Romantic breaks in Europe
Ignite your passion for Europe's greatest capitals
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As a continent rich in culture, history and heritage, Europe is brimming with beautiful cities. Its countries' capitals offer something for everyone, and couples are especially well-catered for. How do you fancy taking strolls along river banks or spending sunny, lazy days in parks? Perhaps you'd rather run around taking in every landmark and gallery on offer? Either way, every day should be followed by romantic candle-lit dinner, replete with the finest wine your destination of choice can muster. But whether you decide on a cosy night in or a lively night out doesn't matter: with private accommodation, the choice is yours.
And there's surely no better way to end a romantic day than by heading back to your comfortable accommodation. You could choose European apartments in the dreamy resorts of Paris, Venice and Vienna, or opt for somewhere different like the cosmopolitan capitals of Edinburgh and Copenhagen. Not only can you make considerable savings by choosing to rent directly, but you'll have the privacy and space so essential for romantic breaks. So why wait? Book the holiday of a lifetime today with the help of HomeAway.
Top romantic destinations in Europe 2013
Romantic Breaks in Paris
If there's one destination that instinctively comes to mind, it's got to be Paris. Widely regarded as Europe's most romantic destination, it's a city of beauty, history and heritage. From major landmarks like the Eiffel Tower and Notre Dame Cathedral, to more unusual sites like the celebrity cemeteries of Montparnasse and Pere Lachaise, there's so much to see on romantic breaks in Paris. Take long strolls along the banks of the River Seine, indulge fine French cuisine and wine, or take in world-faous works of art at the Louvre and Musee d'Orsay. With so much to offer, Paris is unrivalled when it comes to romance.
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Romantic Breaks in Venice
Venice is often thought of as one of the loveliest destinations in the world, let alone Europe. It's remained unchanged for the past six centuries, so it retains a great deal of romantic charm. The network of waterways are awash with pretty gondolas, so it's also the only pedestrianised city in the world: if you want to get from one landmark to the other, you'll have take a stroll or hop aboard a water taxi! Unmissable sites when taking romantic breaks in Venice include the Palazzo Ducale, the Scuola Grande di San Rocco and the Campanile di San Marco: the city's best palace, house and bell tower respectively.
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Romantic Breaks in Vienna
When thinking about a romantic break, consider Austria - specifically its capital Vienna. An enormous and beautiful city, its historic centre is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and hosts a myriad of elegant balls throughout the year. Travel during the carnival season, and you can dress up in regal attire, and dance the night away at the State Opera's lavish ball. Of course, if you'd rather explore the city as well as its stunning surroundings, the Ottakring district is a great place to stay: located on the outskirts, you can enjoy walking trails in the Danube Valley, whilst remaining within reach of Vienna's most famous sites.
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Romantic Breaks in Edinburgh
Edinburgh may not be your first choice when considering romantic breaks, but it's a great destination for so many reasons. Not only is it closer to home than other capitals, but it offers a seemingly endless list of things to see and do. There are beautiful green spaces where you can take a picnic for two: sunny days should be spent on Arthur's Seat, enjoying majestic views over the capital. If the famously stormy Scottish weather does make an appearance, simply head for the National Gallery, Museum or Library: all free to enter, they have world-class exhibitions which offer something new every time you visit.
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Romantic Breaks in Copenhagen
Copenhagen has a romantic charm like no other city: from the statue of Hans Anderson's Little Mermaid to the abundance of green, open spaces, there's something magical around every corner. There are lovely beaches outside the city where you can go combing for enormous conch shells, and beautiful palaces and courtyards where you can learn about Danish royalty. Spend a morning in the Botanical Gardens or at the magnificent Copenhagen Zoo, before admiring the works of Picasso and Rembrandt at the Danish National Gallery. For a romantic break with a difference, Copenhagen is simply ideal.
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Romantic things to do in Europe
Have you already glided through Venetian canals, taken champagne tours in France, or looked upon Edinburgh whilst hiking up the Pentland Hills? If so, don't worry about running out of romantic ideas! It goes without saying our list of destinations is concise: there are hundreds of beautiful European cities to explore! If you've been lucky enough to visit the bustling capitals listed, why not try an alternative like Berlin, Barcelona or Budapest?
And if you want to get away from it all, why not choose a rural retreat for a change? Holidaying in and around National Parks will uncover Europe's most magical landscapes, offering tranquil surroundings where you can enjoy long, woodland walks. You could admire tumbling waterfalls in Croatia's Plitvice Park, go skiing in Germany's Bavarian Forest, or sample the awe-inspiring scenery of the Norwegian Fjords. Whatever your idea of a romantic break, rest assured HomeAway has the accommodation to suit.
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