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September 10, 2009

Top 10 Most Romantic Places to Propose

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For many people it’s not only the most important, but also the most beautiful question in life: The marriage proposal. In addition to classically dropping on one knee and an eloquent proposal, the actual place where the proposal is to happen can also be quite helpful in getting the answer you want.

Towers, squares, mountains, castles, bridges and islands: where do you ask the love of your life the question of all questions? The atmosphere should definitely be romantic, that much is obvious. Yet which place is the right one?

The Top Ten Most Romantic Places to Propose have been selected by TripAdvisor, the world’s largest online travelling community. The selections were based on votes and comments made by travellers as well as editors.

1. The Eiffel Tower, Paris

A proposal on top of the Eiffel Tower with the spectacular view of the city along the Seine definitely fulfils any imagination that Paris is indeed the city of love. The nearby Trocadero Park with a view of the Eiffel Tower from the ground offers a wonderful alternative for couples with a fear of heights. One TripAdvisor traveller suggests: “Propose on top of the Eiffel Tower very early in the morning and enjoy the view without the hassle of all the tourists.”

2. The London Eye, London

The London Eye is perfect for those wanting to get as close to heaven as possible. It is the second largest Ferris wheel in the world. For those very special moments for two, private cabins and champagne are available upon request. “The London Eye is definitely a romantic spot for a proposal. You really do have a wonderful view of London from there,” said a traveller.

3. Oia, Santorini

With a great view over the Aegean Sea from the edge of the volcano crater in Oia on Santorini you can really enjoy the sunsets. The narrow passages in between the white houses to the cliffs are famous for the magnificent panorama. Like a traveller said: “Oia is a very romantic town and therefore the perfect place for a marriage proposal.”

4. Alhambra, Granada

This spot was often described my Moorish poets as being a diamond in the rough. Alhambra, Granada, in the old days a fortress and palace, is very suitable for romance. Lovers can take long walks through the splendid gardens with cypress trees lining the walkway. “All of the gardens in Alhambra are definitely fantastic spots for romantic moments,” a TripAdvisor traveller said.

5. The Channels in Venice

A classic among the romantic spots. Where better to find the courage to ask the question of all questions than during a gondola ride underneath Venetian bridges and through the channels? Those who hire an amateur tenor singer as their gondola driver are perfectly prepared for the special moment. A traveller suggests: “Choose one of the many singing gondoliers and ask him to sing something romantic during your proposal. Also keep a bottle of champagne and some flowers ready, in case she says yes.”

6. Neuschwanstein Castle, Bavaria

Neuschwanstein Castle is recommended for those who want to propose with royal surroundings. The fairytale castle belonged to 19th century Bavarian King Ludwig II. With a carriage pulled by a horse up the hill to the castle you feel like you’ve stepped back a few centuries in time. According to one traveller: “Neuschwanstein Castle is by far the most mythical building I have ever seen in my life.”

7. Monte Pilatus, Lucerne

Keeping your toes warm is definitely something to worry about up here. The most comfortable way to get to the top of Monte Pilatus is with the steepest rail tracks in the world. From there you’ve got the fantastic panoramic view of more than 70 mountain peaks and five lakes. “The really adventurous ride with the rail – better to not look down – really gives you a feeling for the majesty of the alps. What a great location for the proposal to the better half,” said a traveller.

8. The Trevi Fountain, Rome

The Trevi Fountain provides a large and hopefully applauding audience for the less shy couples. Throw a coin into the fountain – but not the ring! – And everyone, so the legend, returns to Rome; yet hopefully not alone. A TripAdvisor traveller remembers: “When a young man proposed to his girlfriend at the Trevi Fountain everyone around starting cheering and congratulating.”

9. Charles Bridge, Prague

The 13th century Carls Bridge in Prague is another romantic spot as it offers an incredible view over Prague’s rooftops. Night time offers the best time for couples wanting to be alone on this spectacular bridge with many statues and three bridge towers. “I know many people whose romance began at night on the Carls Bridge. It’s very romantic,” said a traveller.

10. Piazzale Michelangelo, Florence

Piazzale Michelangelo overlooks the entire city of Florence, the river Arno and the golden bridge Ponte Vecchio. The most ideal time to drop to one knee is at dusk, when the masses of people have disappeared and the city glows magically in the rays of the evening sun. One traveller thinks that Piazzale Michelangelo “is the place of all places”.

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