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Romantic holidays are all about strolling arm in arm with your loved one through magical cities packed full of stunning sights and quaint little places that just scream romance. And guess what? Europe is packed with exactly that. Now the only hard part is to choose where to go for your romantic city break in Europe.

Amsterdam is just perfect for romantic getaways. Explore the charm, poetry and historical allure of the city with a loved one, and why not journey just a little further afield to find the most secluded of spots that only the locals know? Or how about making Belgium’s capital top of your list of romantic getaways in Europe? Get seduced by the evocative Art Nouveau architecture of Brussels, before sharing some sweet treats with the best chocolate and of course those famous waffles. And give your eyes a feast to remember in Bruges – this really is what romantic breaks in Europe are all about.

And the classic destinations for romantic weekend breaks in Europe? With a trip to France’s capital, step away from the usual tourist scene and do something a little different to show your love in Paris. Or fall in love with the spectacular views and enchanting landscapes in the South of France – now this is romance!  

Our guide to romantic getaways goes beyond the guidebook to give you the best of Paris, Amsterdam, Brussels, Bruges and Lyon. The best restaurants, sights and things to do. Make the most of our great value fares and book a romantic trip you'll never forget!

 

 

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So, what are the best romantic city breaks in Europe? Well for everything you need to know and to make sure your next romantic break really goes with a bang, Eurostar has teamed up with local experts to bring you the romantic highlights of some of Europe's most loved cities. Forget following the tourists as they tread the usual trail, for you and your partner it’s all about the romance with these hidden gems. On these romantic holidays, you’ll be creating beautiful new memories with your partner.

    • Find a little love in Paris

       

      What makes the best romantic getaways is always a very subjective decision. Especially in a city like Paris where it’s packed with romantic things to do. The very image of Paris is idealised and romanticised. It’s a place meant to inspire passion, amorous trysts and emotional awakening, or at least there is the belief that these things are possible if your heart is open to it.

    • Beautiful Brussels

       

      Famous for being the capital of Europe and world-renowned for its chocolate and beer, everyone claims to know Brussels… This city will astound you because she’s so romantic! But who knows all the different faces of Brussels and particularly the charm of this one place?

    • Feel the love in Bruges

       

      When it comes to romantic weekend getaways, you can’t beat Bruges.

      Bruges (free translation: Bridges) has everything to honour its name with its characteristic bridges over the canals. It is a relatively small city but makes up for that with its allure and rich history.

    • Lyon Oozes romance from its very pores

       

      From candlelit bouchon to hidden traboule, Lyon not only speaks the language of love, but oozes romance from its very pores. If, however, your love requires some privacy, you may struggle to find a setting not already draped with couples. And if Lyon is top of your list of romantic weekend breaks in Europe, well you can easily explore the city in two days and make the most of the romance Lyon has to offer.

    • Amsterdam for two

       

      A little while ago someone reminded me that people travelling to Amsterdam whether for romantic getaways or for fun with their friends, are always on the look-out for 24/7 fun, but people that actually live in Amsterdam, are always searching for the hidden, quiet places. And yes, that’s a fact.

Book your romantic holiday

Dreaming of the Dam? Can’t wait to stroll hand in hand with your other half through the streets of Paris? Or does Brussels, Bruges, or Lyon tick your boxes for romantic city breaks in Europe? Whatever your chosen city, you can book all your romantic weekend getaways with Eurostar.

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Where to stay

The best romantic holidays all have key ingredients. The perfect city. A romantic place to stay. Sumptuous food. And your other half of course. Make sure your next romantic break has all the perfect ingredients by finding the best place to stay.

High speed dating

If you’re planning plenty of upcoming romantic weekend breaks, well you’re one of the lucky ones. But for others it’s not that easy. On both sides of the Channel, lonely hearts swipe in vain on dating apps, hoping to connect with that special someone. For Valentine's Day, Eurostar organised a speed dating event for 18 brave Parisians and Londoners hoping to find their match. Did they find what they were looking for? We reveal everything in the video below. 

The big question

Romantic weekend breaks in Europe are packed with people popping the question, but we’re talking about another question. Yes of course, what’s your pet name? All couples have them. Come on don’t be scared. We want to know!

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