If you and your significant other are architecture lovers, it stands to reason that you might want your proposal to happen in the shadow of a landmark structure.
This can be complex than it may seem: The crowds atop the Burj Khalifa or World Trade Center prevent any chance for romance; the Eiffel Tower and Trevi Fountain are too clichés; and, unless you can convince an especially romantic homeowner, private residences are out of the question for obvious reasons.However, AD has rounded up some of the world’s best architectural landmarks, sites that are both breathtaking and romantic who also offer some appearance of privacy. And this is the easy part!
Villa Savoye, France
Located a short train ride from Paris, Le Corbusier and Pierre Jeanneret’s iconic building is often ignored by tourists who stay within city limits. Its pillared overhang grants the perfect shaded point for a romantic moment.
Walk away from the Marble Court and Hall of Mirrors and explore the vast gardens circling the iconic French château. Boats and tandem bicycles are available for rent to help reach the ideal secluded spot. (Our personal choice).
Park Güell, Barcelona
Save the popular (and ever-crowded) Sagrada Familia for another day and travel the winding pathways and enchanting architecture of Gaudí’s impressive park, which offers panoramic views of Barcelona.
The Forbidden City, Beijing
The large walled compound, which once served as the Chinese Imperial Palace, is a UNESCO World Heritage site and contains over 980 buildings, leaving plenty of room for a sentimental stroll.
The Glass House, New Canaan, Connecticut
Nestled in the woodlands of Connecticut, Johnson’s famous glass structure has a stunning presence in any season. While the main building is the property’s most famous, several outbuildings of altering styles dot the property, making it a veritable architectural treasure.
Notre Dame de Paris
Forget climbing to the top of Paris’s famed cathedral: Walk around the east side for an exceptional view and quiet gardens, and then venture toward the ancient streets of the adjacent Île Saint-Louis.
Villa Borghese, Rome
Atop Rome’s famed Spanish Steps, the extensive garden comprises several structures, including the main villa, which was designed by Giovanni Vasanzio, and a circular maze of flora.
The London Eye
If you’re a lover of London but want a little privacy, rent out a private capsule in the city’s giant Ferris wheel. With the Cupid’s Capsule package you can take in expansive views while drinking Champagne and tasting chocolate.
Burj Al Arab, Dubai
If you’re genuinely looking to go all out, land your chopper on the private helipad at Dubai’s landmark, sail-shaped building. Once you’ve popped the question, celebrate in the privileged world’s only seven-star hotel.
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