From Paris and Vienna to Venice and New York, rediscover the charm of these classic capitals of romance with our hand-picked hotels and a host of experiences you’ll never forget.
It’s no surprise that this gorgeous city seems like a mirage. It is composed of 117 islands connected by canals and bridges. The magnificent palazzos and piazzas of the 16. and 17. Twentieth-century buildings shimmer in the sunlight, in the rain they seem to virtually float.
Your first memory:
Get in Vaporetto Water cab to get from the airport to the hotel and take in the beautiful pastel water world.
The new memory you will never forget:
Get up early and visit St. Mark’s Basilica without the crowds when it’s just glowing gold in the sun. After a coffee in the square – there are many options ,like the 300-year-old Caffe Florian – you’ll be moved to tears at a heavenly mass (09:00 Monday through Saturday; 10:30 on Sunday). For a perfect view without the crowds atop the Campanile di San Marco, head across the water to the tower of San Giorgio Maggiore.
The Hotel Ruzzini Palace fulfills every Venetian fantasy with its Murano chandeliers and noble Baroque style, but is located on Campo Santo maria Formoso, some distance from the biggest tourist attractions.
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The incredibly romantic cobblestone streets of Montmartre in Paris © Kirill Rudenko/Getty Images.
The grand and glamorous lobby of the Banke Hotel, Paris.q
Paris will always be ours
"I met my husband on a Friday evening in a wine bar. Saturday morning we were already in Paris. I didn’t even know his last name then. This year we went to Paris again for our silver wedding anniversary." – Domenica De Rosa, author
The Eiffel Tower is synonymous with a romantic time in Paris © encrier/Getty Images.
Like Humphrey Bogart as Rick Blaine in Casablanca, for most, "we’re always left with Paris.", For the city of lights is one of the first destinations for a romantic weekend as a couple. The Eiffel Tower is always on the first place for a marriage proposal and the French gastronomy is such a serious matter that Unesco has given it the status of "intangible world heritage" has awarded.
Your first memory:
Sit down like Amelie in an ornate cafe, sip a thimbleful of espresso, and consider climbing up to the Sacre-Coeur in Montmartre or visiting the Clgnancourt flea market, just outside the 18. Arrondissement lies.
The new memory you’ll never forget:
For romantics, there’s nothing better than walking arm in arm through Paris, and now that the Voie Georges-Pompidou is closed to motorists, you’ll get around even easier. On this side of the Seine, walk a few miles from the Jardin des Tuileries to the Bastille and feel like you’re on the set of a romantic movie. And you can be one of the first visitors of a new concert hall. The striking bubble of La Seine Musicale sits on an island in the west of Paris overlooking the Seine River. Here is a classical hall with 1.150 seats and a pop and rock hall with 6.000 Sitting. The program ranges from the French cult singer Michel Sardou to West Side Story.
A short walk from Galeries Lafayette and housed in a Haussmann-era building, the glamorous Banke Hotel has a grand lobby with a domed roof and carpets you’ll sink your heels into. Ask for a room with a view of Sacre-Coeur.