10 Romantic Hidden Gems in Europe

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10 romantic experiences in Europe. If you’re looking for unique travel, this off the beaten path Europe travel guide is for you. Find your matching romantic city in Europe - not only for your Valentines Day travel. Whether you’re looking for a Europe trip for couples or you’re flying solo - we’ve got you covered!

10 Romantic Hidden Gems in Europe - Approved by us and off the beaten path. Find Valentines Day experiences for your perfect Valentine’s Day in Europe.

This is not the generic "most romantic spots in Europe" list. We all know the Parises and the Venices. But have you ever thought about Germany or Romania as countries for a romantic getaway? Vienna or Prague can be rightly labelled as the most romantic city in Europe although often overlooked.

In this article, we recommend experiences we truly had and enjoyed. And we want you to know that romance can be found in most places when you go through the world with open eyes!

So without further ado, here are our 10 most romantic places in Europe - ordered from the northernmost to the southernmost because we just couldn't agree on a ranking 😅 Not only for Valentine's Day!

  1. Iceland - private hot spring
  2. Netherlands - ride a tandem
  3. Germany - kayak in the Spreewald
  4. Great Britain - Roman baths in Bath
  5. Czech Republic - Beer Spa
  6. Austria - Vienna historic Ferris wheel
  7. Slovakia - Bratislava drinks with a view
  8. Italy - Chioggia
  9. Romania - carriage ride in the Danube Delta
  10. Portugal - take a boat to Santa Luzia

1. Iceland - private hot spring

Iceland can be an inherently cozy country. With its cold climate, it just inspires you to cuddle up in front of a fireplace with a nice hot drink. The country is also full of hot springs. There is the Blue Lagoon, which is amazing but also full of tourists. There are a lot of other paid hot spring spas where you can get massages and other wellness treatments. There are Instagram-famous, free hot springs like the Seljavallalaug Pool. And then there are a ton of other free hot springs scattered around the country - the ones that you find on hikes or that locals tell you about. So go and find yourself a private hot spring as we did with this amazing hot river!

Picture of hot spring in Iceland
Hot springs, Iceland

2. Netherlands - ride a tandem

The Netherlands is destined to be a bicycle destination because they are so flat. Additionally, the infrastructure for bikers is just astounding. There are broad bicycle lanes, whole streets reserved for bikes, and even free garages! Even if you only visit the capital Amsterdam, the bike infrastructure is amazing. But Amsterdam is also super close to the North Sea, where you'll find cycle paths along the coast and through the dunes for kilometers and kilometers. And if you go in spring, you will be rewarded with the most picturesque tulip fields along the way! So you see, the Netherlands is the perfect setting for you and your significant other to have your first romantic outing on a tandem!

Picture of bike with flowers in Amsterdam, the Netherlands
Amsterdam, The Netherlands

3. Germany - kayak in the Spreewald

Ahh Germany, the country of love. Well, maybe not quite. But an hour train ride south of the capital Berlin, is the Spreewald, a UNESCO biosphere reserve. It's consisting of more than 200 canals, with a total length of 1,300 kilometers, within 484 square kilometers. You can either go on a punt tour, where your captain explains the surrounding nature or rent your own canoe to experience the tranquil surroundings by yourself. You can spot storks, beavers, and rabbits. Along the way, locals sell snacks like the famous Spreewald pickles. So you see, maybe it's not quite Venice but it's very romantic nonetheless.

Picture of canal in the Spreewald, Germany
Spreewald, Germany

4. Great Britain - Roman baths in Bath

The British city of Bath with its many intact Georgian buildings is one of the most esthetically pleasing cities in the country if you ask us. And having a traditional British tea time is the most romantic thing you can do in the afternoon in our opinion. But of course, the thing that Bath is famous for are the baths. You can visit the old Roman baths and learn all about how the Romans used to have a spa day. Afterwards, you can wander across the street to the Thermae Bath Spa, where you can soak in Great Britain's only natural hot waters. Bath makes for the perfect British romantic getaway!

Picture of Roman bath in Bath, Great Britain
Bath, Great Britain

5. Czech Republic - Beer Spa

If you've been following us for a while, you've probably heard us rave about the Beer Spa in Prague before. What we didn't mention is that we think it's rather romantic. You get your own private room, where you can soak in a tub for two, which is filled with beer of course. You can sweat out all the beer and the sightseeing stress in your own private sauna. And you can relax on a bed of straw watching your own fireplace. Everything without even leaving your private little locked room. So what are you waiting for?

Picture of Beer Spa in Prague, Czech Republic
Prague, Czech Republic

6. Austria - Vienna historic Ferris wheel

Most of us will agree that Vienna is undoubtedly romantic. The architecture, the castles, the opera, the museums, and the omnipresent Fiakers (how they call horse carriages in Vienna) just radiate romance. But you can also find romance in a place less expected: the amusement park, which is open all year round. There you can find one of the world's oldest Ferris wheels. It was built in 1897 and boasts spectacular views over the whole area. If you're looking for something really special, you can rent a whole wagon for yourself and your significant other to enjoy a breakfast or dinner over the roofs of the Austrian capital.

