When you finally say ‘I do’ to that magical human you finally found, you may feel like you have the whole world in your palms (or rather, on your finger). But the beauty of starting a happy marriage is that your travel plans no longer have to be only solo, with friends for (yet another) bachelorette party or for work, instead you have a built-in travel buddy to take along on the adventure. Even if you’re traveled extensively together before making it official by law, there’s something magical about your first voyage married. While there are countless destination hot spots on every continent fit for a honeymoon, for old school charm, romance and history, consider skipping Western and Central Europe and set your rose-colored sites East. With views of opera houses, castles and dreamy balconies, here, the most gorgeous honeymoon hotel suites in the sought-after cities of Eastern Europe:
Vienna, Austria: Hotel Bristol or The Ritz-Carlton
When you stroll through the streets of Vienna, you might feel like a serenade is following you around this quintessential town. And that’s because, it probably is. As a city that adores the classics, thanks to influences of both Mozart and Beethoven, your honeymoon might feel like a scene out of a musical. When considering where to stay, being close to city center is key - and great views of pristine imperial palaces, the Danube river and more? Those are a given at many of the luxury brands nestled in this small town. Consider Hotel Bristol, where you can book their famous Penthouse Tower Suite, offering a stunning view of the Vienna Opera House. You can also stay in one of their Bristol Suites, which were recently redesigned by the well-known Art-Deco architect, Pierre-Yves Rochon.
Another option in Vienna is the classic Ritz-Carlton. Here, you’ll want to splurge on the Club Suite, where with plenty of room and generous, exaggerated luxury, you’ll feel like you’re in your own fairytale. As a bonus (since you’ll likely be jet lagged), all the hotel suites offer a one-way airport transfer, a spacious marble bathroom and club-level access to the Club Lounge, where you’ll have personalize concierge services whenever you need them. Or, for a slightly sexier type of honeymoon, book the Private Spa Suite, where you’ll enjoy complete seclusion within the whirl bath tub or private steam bath. They also come with two massage tables if you’d like to help each other work out the kinks from wedding planning.
St. Petersburg: The Four Seasons Lion Palace
This ancient city was founded by Peter the Great in 1703 and served as the imperial capital for two centuries. Today, it’s an essential, defining part of Russian culture, where many artistic and musical brilliant minds are developed and encouraged. As you walk around this town, with breathtaking sunsets over the many rivers and canals, you’ll stumble across the Mariinsky Theater for opera, followed by an escape into Russian art at the State Russian Museum. To rest your newlywed bones after a long day of sightseeing, book The Lobanov Presidential Suite at the Four Seasons Hotel Lion Palace. It’s considered a historical landmark in the Admiralteysky district and offers both comfort and luxury, two qualities all newlywed need after months of anxiety-inducing wedding decisions. This suite, located on the first floor, is only accessed by a private grand marble staircase and offer a view of the admiralty building or park, right from the oversized bed or personal terrace. Bonus: there’s also a clawfoot tub to soak in your marital bliss together.
Prague, Czech Republic: Radisson Blu, Alcron Hotel
Even if your post-college backpacking tour took you through Prague, visiting the capital of Czech Republic will be different when you’re an adult - and a newlywed. After all, the City of a Hundred Spires offers multicolor baroque buildings with medieval touches (like the Astronomical clock that performs on the hour) and walks along the Vltava River, which runs through the sweet town. After you walk hand-in-hand, showing off those wedding bands, across the Charles Bridge, wander back to the art deco-inspired Radisson Blu Alcron Hotel, which is mere steps away from Old Town Square. You’ll be living amongst history, as this hotel was opened in 1932, with much of the original finishings and touches preserved, like chandeliers and Italian marble. Stay in the Presidential Suite, which gives you and your new spouse a fairytale-ike view of the Prague Castle. Just by booking this room, you’ll enjoy a 1,000CZK credit to the Be Bop Lobby Bar per day, along with a complimentary mini bar. You’ll also take a break from other tourists and locals with a complimentary candlelit dinner for two and in-room a la carte breakfast.
