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halstatt austria a place to honeymoon in europe

Packed with elegant architecture, a deep sense of history and culture and epic naturescapes and scenery, Europe offers the ultimate in honeymoon romance.  Explore quaint cobblestoned streets, spend lazy days on the Mediterranean, drink amazing wine, immerse yourself in next level gastronomy, pamper yourself in luxury spas and stay in some of the most gorgeous hotels in the world.  Here’s our pick of the most dreamy cities and settings in Europe where you can feel the love…

Loved up in Paris, France

Art and romanticism are deeply rooted in Parisian culture and the city is home to a mix of Art Nouveau, Classicism, and Haussmanian styles that make it the perfect architectural backdrop for a honeymoon to treasure forever. The scene of many a romantic movie, the streets ,cafes, museums and iconic symbols of love in Paris – like the Eiffel Tower, the beautiful Seine, chic Montmartre neighborhood, and the famed 1950’s photography “Kiss by the Town Hall” by Robert Doisneau of a couple kissing on in the city of life – promises to inspire love and passion. 

Where to stay in Paris 

Sip your coffee on the top terrace of the one-time mansion of Prince Roland Bonaparte at Shangri-La Hotel while enjoying stunning views of the Eiffel Tower and suites outfitted with marquetry desks, embossed wallpaper, and orchids. We also love Kimpton St Honore Paris which is close sites like the Tuileries Garden, Opera, and Faubourg St Honoré.  The hotel has a stunning 1917 Art Déco facade, and chic guest rooms and inspired by minimalist Art Nouveau aesthetics.  Head to the rooftop bar and garden for cocktails with killer views of the city of light.

Romantic Honeymoon Experience

Don’t miss the ‘Wall of Love’, a well-known spot in Montmartre where the phrase “I love you” is written in 250 languages.

The romantic floating city of Venice, Italy

Venice is a true architectural jewel with historic squares, marble palaces, gondola lined narrow canals, and a maze of hidden alleyways. Following in the footsteps of Casanova, you’ll love discovering romantic Venice through the eyes of one of the world’s most famous lovers. The nearby islands of Murano and Burano are also an idyllic romantic setting with pretty colorful houses and red flowers in the windows.    

Where to stay in Venice

Among so many aristocratic palaces in Venice, the luxury apartments at Palazzo Ca’Nova bring the unique experience of living like a local while enjoying an exclusive honeymoon. The palazzo’s terrace is the couple’s favorite spot for dining.

Romantic Honeymoon Experience

Take a gondola ride and discover hidden corners, old century palaces packed with history, romance stories, and melodious serenatas.

The Pearl of the Adriatic, Dubrovnik, Croatia

Lovers of history, exquisite beaches and charming seaside resorts, will be seventh heaven in Dubrovnik, one of the most fascinating and well-preserved old cities on the Adriatic Coast.  From fortification walls and fortresses to quaint squares and romantic terraces, every corner of Dubrovnik surprises and delights.  Picture perfect by day, the city is even more beautiful lit up at night.  If that’s actually possible.  

Where to stay in Dubrovnik

Stari Grad Hotel is in a refurbished 17th-century stone building on a narrow alley in the historic center. The cozy hotel is accented with velvet upholstery and gilt-framed mirrors and has a tiny very romantic rooftop restaurant with stellar views of the Old Town.

Honeymoon Romance

Live your John Snow and Daenerys Targaryen romance fantasy by snapping some otherworldly

​honeymoon photos at the scenic spots where the legendary Games of Thrones was filmed in Dubrovnik. 


Medieval Romance in Transylvania, Romania


Behind Dracula’s famous legend, Transylvania is one of the most picturesque regions in Romania. Embrace nostalgia în medieval cities like Sibiu and Sighisoarawith their narrow cobblestoned streets, magnificent cityscapes, and vibrant historic centers. If you prefer a secluded couples experience, head to a remote village to bed down in an authentic homestay in a refurbished old house, explore vast pasturelands with glamorous mountain views, and enjoy weekend brunches of delicious local fare.

Where to Stay in Transylvania

Not at Dracula’s castle but, Am Ring Hotel, set in the main square in Sibiu has a gorgeous terrace overlooking the 15th-century square and medieval cellar for romantic dinner. The Epoque-era style rooms with sumptuous decor and antique furniture adds to the sense of history and romance. 

Romantic Honeymoon Experience

Bring a padlock and ‘lock’ your love on the Bridge of Lies, known in Sibiu for its legends about Austrian soldiers declaring their love to Romanian girls.

