When it comes to the most couple-friendly destinations in the world, there’s no better place than Europe. With its vast amount of stunning buildings and intriguing architecture, delectable cuisines at every turn and some of the most romantic sights in the world, it’s no wonder that Europe is cited as the romance capital of the world.
If you’re looking for the 9 most couple-friendly travel destinations in Europe, then settle in for the guide below which is sure to give you plenty of inspiration!
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Budapest makes its way on to this list because regardless of when you’re visiting the city, whether it be at the height of summer or in the middle of winter, Budapest makes all couples feel welcome.
The Danube River marks the space between Buda and Pest, but while it separates the two sides of the city, it also brings everyone together. The plentiful bridges that punctuate the river look truly magnificent at all times of day, but it’s at night when the likes of Chain Bridge really comes into its element.
The bridges provide thousands of dancing lights at night, casting a beautifully romantic sheen over the river. On one side, resides the Royal Palace, while on the other, the Hungarian Parliament building takes pride of place.
There’s ample romantic eateries, bars and cafes situated around the city and you’d be hard pressed to find somewhere that didn’t offer a gloriously romantic backdrop for your evening. Don't forget to check out this Budapest itinerary.
This list of the most couple-friendly destinations in Europe wouldn’t be complete without an honourable mention to Venice.
Known for its perfect pastel pieces of architecture, winding canals and abundance of bridges, Venice is one of the most renowned romantic cities in the world.
Take a gondola ride through the canals, as your gondolier serenades you with sounds of sweet symphonies. Enter the labyrinthine alleyways where you’ll find a smorgasbord of incredible al fresco dining ventures, complete with Venetian wine and nibbles.
While of course, Venice is not the quietest city in Europe by any means, due to its incredible sights such as the Rialto Bridge and St. Mark’s Basilica, it does offer a unique and refreshingly romantic charm that couples of all ages can enjoy.
Typically cited as a city that’s better suited towards younger couples, Prague is often referred to as one of the most romantic cities in Europe.
Prague's up and coming nightlife scene provides young couples with the opportunity to explore a unique perspective of Prague’s culture. A trip to Prague Castle or to the top of Letna Park will provide you with a stunning vantage point of the city below.
Prague is also known for its delectable cuisine including hearty soups, goulash, pancakes and plentiful pork dishes. A foodie couple is sure to be in their element in the Czech capital city as there’s something new to try on every corner.
Known as the ‘city of spires’, Prague is home to so many beautiful structures of architecture and world-famous sights such as the Castle, Charles Bridge and the Astronomical Clock.
Oslo is a couples’ paradise in any season. The winter months provide couples with ample opportunity to cosy up in one of the many coffee shops and enjoy breath-taking snowy walks around the city.
A romantic stroll through Vigeland Sculpture park wouldn’t be complete without an accompanying hot chocolate, or a freshly made picnic in the summer.
The warmer months are also when it becomes more acceptable to take a dip in the sea; though many Norwegians encourage ice-cold dunks followed by a retreat in the sauna during the winter. Whether you’re an outdoorsy couple or not, Oslo can provide you with so many incredible things to do and see.
If you’re more of a history and museum buff kind of couple, Oslo can cater to your cultural needs with its many museums and galleries including the Fram museum, the Viking Ship Museum and the National Museum of Art, Architecture and Design.
Whatever your travel preferences when visiting a romantic European city, Oslo can cater to everyone’s needs. And if you want to venture out of Oslo, don't forget to check out this roadtrip itinerary for Norway.
A traditionally romantic city, the old cliché that Paris is the ‘city of love’ is one that never disappoints. Whether it’s your first visit as a couple to the French capital city, or you’ve been dozens of times before, Paris can offer you something new and unique each time you go. We recommend at least 3 days in Paris.
From sharing a box of macarons while you sit by the river Seine, to exploring the characteristic charm of the Louvre, to ascending all the way to the top of the Eiffel Tower where you’ll be greeted by panoramic views of the city below, Paris truly has something for everyone.
The food you’ll eat in Paris is sure to be some of the greatest cuisines you’ll ever taste, and Paris has something to offer every kind of culinary palate. From crunchy baguettes shared with an assortment of cheese on a picnic in the park to sampling some of the greatest dishes at any authentic Parisian bistro, the city of love can cater to not only your romantic needs but to your culinary needs too.
The second Italian city to make its way on this list is Rome. Renowned for its abundant history and remarkable architectural features, Rome is an absolute dream to visit as a couple. We recommend enjoying a 3 day itinerary in Rome to begin with.
With its many piazzas armed with al fresco trattorias, the Italian capital city provides couples with a plethora of exquisite dining opportunities.
Visit during the summer for delightfully warm temperatures where you can enjoy a glass of vino on your hotel’s terrace and then head out into the city for an evening of spectacular culture.
Rome’s resplendent architecture and archaic buildings make it one of the most famous historical cities in the world. Even if you and your partner are not history buffs, you’ll struggle to resist the calling of Rome’s many amphitheatres, cathedrals, ruins and of course famous romantic sights such as the Colosseum and the Trevi Fountain.
Amsterdam is the European city that charms, seduces and welcomingly invites couples into its arms. While it might be marketed towards a younger demographic of couples, it’s still a place that couples of all ages can go and enjoy.
Whether you enjoy the more eclectic nightlife that Amsterdam offers, or you want to visit purely for the plethora of fascinating museums and cultural aspects it has to offer, Amsterdam is a city that captivates thousands of couples every year.
The best time to visit Amsterdam for couples is during the spring when the flower markets and tree-lined canals are in full succession.
Barcelona has something to offer everyone, including couples of all ages, backgrounds and traditions. Walking along the beach at sunset can be enjoyed by everyone, as can sampling some of the finest tapas dishes you’ll ever eat.
Indulge in an eclectic combination of flavours when you devour the likes of jamón ibérico, patatas bravas and a hearty offering of cheese and cured meats, all washed down with the finest local red wines.
If sightseeing if your forte, then Barcelona can provide you with ample opportunity to indulge in more traditional Spanish culture. Pay a visit to the spectacular Sagrada Familia, hike up to Park Güell where you’ll be greeted with panoramic views of the city and ensure that you spend some time in the Gothic Quarter to truly get a feel for the Spanish way of life.
Home to some of the most vastly dramatic landscapes in Europe (if not the world), Iceland is a place that welcomes people from all walks of life.
Its capital city, Reykjavik, is a central hub for couples who want to explore more of one of the most remote places in the world while remaining based in a somewhat bustling city.
Compared to the likes of London, Paris and Madrid, Reykjavik is a far cry from being deemed as a ‘busy city’. However, the capital city offers a unique romantic element in that you can enjoy the peace and quiet with your partner, while still being surrounded by some of the most breath-taking landscapes in the world.
Reykjavik is an excellent place for couples to set up base during their time in Iceland as it provides plenty of opportunities to venture further out. Make sure you take a tour to catch a glimpse of the elusive Northern Lights; if you do manage to see them on your trip, count yourself lucky and cherish every romantic moment with your partner.
As you can see, Europe is absolutely teeming with a vast selection of cities that can offer you pure unadulterated romance. Whether you’re looking for a quintessentially romantic break in Paris or Rome, or you want to search for the romance a bit more in Reykjavik or Oslo, it’s no secret that Europe is home to some of the most spectacularly romantic cities in the world.
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