As the 14th of February creeps up quickly on the calendar, so too does the stress of finding that perfect Valentine’s Day gift. But don’t panic. There’s still time to plan something that will really impress your other half. For a truly memorable way to show your special someone how much you love them, ditch the flowers and chocolates for a romantic break instead.
Romance is all about spontaneity and by booking last minute holidays at this time of year, you can also save a lot more of your budget for romantic dinners and sweeping gestures! So where should you take your loved one this Valentine’s? Europe happens to be dotted with one romantic city after the next, but here are three destinations that are particularly adept at making the heart swoon:
Strolling through Venice feels like falling gracefully into a picturesque watercolour painting. Cosy, narrow streets, arched bridges and canals glistening in the moonlight are all it takes to fall in love all over again.
In a city seemingly built for romance, public displays of affection aren’t frowned upon but commonplace. This is the destination where you can quite literally push the boat out. Cuddle close on a gondola, raise a toast to your love over some fine Italian cuisine (for a true taste of Venice, you can’t go wrong with polenta and seafood) and top off the evening with a visit to one of the world’s finest opera houses: Teatro Le Fenice.
The Austrian capital is a easy on the eyes and certainly a treat for the heart and soul. Its grand Romanesque, Baroque and Classicist architecture is as beautiful and refined as the great orchestral music the city is known for.
During your Valentine’s break in Vienna, be sure to visit the famous Schonbrunn Palace. This enormous Habsburg residence also features beautifully-manicured gardens, the ideal setting for a romantic stroll. It’s also worth treating your loved one to a scoop or two of Austria’s most delectable ice cream, which you can find at the Tichy ice cream parlour in the city’s 10th District.
It’s difficult to think of a more fairytale-like setting than Prague’s Medieval Old Town. Whether it’s sharing a kiss on the Charles Bridge, enjoying breathtaking city views from the charming Castle District (Hradcany) or reveling in the beauty of the St. Vitus Cathedral, Prague offers one romantic moment after the next.
When touring the Czech capital with your Valentine, be sure to make your way to the top of the Pet?ín Lookout Tower. Similar to the Eiffel Tower in Paris, there’s no doubt that Pet?ín is the most romantic setting in all of Prague.
This is a guest post by our friends from Travelzoo. Image by Bubble Fishh, used under Creative Commons license.