Do you want to honeymoon in a city? While many couples still have traditional honeymoons on tropical beaches, more and more are choosing to honeymoon in urban cities. Romantic cities have several advantages including gourmet dining, rich cultural experiences, and luxurious five star accommodations. Throughout the year, cities also hold a variety of activities and festivals to enjoy. Here are the top ten most romantic cities for honeymooners.
1. Paris, France
It goes without saying that the City of Lights is at the top of the world’s most romantic cities list. There are many romantic hotels in Paris and you can enjoy some of the world’s most picturesque city scenes here. Plus, in Paris, you’ll find some of the world’s best restaurants, where you can get everything from croissants and café au lait at corner bistros, to five-course meals at five-star restaurants. And, of course, the Eiffel Tower at night is a romantic sight not to be missed by honeymooners in Paris.
2. Rome, Italy
If you decide to travel to Rome, you can enjoy some of the world’s most beautiful architecture, monuments, and art. The Vatican Museum, Sistine Chapel, St. Peter’s Cathedral, Coliseum, Trevi Fountain, Pantheon, and much more are all within walking distance of downtown Rome. When you’re not sightseeing, the next best thing is to enjoy the excellent Italian food at the many restaurants. Not to be missed are the small shops that sell gelato, the world’s best ice cream.
3. Barcelona, Spain
If you want warmer weather in a city that still has all the romance of traditional European culture, Barcelona is your destination of choice. Again, you’ll find great food in Barcelona and enjoy some of the best tapa bars in the world. Don’t miss the lively night life to spice things up. You must tour the city’s breathtaking cathedrals and stroll down colorful La Rambla, one of the most famous boulevards in the world.
4. Vienna, Austria
This is yet another city where you can get European culture while walking through winding streets full of interesting shops and cafes. In Vienna, definitely book tickets to a Vienna Philharmonic concert, and enjoy some of the local foods, like Wiener Schnitzel.
5. Prague, Czech Republic
If you want a European romantic feel without the expenses that come with honeymooning in a European Union city, Prague is one of the best destinations. You can enjoy great views of ancient Eastern European architecture, excellent cuisine, and bustling nightlife in this romantic city. If you go to Prague, you must take a carriage ride through the Old Town Square, where you’ll get a unique view of some of the city’s most beautiful historic buildings.
6. Edinburgh, Scotland
For a more traditional European feel, enjoy high tea in Edinburgh, where you’ll find plenty of museums, shops, and historical buildings to keep your honeymoon busy. Edinburgh is also the perfect destination if you want to blend cityscape and countryside on your honeymoon, since you can travel to Holyrood Park and enjoy the scenic lochs, hilly pasturelands, and quaint chapel ruins.
7. New York, NY
New York is buzzing with events, theater, museums, concerts, shopping, and more. You might not think of the city of Wall Street as a truly romantic place, but you can make this American destination into the ultimate romantic honeymoon. Stroll through Central Park for an afternoon, or enjoy a Broadway musical together. And, of course, any ethnic food you’ll find in any of the other top ten cities, you’ll also find in New York City!
8. Bruges, Belgium
What’s more romantic than a canal boat tour in Bruges? This quaint city is both romantic and scenic and is ideal for lovers. Enjoy a hot air balloon ride over the city center followed by a De Halve Maan Brewery tour. There are medieval museums and cathedrals for art buffs and outdoor sidewalk cafes that ooze with romance. As you browse through town, visit the lively outdoor market and the delicious Chocolate Museum.
9. San Francisco, CA
Want a romantic, warm city honeymoon in the United States? Travel to San Francisco and enjoy a cable car ride on the city’s steep streets, or a sunset boat cruise under the Golden Gate Bridge. Hike through the Redwoods in Muir Woods, or enjoy the booming nightlife in some of the world’s hottest clubs. There are several five-star restaurants in the city for the ultimate culinary experience. And don’t forget to head to Angel Island for a romantic day on the Bay.
10. London, England
London is a little like New York City in that you can find just about everything here. Enjoy a play at the Globe Theater, and get food from any part of the world in this multi-cultural city. Visit St. Paul’s Cathedral, and snuggle while you enjoy the city view from the London Eye Ferris wheel.
These top ten city destinations will give you everything you’re looking for in a romantic honeymoon – great cuisine, luxury accommodations, terrific sightseeing, and a cultural experience. You can set up a honeymoon registry to help offset the cost of your honeymoon by inviting your guests to purchase activities, room upgrades, meals, and more for your romantic city honeymoon.
About the Author: Andrew Marino is the CEO of HoneymoonPixie.com, an industry leader in providing honeymoon gift registries for engaged couples. Couples create their free honeymoon registry website and receive honeymoon planning advice and travel tips. Andrew also serves as a contributing Senior Travel Editor.
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