The Best of Europe for Honeymoons and Romantic Getaways

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Susan Breslow Sardone.

The idea of a European honeymoon has long enchanted couples in love.

The food, the culture, the history, the architecture, the sheer beauty of the continent and its major cities all feed into the aura of romance. Yet serious political issues, including terrorist bombings, the arrival of refugees, even the rise of anti-semitism, have given couples pause about the safety of visiting.

If one of you is frightened, don't go. The world is a big place, and you can certainly find another destination to put your mind at ease. On the other hand, the threat of danger is everywhere in today's world. If you were to visit Paris, you'd still see couples in love walking hand in hand along the Champs-Elysées. In London, you'd see lovers kissing outside of Victoria Station. In Istanbul, couples haggle over goods in the Grand Bazaar.

The bottom line: Life goes on — and you never know when your time will be up. So live, love and travel. Knowing that you can't go everywhere, these are places in Europe that I consider especially romantic and worth visiting on a honeymoon or romantic getaway.

Special Places for a Honeymoon in Europe

Austria

Belgium

There's more to Belgium than artisanal chocolate in Brussels and riverboats in Bruges, yet those are great places to start.

Denmark

  • Tivoli Gardens

Eastern Europe

Under Communist rule for decades, these cities and countries have flourished under freedom.

Budapest

Croatia

Estonia

Prague/Czech Republic

Russia

It doesn't seem like another country; it seems like another world. While Moscow is a city of business and politics, St. Petersburg retains much of its magnificent architecture and history.

England

Tradition, history, art, architecture, museums and West End theatres all lure lovers.

London

Finland

It's not the most exciting place in Scandinavia, but it's very clean.

France

The country that invented l'amour.

Paris

Greece

It would take a lifetime to explore the beauty of Greece. Start early.

  • Honeymoon in the Greek Islands 
  • Athens
  • Chalkidiki & Its Peninsulas​
  • Crete
  • Rhodes
  • Santorini
  • Sporades Islands​

Iceland

It's not connected to Europe but definitely is worth a stopover on your way there or back.

Ireland

Gorgeous, green Ireland seduces visitors with its friendliness and easy-going pace.

Italy

Why are there more destinations to recommend in Italy than anywhere else? Because it truly is the most delicious, irresistibly romantic country in Europe.

Florence/Tuscany

  • Learn to Cook in Florence

Rome

Venice

Monaco

Netherlands

Norway

Russia

Scotland & Wales

Charming countries within Great Britain.

Spain

Sweden

Switzerland

Turkey

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