So you’ve narrowed your honeymoon location down to Europe, but can’t decide where to go? These top five European honeymoon locations should be on your final list. Whether you see one of them or all five, get ready for the trip of a life time.
The City of Lights, the City of Love. No matter what you call it, Paris is arguably the most romantic city in Europe. From strolls along the Champs Elysees to glasses of wine at moonlit cafes, you can’t go wrong with a Paris honeymoon. Take a walk along the Seine and be one of those couples standing on a historic bridge for some public displays of affection. Ride to the top of the Eiffel Tower and dine while you watch the sunset. Sure, you should do your tourist duty and visit the Louvre and the Musee D’Orsay, but follow it up with a walk on the wilder side of the Montemartre district.
The Classic City is full of incredible monuments, delicious food, and lots of outdoor cafes for people watching. After a tour of the Coliseum and the Forum, take a picnic lunch to Villa Borghese and watch the world go by. Or stroll through the ancient city at night when it is lit to impress. The Pantheon looms over the piazza of the same name while you eat your latest cone of gelato. Or walk through the Piazza Navona where the fountains reflect the dancing light back upon the statues. Before you leave Rome, thrown coins into the Trevi Fountain to ensure you will come back someday.
When it comes to romantic moments, what can beat a gondola ride? How about wandering around the twisting pedestrian-only streets knowing that you can’t really get lost? Or laughing hysterically as she feeds pigeons and they land on her head in San Marco Square? After she recovers, take a seat at a cafe the square to listen to the dueling orchestras and see why it’s been called “Europe’s greatest dance floor”. One word of warning – Venice floods in winter, forcing tourists to get cozy with the locals on raised wooden planks crossing the main squares. While getting close on your honeymoon is kind of the point, wet feet and legs can kind of kill the mood. If you hunger for some nightlife in Venice, take a ferry to the Lido for its gambling and nightclubs.
It’s been call the new Paris, but the capital of the Czech Republic is no imitation. With the Prague Castle looking down across the city and the Vltava River running through the city, you can almost feel that gone back in time. Walk to Old Town Square for the best people watching and to see the fascinating Astronomical Clock.Stroll across the Charles Bridge and be serenaded by accordion players before making the climb to the castle and the St. Vitus Cathedral. Want to toast your bride? Try some of the great local brews or a local white wine. And if you want to buy her a keepsake, you’ll find garnet jewelry for sale everywhere you turn. For more interesting architecture and maybe some inspiration, see Milunic and Gehry’s Dancing House, often called the Fred and Ginger Building.
Want to enjoy sun-drenched beaches by day and fun-filled casinos by night? Try the French Riviera. The scenery is spectacular and perfect for long drives to find a secluded sandy beach where the turquoise water will make you think you’re in the Caribbean. You’ll find romantic resorts all along the Mediterranean, and if you stay in Nice, the largest city on the Riviera, you can make easy day trips into northwestern Italy as well. If you make time for sightseeing in Nice, don’t miss the Saint Reparate Cathedral, a stroll along the Promenade des Anglais, or the Russian Orthodox Cathedral. Want to rub elbows with the rich and famous? Spend some time in Monaco – the playground of the wealthy. You might not be able to afford to stay there, but it’s worth a stop.