The 13 most intriguing (and romantic) European towns and cities we’ve visited

On a recent trip to Europe, the Washington Post provided a long list of spots to see, with a brief description for each. On this trip to Paris, we spotted a number of intriguing…

The 13 most intriguing (and romantic) European towns and cities we’ve visited

On a recent trip to Europe, the Washington Post provided a long list of spots to see, with a brief description for each. On this trip to Paris, we spotted a number of intriguing towns, especially along the Mediterranean. Here’s a sampling:

Germans have romanticized pretty towns on the Baltic coast since the end of World War II. Now that war is over, we visited Tallinn, the birthplace of Estonian independence, and Szökely, which draws visitors from all over.

Visitors to Lesotho can explore Motswaledi, a village of about 1,400, according to the World Wildlife Fund. Highlights include the Lwabatsi Waterfall, the world’s deepest waterfall at 3,200 feet and a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

For a romantic night out, take a drive through the Burgundy countryside, stopping at Domaine Lafortune near Ardeche and seven-star Hotel de L’Armee in Béziers.

Bordeaux, the capital of Provence, would always be one of our favorites for food and wine. Exploring this sparkling wine center and exploring Bordeaux’s castle cluster is just a short drive away.

Ischia, Italy’s most-visited island, has gorgeous views of the Mediterranean and is perfect for nightlife in the summer.

Visitors to Gothenburg, Sweden, the country’s cultural capital, can shop for all things affordable at a Design & Home market on Oranjösgården.

We hit Berlin’s hopping Kreuzberg neighborhood, where we often find comfort food at Cafe Kleine Reiz.

The capital of Luxembourg has a stunning dock at the Tourist Park — and the best farmers market in the country, so no wonder it’s the capital of chocolate.

The old town in Valletta, Malta, is surrounded by sand dunes and has its own airport. We stopped at a bar, where the decor combines history and modernity.

The Gettysburg battlefield re-enactment features colorfully dressed townspeople — and a tank to check out.

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