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Top Five Romantic Cities
Top Five Romantic Cities

What makes a city romantic? Is it the landmarks, the architecture, the culture, or something undefinable? Everybody thinks of Paris as the capital of love, but there are many more destinations for a romantic break.

This Valentine's Day, why not take your loved one to one of these cities for a special celebration?


Nestled on the banks of the River Danube, the Hungarian capital is a paradise of beautiful architecture that is all the more stunning in the winter, when its parks and spires are covered in a light dusting of snow. Go for a skate on its enormous open-air ice rink, and then what better excuse for you and your partner to spend some quality time warming up in Budapest's thermal baths?


The world capital of classical music is a truly special place to spend a romantic weekend – or longer. This Valentine's Day, visitors are spoilt for choice, with Schonbrunn Palace offering a tour, dinner and concert, a Strauss and Mozart evening at the Kursalon, Mozart's piano sonatas at St Peter's Crypt, and much more besides. If you are not a music fan – the city is a delight to simply stroll around and indulge in Vienna's legendary kaffeehauskultur.


Valentine's Day can be the perfect time to visit Venice, when the cold weather keeps the majority of the tourists away and you can experience this gorgeous Renaissance city as the locals do. For those prepared to wrap up warm, exploring the winding streets of Cannareggio, Dorsoduro and Santa Croce before enjoying dinner somewhere cosy could be the perfect day of romance.


Hamburg might not immediately spring to mind as a romantic destination, but you might be surprised. Despite its status as Germany's most important harbour city, there is much more to Hamburg than industry: expansive parks, ancient buildings, quaint canalways and a vibrant, liberal culture combine to make it a refreshingly unique place to spend Valentine's Day.

St Petersburg

One of the most stunningly beautiful cities anywhere, St Petersburg is all the more impressive in the wintertime. As in Venice, fewer tourists brave the colder months in St Petersburg, but those who do will have the run of its snow-covered streets and marble monuments. Explore the Hermitage Museum complex and Vasilievsky Island at your leisure, before tucking into some hearty borscht and pelmeny together in the evening.

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