Love is always in the air, so if you’re planning to pop the question to that special someone this year, it’s the perfect time to start dreaming of the most romantic spots around the world to propose! Deciding on a beautiful location that turns personal to the both of you can be difficult. We have picked out 2019’s 11 most romantic places around the globe that could be a place to remember for the rest of your life.
From Russia with Love, St. Petersburg, Russia
St. Petersburg is a city known for its beautiful canals and rivers. Unlike its busy roads, St. Petersburg’s rivers and canals are tranquil and a faster mode of transportation. Getting around the city by a cruise or a boat is definitely one of the best ways to enjoy a romantic sightseeing trip. The famous Neva River is simply a 10 minute walk away from the Hotel Astoria. Taking a cruise along the Neva River, you get to see a different view of the city and its neo-classical architecture while enjoying a breeze of fresh air and the shimmering reflections on the water.
A Taste of Modern Russian Gastronomy
Named after its owners, the Hamlet + Jacks restaurant in St.Petersburg, Russia splits its menu between inventive dishes made with local products, such as fish from Murmansk and deer from Siberia, and those made with international ingredients. It’s great to see that the dining scene has really evolved. Young and talented chefs have opened unpretentious gastrobars with modern Russian-Nordic cuisine that are a hit with locals and visitors alike.
Location: Volynskiy Pereulok, 2, St Petersburg, Russia. Phone: +7 812 9070735
While Moscow has the bulk of Russia’s history, St. Petersburg is its most exciting destination. With a young population and ever-growing cultural landscape, the city is bathed in a unique light and laid-back vibe. It’s said the weather in this city has character – in others words, be prepared. By Russian standards, it doesn’t get too cold – never really below minus 10 degrees – and in the summer highs can reach 30 degrees. However, a jacket and umbrella are always handy to have in your luggage!
Classical Russian cuisine combined with modern technologies
Banshiki restaurant is situated on Degtyarnaya street and shares the building with Degtyarnie Bani (Degtyarnie steamrooms). Its interior and menu create the atmosphere of a cozy countryhouse – and one can hardly find a Russian countryhouse without a steam bath. The restaurant is a bit lost in the central district of Saint Petersburg, next to a traditional bath and spa place. It is worth searching for as the food is wonderful. It are mainly traditional recipes but revisited with a modern touch. Dishes are presented like in a starred restaurant. Not only do they look good, but they taste fantastic.
Location: Degtyarnaya Ulitsa, 1A, St Petersburg, Russia. Phone: +7 812 9411744
Flying over Heart Reef, Whitsunday’s Islands, Australia
Looking as if it had been placed in the sea especially for your big day, Heart Reef in Queensland’s Whitsunday’s really is a perfect heart-shaped island in the middle of the ocean. Book a three hour seaplane adventure to take you around and over the island and get ready to propose to your other half. Don’t worry; the pilots are used to adjusting arrangements in order to make the moment as perfect as possible.
A Roman Proposal, Rome, Italy
Thousands of years have passed since the Via Sacra, the main street of ancient Rome, was used during the parades to welcome home the Roman armies from the provinces. On a warm summer’s night, walk up the ancient stoned road just off the Colosseum and continue as it twirls up the beautiful Palatine hill, lined with scented trees. You will hardly meet another soul, making this a perfect place for a private rendezvous.
A 70’s Silver Screen Moment, River Seine, Paris, France
In honour of the romantic black and white movies of the time, take a walk hand in hand along the Pont Neuf Bridge over the River Seine in Paris, stopping in the middle for a romantic gesture of the silver screen. It’s not hard to see why film makers have used this location time and time again for their scenes of couples in deep embrace so make the most of the romantic setting by popping the question.
A Fairy-tale Proposal, Bavaria, Germany
The fairy-tale Neuschwanstein Castle that belonged to 19th century Bavarian King Ludwig II and set high in the stunning Bavarian mountains should put a huge smile on the face of your loved one. With a horse-drawn carriage up the hill to the castle you’ll feel like royalty from a fairy story from centuries past. Neuschwanstein Castle is one of the most magical castles in the world and a stunning place to propose to your prince or princess.
Over the Plains of the Masai Mara, Kenya
If you love the idea of an African adventure then a hot air balloon ride over the stunning Masai Mara might just be the perfect way to pop the question. A gentle ascent will take you high above the tree-tops as panoramic views of wildlife and savannah grasslands unfold below. As you watch the sun rising, floating where the wind takes you, get down on one knee and ask away. On landing, celebrate with a champagne breakfast in the beautiful African outback.
Unforgettable Greek holidays, Santorini, Greece
Lead your partner by the hand through the narrow passages between the tiny white houses high in the hills of Santorini, where you’ll find spectacular views out across the endless blue Aegean Sea from the edge of the volcano crater in Oia. Watch a fiery orange and pink sunset while getting down on one knee and asking your loved one the big question.
The Height of Romance, Lucerne, Switzerland
For a proposal with a Dr Zivago feel take the world’s steepest cogwheel rail track to the top of Mount Pilatus in Lucerne on a snowy winter’s day. From the top you’ll be rewarded with views of more than 70 snow-covered mountain peaks and dazzling lakes. Choose to propose at the top or wait until you are enjoying dinner in the enchanting Pilatus-Kulm Hotel beneath crystal clear starry skies. Wake up the next morning to sunrise and shimmering snow.
Imagine Proposing in Peace, Central Park, New York
It can be tricky finding somewhere with an air of tranquility in New York, that’s not overrun with tourists. However, The Strawberry Fields Memorial to John Lennon in Central Park is a touching and very romantic location. Due to strict rules about noise, it’s quieter than most places in the city and with a constant coverage of flowers and candles, the mood is already set. Double points if your loved one happens to be a Beatles fan!
A Rocky Beginning, Petra, Jordan
Described as a ‘rose-red city half as old as time’, the ancient Nabataean city of Petra, half built and half carved into the rock, is both an unusual and very romantic destination for a proposal and one your partner is unlikely to forget. Wait until the city is lit with thousands of flickering candles before whisking your partner off to a private little passageway in the rocks and proposing.
A Night on the Tiles, Prague, Czech Republic
Wait until dark before leading your loved one to the Centre of the 13th century Charles Bridge in the magical city of Prague. You’ll have quiet and uninterrupted views across the city’s distinctive red tiled roofs with just the mysterious statues of patron’s and saints that line the bridge, for company.