What time of year?
We are honeymooning in July 2013. My Fiance's heritage is Czech and mine is Dutch/ German so that is why we were considering both places :-)
Cities are rarely romantic, thanks to World War II. I'd stay away from the big cities and visit small towns and countryside.
For example: Saxon Switzerland. Or the Lausitz region with Görlitz and Bautzen, Oybin and its mountains.
No big German city is more romantic than Prague, simply because they were all destroyed in WW2. Quite a few smaller towns however are more romantic than Prague, simply because they don't have to endure millions of tourists... this excludes Rothenburg odT.
The Baltic coast is very popular during summer. People bath, bike, visit sights, enjoy seafood and so on. Perfect if you enjoy quiet and relaxed holidays. The resorts with their 19th century architecture are very beautiful, and many of the Hanseatic towns are preserved and World Heritage Sites. Rügen is the most scenic and beautiful island, Usedom with the "emperor spas" has the longest beach (40km = 25 miles), and the Fischland-Darß-Zingst peninsula is pretty wild with many old captains houses.
The Harz mountains are popular because of their many medieval towns and the mythical mountains (where the witches dance). Most of the towns are completely preserved, some of them World Heritage Sites, and a few can easily rival Rothenburg. Like Quedlinburg, a 1000yo, completely preserved dream full of half-timbered houses... and thankfully not overrun by tourist busses. Also very romantic is Stolberg, a very small town with a huge castle deep in the mountains (a car is needed).
Thuringia was once divided into many very small duchies (the Windsors, which were once the Saxe-Coburg and Gothas, come from here), that's why every second of the small, cute towns offers a castle or palace. The capital of Thuringia, Erfurt, offers the biggest preserved old town of all bigger German city. Definitely romantic. Weimar, home of many, many famous Germans, is equally romantic. Weimar offers a completely preserved old towns surrounded by parks and palaces. And definitely very romantic is a stay at the Wartburg hotel, directly beside one of Germanys most important castles and high above the Thuringian Forest.
Eastern Saxony, the region around Dresden, offers many architecturally valuable towns and picturesque mountains. Dresden isn't romantic, but the outskirts, which weren't destryoyed in WW2, are very nice (Pillnitz, Wachwitz, Loschwitz). Close to Dresden is Meissen, which looks like Prague in small and is surrounded by vineyards. In the opposite direction is Pirna, a small medieval town and the gate to Saxon Switzerland, which are very picturesque mountains. There you can stay in one of the many cute villages or even in a real fortress.
Two romantic towns to the east of Dresden are Bautzen and Görlitz. Bautzen is a Baroque town with impressive fortifications, and in one tower of these fortifications is a hotel. Görlitz, with more than 4.000 listed buildings, is one of Germanys most valuable towns. There you can stay in completely preserved buildings with 500yo interiors.
It's tough to define what makes something romantic and my Girlfriend might say I'm unqualified to comment but I think Vienna is very romantic and would be a very good choice for someone also going to Prague but looking for a second city to spend a couple days. Especially if you happen to be into art.
Hotel Kaiserin Elisabeth is the hotel I'd recommend. Perfect central location IMO and very nice. It's not the cheapest but I found the price reasonable given the quality and location. It's been 5 years since I was there so you might want to check some recent reviews just incase.
wow thanks for the amazing responses. You all have been so helpful!
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