Ro­manc­ing Europe

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The world’s most ro­man­tic cities are in Europe. How­ever, when you say ro­man­tic cities most con­sider Paris, Venice or Mykonos Is­land on the top of the list, but there are some of Europes best-kept se­cret ro­man­tic cities that we’re about to re­veal. We will take you through some of th­ese beau­ti­ful cities from a re­cent trip to Europe. Per­haps you will find your love in one of th­ese cities or sim­ply get in­spired for a ro­man­tic get­away, or even a pro­posal?

Mu­nich, Ger­many

The cap­i­tal of the Bavar­ian prov­ince in the South of Ger­many is fa­mous for its beau­ti­ful ar­chi­tec­ture, fine cul­ture and an an­nual Ok­to­ber­fest beer cel­e­bra­tion. Just wan­der around the old town of Mu­nich and its cob­bled stoned streets around Marien Platz where you can find Mu­nich’s iconic build­ings Frauenkirche and Neues Rathaus, in a few min­utes’ walk you can also ex­plore Odeon­platz and stroll along Lud­wigstrasse and find its mag­nif­i­cent build­ings of Feld­her­rn­halle, Theatin­erkirche and the Res­i­denz.

For Park lovers & His­tory seek­ers; Englis­cher Garten is the place for you, it is big­ger than Cen­tral Park in New York and Hyde Park in Lon­don and it of­fers a re­lax­ing at­mos­phere and a num­ber of beer gar­dens to en­joy. The Olympia park is quite pop­u­lar amongst the lo­cal res­i­dents where they en­joy a walk­ing along the park or row­ing on the lake. A day trip to Neuschwanstein Cas­tle is some­thing to look for­ward to or you can go to the west­ern part of the city to ex­plore Nym­phen­burg Palace & Gar­den at no cost, af­ter­wards re­ward your beloved one with a hot choco­late at a nearby restau­rant.

For a ro­man­tic evening with a view, try the Roof Ter­race and Lounge at Bay­erischer Hof Ho­tel, this restau­rant has a beau­ti­ful view over­look­ing the city, sip one or two glasses of cock­tails dur­ing the sun­set hours and watch the day go by. Do you still doubt that Mu­nich is a ro­man­tic city?

ala­cati, Turkey

The small Mediter­ranean city of Ala­cati on the west coast of Turkey has been un­der­rated amongst trav­ellers or less pop­u­lar than other des­ti­na­tions in Turkey like Is­tan­bul, Cap­pado­cia and An­talya. But that’s a good sign, you don’t have to worry about the crowd or bus full of tourists flock­ing out on the street, you both own this town!

Ala­cati is one of the most tra­di­tional towns in Turkey with stone houses, nar­row streets, bou­tique ho­tels and restau­rants with ta­bles on the streets. It also has a beau­ti­ful white sandy beach and warm wa­ter of Aegean Sea com­pared to most Euro­pean seas. No won­der this city is be­com­ing a home to a num­ber of Turk­ish lit­er­a­ture writ­ers to find their in­spi­ra­tion due to its charm & beauty as well as a place for Brides and Grooms to be to have their pre-wed­ding photo shoots. Our sug­ges­tions; do not for­get to take a photo in the front of lo­cal’s stone house and its colour­ful win­dow and try their al­fresco din­ing of the finest Mediter­ranean del­i­ca­cies. An­other good thing about this town is that ev­ery­thing in here from food, ac­com­mo­da­tion and trans­porta­tion are rel­a­tively cheap com­pared to any other Euro­pean cities.

Reykjavik, Ice­land

The cap­i­tal city of Ice­land has been gain­ing its pop­u­lar­ity in the last few years. Thanks to the grow­ing num­ber of bud­get air­lines that serve this des­ti­na­tion, get­ting into Ice­land is no longer as dif­fi­cult as it used to be. It has re­sulted in a sig­nif­i­cant rise in the num­ber of tourists vis­it­ing this coun­try. It does make sense to visit this city now be­fore it starts get­ting crowded, right?

