loved the most was a cozy restaurant called the Akademia. The atmosphere was amazing, very elegant and the food excellent. It’s a perfect place for a date 🙂 I never thought that I would like Polish capital so much!

    • Comment by Jane Mountain

      Jane Mountain August 14, 2018 at 12:19 am

      Thanks for the recommendation. I’ve actually never been to Warsaw, so I will have to take Stephen there soon to check out the romance quotient! The Akademia sounds lovely too.


  2. Comment by Heba - otlaat travel

    Heba - otlaat travel February 3, 2018 at 5:04 am

    exciting options and amazing Ideas , thanks alot

  3. Comment by Natalia

    Natalia February 8, 2017 at 8:25 pm

    Wow! There are so many exciting options for this year traveling and I think you brought out some very good points for us to think about, but I love the most is the Luang Prabang in Laos. Thanks for sharing by the way.

    • Comment by Jane

      Jane February 10, 2017 at 4:33 am

      I can’t wait to get back to Luang Prabang. I keep thinking it would be an amazing place to live, at least for a little while!

  4. Comment by Marissa_Travel Greece, Travel Europe

    Marissa_Travel Greece, Travel Europe February 7, 2017 at 11:36 am

    Nice post! Prague and Dubrovnik — YESSS! I’d add Athens, Greece to the list, but I am biased ;)

    • Comment by Jane

      Jane February 8, 2017 at 8:59 am

      Ahh, Athens! I haven’t been there since 1998 so it’s a little fuzzy in the memory. Time for a return trip soon I think!


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