Picture of Ferris Wheel in Vienna Austria
Vienna, Austria

7. Slovakia - Bratislava drinks with a view

You probably don't think about romance when you hear the name Bratislava. Maybe you don't even think of anything - or if you've seen the early 2000s comedy Eurotrip you might think of quite the opposite. But you're wrong. When done right, the travel to Bratislava can be quite romantic in itself as you can reach it by boat on the Danube from Vienna. In Bratislava, you'll find a charming old town and a castle overlooking the city and the Danube river. Our highlight was the UFO, an observation tower in the shape of - you guessed it - a UFO. There you can have some of the amazing Slovakian wine and upscale cuisine with caviar, truffle, game, and more. So you see that romance can be found in all places when you walk through the world with open eyes.

Picture of glass of white wine with view of Bratislava
Bratislava, Slovakia

8. Italy - Chioggia

Number 8 is not about Venice, it's about its neighbor Chioggia. It has a more than 5-kilometer long beach and the old city center is on an island. The old town features many canals and bridges, just like its neighbor Venice, but much less crowded. And Venice itself is only a short and very scenic boat ride away. Chioggia has an amazing fish market so we recommend renting an apartment with a kitchen, do your own shopping, and have a romantic dinner in your apartment. Of course, Chioggia also has some amazing restaurants, and picnics on the beach are an option too!

Picture of canal and church in Chioggia, Italy
Chioggia, Italy

9. Romania - carriage ride in the Danube Delta

You probably don't think about Romania as being particularly romantic, but with the dramatic Carpathian mountains and a plethora of fairytale castles, it actually is. But the highlight is the Danube Delta: you can only reach this biosphere reserve by boat, which makes this place really remote and traditional. The boat ride in itself is a highlight: you'll go through kilometers of untouched land and you'll be able to spot animals like cranes and frogs. The carriage ride itself will lead you through charming settlements and old forests. You'll even have the chance to spot wild horses. And don't miss out on the opportunity to try the local fish - it's amazing! Afterwards, you can take the boat to the beautiful beaches of the Black Sea and relax. All in all, this will be a super romantic trip!

Picture of horse carriage in the Danube Delta, Romania
Danube Delta, Romania

10. Portugal - take a boat to Santa Luzia

Portugal in itself is a very romantic country. Whether you taste port wine in the hilly streets of Porto, feel like royalty in the palaces of Sintra or go to the westernmost point of the European continent with your loved one - the Algarve in the south of Portugal still is a special place for romance. And we're not only speaking about the stunning cliffs and beaches. You should also visit the hinterland with its cork trees and the charming village of Caldas de Monchique with its healing springs. In our opinion, the most romantic experience in the Algarve is to rent private a boat in Tavira and go to Santa Luzia, the octopus capital of Portugal. The ride is incredibly scenic and the octopus will be the best you have in your life! Additionally, nothing can top the feeling when you arrive at a place with your private boat!

Picture of boat at the Algarve, Portugal
Santa Luzia, Portugal

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Tiffany Pence

12.04.2021, 02:14

These experiences are definitely romantic! I agree that Vienna is a beautiful romantic city. Anytime we can take a slow boat ride somewhere, I check it off as romantic. You gave me some great ideas for our next few trips to Europe!

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Carina | Bucketlist2Life

12.04.2021, 11:22

I feel the same about boat rides!


08.04.2021, 14:19

Glad that I took a ride on the Vienna Ferris wheel! Great views indeed around Vienna. Now I am intrigued with that beer spa in Prague!

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Carina | Bucketlist2Life

10.04.2021, 18:38

I find that I'm always happier about the things I did do than about the things I didn't do! The the Vienna ferris wheel is well worth it!


04.04.2021, 23:40

Fabulous, unique list! I think it is true that you can find romance (or at least romantic moments) most places. Spreewold looks incredible and I had not heard of it before - putting it on my list! Pretty sure a tandem would be the end of a relationship for me, either by frustration or personal injury, haha. Chioggia will be a must visit :) Thank you for putting this together, really well done!

Carina | Bucketlist2Life

06.04.2021, 15:42

It's so true! You can find romance in so many places when you're open to it! The Spreewald really is a hidden gem in Germany. We try to go at least once a year as it's super close to Berlin.

