I like a good European weekend escape, and when there’s romance involved I love it. Whether I’m lying on a beach in the Mediterranean or standing in awe of a castle on the Rhine, a lot of places in Europe inspire that feeling. If you need some inspiration, read on for A Lady in London’s 7 picks for romantic weekend getaways in Europe.

Romantic Weekend Getaways in Europe

Romantic Weekend Getaways in Europe

Whether you pack your bag and travel now or wait until another day, these romantic weekend getaways in Europe make great escapes.

I’ve been to all of them—some on romantic trips and some when I wished I were—so can speak from personal experience when I say they’re ideal for getting the sparks to fly.

Dinkelsbuhl, Germany on the Romantic Road

1. Romantic Weekend Trip to Cyprus

Legend has it that Cyprus is the birthplace of Aphrodite. If the sandy coves of this Mediterranean island are good enough for the goddess of love, they’re certainly adequate for mere mortals. Right? Right.

Plus, boulder-studded beaches and lush mountain vineyards make Cyprus one of the perfect romantic weekend getaways in Europe.

If you want to experience romantic Cyprus at its best, you can visit the beach by the Petra tou Romiou rock stack in Paphos. Aphrodite was said to be born from the sea here.

You can also go to the Baths of Aphrodite in Polis. Legend has it that if you bathe here you’ll stay young and in love forever. The ‘no swimming’ sign might make that a bit difficult, but you can always pretend you did.

Aphrodite's Birthplace, Cyprus

2. Romantic Weekend in Prague

I studied abroad in Prague when I was in college and I still consider it one of the most beautiful cities in Europe. Taking in the view of the castle from Charles Bridge is guaranteed to melt even the coldest heart.

Winding cobblestone streets and sweeping castle views tick all the boxes for classic romance, and subterranean bars and hideaways provide the perfect spots for secret rendez-vous.

Add to that the stunning Art Nouveau buildings and restaurants where you can dine by candlelight, and the Czech capital is one of the top places for romantic weekend getaways in Europe.

Prague

3. The Romantic Road

Germany’s Romantic Road says it in the name. The drive from Wurzburg to Fussen not only takes in some of the sweetest medieval towns in Bavaria and Baden-Wurttemberg, but also the country’s most famous castle.

And don’t even get me started on how pink houses in places like Dinkelsbuhl add an element of love to the trip.

At the end of the road, Neuschwanstein Castle is straight out of a fairy tale. It’s the perfect place to play Cinderella and Prince Charming (or Princess Aurora and Prince Phillip, Princess Jasmine and Aladdin…).

Between the towns, countryside, and castles, the Romantic Road is the ideal place for a romantic weekend getaway in Europe.

Neuschwanstein Castle

4. Romantic Weekend Getaway in Venice

With its maze of canals and fairy-tale bridges, Venice does romance like London does rain.

A moonlit gondola ride and a Bellini with a view are just the things to get the heart aflutter, and there’s no better way to stretch out a romantic afternoon than by getting lost in the labyrinth of side streets.

If that’s not enough, nearby Verona is home to the balcony of Romeo and Juliet fame. How could this place not be on my list of the best romantic weekend trips in Europe?

Venice

5. Romantic Weekend Trip to Derbyshire

Jane Austen lovers know that “there is not a finer county in England than Derbyshire”. The chief reason for it is that Mr. Darcy’s house, Pemberley, is there.

If a love like Elizabeth and Darcy’s is what you’re after, Derbyshire is sure to help it along. It’s beautiful year-round, but it’s also one of my favorite romantic winter getaways in the UK.

From long walks in the Peak District to houses like Chatsworth (it stood in for Pemberley in the Pride & Prejudice movie), Derbyshire is one of the most romantic weekend getaways in Europe.

And speaking of Chatsworth, there are a lot of other stately homes in Derbyshire that will inspire romantic weekend getaways in Europe. For example, Haddon Hall has stood in for Thornfield Hall in many screen adaptations of Jane Eyre.

Chatsworth House

6. Romantic Weekend Trip to Paris

Call me American, but I love Paris. I adore the pretty streets, the smell of baguettes, and the cozy little bistros where nobody seems to understand my French. There’s something about the city that’s so romantic that everything exudes love.

Whether it’s a stroll through Parc Monceau or a trip to the Musee Rodin, a bite of a macaron or a sip of champagne, it’s all imbued with emotion (or maybe that’s just the champagne talking…either way I’ll take it).

In fact, it’s the city as a whole that makes me feel like I’m in love every time I visit. If there’s one place I go for romantic weekend getaways in Europe, it’s Paris.

Romantic Paris, France

7. Romantic Trip to Salzburg

“I am sixteen going on seventeen”…remember when Rolf and Liesl ran around the gazebo in The Sound of Music? I do.

As a child all I wanted was to be 16 and in love (ideally in a gazebo in Salzburg, definitely without Rolf turning out to be a Nazi).

As an adult, I still find Salzburg incredibly romantic, and the love stories of the Von Trapp family are just the beginning. The castle on the hill, gardens in the spring, and Mozart in the air make it perfect for romance.

I love going around to the filming locations from The Sound of Music and falling more in love each time. On my last trip to Austria I even dressed up like Maria and went everywhere from the Mirabell Gardens to the River Salzach.

Mirabell Gardens in Salzburg, Austria

Romantic Weekend Getaways in Europe and Beyond

Above all, the most romantic weekend trips in Europe are the ones I take with someone special.

This weekend I’m off to Shakespeare’s Stratford-upon-Avon with my boyfriend, but all the sonnets in The Bard’s book couldn’t make me more smitten than I already am.

If you’re looking for more inspiration, you can read my blog post about the top romantic travel destinations. Happy travels!

How about you? What do you think are the most romantic weekend getaways in Europe?

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13 Comments on Lady’s 7 Romantic Weekend Getaways in Europe

  1. Now I’m excited…While London will be our main destination next fall, we’re kicking off our 30th wedding anniversary “romantic getaway trip” with a brief stay in Paris. I love the few Paris ideas shared in this post, and will be searching your blog for more information on the ideal restaurant for our anniversary dinner, 6th district hotels and sights to see. Many thanks 🙂

    • You should read Hemingway’s “A Moveable Feast” before going to Paris. It’s his autobiographical account of his life there in the 20s when he was a young struggling author living on the Left Bank with his first wife Hadley, and hanging out with the likes of F. Scott Fitzgerald, John Dos Passos, Ezra Pound, and Gertrude Stein. I’d never been to Paris before I read that book when I was 21, but as soon as I finished the last page, I booked my ticket.

  2. You had me at the Neuschwanstein Castle, Julie! Not necessarily for romance but all of southern Germany is #1 on my bucket list as you know! I hope you are having a great week! 🙂

  3. Oo I’m curious about Derbyshire. I live in Provence, France. So maybe my version of Romantic is cold and rainy now!

  4. Wow!! Thanks for this. I am so happy to know that I live in one of the most romantic places in Europe!! I didn’t even imagine Derbyshire would make this list!! I should appreciate it more during the limited time I have here before I go back to my hometown ❤️❤️

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