Love is in the air, everywhere you look around.. here’s our guide to how to have a Romantic weekend in Europe on a budget!
For all you travel lovers out there – visiting one of Europe’s most romantic cities doesn’t have to have break the bank. Here are some of our favourite places to fall in love with all over!
What could be more romantic than a trip down the Danube? Vienna blends its imperial past with a modern city centre that’s vibrant with art and culture but still retains its laid back charm. Famous for it’s grandiose palaces housing six centuries of Habsburgs royal history – the Schloss Schönbrunn (the gardens are free) and the Hofburg Palace offer a sumptuous look into its imperial history. The Belvedere Palace is today the Austrian Gallery housing famous Austrian artists’ work along with international treasures. Vienna is not the most budget friendly city but there are plenty of opportunities to see things for free, such as museum days with no charges (check the first Sunday’s of the month) and the sculptures and statues in the city parks. There are free concerts and cinema in summer and the old town centre around St Stephens’ Cathedral and the Rathausplatz is beautiful to explore.
Not just for coffee and chocolate cake lovers, Vienna also has some great cuisine – you can maybe win someone’s heart with a good Viennese schnitzel!
If you’re staying in Vienna then soak up the atmosphere at the laid back Hostel Ruthensteiner – enjoy their garden with musical instruments and games on a sunny day!
It’s hard to think of Belgium without thinking of chocolate but there’s so much more to explore in the beautifully-preserved UNESCO Heritage city of Bruges. Known as the ‘Venice of the North’ the city’s waterways form it’s heart and provides you with a choice of being romanced on a boat around the historic canals, or exploring the winding cobbled streets on foot or by bike. Bruges really is a spectacularly charming city and a great budget destination because it’s mostly about seeing the preserved buildings and canals themselves- so wander, get lost, explore and enjoy it! Sightseeing should include the central Burg Square and Markt Square, the Gruuthuse and Musem and the Saint John’s Hospital, dating back to 1188.
If you get tired of eating delectable Belgian chocolates you can move onto the famously good chips, cheese and beer – those monks knew a thing or two when they started brewing it!!
If you’re in Bruges then book your bed at The Bauhaus Hostel – a cosy hostel located in the centre of Bruges and with a lively bar serving local and international food.
We’ll always have Paris…
Ingrid Bergman was right – this city has been a romance epicentre for many a love-struck couple, and despite a reputation of being a pricey place to visit, there’s plenty of things to do in Paris for free. If you’ve walked along the Seine and admired the Louvre’s collection then why not check out one of the city’s flea markets or make a date at the river side boho park – the Square du Vert-Galant just off the Pont Neuf? Skimming stones on the canals is free (just like in the movie Amelie), the carefully landscaped Jardin du Luxembourg is also free to visit, dating back to the 17th century. There is also the Love Wall in Montmatre – with a lot of declarations of love in as many languages. Something for the true romantics! Paris’ artist neighbourhoods are completely romantic to explore and you can get a beer with an incredible view from Montmartre. If the weather’s good then take a picnic to the Jardin des Tuileries or check out the riverside bookstalls in quirky Saint-Germain-des-Prés. Paris je t’aime!!
Book a bed in Paris at the stylish canal-side St Christopher’s Canal Hostel in the vibrant 19th district.
If you enjoy the dolce vita then why step away from Rome and visit beautiful Naples on the Amalfi Coast? Not just a place to lap up delicious ice-cream this historical city is nestled beautifully on the Adriatic sea, with views of Mount Vesuvius from her narrow winding streets and colourful buildings (and characters) to get to know. It’s fortunately reasonably priced to visit and also arguably the best place in Italy for food lovers; so a great place to eat to your heart’s content. Home to amazing seafood and of course – the home of pizza – Naples is a lively place full of Italian charm and beautiful sites. A great place to have an Italian romance, we love this unique city!
If you’re flirting with a trip to Naples then fall in love with Hostel of the Sun – it’s the friendliest place in town!
The beautiful city of Seville has architecture to astound and plenty of romantic streets around the Gothic old town to explore. Walk along the Guadalquivir River for some truly beautiful views and enjoy the laid back atmosphere at the many street cafes in the pedestrianised centre. This is a great place to just slow down and enjoy the moment, with delectable food, friendly locals and a buzzing nightlife – and the city is very budget friendly for food and drinks. Home to flamenco, don’t miss a live show of this passionate traditional music and dance. If you’re trying to win someone’s hear you can even take a rowing boat for a romantic paddle around the pond at the Plaza de España by the beautiful Parque de María Luisa.
For a central location with a great buzz then stay at Oasis Palace Backpacker’s Hostel – they also have a lovely view from their roof terrace.
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