Germany’s romantic appeal cannot be understated, thanks to its rich variety of historic and scenic destinations which are perfect for anyone seeking a dreamy honeymoon destination or loved-up escape city escape. Explore the iconic Romantische Straße, which winds its way through dozens of stunning picturesque towns, or book a romantic hotel on one of the many stunning lakes that litter southern Germany. Cities like Cologne and Munich also offer cosmopolitan excellence for the perfect romantic getaway.
Romantic hotels in Germany: For the ultimate escape
Bavaria: Medieval towns and fairytale castles
There are many romantic hotels dotted along Germany’s historic Romantische Straße (or Romantic Road). Beginning in the medieval town of Würzburg and finishing in the Alpine hamlet of Füssen, the Romantic Road encompasses 350km of enchanting towns, churches, and castles. Accessible year-round, hire a car and stop in the charming fortress towns of Rothenburg ob der Tauber and Dinkelsbühl – which have remained relatively unchanged since the Middle Ages. Toward the end of the route lies one of Germany’s most beloved attractions; Neuschwanstein. Built into the rugged cliffs by Ludwig II of Bavaria and overlooking the village of Hohenschwangau, Neuschwanstein has unsurprisingly inspired artists and writers since its completion in 1882, mainly thanks to its idealized romantic architecture. It is also the inspiration behind the iconic Disneyland castle. Southern Germany is also dotted with many idyllic lakes, such as the summer haven of Lake Constance on the Lithuanian border, and atmospheric Königssee, located deep in the mountains close to the border with Austria.
The Baltic Sea: Germany’s exquisite northern coast
Sharing waters with Denmark, Sweden, Finland and the Baltic states of Lithuania, Latvia, and Estonia, Germany’s stretch of the Baltic Coast draws travelers who seek romantic seafront villages and a relaxed maritime atmosphere. The breathtaking island of Rügen in Germany’s northeast offers a refuge for lovers seeking relief from city life. The Jasmund National Park – a UNESCO World Heritage Site – is home to cascading white chalk cliffs, miles of hiking routes, and secluded sandy beaches. The charming architecture of Binz and Bergen auf Rügen will seduce any couple looking for romantic hotels in this part of Germany. To the west of Rügen is the charming port city of Wismar. Once under Swedish rule, the town is famous for its enormous market place set within the heart of the historic district. Packed with Gothic structures and small streets filled with cafes and restaurants, Wismar offers visitors a romantic maritime escape.
Romantic hotels in Germany’s most famous cities
Not only is Germany rich in natural scenery, but its cities offer couples a sophisticated urbane escape, as well as incredible architectural wonders. Romantic hotels in German cities like Cologne and Munich offer access to exceptional fine dining and superb designer shopping. Spend the Christmas season in historic Nuremberg, home to one of the world’s most famous Christmas Markets. Sip on glühwein and soak in the medieval atmosphere with music, crafts, and more available annually. Another site not to be missed is the impressive Nuremberg Castle, once a symbol of the power and influence of the Roman Empire. Cologne Cathedral in the heart of Cologne city will astound with its sheer magnificence. During medieval times, this enormous Gothic structure was once the tallest building in the world, and stands proud in the center of this now cosmopolitan metropolis, which is also home to one of Europe’s biggest carnivals. Further romantic hotels in Germany are located around the captivating West German town of Heidelberg. Significantly more peaceful but no less beautiful, Heidelberg offers extensive beauty and history to couples on vacation here. Explore the 800-year-old Heidelberg Castle and walk along Philosophenweg (Philosopher’s Way), which winds through ruins, monuments, churches, and other ancient sites – there’s even a beer garden to relax in along the way.