8 Romantic Towns in Europe to Visit

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My favourite season in Europe is just around the corner (Spring) and with it there come cherry blossoms, longer days, sun-kissed terracotta rooftops and undeniably the most romantic time to travel in Europe! As such I’ve compiled a list of the most romantic towns in Europe to visit and I promise you, they’re a fairytale waiting to come true!

1. Cesky Krumlov, Czech Republic

This charming little bohemian town has become a staple in the central Europe itinerary, particularly when travelling between Prague and Vienna or Budapest. Located just a couple of hours South of Prague, you can reach Cesky easily by road for a day trip, but I promise you that one day will not be enough! The town really comes to life in the summertime when locals and visitors take to the Vltava River and float downstream. Summer crowds are entirely unavoidable, but if you visit in April or May you can often enjoy the place all to yourself, particularly when the day visitors have left for the early evening!

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2. Hallstatt, Austria

I’ll never forget my first glimpse of Hallstatt: covered in a layer of thick winter snow, the sun setting and covering the town in a haze of blue. This lakeside town in Austria has become incredibly famous for its’ sleepy reputation and postcard prettiness. Whether you visit in the colder months or through the summer, Hallstatt has an undeniable charm year-round.

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3. Positano, Italy

The colourful cliffside of the Amalfi Coast is most highly celebrated in Positano. Steep on the cliffside overlooking the ocean, this happening little town is favored by visitors who flock to the black sand beach in the warmer months. If you happen to visit in April you will be rewarded with less visitors, slightly more choice for accommodation and eateries as the crowds are (slightly) fewer. Be sure to venture on towards Amalfi town and Ravello.

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4. Annecy, France

Situated on the edge of the lake of Annecy and surrounded by a stream of canals, Annecy is by far the most magical town I have visited in France. This little gem is best discovered in Spring when an abundance of flower boxes burst to life, adding to the charm of this incredible little town that truly requires at least two nights to stay and enjoy.

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5. Bruges, Belgium

Bruges has long been one of my favourite small towns in Europe, ever since I visited seven years ago. Located in the very North of Belgium, this charming little town is best discovered in the warmer months, thanks to the reasonably unfortunate weather (grey skies, rain) throughout winter and shoulder seasons. Be sure to sample some of the local chocolates, beer, and of course the famous Belgian frites!

6. Zermatt, Switzerland

If an active escape is more your style, you can’t go past a winter visit to Zermatt, one of the world’s most sought-after skiing locations – you can even ski all the way over in to Italy! If you chance your visit over the warmer months, there are still plenty of trails to walk, mountain-bike ride, or just drive through the countryside and take in the mountains.

7. Brasov, Romania

Over on the East, my top pick for a romantic small town is Brasov, Romania. From here you can explore a wide range of castles, other small towns and of course, the endless countryside.

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8. Delft, Netherlands

I’ve saved the best for last with my most recent discovery: Delft! Many visitors to the Netherlands will be lucky to venture outside of Amsterdam, but as soon as you do, you will be greatly rewarded! My favourite small town in this country is just a 20 minute tram ride from The Hague and features an enviable old town just waiting to be discovered.

Over to you! Where are you travelling to in Europe this Spring/Summer?

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!

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    March 27, 2018

    Oh this is a great post! I’ve been looking for romantic cities to visit with my boyfriend as I have been to most of the European capitals. Brugges and Hallstat were already on my list but I am definitely adding Annecy and Positano on the list. Thank you! xx A.

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    Lexie

    March 20, 2018

    What a lovely post! I absolutely love the look of Annecy, France and Possitano has been on my bucket list for a while. I would love if you could go into more depth (or link to more in-depth posts) about each place such as where to eat, what to do whilst you are there etc.

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    March 20, 2018

    The second “Brasov” picture is of Peles Castle, which is in Sinaia, about an hour from Brasov by train. Both towns are great places to spend some time. Inexpensive, too.

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    Switzerland is the best romantic place on the earth. There are mountain biking, drive through the country side, walk through the roads. The climate is good for staying.

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    Annecy looks like the perfect place to decompress for a few days! (And probably even better in the rain, as there would be fewer crowds!)

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    Great article! I love travel and I would like to visit Annecy. It could be a perfect place to visit with my girlfriend.

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    Liz

    March 18, 2018

    I live in Brugs and I’m studying to become an official city guide here. I think Bruges is at its most beautiful in September and the beginning of October. You can enjoy the beautiful fall colors than and it’s not that cold yet.

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    Allie

    March 17, 2018

    These all look stunning! My husband and I have been trying to decide where we would like to eventually go for a honeymoon (once we have saved up enough), and can’t decide between Austria, Iceland, or re-visiting our old stomping grounds in South Korea and Japan. That photo and description of Hallstatt (and my love for the Sound of Music) may help to settle the score. If you have any recommendations, I’d be open to your suggestions! Thank you for sharing!

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    March 17, 2018

    Love to see Cesky Krumlov on the list! I love visiting it whenever I get a chance while I’m in Czech Republic. It’s such a beautiful town and has so much history

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    I live in the netherlands, but I’ve never been to Delft. When you are in NL, don’t forget to visit Urk. A small village in the middle of the country. It was till last century An island. Now it’s a cute little village with harbors, windmills, cute houses and much more to discover. Don’t forget to eat fish here. The specialty haha. It’s worth the visit. I promise 🙂

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    Susan

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    Great article! I was expecting to read about the usual cast of characters (Prague, Paris, etc, etc), but instead discovered some new places to visit. Thanks!

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    Such a great list you’ve put together! I regret not going to Bruges when I was in Belgium – I’ve heard so many good things about it!
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