What makes this city so ro­man­tic? Reykjavik or even Ice­land in gen­eral of­fers unique photography op­por­tu­ni­ties un­like any­where else in the world! Na­ture (hold your breath) is mind blow­ing, al­most like an oth­er­worldly land­scape. Al­though the Vik­ing wasn’t ex­actly known for their ro­mance story, surely the set­ting of this city/coun­try will redeem it. Who doesn’t want to have a ro­man­tic photo with the back­ground of North­ern Lights? Or erupt­ing gey­sers? Or Supreme wa­ter­falls? Or blue la­goon? Or vol­canic craters? Also, If you visit Reykjavik dur­ing the sum­mer, you’ll ex­pe­ri­ence endless sum­mer day­light. Don’t for­get to also cap­ture your

ro­mance in the front of Reykjavik’s iconic build­ings such as Hall­grim­skirja, The Harpa and the lively street of Lau­gave­gur. If the weather gets you cold, is a good place to cud­dle right?

Ber­gen, Nor­way

The port city of Ber­gen on the west coast of Nor­way of­fers a unique ro­man­tic ex­pe­ri­ence that will tighten your bond as a cou­ple. This city is home to Unesco World’s Her­itage Site of Bryggen and gate­way to ma­jes­tic fjords. If you’re an ad­ven­tur­ous cou­ple, al­ways up for the next big thing, hun­gry for new ex­pe­ri­ences and like an ex­hil­a­rat­ing ride, then Ber­gen is your place to be.

Mount Fløyen is a must-do while in Ber­gen, in here you will find beau­ti­ful views of the city, the nearby is­lands, fjords, nice lit­tle lakes and moun­tains sur­round­ing Ber­gen. Fløyen is a great des­ti­na­tion for hik­ing, moun­tain biking and soft ad­ven­tures. You can also book a day trip from a lo­cal tour agent and visit one of the breath­tak­ing fjords. And if you just want to en­joy the city at­mos­phere, the Bryggen Hanseatic Wharf has plenty of restau­rants to choose from for your ro­man­tic night or try the lo­cal street foods in the cor­ner of Kong Os­car gate dubbed as Nor­way’s Best Hot Dogs! Who says ro­man­tic night must cost you a for­tune?

Bu­dapest, Hun­gary

The name Bu­dapest is de­rived from Buda and Pest, two dif­fer­ent ar­eas di­vided by Danube River. The name of the city sym­bol­izes two dif­fer­ent part be­com­ing one, I hope it will rep­re­sent your love story.

The Danube river is the heart of al­most all the ro­man­tic things to do in Bu­dapest that we’ll sug­gest. First off, take a sun­set river cruise, there are sev­eral cruise op­er­a­tors pro­vid­ing this ser­vice but if you’re on a bud­get use the Lo­cal ferry trans­porta­tion, it will take you along the river to see this his­tor­i­cal city. When the sun is down and the city lights up, take a ro­man­tic walk on the Pest side of Bu­dapest: start­ing at the Hun­gar­ian Par­lia­ment along the Danube River, you’ll pass the fa­mous mon­u­ment called Shoes on the Danube, then head through the iconic 1800s stone sus­pen­sion bridge, Chain Bridge, to ar­rive on the Buda side. From the Buda Cas­tle and on top of the Cas­tle Hill, you will get a splen­did view of the city. When you pass this Chain Bridge, don’t for­get to pledge your love with the love lock!

An­other must-try ex­pe­ri­ence is for cou­ples to ther­mal bath to­gether in one of the bath­houses and again along the river. Szechenyi Bath is s the most vis­ited and much-praised at­trac­tion in Bu­dapest: re­lax­ing, fun, af­ford­able and, at night, ro­man­tic and it is more than a 100 years old. I my­self did try Gellert Bath that is fa­mous for its Art Nou­veau dec­o­ra­tion and it is al­most a 100 years old as well.

So what’s your pick to visit with your loved one?

Reykjavik, Ice­land

Mu­nich, Ger­many

Bu­dapest, Hun­gary

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