Plan a Romantic Weekend in Europe on a Budget
Wondering how to plan a romantic weekend in Europe on a budget? For the couples who travel and are looking for a European weekend getaway that won’t break the bank, we’ve got you covered! Check out our guide on the best romantic destinations in Europe on a budget.
A romantic weekend away is the perfect way for couples to relax, reconnect, and recharge from their busy lives. And luckily, Europe is full of destinations that won’t break the bank. From notoriously romantic cities, to smaller coastal towns, here’s our destination guide to a romantic weekend in Europe on a budget!
This tiny Belgian town is our first suggestion for a romantic European weekend on a budget. Bruges has designated UNESCO Heritage status, so you know it’s something special. Known as the ‘Venice of the North’ the city’s waterways form it’s heart and are perfectly romantic to stroll alongside. Rent a boat for a romantic ride around the historic canals, or explore the cobbled streets on foot or by bike. Whatever you decide, you’ll be pleased with the romantic atmosphere!
Bruges is a great budget destination because it’s mostly about seeing the preserved buildings and canals. For sightseeing, you can see Burg Square, Markt Square, the Gruuthuse & Museum, and Saint John’s Hospital, dating back to 1188. But if you want to spend some cash, there’s plenty of great shops, including great flea markets. And if you tire of eating delectable Belgian chocolates, move onto the famous Belgian fries, cheese, and beer.
Where to Stay in Bruges
If this destination interests you, book your room at Bauhaus Hostel – a cosy hostel located in the centre of Bruges. It’s known for its lively bar serving local and international food.
What’s romance without mentioning Paris? Despite its pricey reputation, it’s actually a great destination for a romantic European weekend on a budget!
Walk along the Seine, admire the Louvre from the outside, or check out one of the city’s flea markets. All of these things are free! Here are more suggestions for romantic and free things to do:
- Have a date at the river side boho park (Square du Vert-Galant)
- See the Eiffel Tower and have a croissant or a crêpes
- Skip stones on the canals is (just like in the movie, ‘Amelie’)
- Visit the 17th century Jardin du Luxembourg
- Picnic at Jardin des Tuileries (in warmer months)
Montmatre is a particularly romantic neighbourhood, and you should check out the Love Wall. It’s covered with declarations of love in several languages. Something for the true romantics! The quirky Saint-Germain neighbourhood also has a romantic side and is full of budget friendly things to do and incredible places to eat. Check out the riverside bookstalls here.
Where to Stay in Paris
Book your room in Paris at the stylish canal-side St Christopher’s Canal Hostel in the vibrant 19th district. Guests can receive discounts on all food and drink at their in house bar and restaurant, and you’ll find the canal on which its located quite romantic!
Leipzig is a charming town located in east Germany, and is a perfect destination for a romantic weekend in Europe on a budget. Start by strolling around the gorgeous Alt Stadt, and admire the beautiful architecture here. Be sure to check out Marktplatz, Thomas Kirche, and the beautiful Rathaus.
Clara Zetkin Park is one of the largest in Leipzig and is a great place to take a romantic walk or have a picnic with your partner. If you’re here in the warmer months, we suggest picking up supplies at one of the many outdoor markets, grabbing a blanket, and spending an afternoon here.
For the colder months, Leipzig is home to a myriad of cafes, restaurants, galleries, and museums. We recommend heading to the Plagwitz area! It also has one of the most beautiful Christmas Markets in Germany, which is always romantic to visit.
Where to Stay in Leipzig
Five Elements Hostel is located in the heart of Leipzig’s Al Stadt and is the perfect accommodation for your romantic weekend away. Choose from a range of private rooms, but if you’re feeling fancy, we recommend booking a penthouse suite for you and your lover. Take advantage of the luxurious bathtubs and have a spa evening! You’ll also be charmed with their breakfast options and in house bar.
Looking to spend your romantic weekend away under the Spanish sun? Then head to the beautiful city of Seville. Walk along the Guadalquivir River for some gorgeous views, and enjoy the laid back atmosphere at a street cafe in the pedestrianised centre.
The city is very budget friendly for food and drinks, so you’ll be able to wine and dine your way through the city without breaking the bank. Seville is also home to the world famous Flamenco, so don’t miss a passionate live show while you’re here. And for an extra romantic touch, take a row boat out on the pond at the Plaza de España by the beautiful Parque de María Luisa.
Where to Stay in Seville
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.
The Portuguese capital is no stranger to romance. Lisbon’s rolling hills and colourful facades are the perfect backdrop to any romantic weekend in Europe on a budget. Take a cruise along the Tagus River and take in the beautiful scenery, especially if you opt for a sunset cruise.
Barrio Alto is one of the best neighbourhoods in Lisbon, and is full of charming scenes to add to your romantic weekend away. We specifically recommend heading to a Fado show, which is a popular music and performance genre everyone should see. Lisbon is full of incredible lookout points as well, so start exploring and enjoy the view!
Where to Stay in Lisbon
Looking for awesome accommodation with amazing staff? Then you have to check out Oasis Backpackers Hostel Lisbon! Located in the popular Barrio Alto, you’ll love the atmosphere, free activities, and great amenities at this famous hostel.
You can’t think of the Austrian captial without thinking of romance. Whether you’re talking about the scenery, or just the character of the city itself, Vienna is a perfect destination for that romantic weekend away on a budget.
Known world wide for ballet, opera, and classical music, Vienna is perfect for anyone looking to add a bit of glitz to their romantic weekend away. If you come in winter, you can join one of the many winter balls hosted in the city. Just make sure you have proper attire as the dress codes for these events are rather strict.
Vienna is also home to several beautiful museums and galleries, palaces, and gardens you can wander around. Our top recommendation is to head to Schloss Schoenbrunn.
Where to Stay in Vienna
Our top recommendation is Hostel Ruthensteiner, just a 3 min walk from Westbahnhof. With private and dorm rooms, you’ll love being their guest. They’re also only one street over from Mariahilferstrasse, They’re the oldest hostel in Vienna as well, so be a part of history and stay at Hostel Ruthensteiner.
Plan a Romantic Weekend in Europe on a Budget
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