Europe is famous for its romantic spots saturated with history and sophistication. If you’re planning a wedding proposal, a birthday surprise or just an unforgettable date for two, there are countless locations you can awe your partner with. However, being inventive is key to really creating that wow effect.

A surprise city vacation can definitely be a winning move. Begin by utilizing your search-bar typing skills (yes, we mean Google) and research unique urban attractions to take your love to that they have never been to before.

Next, book a stylish apartment in a central location, so that when you head out to explore the city and the sights, you and your other half can really feel like locals on a date.

To save you precious googling time, here are some of the most recommended spots in European cities to celebrate your romance and coincidentally – World Kissing Day.

Paris – The Balcony of the Musée d’Orsay

Paris - The Balcony of the Musée d’Orsay

The Musée d’Orsay is one of the finest museums in all of Paris, covering the Impressionist and Post-Impressionist eras. But the element of surprise here will knock your lover off their feet, as when they would think that looking at the unique art pieces is the highlight of this visit, you’ll take them to the top floor to reveal a gorgeous sunset view of the Seine and the Montmartre. Since most people are not aware of this beautiful terrace, you might have it all to yourself.

Madrid – Palacio de Cristal

Madrid - Palacio de Cristal

If your date is into fairy tales, then this place will fulfill any dreams they might have. This breathtaking crystal palace is in the heart of Retiro Gardens and is hosting pop up art exhibitions nowadays. Pack a picnic basket with some wine and cheese, and take your partner for a stroll in the park. Find a spot with the palace in your back for a complete romantic setting, so you’ll share the experience of appreciating the view of that magnificent palace while sipping at a glass of wine.

London – St Pancras Station

London - St Pancras Station

If your spouse is more into an urban experience, then this iconic but unexpected spot in London will most likely be best at the beginning of an unforgettable evening date. Take the tube to the St Pancras station and walk to the center of it, where you can find a 9-meter tall bronze sculpture of a couple embracing, made by Paul Day. Standing below this tall romantic statue is the perfect spot to embrace your companion as well, before moving on to a tasty dinner nearby.

Lisbon – A Boat Ride on Tagus River

Lisbon - A Boat Ride on Tagus River

Lisbon is known for its gorgeous rivers and sea views, so why not take an advantage of it? Take a 2-hour private tour on the Tagus river, which has the best views of sunsets in town. The best part is? These rides are totally customizable, as you can get in touch with the local host before the date and decide on the route, the music, and the food and drinks. Your significant other will know you put the time and effort in to make this ride unique to you two.

Rome – Villa Doria Pamphilj

Rome - Villa Doria Pamphilj

Rome has many parks to pay a visit to, but the best is Villa Doria Pamphilj which is the largest landscaped public park in Rome located in the heart of the fashionable Trastevere neighborhood. You can take a stroll up from the busy streets, and find yourself wandering extremely quaint and local residential streets that lead to this beautiful park. It is full of greenery, water fountains and miles of roads to walk holding hands.

This park is a lush green oasis in the beautiful yet building-heavy city of Rome – providing a much-needed break from the urban sights.

Planning a romantic vacation? Start with booking a stylish apartment.