10 Best Romantic Weekend Getaways in Europe in Fall/Winter

10 Best Romantic Weekend Getaways in Europe in Fall/Winter

Are you looking for the most romantic weekend getaway in Europe this fall or winter? Then I got you covered!

Fall is lurking around the corner and things are definitely getting more romantic and cozy. The main holiday season is over – but this does not mean that you should stay home for the rest of the year.

The fall and Christmas season is the perfect time to plan a romantic weekend getaway in Europe.

Since most destinations in Europe can be reached in no time – a romantic weekend away from home is just what you need!

Keep on reading to find out about my 10 favorite weekend getaways for couples in Europe.

paris in christmas eiffel tower with beautiful decorations for christmas

Table of Contents

  • 1. Paris
  • 2. Venice
  • 3. Vienna
  • 4. Prague
  • 5. London
  • 6. Barcelona
  • 7. Rome
  • 8. Amsterdam
  • 9. Alsace
  • 10. Milan
  • Fall Travel Look for Europe
  • Conclusion: Best Romantic Weekend Getaways for Couples in Europe Fall/Winter
  • About the Author

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1. Paris

There is no place like Paris when it comes to a spot for a magical weekend getaway with your partner. Right before Christmas, Paris will light up under a massive amount of Christmas decorations.

Spending a lazy morning in a cafe and savoring a croissant, strolling through the Christmas markets, or getting some gift inspiration on the Champs Elysee’s will definitely get you in a romantic holiday mood.

Fall in Paris is equally beautiful, with leaves turning orange and cozy vibes all around town.

Paris is a perfect destination for a European weekend getaway because the city is easy to get around in and can be explored nicely in just a few days.

The French have a special attitude toward enjoying life – and sometimes this is exactly the kind of reminder we need in our busy schedules.

Going on a trip to Paris before Christmas takes some meticulous planning, so make sure to prepare well in advance.

In love with France? Make sure to not miss your chance to visit the Champagne region right outside Paris or the Alsace region.

2. Venice

If you think traveling to Venice outside of the main season is not worth it, you are definitely missing out. Whilst in the busy summer months Venice is a fun holiday destination, there is a certain charm to coming here in the fall.

The canals of Venice look even more enchanting on a rainy and foggy day, which gives a sort of mystical mood to the city. Apart from the fall vibes, visiting Venice without the masses of tourists is much more charming and relaxing.

If you need a destination for New Year’s Eve, Venice should be on top of your list. Most restaurants offer great romantic formal dinner arrangements and at midnight the city will be illuminated by some stunning fireworks.

A great way to experience Venice in winter is on a road trip through Northern Italy. You can combine your visit with the nearby cities of Milan, Florence, and Verona.

venice in the evening with gondolas as the sun sets behind

3. Vienna

Vienna is in my opinion the number one destination if you are looking for some major Christmas vibes. Vienna is beautiful in Summer – but breathtaking in winter and charming in fall.

No city has more beautiful Christmas markets than Vienna, and the city itself is nothing short of beautiful.

Most of the major castles and historical sites from the imperial times in Vienna are worth a visit. Especially Schönbrunn Palace is magically transformed during the Austrian Christmas season since it hosts its own Christmas market right in front of the castle.

The most beautiful parts of the inner city can be explored on foot within only a couple of days, which makes it a great weekend travel destination.

And nothing makes you feel cozier and warmed up after a long day of exploring than the flavor-rich traditional Austrian cuisine, including the famous Kaiserschmarrn. Fall is a fantastic time to try the new Austrian wines, called Junker.

The best way to experience Austria in winter is on a road trip. You can see beautiful places such as Hallstatt or explore around Graz in Styria.

4. Prague

Visiting Prague during the Christmas season is definitely highly recommended.

Prague’s Old Town Square is after all home to one of the most enchanting Christmas markets in Europe.

All over town, you can find pop-up ice skating rinks, that make for a fun and romantic afternoon activity. Make sure to also take a river cruise on the Vltava in the evening to see the city illuminated with Christmas lights.

Prague definitely makes a great romantic weekend getaway, especially because most things there are much cheaper than in other major European cities.

You can get great value for relatively little money on most activities and restaurants.

prague christmas markets from above

5. London

London is always a good idea, but especially as summer comes to an end.

As the masses of summer tourists leave the city, the leaves in the many parks of London turn golden. This provides a perfect backdrop for a lovely autumn stroll and some sightseeing.

London is home to many cute cafes and restaurants making every Instagrammers heart beat a bit faster. Fall and Christmas times are the perfect time to taste some festive and seasonal delights in one of the many cozy food places.

During Christmas times London the familiar small chalets of the Christmas market pop up alongside the river at London Bridge, on the Greenwich market, or in Hyde Park. Hyde Park is one of the biggest Christmas markets in Europe.

London is a very versatile city that offers something fun for everyone and therefore one of my favorite places for a weekend trip in Europe. Make sure to end your trip with a traditional afternoon tea at the Hilton Park Lane.

typical london phone cell in red with a christmas tree in the background

6. Barcelona

Fall is probably one of the most underrated seasons to visit Barcelona. Whether you visit Barcelona for one day or a longer trip – it is awesome

Summer tourism comes to a halt, the temperatures fall back down to a more comfortable level. Then, you can truly experience Barcelona like a local.

Fall is also a time filled with a lot of traditional holidays and festivities in Barcelona, such as the La Castanyada festival. This is basically a foodie’s version of Halloween. You can enjoy treats from small stalls in the entire city.

