The 12 most romantic cities in Europe

  • Brooke Saward
  • Oct 27, 2014
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Europe is commonly considered to be home to some of the world’s most romantic cities – from Paris to Prague,Β there’s something for every hopeless romantic. So where are theΒ most romantic cities in Europe? Here’s our top 12 picks for 2014…


1. Amsterdam

No city in Europe quite compares to the romance exuding from the Dutch capital. Amsterdam has recently been the subject of a certain teen phenomenon, making it even more popular in 2014 (I’m looking at you, TFIOS). For the most romantic experience, be sure to rent a house boat and soak up the authenticity from the canals themselves.


Shangri-La Paris

2. Paris

No list like this would be complete without the city of love itself. Second only to Amsterdam (a more quaint, charming, personal city of romance), Paris is still one of the unbeatable cities to visit with your significant other. Be sure to pop a bottle o’ champagne under the Eiffel tower and indulge in some French cheese – bliss!



3. Prague

Prague has quickly become one of Europe’s most discovered cities – hustling and bustling with tourists from around the globe. But it still comes in as one of our top three cities of romance for it’s inevitable charm. The architecture alone will have you feeling loved up. Visit in winter for a less-crowded experience and enjoy the muddled wine and Christmas charm.


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4. Budapest

Budapest remains to be one of Europe’s most underrated cities, but did you know it is also one of the most romantic? Head to Budapest before the crowds impact any further – it is swiftly becoming a new European favourite.



5. Vienna

The Austrian capital is bursting with charm at every turn. Think imperial architecture, horse carriages, nights at the opera and day trips to royal residences.



6. Venice

No list encapsulating romance in Europe would be complete without mention of the city of Venice. Although nowadays overrun by mass tourism, the city is still a favourite for loved up couples – and it’s not hard to see why.


7. Ljubljana

The Slovenian capital doesn’t get nearly as much credit as it deserves. Often overlooked in favour of nearby Bled (which is indeed stunning), Ljubljana has an out-of-this-world charm that makes it one of the most underrated cities in all of Europe.


8. Florence

Florence (or Firenze) is one of Italy’s most loved cities. With the tuscan sun, melting gelato and your loved one by your side – you can ‘t go wrong.Β The only drama you’ll have in Florence is trying not to cheat on your partner and fall in love with the city itself. Or the food… oh the food!

Zurich (source)

9. Zurich

Often mistaken for being the Swiss capital (a title which instead goes to Bern), Zurich is perhaps the most loved city in all of Switzerland. Of course, it depends who you ask. But you’d be kidding yourself not to reference Zurich as the most romantic Swiss city!Β 



10. Copenhagen

Cozying up by the outdoor fire and enjoy a muddled wine or rich hot chocolate sound like heaven to you? Head to Copenhagen, one of Northern Europe’s most romantic cities.


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11. Barcelona

Spain’s most popular tourist destination, Barcelona, has drawn crowds by the thousands for its’ unique charm. Fantastic architecture, interesting history, unforgettable sunsets and out-of-this-world food…. how could you go wrong!?



12. Santorini

Last but not least, Santorini. Favoured by many as the crowning jewel of romance in Europe – we think we’ve saved the best ’til last! For the most enjoyable experience, head to Greece just outside of peak season for more favourable rates and less crowds.

Brooke Saward

Brooke founded World of Wanderlust as a place to share inspiration from her travels and to inspire others to see our world. She now divides her time between adventures abroad and adventures in the kitchen!




    John Williams

    March 7, 2016

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    October 12, 2015

    My favourite are not on the list, London.. Rome, Monaco, Edinburg and many more !!


    Bella Mare

    August 12, 2015

    I see the most famous romantic places , but the these really romantic places are little known, look and love it ,



    August 7, 2015

    wondeful post very nice.



    August 6, 2015

    I have visited 10 out of these 12 cities, and agree with some but definitely not all. I’ve created my own list of the 15 most romantic places in all of Europe. Check it out and I would love to hear what you think πŸ™‚


    Pedro @travelwithpedro

    July 17, 2015

    Great list! I’m glad to see Ljubljana there, and I’d add the small town of Cadaques, in Catalonia. πŸ™‚


    road trip portugal

    June 15, 2015

    This is just gorgeous !*love* it all as the messages, the pictures and the quality of the writing. Thanks !


    Elvis Fashion

    March 25, 2015

    Yes, your listing order will be great to see my favorite romantic place at first, that i mean Amsterdam, its my lovely destination to meet every year of my holidays.


    Ben Leigh

    March 25, 2015

    Always Amsterdam will be my favorite romantic place to every time… is a place for my couple to feel the first romance too…



    February 2, 2015

    The pictures are above the city names, so it is correct.


    Anne Cohen

    November 14, 2014

    I absolutely love this post! The most beautiful pictures! Can’t wait to travel back to Venice!


    The Queen of Dreaming

    November 6, 2014

    Beautiful post and very very beautiful cities!!


    Best holiday destinations

    November 6, 2014

    this list are so nice. it helpful for travling.



    November 6, 2014

    Ljubljana through photos (time lapse):



    November 6, 2014

    Ljubljana is a hidden treasure… And I got proposed to in Paris – so I definitely agree with the list! Great job!


