Honeymoons are all about romance. And for some couples it doesn't get more romantic than strolling hand-in-hand through one of the world's greatest museums admiring beautiful works of art. From Paris, to Amsterdam, and even Barcelona, you can find romance and culture all in the same place. Here, our favorite honeymoon spots for art lovers.
Paris and art go hand in hand. The capital city of France, Paris is full of romance, culture, wine, and incredible art museums. Perhaps the most famous, the iconic Lourve, is the largest and oldest, boasting over 35,000 pieces of work—most notably the “Portrait of Lisa Gherardini,” a.k.a. the Mona Lisa.
Among Paris’ other art museums, impressionist fans will pay homage to the style at the Musee d’Orsay, while modern art from the likes of Matisse and Picasso can be found at the Centre Georges Pompidou.
While in Paris, stay at the centrally located, 5-star Four Seasons Hotel George V. With 244 luxury guest rooms and a three-star Michelin restaurant, you’ll relax in between museum hopping amongst elegant accommodations.
With a whole museum dedicated to Van Gogh, Amsterdam is a must-see for art lovers. Boasting the world’s largest Vincent Van Gogh collection, the Van Gogh Museum first opened in 1973 and pays homage to Netherlands born artist. Here, you can see some of his most famous paintings including “Sunflowers,” “Almond Blossom,” and “Self Portrait with Straw Hat.”
Conveniently located just across the street is the world-renowned Rijksmuseum, home to Rembrandt van Rijn’s 1642 painting, "The Night Watch" (De Nachtwacht, in Dutch.) Marvel at the oil painting’s splendor before perusing the museums offerings including works by 19th century artist Matthijs Maris and one of the founders of Dutch painting Johan Maelwael.
It’s only fitting to call the Hotel Pulitzer’s Art Collector’s Suite home during your stay in the ‘Dam. With stunning canal views and a private entrance on the canal, modern art pieces and funky furniture add character and culture to the funky suite.
New York City
If you’re looking to stay state-side, look no further than New York City. Home of Museum Mile, the 5th Avenue stretch has eight museums located along the way, of which include the massive Metropolitan Museum of Art (spanning 4 blocks!) and the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum.
At the Met, peruse nearly every category and every medium of art known to man, spanning centuries and continents amongst the nearly two million works. Once you’ve had your fill, if that’s at all possible for one day, the nearby Guggenheim is home to modern, contemporary, impressionist and post-impressionist pieces, and it’s landmark building is often considered a work of architectural art itself.
With tons of hotel options within the Big Apple, consider staying at The Surrey, located near Museum Mile and home to its own collection of impressive modern art, too. With a variety of room options and accommodations including turndown service and custom pillow selection, cozy Italian robes and elegant oversized showers.
Once home to Dali and Picasso, Spain has produced many talented and famous artists. The architecture alone in Barcelona is sure to please any art aficionado, but the museums and attractions are remarkable.
Top tourist attractions, buildings created by architectural artist Antoni Gaudi help to define the city’s aesthetic, as Parc Guell, and the infamous (and still unfinished—expected to be complete in 2030) La Sagrada Familia church are among the most breathtaking.
When not touring the buildings, spend your days touring Barcelona’s art museums including the Museu Picasso (Picasso Museum), the Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya (MNAC), and the futuristic Museu del Disseny de Barceolna (Design Museum of Barcelona)
For modern vibes and luxe relaxation, stay at the W Barcelona, where you can cram in some beach or pool time in between cultural experiences. If you still have the energy, head to Eclipse where you can sip on cocktails while toasting to your new marriage—and all the epic art you’ve seen.
Aside from being uber romantic, one of the most famous sculpture of all time can be found in the capital city of Tuscany. The iconic "Statue of David" by Michelangelo, a 17-ft. marble statue was created between 1501-1504 and is a must-see within the Galleria dell’Accademia for any sculpture or Renaissance fan.
Aside from David, The Cathedral of Saint Mary of the Florence (Cattedrale di Santa Maria del Fiore) Duomo is another must-see in Florence. Home of the Duomo, the cathedral itself was designed by Brunelleschi and it world-famous bellower, by Giotto. Just as breathtaking as its exterior, the interior features paintings from the mid 1400s including "Dante Before the City of Florence" by Domenico di Michelino, amidst stunning stained-glass windows including those made by Donatello.
For a romantic respite, retire to the Torre di Bellosguardo for old-world charm. Set in the charming hills of Firenze and comprised of medieval and renaissance styled architecture, you’ll be surrounded by a lush garden and complete with an outdoor pool, and charming stone carved fireplaces in the halls. Opt for the two-floor suite for a spacious yet unique place to call home for your stay.