The 6 Most Romantic Places to Propose in Europe

By Kitty Bean Yancey

Popping the question in Paris is popular, but not the most original overseas proposal destination. Instead, think outside the (engagement ring) box to find a transatlantic locale for that all-important question. Romantic European vacation rental digs make the occasion even more intimate and memorable. Here are 6 romantic suggestions for couples:

Salzburg, Austria

Salzburg, Austria

The hills are alive with the sounds of “yes!!!” Fans of The Sound of Music, and those who appreciate edelweiss-dotted slopes overlooking Mozart’s birthplace with its majestic fortress on the hill and cobblestone streets, might nestle into a cozy chalet or apartment here. Suggested proposal spot: on a picnic blanket with just grazing cows for company. Where to stay in Austria

Burgundy, France

Most Romantic Places in Europe

A glass of wine, a crusty baguette, some creamy local Epoisses cheese — and thou. Bike or hike canal towpaths or riverbanks between vineyard visits in this east-central part of France. Better still, rent a cozy little boat to cruise à deux. Suggested proposal spot: on a bench watching swans and watercraft float by. Where to stay in France

Prague, Czech Republic

Prague, Czech Republic

Most everyone falls in love with this walkable city, ideal for hand-holding strolls, evenings in intimate restaurants or listening to concerts in Baroque churches. Suggested proposal spot: on the 15th-century pedestrian-only Charles Bridge, under the gaze of more than two dozen statues of saints on the balustrades. Lore has it that touching the statue of St. John of Nepomuk will make a wish come true. Where to stay in Prague

Dorset, England

Dorset, England

Literature aficionados know this as the land of Thomas Hardy, with rolling verdant hills, cliffs and long, wide beaches far from the madding crowd. Stay in a thatched-roof cottage, ramble on footpaths overlooking the Atlantic and amble to a pub in the evening. Suggested proposal spot: on the end of a stone jetty in the harbor of the historic seaside resort of Lyme Regis, the place where the Victorian heroine of The French Lieutenant’s Woman waited in vain amid crashing waves for her sailor love to return. Where to stay in Dorset

Costa Brava, Spain

Costa Brava, Spain

Northeast of Barcelona and easily accessible by train, you’ll find inviting beaches and restaurants within easy reach of luxury rental villas. A coastal path offers superb strolling through pine forests overlooking the aquamarine sea. Romance in Europe and a couple’s vacation in Spain go hand-in-hand. Suggested proposal spot: during a fresh-caught seafood lunch by the beach at an inviting restaurant, such as El Furio in the tiny fishing village of Sa Tuna. Where to stay in Costa Brava

Rome, Italy

Rome, Italy

Rome is another city eternally synonymous with passion, as well as la dolce vita. Fork up fresh pasta at a trattoria on a narrow cobblestone street in Trastevere or in the lesser-known area of Testaccio, now a foodie destination. Suggested proposal spot: before or after tossing a coin in the newly restored Trevi Fountain at night when tourist crowds subside, or on the historic Ponte Sisteo or Ponte Sant’Angelo footbridges, watching the Tiber River languidly flow by. Where to stay in Rome

Kitty Bean Yancey is a Washington, D.C.-based award-winning former USA TODAY travel writer. She freelances for publications including AARP Magazine and AAA publications.