Warsaw, Poland: Mamaison Hotel Le Regina
For history fanatics - especially those who have studied World War II extensively - Poland is a must-see destination. The section of the city called Old Town was severely damaged during the war, but many of it’s original buildings throughout the capital of Poland remain intact. As you explore with your fellow newlywed, you’ll see Gothic churches nestled amongst modern skyscrapers, giving an interesting contrast to how this area has prevailed over the years. When you’re ready to take a break from the step back in time, step into your future at the Penthouse Suite at Mamaison Hotel Le Regina. This sprawling suite, complete with a tub big enough for a rendezvous, offers everything you’ll crave for your romantic stay. Make sure to save time for onsite Roman-style spa, Beauty First, which is located inside a gothic palace that once belonged to the Mokrowskich family.
Dubrovnik, Croatia: Hotel Dubrovnik Palace
Let’s face it: Croatia is having a trendy moment right about now. With travelers flocking to it’s pristine beaches that offer similar Greek island views for a fraction of the cost, there’s no time like now to make this destination your honeymoon before it becomes too crowded with tourists. It’s easy enough to rent a boat (complete with a skipper!) to take you around the many islands - from Split to Hvar - but for a place to stay, consider Dubrovnik. You can book the ‘Romantic Luxury Escape’ at the five-star Hotel Excelsior, which is infamous as the romantic getaway for Liz Taylor and Richard Burton. This package includes a three-night stay in a suite, a romantic package including sparkling wine and chocolate-coated fruit, a private 120-minute couples’ massage and body scrub and a late checkout, if you can’t just bare to go back to reality.
Budapest, Hungary: Hotel Aria
Do you consider yourself a foodie couple? If so, you might want to slide Budapest to the top of your possible honeymoon destinations. With a culinary scene that has only strengthened since the city received its first Michelin star in 2010, you might eat your weight strudel and goulash galore, but you’ll definitely return to your suite, full and happy (of both food and love, of course!). As Hungary’s capital, Budapest offers stunning views of the River Danube and glimpses into rich history, including Trinity Square, where you can wander through the 13-century Matthias Church and the turrets of Fishermen’s Bastion. To relax from sensory overload, book the appropriately-named Romeo & Juliet Suite at Hotel Aria Budapest, which offers a king bed, a semi-private balcony, a large parlor and more. If you’d rather have more space outdoors to enjoy the sites, you can select the La Traviata Suite, which has a smaller indoor space but a private terrace, fit for two newlyweds like you.
Belgrade, Serbia: Square Nine Hotel Belgrade
Trust us when we say standing atop the Beogradska Tvrdava, a fortress in Belgrade, Serbia where the Sava river meets the Danube river, is an Instagram-worthy moment. The capital of this southeast European country is not just rich in culture and history, but has some of the most gorgeous blue, sunshiney days you can imagine. Stay at Square Nine Hotel, where the ‘Romantic Package’ includes a complimentary one-way airport transfer, a 7-course dinner at the onsite Square Restaurant, breakfast in bed, a bottle of champagne and fruit basket upon arrival, 10 percent on spa treatments and a late check out. Just remember, you do have to return to your job - eventually.
Sofia, Bulgaria: Sofia Hotel Balkan
Right below the Vitosha Mountain is Sofia, the capital of Bulgaria. With 2,000 years of history to be inspired by, walking through this town you’ll be introduced to Greek, Soviet, Roman and Ottoman touches. Especially if you enjoy looking back on the way the world was built to the splendor it offers now, you’ll enjoy walking through the St. George Rotunda Church, which was built in the 4th century. While you’re there, stay at the Sofia Hotel Balkan, a luxury hotel. This lavish building was built in 1956 and is part of the President’s Palace complex, whose foundation is the remains of a Roman fortress you can still see. Book your honeymoon trip at the large Presidential Suite including a large living room and bedroom, as well as a private kitchen, second bathroom and separate dining area.