Kempinski Blog Article
Are you thinking about planning a romantic escape for you and your partner in 2019? Whether you are looking for a relaxing romantic escape, or want to explore somewhere new, this list of the best romantic escapes in Europe will inspire you to book your next romantic getaway.
Soak up the sights of beautiful Vienna
Capital of Austria, the charming city of Vienna is the perfect romantic escape. Vienna is a great year-round destination too, so whether you’re celebrating Valentine’s Day, a birthday or an anniversary, you are sure to love exploring this beautiful city.
The Danube river runs through Vienna, and there’s nothing quite as romantic as a moonlit boat ride, taking in all the sights of this wonderful city on the way. If a boat isn’t quite your thing, why not take a horse-drawn carriage ride through the streets instead?
Vienna is home to one of the most famous romantic paintings – ‘The Kiss’ by Gustav Klimt, which is displayed at the stunning Belvedere Palace. Plan a visit here to admire the painting and many other stunning works with your partner. And what would a trip to ‘The City of Music’ be without a visit to the opera? The Staatsoper is the home for world-class opera and ballet performances and makes for a truly special evening.
To make your stay in Vienna even more romantic, a stay at Palais Hansen Kempinski Vienna is a must. A stunning building located on the famous Ring boulevard, this hotel has 152 luxury rooms and suites, a ballroom, flower shop and beautiful spa.
Explore charming Eastern Europe with a trip to Riga and Vilnius
Two cultural and beautiful Eastern European cities, Riga and Vilnius make for one romantic and unforgettable trip. Riga is the capital of Latvia and Vilnius the capital of Lithuania, and you can travel from one to the other easily - by car (3h45min), plane (2h45min) or train (4h).
Riga’s old town is simply stunning. It is a UNESCO protected area and features unique buildings, cafes, restaurants and charming colourful houses and makes for a perfect afternoon strolling around and taking in the sights. Don’t miss a visit to House of the Blackheads either. If you want to explore Riga’s thriving nightlife, it is worth a trip to Skyline Bar or the aptly named I Love You bar!
When in Vilnius, take some time to explore the Old Town. Like Riga, Vilnius’ Old Town is also protected by UNESCO and is home to many unique and charming buildings, streets and squares. The Green Bridge is the oldest bridge in Lithuania that sits above the River Neris, and every Spring the bank of the river is adorned with flower letterings reading “aš tave myliu.” (I love you) and “Ir aš tave” (I do too). It is definitely worth a visit if you choose to take a trip in the spring.
Make your trip to these two cities even more romantic with a stay at Grand Hotel Kempinski Riga, and Grand Hotel Kempinski Vilnius. Located in the heart of each city, these hotels provide a perfect base to explore the two wonderful destinations.
Relax and Unwind in Portorož
A town located on Slovenia’s Adriatic Coast, Portorož is a beautiful romantic destination with plenty to offer.
The historical city walls of Piran are a must-see while in Portorož. Why not take a seat on the wall and watch the sun set over the Adriatic Sea? Portorož has a large beach, but for something more private take a trip to Moon Bay instead. A quiet, peaceful and unspoilt bay, Moon Bay is a great place to visit for a special day with your loved one.
There is plenty of stunning architecture to see in Portorož too, including the Church of St George, Praetorian Palace and Tartini Square – that has many restaurants and bars. And for a truly romantic escape, Portorož has many spas, saunas and wellness centres so you can relax and unwind.
For the perfect base to explore Portorož, a stay at Kempinski Palace Portorož Istria is ideal. With a view over the Adriatic coast, luxury spa and seven onsite restaurants and bars, it is a fantastic romantic escape.
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