A dream within a dream — that’s what writer Edgar Allen Poe thought of life. And there’s nothing to stop any lovebirds out there dreaming, either. With travel off the cards in many countries right now, there’s one silver lining; plenty of time to plan how to woo your loved one in style. Europe serves up more romance than a sommelier on a candlelit rooftop restaurant. From the canals of Amsterdam to the fountains of Rome, here are eight of the best romantic experiences.
- Have a picnic at Canal Saint-Martin in Paris
- Take a romantic stroll through Greenwich, London
- Sit next to the Trevi Fountain, Rome
- Take an evening canal cruise in Amsterdam
- Enjoy the views from Parc Güell, Barcelona
- Climb up the Siegessäule, Berlin
- Marvel at the Alps in St Moritz
- Watch a Mozart concert in Vienna
Have a picnic at Canal Saint-Martin in Paris
Where better to get those sparks flying than the City of Love, naturellement? Watching the lights bouncing off Canal Saint-Martin, you’ll feel a glow of happiness yourself. Share a picnic together under the chestnut trees, or glide downstream on a romantic cruise. If you’re sure they’re the one, write each other’s names on a padlock on the Pont Des Arts.
Take a romantic stroll through Greenwich, London
It’s no wonder that Greenwich has such a timeless charm. It’s the home of Greenwich Mean Time — the point zero of world time zones. So, while your heart is skipping a beat, you can be sure this place won’t. Anyway, you’ll be too busy admiring the Royal Observatory together to have time to notice.
Sit next to the Trevi Fountain, Rome
Throwing a coin over your shoulder into Trevi Fountain is supposed to bring good luck. If you throw two, legend has it you’ll fall in love with an attractive Italian. Already admiring its incandescent waters with a loved one? Perhaps better to save that second coin for a creamy gelato instead.
Take an evening canal cruise in Amsterdam
Sitting under the stars, absorbing the city lights — few things could be more romantic than that. Especially when you’re in the heart of Amsterdam, that is. Looking to instill some magic in your relationship? An evening cruise through its UNESCO-listed canals is sure to do the trick. Its illuminations will leave you feeling warm and fuzzy — that, or the champagne.
Enjoy the views from Parc Güell, Barcelona
You’ve already ‘oohed’ and ‘aahed’ together at the Sagrada Familia. You’ve impressed your other half with your knowledge about Gaudí and modernist architecture. Now picture this: you’re admiring spectacular views from the top of Parc Güell. If that day doesn’t sound romantic enough, you could always seal it with a kiss?
Climb up the Siegessäule, Berlin
Berlin: capital of nightlife, sure. International melting pot, absolutely. But it’s easy to overlook how romantic the German capital can be. Ride a tandem bike together through the colorful leaves of Tiergarten — you’ll fall in love with the city for sure. Afterward, cling on to each other for dear life at the top of the Siegessäule (that’s the Victory Column to us). It’s a long way down!
Marvel at the Alps in St Moritz
You’ve taken each other’s breath away — now let the landscape around you do the same. Hop aboard the Bernina Express, one of the most stunning train journeys in Europe. As you pass through the dramatic Maloja Pass, you’ll get lost among alpine valleys. Later, you can get lost in each other’s eyes by the lake in St Moritz.
Watch a Mozart concert in Vienna
Nothing can be as heart-stirring as a spot of live music. And at one of the finest concert halls in Vienna, your hearts will be thumping. Travel back in time together as the Vienna Mozart Orchestra perform in period costumes. Immerse yourself in the elegant surroundings as world-class musicians dazzle you. Just don’t forget to pay attention to each other.