    Julia de Dalalba

    November 4, 2014

    Great post! I have been in many of them but can’t wait to visit Santorini! πŸ™‚ If you love travelling you may enjoy the travels section of my blog:
    It would be great to get your feedback! πŸ™‚



    November 4, 2014

    You made a truly wunderful list. And I am thrilled that Vienna is on it. πŸ™‚ But you put a picture of Venice, I guess, for Vienna? There are definetly no small canals with boats in Vienna. πŸ™‚



    November 3, 2014

    Beautiful cities! I agree with you, they’re probably the most romantic cities in Europe πŸ™‚




    November 3, 2014

    I love love love your list (and have made it to 9 of the 12, though never with a significant other which… Uhm, yes. I must get on that!). I have never been to Ljubljana and would love to visit–looks magical πŸ™‚ And loved seeing Amsterdam featured so prominently in the Fault in our Stars… Ahhh that book… the tears. SNIFF. My bf is Dutch and we’ve plans to go. Thanks for the reminder that I need to get a move on this!



    November 3, 2014

    Where’s Helsinki? Sauna/tenting in a national park or picnic on a Unesco World Heritage Island site is romantic for me!




    November 3, 2014

    I did not find Florence romantic at all. Rome was much more romantic. Venice is definitely romantic and mysterious, full of charm. My dream list has Santorini on it and I have heard Budapest is amazing. However romantic, I travel alone! SO it just has to be amazing.



    November 2, 2014

    I’m in love with that list itself πŸ™‚ I totally agree with you, especially when it comes to Florence (I’ve been there this summer – generally tuscany is amazig place for people in love :)), Prague, Venice and… Santorini (that is my target for next year :)).

    PS. Thank you for that post – I forwarded it to my boyfriend (just to be sure he will pick good place to make me “suprise vacation” sameday :))



    November 2, 2014

    Love Amsterdam but I’m not sure that it qualifies as the most romantic city in Europe.


    Diego Pragier

    November 2, 2014

    I’ve been in most places in the list, Santorini not yet. I would add to this list either Porto or Lisbon


    Black Mary

    October 31, 2014

    I just love Barcelona! Maybe it’s not so romantic, but it is really special!
    Nice list, by the way…



    October 28, 2014

    How cool you have put Amsterdam on the first spot πŸ™‚ I do think a lot of the other cities make sense too, I have been to many of these cities and I totally agree on the list.



    October 28, 2014

    Can’t wait to go to Paris in December! Currently I’m in Milan, which is a great city but not exactly romantic…


    Tina Wolf

    October 28, 2014

    Great list! I love all these cities. Especially venice and santorini.


    Anna // The Blonde Banana

    October 28, 2014

    Everything in Copenhagen really is SO cozy! I’ve been reading so much about Budapest lately, I think it’s time to plan a trip! = )


    Lucky Traveller Merja

    October 28, 2014

    I’ve been to all but Santorini and Ljubljana, to some of them many times. My choice would be Venice. A little bit of a cliche , but till, it’s unique and really romantique. I don’t know about Paris…oh well…



    October 28, 2014

    I studied in Ljubljana for a few years and it really is a beautiful city. Can’t wait to go back again πŸ™‚ x

    Aniqa Dreams


    bell santiago

    October 28, 2014

    I really want to see amsterdam!! Everyone keeps going on about how gorgeous it is β™‘



    October 27, 2014

    I can scratch the first 6 cities of this list.. the other ones I haven’t visited yet!


    Kristin of

    October 27, 2014

    Hi Brooke, this is an interesting list & nice photos. Ljubljana seems beautiful and might be added to our list.


    Christie of The Butterfly Editions

    October 27, 2014

    Such a great list! I’ve only visited Paris and Barcelona on this list, but am especially keen to reach some of those eastern european cities you have mentioned. Europe in general just oozes romance, doesn’t it!



    October 27, 2014

    I think Amsterdam is one of the most romantic cities in my eyes too. I can understand why a lot of people may question that, but to me it holds some special memories from when I first set out on my adventures around Europe, plus it’s so quaint!


    Kayti Clayton

    October 27, 2014

    Love this. Almost all of these places are on my backpacking trip destination list.
    Although, I have a firm “single” policy – I’m still a hopeless romantic. <3


    Marcello Marchioli

    October 27, 2014

    My girlfriend and I have been to 9 out of the 12 on your list! Venice was particularly romantic as was Prague and Ljubljana. I didn’t find Barcelona particular romantic, however we both loved it and went there on 3 separate occasions over a 3 month period πŸ™‚


    Stephen & Jess

    October 27, 2014

    Ah Santorini, every photo we see makes us want to go and visit you even more.



    October 27, 2014

    The list of romantic European cities is endless!
    Just the hot, spicy wine is called mulled, not muddled πŸ™‚


    Marie @ Marie Away

    October 27, 2014

    Stunning photos! I suppose Old-World charm and that sense of romance go hand-in-hand. I’d love to see your picks for other continents as well!


    Leonie Parker

    October 27, 2014

    These are all on my Euro list!!

    Leonie β™₯ IkonikBeauty



    October 27, 2014

    I was so happy to see Amsterdam is number one and (more expected) Paris a close second. There is something so inherently romantic about those canals and the cobble stone streets and small, intimate cafes. Love the rest of your picks too. I think Florence is a great one.


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