Best Places to Propose Around the World


When you’re ready to take the next big step in your relationship, choosing the perfect location for your proposal can add an unforgettable layer to your love story. Although the depth of your feelings for each other is what really matters, if you propose in a memorable location, you can elevate the moment and make it even more special. It’s about creating a story you’ll both cherish and share for a lifetime, a story that begins with an extraordinary question asked in an extraordinary place.

Movie-esque Proposal Locations

Proposing with a View of the Eiffel Tower in Paris, France

Paris, indeed the city of love, is a classic for a marriage proposal. The Eiffel Tower, perhaps the world’s most iconic symbol of love and romance, makes a stunning backdrop for this life-changing moment. Imagine the scene: the Eiffel Tower standing tall against the Paris skyline, perhaps lit against the night sky or glowing warmly during sunset. This location isn’t just about the view; it’s about the feeling it evokes, a sense of timeless romance that has drawn couples here for generations.

You really can’t go wrong with this view; it truly is one of the most romantic places that exist.

Maybe consider a proposal at the Trocadéro gardens at dawn. The early morning light bathes the tower in a soft glow, and the quiet of this time of day will feel private and magical amidst the grandeur of Paris. Alternatively, a sunset proposal on a Seine River cruise offers both the stunning view of the Eiffel Tower and the charm of Parisian waters, making the moment feel like it’s straight out of a romantic movie.

If you need more inspiration, check out or Romance in Paris itinerary here.

Propose in Style on the Bow Bridge, NYC

The Bow Bridge in New York City’s Central Park is an idyllic setting for a proposal, reminiscent of a scene from a Jane Austen novel or the regal elegance of the Bridgerton. With its intricate design and serene park setting, this Victorian cast-iron bridge evokes an old-world charm that contrasts beautifully with the modern city surrounding it. The bridge spans 60 feet over Central Park Lake and is framed by lush greenery and blooming flowers, which makes it even more picturesque.

Go back in time and propose in Bridgerton style on Bow Bridge.

The atmosphere here is truly magical, especially during the golden hour when the sun casts a warm glow on the bridge and the lake. It’s as if you’ve stepped into another era where time slows down, allowing you and your special someone to really savor your proposal moment. The reflection of the bridge on the surface of the water, coupled with the distant sounds of the city, creates a romantic setting that feels both intimate and grand. With its timeless elegance and romantic atmosphere, the Bow Bridge is the perfect setting for a heartfelt proposal that’s right out of a classic romance novel.

We have an entire trip about New York City here if you’d like to know what else to do and see in the city!

Propose on the Royal Scotsman in the Scottish Highlands

Boarding the Royal Scotsman for a proposal journey through the Scottish Highlands is an incomparable experience combining luxury with nature’s extraordinary beauty. This opulent train ride evokes grandeur and old-money elegance, transporting you to an era of glamour and timeless sophistication. As the train winds through the breathtaking scenery of the Highlands, you’ll be surrounded by panoramic views of mountains, lochs and glens that seem to have come straight out of a painting.

Whether you’re a Harry Potter fan, love the old-money aesthetic or want to see the incredible nature of the Scottish Highlands, proposing on the Royal Scotsman will be an experience you and your fiancé(é) will never forget.

The Royal Scotsman epitomizes luxury travel with its lavish staterooms, gourmet cuisine and impeccable service. The train’s observation car, with its large windows and comfortable seating, provides the perfect intimate setting for your proposal. After you’ve proposed, celebrate with a fine Scotch whisky in the train’s bar and toast to your future against Scotland’s stunning natural beauty. This journey on The Royal Scotsman is an adventure into the heart of luxury and the majesty of the Scottish Highlands, making the start of your life together as extraordinary as the setting.

Find out more about traveling to the Scottish Highlands here.

Romantic Proposal Spots in Nature

Propose Among the Icy Diamonds on Diamond Beach, Island

Diamond Beach in Iceland is famous for the small glittering icebergs that wash ashore from the lagoon, resembling diamonds sparkling on the black sand. When you propose here, you’ll find yourself surrounded by these icy jewels under the ethereal light of the Icelandic sky, creating a moment of surreal beauty and romance.

What better way to propose than to put a diamond on your beloved one’s finger while standing in between gigantic diamonds and looking at this magnificent view?

The contrast between the black sand and the clear, ice-blue diamonds creates a mesmerizing backdrop for your proposal. Each iceberg catches the light differently, making the beach an ever-changing tapestry of light and color. This setting provides a stunning visual experience and evokes a sense of wonder and serenity, perfect for a moment as significant as a proposal. Timing your proposal with the golden hours of sunrise or sunset adds an extra layer of magic to the moment, as the low sun casts warm hues over the ice, making it sparkle even brighter.

Celebrate your proposal with a trip around Iceland! Find out more here.

Propose Between the Colorful Lupins at Lake Tekapo, New Zealand

Lake Tekapo, located in the heart of New Zealand’s South Island, provides a vibrant and serene backdrop for your proposal. The area is renowned for its stunning natural beauty, highlighted by the mesmerizing turquoise waters of the lake itself. But it’s the seasonal flowering of the lupines that takes the landscape to a whole new level. From late spring to early summer, these tall, colorful flowers in shades of purple, pink, blue, and white blanket the shores of Lake Tekapo, transforming the area into a vibrant canvas of color.

The pretty pink and purple lupins and the backdrop of the mountains and the sky-blue sea make for a beautifully romantic proposal.

