The Best of Europe for Honeymoons and Romantic Getaways

spring Keukenhof Gardens
••• A perfect spring day in Holland's Keukenhof Gardens. 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