Magical destinations for a romantic getaway where you can immerse yourself in nature or soak in the cozy, intimate vibe of a charming small town.
Sometimes you just need to get away from all the hustle and bustle and invest some quality time in your relationship. A romantic getaway for two is an idyllic choice – think fairytale landscapes and intimate spots where you can be one with the universe. From the romantic road in Germany to lakeside villages in Europe, here are some gorgeous spots to consider while planning your romantic getaway:
If you want to feel like you’re in the same village as the one from Frozen, then this adorable village in Bavaria will satisfy your fantasy! Rothenburg ob der Tauber (a good start for the Romantic Road) provides a lovely, going-back-in-time to the Middle Ages fairytale atmosphere. Think towers and ramparts, winding alleyways, half-timbered houses with hanging baskets, pretty gardens and more.
There are small streams and the river Tauber, as well as a wonderful view of the countryside. If you want more exercise, there is also cycling and hiking. Once you’re done with the day activities, settle down and have a romantic dinner at one of the restaurants. You will have your happily ever after!
Zhangjiajie National Forest Park, China
Before this forest, located in central China in the Hunan Province, became open to visitors, it was a remote land known mainly to three minority peoples: Tujia, Maio, Bai. This forest has a concentration of quartzite-sandstone formations that aren’t found anywhere else in the world. These standing pinnacles of quartzite-sandstone resemble that of a scene from the film Avatar, which can make you feel like you are on top of the world. It was, in fact, the inspiration for the Hallelujah Mountains in the film.
In this unique landscape, you’ll find interesting flora and fauna here such as 3000 distinct plant species and endangered species such as the Chinese giant salamander, Chinese water deer, and clouded leopard. Take a walk on the world’s longest and highest glass-bottomed bridge, suspended between two mountains and ride the world’s longest cable car to the mountain top.
Eilean Donan Castle, Kyle of Lochalsh, Scotland
This castle is one of the most recognized places, and images, in all of Scotland – and why not? After all, it’s Situated on an island at the point where three great sea lochs meet. The Eilean Donan Castle is located by the pretty village of Dornie on the route to the Isle of Skye. It was partially destroyed in an uprising in 1719 but was restored when Lieutenant Colonel John MacRae-Gilstrap bought the island in 1911. He restored the castle back to its glory and the castle was re-opened in 1932.
There are four generations of the MacRae family past who are still the constables of the castle today. It rather resembles that of a scene in Game of Thrones. Feel like a ruler and enjoy the scenery!
Waitomo Glowworm Cave, New Zealand
Waitomo is a word that has two parts. ‘Wai’ translates to water, and ‘tomo’ translates to entrance or hole. Entering the Waitomo Glowworm Grotto is unlike anything you’ve experienced before. The caves have two levels – the upper part features stunning cave formations while the lower level has stream passages, glowworms and the Cathedral, the tallest chamber in the cave.
Based on the name itself, there are glow worms that light your way through a dark cave. These species of glow worms are called Arachnocampa Luminosa and are found exclusively in New Zealand. You can witness this phenomenon on a boat ride and the smooth journey will resemble that of looking at the starry night sky. If you ever wanted an Ariel moment, this could be that moment.
Yi Peng Lantern Festival, Chiangmai, Thailand
There are many lantern festivals throughout the world, but nothing compares to the Yi Peng Lantern Festival in Thailand. This festival is celebrated on the full moon of the twelveth lunar month every year, which is normally mid-November (in 2019, the dates are Nov 11-13).
During this festival, you would light the lantern and make a wish for good fortune for the new year. The act of releasing the rice paper lanterns symbolizes letting go of all the misfortunes in the previous year. You might recognize lanterns from the film Tangled, where many lanterns flew from the kingdom for Rapunzel. The lanterns from the Yi Peng may not be flying away from a castle, but the feeling of being able to be part of such a magnificent event is all worthwhile.
Hallerbos Forest, Belgium
Hallerbos Forest, or the Blue Forest, is truly a fairytale destination. This forest is filled with a carpet of bluebell flowers, which bloom around mid-April. To experience this forest, you can go on a walk or hike. The longest walk is 7km, which is the Roebuck Walk. On this walk, you walk three of the four valleys in Hallerbos. On this journey through the enchanted Hallerbos Forest, it almost feels like fairies could be flying around you. Walking through the giant Sequoia trees, surrounded by bluebells, makes for a truly romantic getaway.
Hallstatt is Austria’s oldest and most photographed, village. Hallstatt sits next to Hallstätter lake which creates a mirage in the water when the sun hits the village. One way to experience this glorious view of the village nestled in the Dachstein mountains is on a ferry ride across the lake. You’ll get to see the entire view of the village that is tucked in between mountains. The salt mines here are worth exploring. This village has the same feeling of that in Beauty and the Beast, where Belle sings her way through her village. Although her village is not next to a lake, the resemblance of the buildings is still there.
Mont Saint Michel Castle, Normandy, France
Aubert, bishop of the nearby hilltop town in the 8th century, claimed that the archangel Michael himself pressured him into having a church built atop the island just out to sea. This enchanted castle, now a UNESCO World Heritage Site, sits alone as an island. There were many issues that man have caused, like silting and wanting to make the castle part of the land. However, a major campaign has ensured that the castle remains as an island. You can visit this castle by hiking across the bay, but it is recommended to go with a guide because of the dangers of tides and quicksand.
Once you plan your romantic getaway, you can be sure of a fairytale, happy ending!