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This week Liam from Weston-Super-Mare has his head in the cloud and his mind on a romantic weekend away for two.
I’m keen to book a romantic weekend away in Europe somewhere for me and my girlfriend early in the New Year. Where would you suggest and what could we do there? Liam, Weston-Super-Mare
Thanks for the question Liam, Here’s what our experts reckon…
Claire Whittington from STA Travel Brighton Says…
You have all the obvious Romantic places such as Rome, Venice and Paris but I would recommend Budapest. With historical “Buda” on one side of the river and the more modern “Pest” on the other, a boat trip along the river at night or sunset is such a romantic way to see this city.
The city of Budapest in Hungary is impossibly beautiful - and very romantic
Budapest is such a brilliant city just to stroll around as the building are beautiful and it has a wonderful cafe culture so if you want a rest there are plenty of places to grab a coffee and watch the world go by. If you don’t want to walk then you can always take the tram along the river.
I would spend more time on the Buda side of the river as you have the gorgeous Buda castle to wander around and the famous Gellert Baths. The baths have saunas, cold plunge pools, mud packing and several pools which are filled with water up to 78 Celsius thermal water which springs from 118 natural thermal springs as well as a host of spa treatments if you want to treat yourself (and of course your girlfriend!). There is even a naturists’ sunbath area if you fancy something a bit naughty!
Amy Pearson from STA Travel Leeds Vicar Lane Says…
One of my favourite cities that may not be the most obvious choice for romance is Munich, here at STA Travel we do like to be a bit different!
With its beautiful traditional architecture and the dramatic Bavarian Alps you really can’t fail to feel the romance! Firstly take a city tour around the old centre and have a traditional German feast and a stein at the hofbrauhaus, probably the most famous beer house in the world, join in with Bavarian live bands wearing lederhosen and sing along to old folk tunes while clashing steins with strangers.
The famous and very charming Englischer Garten in Munich
I would then recommend that you climb to the top of the Town Hall that overlooks the main square, the view is amazing and there is a fantastic glockenspiel. The Englischer Garten is a beautiful park located in the city centre, which is definitely worth a walk around. The city itself has some fantastic restaurants and shopping, and even outside of the traditional quaint centre is a modern city with art gallery’s shops and night clubs if you’re tempted to have a wild fun night!
On one of your days you have to take a trip the Neuschwanstein castle that sits imposingly up in the snow capped Alps, the drive itself is amazing and the hike up to castle is worth every step. Once there take a tour around the castle and learn about the crazy King Ludwig and his own fails in romance that led him to build the magical Disney-esque castle.
Flights to Munich are also pretty cheap, you can direct from most major airports with Lufthansa airline, and plush accommodation is also really reasonable.