Sunset Spots Around Europe

November 1, 2019

Watching the sunset in another part of the world creates memories which last a lifetime. Whether it’s seeing the sunset over the Seine, or witnessing the sky go to sleep across a medieval German castle, there are some spectacular spots across the continent to spend the dusky hours before night. Ferries to Europe offer easy access to some of the most beautiful parts of Europe and going in your car means you can head off the beaten track to find truly special sunsets to treasure. Take a look at our shortlist of some of the best sunsets below.

Amsterdam Lookout

Amsterdam Lookout at Amsterdam Tower is one of the city’s highest buildings, offering a 360 degree view of Holland’s capital. Although Amsterdam doesn’t have any skyscrapers filling the skyline, from above you can see the Ij river below welcoming ships in and out of the city, as well as great views over Northern Amsterdam. Plus, for the daredevils among you, there’s also the option to swing back and forth over the edge of the tower with Amsterdam over 100 metres beneath you. Europe’s highest swing offers a thrilling way to take in the view and is an experience not to be missed.


The W Hotel Terrace

Situated right in heart of the old city of Amsterdam, next to Dam Square, the W Lounge terrace offers great views of the Royal Palace, Westerkerk and the grand rooftop of the Magna Plaza shopping centre. Enjoy a coffee and a cake on the terrace while taking in the views, sit by the roaring fire if the weather isn’t too good or chill by the rooftop pool during the summer months.  It’s the perfect spot for relaxing while watching the sunset then dancing until the early hours as the vibrant nightlife kicks in.

Sky Lounge at the Hilton Hotel

For something extra special, taking in the sunset from this panoramic bar and restaurant is worth considering. From the Sky Lounge on the 11th floor, you can gaze across the Oosterdok, a wide water pass near Amsterdam Central Station, and watch the sunset behind the iconic half-timbered houses. Sip a cocktail while taking in the views or make an evening of it and enjoy dinner as the sunsets.

The banks of the Seine

Paris, one of the most photogenic cities in Europe, becomes even more beautiful in the dusky evening light. Sunset is a great time to stroll the city, with friends, a loved one or alone, immersing yourself in the magic of the moonlight. One of the best places to watch the sunset is from the banks of the river Seine. Whether it’s a stroll on the left back seeing the sunset behind the Notre Dame, a Seine river cruise which takes you past the Eiffel Tower, which becomes illuminated once night sets in, or a visit to Ile St Louis, the small island in the middle of the river, seeing the sunset from the riverbanks of Paris is sure to take your breath away.


The ‘End of the World’

On the west coast of France, where land meets the Atlantic Ocean, is a place called Finistère, which means ‘end of the world’ and it is the perfect place to watch the sunset. See the warm golden glow of the sun kiss the water as it reflects in the waves and gradually sets, setting the sky aflame with colour on its way down. The ocean vista is punctuated only by a lighthouse which has been there since 1887 and lights the way to the sea. Although the scenery is stunning, don’t get too close to the edge of the rocks as strong winds and high waves can be extremely dangerous in this area.

Fields of Provence

Moving away from the sunset on the water views, the lavender fields of Provence not only provide a beautiful blanket for the sunset, they fill the air with their sweet scent. Pack a picnic and find a spot in a local lavender field. Sip some regional wine while taking in the gorgeous sunset and watch the sky change from blue to purple to orange, before setting and welcoming the moon. A true sensory delight in southern France.

Oberbaum Bridge

Enjoy the reflection of the sunset in the river Spree and the Berlin skyline against the setting sun on this grand, historic bridge which has been part of the city since 1896. Once designating the border between east and west Germany, it now signifies the unity that connects the two sides of the former city. Street musicians regularly perform on the bridge and add to the sensory delight, serenading you as you take in the beautiful views, flanked by the gothic towers of this picturesque bridge.


This pocket of peace in the middle of the vibrant city of Cologne, stretches along the river Rhine and is perfect for a sunset stroll or sit by the water. During the day it’s a brilliant place for children, with plenty of space for activities and exploring. As the sun sets on the river you can see the skyline of Cologne bathed in a warm glow, illuminating famous landmarks such as St Kunibert Basilica and Cologne Cathedral. Sit by the cobbled waterfront, the grassy lawns of the park or take the cable car for amazing panoramic views of the city.


Eltz Castle

This 12th century castle is located in the hills above the Moselle River, between Koblenz and Trier and is a magical place to watch the sun go down, with its eight towers, oriels and turrets beautifully puncturing the skyline.

Nestled within 300 hectares of the magnificent Eltz Forest, capturing it by the light of the sunset feels like you’re in a fairytale. Visit in winter to see it surrounded with snow or during the autumn months with the burnt orange and golden leaves falling around it.

See these sunsets by taking the ferry to Europe with DFDS. Find out more here.

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