A Love Song in Salzburg, Austria

The maze of hidden cobbled back streets, breathtaking Alpine views, and rich culture make Mozart’s birthplace of Salzburg a dreamy honeymoon destination. Couples only need to conjure up the love story between Maria and Baron von Trapp in the Sound of Music to feel their love in the air.  Indeed, music can be heard practically everywhere in the Old City which just adds to the sense of enchantment and romance of discovering this beautiful, charm-filled historic city. 

Where to Stay in Salzburg

Boutique Hotel am Dom, set in a historic 14th-century building in the Old Town, combines contemporary design with historic original timber beams and stone arches. The upgraded luxury suites are perfect for just-married couples with their stunning city views.

Romantic Honeymoon Experience

Dine in an elegant salon at St. Peter Stiftskulinarium, one of Europe’s oldest restaurants, where musicians perform in period costumes.

Romantic Sunsets in Santorini, Greece

Greece has thousands of stunning islands and the Cyclades has our vote for romantic sunsets, picturesque seaside, archaeological treasures and beautiful whitewashed houses with blue frame windows, doors and domes. You’ll definitely feel the romantic vibe with gorgeous views from rooftop terraces and bell towers. Perfect for lovers and honeymooners Santorini, Mykonos, Naxos and Paros are quite simply magical. 

Where to stay in the Greek Islands

Ikies Traditional Houses in Oia, Santorini, is an upscale resort perched on a tranquil clifftop with some of the best views on the island. If you are keen to spend your honeymoon in a quiet spot soaking up the magnificent surroundings, this is the place.

Romantic Honeymoon Experience

Head for a romantic dining experience at any of the island’s rooftop restaurants for unforgettable views of the whitewashed villages and azure ocean. 

Wine Tasting in Tuscany, Italy

With scenic rolling hills, quaint medieval towns, romantic hot springs, and some of the most delicious food and wine on earth Tuscany is an unbeatable escape with your significant other. San Gimignano, Pienza, and Cortona are idyllic hill towns with secluded hideaways and breathtaking views.  While Florence is something straight out of a fairytale

Where to stay in Tuscany

Il Sole del Sodo is a dreamy villa near Cortona. It combines chic countryside style with the authentic touch of stone walls and a secret whimsical garden.

Romantic Honeymoon Experience

Stroll on Ponte Vecchio and enjoy the charming views of Florence lit at night reflecting in the Arno river.

Love Sweet Love in Bruges, Belgium

Bruges is a popular honeymoon destination for its timeless allure, romantic canals with swans and boats and medieval bridges. And let’s not forget its signature charm, Belgian chocolate is literally the best in the world and at the heart of the European city’s culture. 

Where to stay in Bruges

Historic and sumptuous Hotel de Orangerie is the place to lap up luxury. Rooms are decorated with fine English and French floral fabrics, wooden original floors, and come with marble bathrooms so luxe, you’ll never want to leave.

Romantic Honeymoon Experience

Grab some vino and Belgian chocolates and head to one of the most picturesque spots in a town, the Bonifacius Bridge, aka the ‘Bridge of Love’.

Fairy Castles on the Loire Valley, France

What could be more romantic than the Loire Valley with its fairytale old castles and palaces (more than 300) all with magnificent manicured gardens, wine tasting in the middle of vineyards, and, of course, deeply ingrained French cheese tradition. The valley was a playground for kings and courtesans for many centuries, and romance stories hide in unexpected corners just waiting to be rediscovered.

Where to stay in the Loire Valley 

If your idea of the perfect honeymoon is on a riverboat, Relais de Chambord offers a cozy, romantic floating suite docked on the Cosson River at the edge of the property. Talk about a dream come true.

Romantic Honeymoon Experience

Known as the Ladies Castle, the Flowers of Chenonceau on the castle’s gardens is the of the most spectacular spot in the region for a romantic stroll.

Magical Medieval Castles in Austria

Austria’s castles were once bestowed to beautiful princesses as a wedding gift, so why not spend your honeymoon in one of the country’s historic castles to enjoy spectacular alpine scenery with romantic remnants of eras bone by. These castles are all brimming with medieval charm, secret gardens, and passages, impressive wine cellars and towers that were once home to kings and queens.

Where to stay in Austria

Hotel Schloss Durnstein is set in a refurbished castle on the Danube and has opulent rooms with river views, antique furnishings, and breakfast served from old-fashioned teapots.

Romantic Honeymoon Experience

Choose a more unconventional way to reach your hotel and take a romantic wine river cruise on the Danube while admiring the splendors of the Austrian Tyrol.

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