The flowers add a romantic touch with their beauty and fragrance, symbolizing the uniqueness and growth of your relationship. As you navigate the lupine fields, find a secluded spot with the lake and the Southern Alps in the background for an intimate proposal moment.
The ideal time to propose is during the golden hour when the soft, warm light of the setting or rising sun enhances the natural colors around you. After your proposal, you can enjoy a quiet moment together, taking in the panoramic views of Lake Tekapo with its clear waters and mountain backdrop.

Lake Tekapo is part of New Zealand’s South Island, which you can learn more about here.

Propose Under the Aurora Borealis in Lapland, Finland

Lapland, Finland, offers a proposal setting that is as enchanting as it is unforgettable in knee-deep snow and under the mesmerizing dance of the Aurora Borealis. The remote and pristine wilderness of Lapland provides the perfect setting for such a moment, away from the lights and noise of the city, where the sky becomes a canvas for one of nature’s most spectacular displays.

Combine two once-in-a-lifetime events: seeing the colorful dance of the aurora borealis and deciding to love each other for life!

Choosing to propose under the Northern Lights requires a bit of planning and a bit of luck, as this phenomenon is as unpredictable as it is beautiful. The best time to see the Northern Lights in Lapland is from late September to March, when the nights are darkest.

Pick a clear, cold night to increase your chances of seeing the lights and set the stage for a genuinely magical proposal. But even if the Northern Lights don’t show up, don’t worry. The deep, pristine snow and icy landscape itself is the perfect backdrop for popping the question. After the proposal, celebrate your engagement with a cozy night in a glass igloo or traditional Finnish log cabin.

Round off your winter trip to Lapland by visiting Santa Claus‘ elves in Rovaniemi, the Christmas village. You can learn more here.

Epic Proposal Locations

Propose in Front of 1000 Hot Air Balloons in Cappadocia, Turkey

Cappadocia, Turkey, is a land of surreal landscapes and ancient wonders, but it’s the sight of thousands of hot air balloons rising into the dawn sky that truly captivates visitors. This unique spectacle creates a stunning, colorful backdrop perfect for an unforgettable proposal. The balloons float gently over the distinctive fairy chimneys, rock formations and rugged valleys of Cappadocia, creating a scene straight out of a dream.

Seeing all the bright colors of the hot air balloons in the background gives this location a uniquely joyful feeling.

Imagine standing with your partner at a scenic vantage point, perhaps from the terrace of a boutique cave hotel or a specially chosen spot in the valleys. As the balloons begin to fill the sky, transforming it into a mosaic of colors, you seize the moment to propose and feel like the whole world is celebrating with you. Or perhaps you’d like to take your own hot air balloon ride and propose as you float together over the mesmerizing landscape?

Check out our Cappadocia itinerary here to find out how to spend your time in Cappadocia!

Propose at the Roaring Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe or Zambia

One of the world’s most spectacular natural wonders is Victoria Falls, known locally as „The Smoke That Thunders“. This colossal waterfall, with its thunderous roar and mist that can be seen for miles, provides a dramatic and exhilarating backdrop for a marriage proposal. The sheer power and majesty of the falls underscores the depth and strength of your commitment to each other, making it an ideal location for such a significant moment.

To propose at Victoria Falls is to embrace the raw beauty of nature. You can choose a spot with a view of the falls, where the mist cools your skin, and the sound of the water drowns out everything else, creating a private world for just the two of you. Alternatively, a helicopter ride over the falls provides a breathtaking aerial perspective and a unique and unforgettable setting for your proposal.

The gushing waters of Victoria Falls perfectly demonstrate the strength of your love.

The best time to visit Victoria Falls for a proposal depends on how you want to experience the falls. From November to March, the rainy season sees the Zambezi River at its fullest, making the falls even more impressive. But the dry season, from April to October, offers clearer views and might be a more comfortable time.

You can celebrate your engagement with a sunset cruise on the Zambezi River, which offers a serene and romantic contrast to the earlier excitement. Toast your future together as you watch the sun sink below the horizon and reflect on the waters of one of Africa’s most majestic rivers.

Propose After the Climb to the active Acatenango Volcano in Guatemala

Hiking to the top of an active volcano to propose may seem too dangerous, too challenging, or just too much for some. But for others, climbing Guatemala’s Acatenango volcano is less of a daring idea and more of an unparalleled romantic gesture. This towering giant, a neighbor to the famous Fuego Volcano, has a combination of challenge and awe, making it an epic setting for such a momentous occasion.

The journey to Acatenango’s summit is adventurous, weaving through diverse ecosystems – from farmland at its base to misty cloud forests to stark lunar landscapes near the summit. This trek is challenging, requiring physical stamina and determination, but the rewards are immeasurable. As you climb, the views expand to offer a breathtaking panorama of Guatemala’s volcanic landscape.

Embark on a journey that challenges you, tests your limits, and ultimately strengthens your love and partnership.

Choose a guided tour to ensure your safety and minimize the planning required. The typical itinerary includes an overnight stay at a campsite where you can rest and acclimatize.

Imagine arriving at the viewpoint of Acatenago, getting down on one knee and popping the question as lava spews into the air – what an epic sight! But even if you’re unlucky and don’t see the volcano actively spewing lava, don’t miss the moment. At dawn, the sunlight bathes the world below in a soft golden glow, making for an extraordinary sight that’s just as good a time as any.

Despite the challenge, the unique combination of adventure, natural beauty, and personal significance makes proposing on Acatenango a truly unforgettable experience.

To round off your Guatemala adventure, find out what else to do in the country here.

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