Jennifer Nilsson

24.03.2021, 18:54

I love these suggestions. I especially love that you listed a romantic location in Italy that isn't Venice! So much romance beyond those canals. :)

Carina | Bucketlist2Life

25.03.2021, 09:59

Thanks. I tried to offer alternatives to Paris and Venice :)


02.03.2021, 13:33

Danke, für die tollen Tipps. Ich kann mir irgendwie nicht vorstellen, in einer Badewanne voller Bier zu liegen. :-) Bis man fertig gebadet hat, ist man bestimmt betrunken ;-)
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04.03.2021, 13:59

Dafür sorgen schon alleine die zwei Zapfhähne mit hellem und dunklem Bier neben der Wanne, die man zur freien Verfügung hat :D

Cindi | aneasyjourney

19.02.2021, 04:02

This was an awesome article & not the usual suspects...I mean places! :-) Have not seen some of these interesting places - beer spa, Venice's neighbor & renting your own carriage...truly romantic places to go and fantastic things to do! Really enjoyed.

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Carina | Bucketlist2Life

19.02.2021, 12:52

Thank you! We tried to highlight more unique places. I'm glad you liked it ☺️

Retirestyle Travel

16.02.2021, 18:46

Valentines Day in Chioggia or Portugal would be great one of these years. Thanks for the travel ideas.

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Carina | Bucketlist2Life

16.02.2021, 18:59

Thank you for your feedback! Great choices 😉


16.02.2021, 17:39

I have only heard of half of these places! Thanks for introducing me to more locations. I'd love to go to Romania and Portugal.

Carina | Bucketlist2Life

16.02.2021, 17:52

Thank you so much for your feedback! We tried to include some off the beaten path experiences.

Planet Hopper Girl

16.02.2021, 16:49

Very nice list, out of which Austria is my favourite most. Prague is second. I am happy to say I have done 7/10 and I totally agree they are all romantic. Sharing Salzburg from Austria which is love for me and I totally recommend.

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16.02.2021, 16:54

Wow, 7/10 that's amazing! Austria really is super romantic. Thank you for sharing Salzburg. That is our first pick when we make it back to Austria :)

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15.02.2021, 23:08

Beautiful collection off the beaten track, always wanted to explore

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16.02.2021, 09:09

Thank you! The small European countries are surprisingly diverse!

Wendy White

12.02.2021, 07:32

These are all wonderful suggestions for romantic travel experiences in Europe. I enjoy seeing the views from up high with a drink so the observation tower in Bratislava would be my choice.

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Stefan (BerkeleySqB)

10.02.2021, 22:48

Some very good ideas. Can't believe I never realised how beautiful Spreewald is and I've lived in Berlin for two years. Well.. guess I'll have to visit next time I'm in town.

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10.02.2021, 22:47

Some very good ideas. Can't believe I never realised how beautiful Spreewald is. I lived in Berlin for two years and never ventured there. Guess I'll have to do so next time I visit town.

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Tango & Rakija

10.02.2021, 12:29

Such an awesome list. A couple of them we have already enjoy like the SPA in Prague since we were living there for 3 years. The wheel in Vienna as well. Out of the list we are very interested in the Roman Baths and the Kayaking in Germany, that seem to be 2 great options even for solo travel!
Great post!

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Smalltownplussize Tom

09.02.2021, 22:34

Excellent places you normally wouldn’t think of.

Lannie Travels

09.02.2021, 12:46

Nice post! I love all of the suggestions and have done a few of them. But, sadly I’m a perpetual single gal usually solo traveling. I’d do all of these alone though!

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John Quinn

09.02.2021, 12:45

Some excellent suggestions here. Loved Bath but wouldn’t mind a splash in those green waters. I might be too tempted to drink the beer in Prague too (before the bath). However Romania seems the most interesting to me, I did something similar in Hungary.


08.02.2021, 18:55

Such a lovely post! Especially coming up to V-day :)
I loved the spas in Czech Republic but it was probably 16 since I've been! I really want to go to Romania and Iceland. I went to some hot springs on my Jordan trip so I'll definitely be checking them out in Iceland. Love your site!

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Jaya Avendel

07.02.2021, 22:04

What breathtaking clean views and refreshing places you share here! I have never heard of a beer spa, but I love the idea for a romantic night out. I have visited natural hot springs only once and the water left me feeling so relaxed, it is something I want to do again.
Thanks for sharing these lovely spots!

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Ann-Cathrin (Weltenbummelz)

07.02.2021, 16:25

Thank you for your interesting article and the good ideas. A private hot spring is my favourite, that would be great. I didn't visit iceland until now but I'd love to do one day :)

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Jodie | That Happy Reader

07.02.2021, 14:31

These are some lovely places to spend some time in. I have been to several of them, but you’ve added more to my travel bucket list! Thanks for sharing.

Cristina Rosano

07.02.2021, 11:47

I am amazed by these beautiful places! I mean the kayak in Germany and the Iceland hot springs are some of my favourites and will have to add them to my travel list! Thank you so much for sharing x

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07.02.2021, 10:27

Wow.. I wish I have the money to travel these places.. I wanna go to #5,6, and 7!!! <3

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06.02.2021, 14:23

Tolle Tipps!!! Vielen Dank. Da bekommt man richtig Lust das alles auszuprobieren. Europa hat schon wirklich tolle Ecken