With an average of 15 degrees Celsius per day, Barcelona is also a great place to visit in December. There might not be snow during the Christmas season in Barcelona, but there are surely plenty of colorful and festive Christmas markets serving Catalan delicacies all over the city.

Make sure to try a piece of Turron, which is a special kind of nougat. Spaniards eat this traditional food during Christmas times. Stay in the W Barcelona Hotel for a super romantic view.

park guell in barcelona with fireworks above

7. Rome

Same as in Barcelona, temperatures drop rapidly in fall leaving behind nice mild temperatures to explore the eternal city.

Whoever has visited Italy in summer and signed up for some sightseeing knows how excruciatingly hot these trips can be. Fall is therefore the perfect time to explore the city with comfortable temperatures.

Since the city offers many indoor and outdoor attractions, you will even be able to keep busy on one of the rainy days sometimes occurring in autumn.

Christmas is one of the biggest celebrations in Italy, therefore the city is buzzing with activity during the festive period.

You can visit one of the many beautiful Christmas markets in Rome or go listen to the Pope. You can find him in the Vatican giving his Christmas speech.

beautiful forum romanum in rome with a tree in front with fall foliage

8. Amsterdam

After spring, fall is the most magical time to visit Amsterdam for a romantic weekend getaway in Europe. The many beautiful trees and gardens transform into red, yellow, and orange foliage.

Amsterdam is, with roughly 400.000 trees, one of the leafiest cities in Europe. So this is quite the spectacle.

It is no secret that I am no fan of Dutch summers, simply because they can be quite moody. In fall and winter, however, the moodiness only adds to the Dutch experience.

Take a stroll through the parks or walk alongside the canals. Also, stop and have a coffee in one of the many cozy cafes in Amsterdam.

December throughout March is the least pleasant time to visit the Netherlands. However, it is also the best time to visit for a bargain. If you do not mind a lot of rain and fog, this is your time to come to Amsterdam.

If you get bored in Amsterdam (which I am sure won’t happen), you can take a fun weekend trip from Amsterdam to cool destinations like The Hague.

amsterdam canal with lots of trees and decorations

9. Alsace

Fall is probably the best time to visit the beautiful countryside of France. My favorite place is the Alsace region to enjoy a romantic weekend getaway.

In October, the temperatures during the days are not only very pleasant, but you can also participate in one of the many harvest events around the area.

Make sure to spend at least a long weekend in the Alsace, I find four days ideal. This way, you can see beautiful villages like Ribeauvillé, Colmar and Eguisheim.

After October, many wineries in France are closing down. But that doesn’t mean the region is getting boring – on the contrary.

This will be the perfect time to get ready for the stunning Christmas markets. Colmar and Strasbourg have been named the Christmas capitals of Europe many times.

vineyards in bordeaux in fall with orange foliage

10. Milan

The metropolis of fashion in Milan is the place to be during the Christmas season in Italy. Milan kicks off its Christmas season on the 7th of December when they officially celebrate their patron saint St. Ambrogio.

The Galleria Vittorio Emmanuele in Milan is one of the most stunning shopping centers in the world. During the Christmas season, a huge tree illuminates the already fabulous halls.

The tree holds over 10.000 ornaments and roughly 35.000 Christmas lights.

On the square behind the famous Duomo is one of the biggest Christmas markets in Milan.

Make sure to try the famous Milanese cake Panettone and visit the Christmas village at the Navigli.

Milan is the perfect place to start a Northern Italy Road Trip.

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Fall Travel Look for Europe

You are probably wondering what to pack for a weekend trip to these fantastic places in Europe in autumn and winter.

Especially in autumn, temperatures can vary greatly. You can be super lucky and see some stunning sunny days, but it can also be cold and moody.

Here are a couple of things I recommend you pack for your trip:

👢 Comfy boots: I suggest leather boots for fall, and thicker boots (like UGG’s) for winter. Rain and snow are pretty common in most European cities in autumn and winter, so boots will keep your feet dry all day.

🧥 Coats: One of my favorite things to wear in Europe in fall and winter are coats. I usually bring a light trenchcoat for early fall, a thicker wool coat for the end of fall, and a winter coat for Christmas trips. It is a great way to stay warm but still look good in pictures.

🧣 Scarf, hat, and gloves: these three items NEED to be on your packing list. I love a silk scarf in fall and a thicker wool scarf and hat for winter. Don’t forget to bring some cozy mittens.

🧅 Layers: dress like an onion! Bring lots of layers on your trip, so you can always take them off in case you get too warm. The weather can be so unpredictable at times, so this comes in handy.

☂️ Umbrella: lastly, bring a cute umbrella! Not only does it rain often in Europe in the fall, but it also looks cute in pictures if the umbrella is colorful.

Conclusion: Best Romantic Weekend Getaways for Couples in Europe Fall/Winter

The fall and Christmas season is a fabulous time to take a weekend getaway in Europe with your loved one.

Not only will the masses of tourists no longer clog the beautiful landmarks, but also will the fall foliage and the big Christmas celebrations make your visit even more special.

My favorite cities for a romantic weekend getaway in Europe are definitely Vienna and London – and of course Paris.

Make sure to book everything early, things can get pretty expensive if you wait too long.

If you are not sure that a cold Christmas is right for you, why not travel to the Caribbean in December?

Another great place that didn’t make it on my list is Christmas in Hamburg.

blonde girl pink dress in front of blue door santorini

About the Author

Sabrina is a passionate travel blogger and content creator, originally from Austria. She spends most parts of the year abroad at various destinations with her husband.

She provides slow-paced itineraries that focus on quality over quantity. Sabrina wants to help her readers to get more out of their travel experiences – while doing less. Read more.

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