By Ann Cronin
In need of romantic getaway? We all love a holiday with our kids but sometimes a couple’s retreat is more than needed. It’s time to give your babysitter a call because we’ve compiled some of the most romantic and unique cities in Europe that you won’t be able to resist jetting off to.
Amsterdam is famous for a variety of reasons, including its unique way of life. This city is ahead of its years in transport, environmental care, appeal and lifestyle. Visit tourist hotspots such as The Anne Frank Museum, the Van Gogh Museum, the Ice Bar and the Heineken Storehouse. Take a relaxing bike ride in the cities surrounding countryside, attend a romantic dinner for two afloat one of the river’s canal boat cruises and visit some of Amsterdam’s famous coffee shops and districts. There’s even a cat café boat that is open to visitors who wish to meet and spend time with some feline friends during their stay. If that’s not enough for you, this city also has a thriving night-life so celebration is guaranteed.
Layered in culture and history, Berlin has an abundance of appeal for visiting couples. Take a walking tour of the city or opt to see landmarks aboard a double decker river boat. Soak in some history and culture in some of Germany’s most famous museums and architectural havens. It would be a crime not to sample some native German cuisine during your stay, and Berlin has a huge range of prestige dining options for you to choose from. Enjoy cocktails in one of Berlin’s many rooftop bars so you can soak in the entire view of the German capital, and don’t be too afraid to give the famous nightlife scene a visit too.
A dream destination for those eager to explore alternative cultures and layers of history, Budapest has it all. A simple stroll through the streets of this city submerges you in its impressive and exquisite architectural structures, while tours of its Gothic and Baroque-style buildings will be a totally unique experience. Visiting some of the city’s many museums will also help boost your cultural and historical intake, while there unique and must-see cafes and coffeehouses are essential stops along your touristic travels. Budapest is also famous for its delicious alcohol and beer produce, so be sure to sample some of its good stuff during your stay too. For ultimate relaxation, indulge in Budapest’s thermal spring spas to gain all of the purported health benefits that they possess as well as wash away any remaining shred of travel stress you may have.
For a sublime mixture of history, culture, natural beauty and scorching sunshine, Malta is the way to go. The capital of Valetta is an ideal location to base yourself when visiting this Mediterranean island. For couple’s seeking thrills and excitement, there are plenty of water sports such as paragliding, jet skiing, diving and more can be enjoyed. Beaches come in strong numbers here so lazy days spent relaxing in the sun can be had, as well as trips out to some of Malta’s famous off-shore islands such as Gozo and Comino. For fans of architecture and history, sites such as the Grand Master’s Palace, St. John’s Cathedral and St. Paul’s Catacombs are certainly worth visiting too.
Despite being a popular night-life spot, this Croatian city can be viewed as a well-kept secret during the day as its beauty is close to undiscovered. As Dubrovnik has grown in popularity over the years, Zadar is quieter and cheaper but just as beautiful. Swim through cascading waterfalls in Krka National Park, sample Zadar’s famous seafood cuisine and dance the night away on the giant solar-powered public dancefloor. The area is also famous for hosting amazing music festivals so be sure to check out if any events are on throughout your stay. With the option of sailing out to remote islands and secluded beaches, this area is perfect for a romantic getaway.