It may not be the typical time of year to think about a romantic break with your better half but think about it…the changing seasons present one of the best opportunities to see a city in transition. Forget the Summer rush and hoards of tourists flocking to see the guidebook sights, Autumn and early Winter take a city back to its best. The streets are quieter and yet seem to be more colourful, if you have chosen to visit a city like Riga then you will be in for a surprise. The parks become awash with the colours of fallen leaves and a deep breath fills the lungs with crisp Autumn air, the temperature is cool but not yet cold, the days are shorter but not too short and the city is quieter but not silent…never silent.
So why is this time of year perfect for a Romantic get-away..? Well, first of all Hotels have just reverted back to their “Winter” rates, meaning that you have the chance to make your budget stretch a bit further, now you can think about staying in a 4 or 5* hotel or maybe even a boutique hotel that would otherwise be out of the average price range. The budget airlines release some great offers and even launch new destinations in a bid to stimulate spending in the “Quieter Autumn Period”.
In a recent list of Romantic Cities created by TripAdvisor, Prague, Berlin and Budapest all featured in the top 10…these destinations maybe better known for Bachelor parties and sightseeing rather than a romantic break but don’t be put off because all three present different options.
Prague Since the late eighties and the opening up of Eastern Europe, Prague quickly became one of the trendy (and original, at first) places to visit and rapidly evolved to offer all kind of tourist amenities. It is a lively Destination with plenty of beautiful things to see starting with its grand castle and the famously romantic Charles bridge.
Berlin Like adventure? Love to live off the beaten track? Cancel your romantic weekend to Paris or Venice and head for Berlin. The capital Destination of Germany has tremendously changed over the last 15 years to become one of the most vibrant and exciting destinations of Europe.
Budapest Destination that developed on the banks of the Danube river, Destination of churches, great architecture, thermal baths and artists, Budapest is experiencing a fantastic revival since the early nineties, which made it become one of the most-wanted alternate destinations for a romantic gateway.
Most people think of the obvious choices for a romantic break, Paris, Rome and Barcelona spring to mind but why fill your photo albums with the same pose at the same sights as all your friends…? At Travel Out There we encourage people to really visit a City, get beneath the surface and see what others miss, just because your on a Romantic break it doesn’t mean that you cant try something, or somewhere different.
So next time your thinking about treating your other half to a romantic weekend away, think a little different and consider options that may surprise you in more ways than you imagined…