If your relationship or your travels are growing a little stale, then it’s high time you and your sweetie went on an epic adventure. Leave the familiar behind and head to any of these remarkable European destinations for adventurous couples. Somewhere between the adrenaline, the gorgeous scenery, and the never-ending fun, you’re bound to rekindle even the most seriously dwindled flame.
Berchtesgaden Alps, Germany
Germany’s Berchtesgaden Alps are dotted with national parks that draw athletes of all types from around the world. Experienced winter athletes flock to the region to mountaineer, hike, hang glide, and rock climb in some of the most gorgeous terrain on earth. Even if you’re not up for using an ice pick, you can go adventuring in the alps via a cable car ride in Eifel and/or Harz parks—the high-elevation ride promises stunning views of the Bavarian alps and glacial lakes.
This Atlantic archipelago didn’t start out as an adventure destination. Madeira originally earned a reputation as place to sip local wine while relaxing amidst beautiful scenery. But these days, Madeira is known more for heart-pounding adventures than tranquil escapes. That’s because the region is home to some of the world’s best surfing and hiking. Take your pick: Catch waves all day, climb through eucalyptus forests, or trek along volcanic ridges. Whichever you choose, adventure and beauty characterize any trip to Madeira.
Even though it might not have a large reputation on the international stage, Malmo is Sweden’s third largest city. Here, adventure takes the form of a cutting-edge art scene (which allows couples to expand their minds while exploring contemporary art, film, and music) and energetic nightlife. And because almost half of the city’s citizenry hales from somewhere outside of Sweden, Malmo promises a cultural experience unlike almost any other in Europe.
Prosojna Cave, Slovenia
Not only does Slovenia span some of the most gorgeous natural scenery in Europe, but it also encompasses somewhere around 8,000 caves. One of the most stunning of them all is Prosojna Cave, which includes more than 12 miles of underground caverns ripe for exploration. (It’s also the most popular cave in all of Europe.) If you find yourself craving some sunlight after a day of underground adventuring, Slovenia promises plenty more adventure in the form of mountain climbing, cycling, and scenic hiking.
Couples looking for a taste of the wild will find it in Romania’s Transylvania, which is about 1.5 hours from Bucharest via train. There, travelers can climb mountains, hike through old-growth forests, go on a multi-day bike trek through the Transylvanian wilderness, or explore UNESCO-protected villages—or all of the above! With so much history, culture, and natural beauty on display, you’ll want to budget plenty of time to explore this Romanian hotspot.
No matter whether you’re the type of adventurer who loves surfing, mountain climbing, or cultural exploration, these European destinations for adventurous couples will surely not disappoint.