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

Helsinki, Finland

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Helsinki is so beautiful, winter or summer!

Winter or summer, Helsinki rates as one of the most romantic cities in Europe. 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

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

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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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.

Get cozy in a romantic hotel in Amsterdam

Meet your next insignificant other on a Ganja Walking Tour

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. Prague is definitely one of the most romantic cities in Europe.

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Find the perfect romantic hotel in Prague

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 →

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 →

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. Climb to the top and peek over the city wall for breathtaking views of the surrounding azure sea.

Live your Game of Thrones fantasies at these hotels in Dubrovnik

Torino, Italy

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

Think Rome is romantic? 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.

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Speak the language of love at these Turin hotels

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

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

What could be more romantic than this Lisbon sunset sail?

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?

  Happy adventures, Stephen & Jane

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  5. Comment by Heba - otlaat travel

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

    exciting options and amazing Ideas , thanks alot

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  7. Comment by Natalia

    Natalia Reply 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!

  8. Comment by Marissa_Travel Greece, Travel Europe

    Marissa_Travel Greece, Travel Europe Reply 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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