"Will you marry me?" is definitely not the easiest question to ask! But with the perfect location, the big question doesn't need to be so daunting. You certainly don't want to be one of 10 couples in front of the Eiffel Tower, so why not choose one these alternative European desinations to pop the question this winter.
Although not the largest city on the list, Slovenia's capital, Ljubljana, doesn't lack elegance or charm. In fact, the beautiful city overflows with decadence, from Baroque architecture and early-modern minimalist bridges to the Ljubljana River and its flourishing banks. So, if Ljubljana already seems an idyllic proposal spot, imagine it sprinkled with freshly fallen snow. Even better, Slovenia does not hold back when it comes to seasonal spirit!
Explore the city's streets lit with Christmas lights, and wander along the twinkling riverbanks where you'll find Ljubljana's Christmas Market. Delve into Slovenian culture and try hearty regional delicacies and homemade pastries. Maybe even get a head start on your Christmas shopping among the locals!
But for the big proposal don't miss the opportunity for a short day trip (only an hour drive) to Lake Bled. In the winter months, the snow-blanketed Lake Bled is a scene from a postcard with its frosted green forest reflected in the lake's icy waters. Your special someone will be lost for words when met with this breathtaking view, but let's hope they'll still be able to say yes!
The Giant's Causeway, Northern Ireland
If you need the luck of the Irish to make sure your better half says yes, where else to go than Ireland? Don't get caught up in the crowds of big cities like Dublin or Belfast, instead visit the Giant's Causeway.
When you get your first glimpse of this other-worldly landscape you'll understand why ancient legends state that giants were behind the creation of this site. However, today we know the Giant's Causeway is an impressive natural collection of regular, hexagonal stone columns at the edge of the choppy Atlantic. Offering a proposal-perfect, once-in-a-lifetime view and atmosphere, it's not surprising to hear that this is Northern Ireland's only UNESCO World Heritage site.
Vienna is one of the world's most charming cities at any time of year, but it shines even brighter when winter arrives. With average temperatures of 35 degrees Farenheit (2 degrees Celcius) and regular snowfall, the Baroque churches and palaces of Vienna are even more magical come winter. Wander through the city's cobblestone streets and secret alleyways, stumbling across the grandeur of Hofburg Palace and St Stephen's Cathedral, as well as Viennese coffee houses and dive bar-esque Beislns.
Even better, plan your trip in December to see this beautiful city under the abundance of Christmas lights that adorn Vienna's buildings and streets. Why not visit the world famous Christmas Market, Weiner Christkindlmarktam Rathausplatz? Where else is better to get cozy with your special someone over some mulled wine and roasted chestnuts? Not only will Vienna get you in the Christmas spirit but it is also the perfect winter proposal spot.
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Found in the heart of Sweden's Lapland region, this quaint village is up there with some of the world's most idyllic proposal spots for winter lovers! Not only do its snow-covered alpine meadows, frozen-over waters and wooden cottages make Abisko seem like a scene from a Christmas card, but it's one of the best places in the world to catch a glimpse of the Northern Lights.
What could be more romantic than a sky shimmering with neon green and purple? What makes this mystical experience even more special is the fact that not everyone manages to see the lights. Yet here in Abisko, thanks to a lack of pollution and the high peaks of the surrounding mountain range, chances are greater than elsewhere (and even greater during winter)! With dog sledding by day and watching the northern lights by night, Abisko really is picture-perfect. Where else would you want to capture your special moment?
Is there anywhere more romantic than the city of Verona? As the setting of Romeo and Juliet, Shakespeare's most iconic romantic tragedy, it is no wonder Verona has earned the nickname "City of Love." Turn back time to the 14th century and fall in madly in love all over again just like the world's favorite star-crossed lovers. Explore the lovers' residences starting with Juliet's house and balcony, Casa di Giuliette, where visitors leave love notes with the hope that Juliet will grant them eternal love. Some even go as far as touching the right breast of a bronze Juliet statue to ensure they'll be lucky in romance!
But there's more to this Italian city than Renaissance romance. Verona is home to picturesque piazzas, architectural wonders, and wine and food specialties, all centered around a breathtaking Roman amphitheatre from the first century. All in all, if you're hoping for an effortless "yes," followed by many years of happy marriage, there is no better place to propose than the City of Love.
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