Snow-capped mountain ranges, candlelit city streets, and a history spanning hundreds of years — is there any place in the world more romantic than Europe? The Western stretches of Europe’s land mass are packed with must-see landmarks and cities, and this time of the year, things are about as picturesque as they come. Whether you’re looking for Baroque architecture, natural wonders, or modern museums, these destinations are bound to delight, making this Valentine’s Day truly unforgettable for you and your significant other. Prepare to be whisked away; these places are the stuff of fairytales.
Thought that Paris was the real city of romance? Prague is about to blow those ideas out of the water. With a one-thousand-year history behind it, Prague is one of the most culturally rich places in Europe, and its architecture is more than proof of the fact. Whether you’re a midnight stroll or river cruise kind of person, it doesn’t matter — there is something for you here. The city gets more beautiful with every twist and turn, revealing more of its charms the longer you spend there. Highlights of the place include candlelit church concerts and cocktail bars like Tretters. Dress your best and take your other half out for a spin.
Is your significant other a music lover? Make this Valentine’s day all about Vienna. Having housed a huge number of classic composers, the Austrian capital is practically a musical institution, guaranteed to delight the ears this holiday. A weekend in February is likely to be capped with a soft falling of snow, giving you the perfect excuse to dive into a local coffee bar and cozy up to your partner. If you like to keep things classic, try sipping on a brew at Café Central. The preferred hangout of Lenin and Trotsky, it’s bound to get the conversational juices flowing.
Valentine’s day is all about indulgence; this holiday, put the focus on you and your other half. A Medieval city, Bruges is about as romantic a European hangout as they come, giving you and your significant other plenty of alleys in which to get lost. While you’re not strolling along the cobbled streets and gazing across the canal, you can warm up with a cup of hot chocolate at De Proeverie, one of the best spots for miles around. A two-night break in this tiny town will be more than enough to give you the lay of the land, providing a thoroughly Belgian experience.
Italian winters might not be quite the same as their summers, but there is still a great deal of spectacular scenery on show. The Tuscan region is stunning at any time of the year, and during the colder months, you’re much more likely to have the rolling hills all to yourself. Head to the high ground this Valentine’s day and spend a few days at Il Ruscello, a restored watermill that’s just big enough for two. While you might choose to spend your days indoors, you can just as easily set your sights further into the region and look at any of the nearby castles. Romance will be in the air, however you decide to spend the time.
Written about in countless novels, the coastal county of Dorset, England is rugged and wild, making it a perfect place in which to spend this Valentine’s Day. While the wintry February winds might whip away many of the local visitors, the place is stunning nonetheless, giving you a rare glance into England’s wilder coast. Heading out on a cliff side walk to the natural limestone arch known as Durdle Door is always a good way to get your blood pumping. You might be equally tempted by the warming suppers of The Weld Arms. Traditional to the core, Dorset remains an England of years gone by, offering a glimpse of life as it once was.