12 Fabulous Summer Olympic Cities Perfect for an Amazing Honeymoon

Even if you can’t make the summer Olympic games, you can gain inspiration by planning a honeymoon in one of the current or former summer Olympic cities. From European towns to Asian staples, consider heading to a town that once (or will) hosted the famous games.

12 Fabulous Summer Olympic Cities Perfect for an Amazing Honeymoon

Ancient Olympic games took place as far back as 776 BC in Olympia, Greece. However, the first modern Olympics weren’t held until 1896 in Athens, Greece. This international multi-sport event is an excellent opportunity to explore other countries and cultures.

Summer Olympic cities are also a great way to get inspiration for a post-wedding trip. Many current and former Olympic cities have fabulous things for tourists to do, making these locations perfect to consider for your honeymoon. 

Honeymoon in These Summer Olympic Cities

Summer Olympic Cities – Past

1. London, England

Years Hosted: 1908, 1948, 2012

Things to Do in London, England

  • Get a view of the entire city from the Tower of London. You can see Westminster Abbey, Big Ben, and many more historic landmarks from this lookout point.
  • Stop by Buckingham Palace and see the changing of the guard.
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Former Summer Olympic City London England

2. Athens, Greece

Years Hosted: 1896, 2004

Things to Do in Athens, Greece

  • See the Parthenon on top of the hill and overlook the city.
  • Discover the ancient Agora Ruins.

Athens Greece Olympic City for Honeymoon

3. Sydney, Australia

Year Hosted: 2000

Things to Do in Sydney, Australia

  • Enjoy the Sydney Opera House.
  • Swim in an infinity pool right next to the ocean at Bondi Beach. What a perfect honeymoon activity!

Honeymoon in Sydney Australia

4. Amsterdam, Netherlands

Year Hosted: 1928

Things to Do in Amsterdam, Netherlands

  • Visit the Anne Frank House and take a tour.
  • Ride the Ferris Wheel in Dam Square and get a view of the city.

Amsterdam Netherlands European Honeymoon

5. Tokyo, Japan

Years Hosted: 1940 Cancelled (WWII – Tokyo had been awarded), 1964, 2020 (postponed to 2021 due to the coronavirus pandemic)

Things to Do in Tokyo, Japan

  • Dine at the epic Robot Restaurant in Tokyo.
  • Ride the Shinkansen Bullet Train if you want to travel more on your honeymoon.

Cherry Blossoms in Tokyo Japan Honeymoon

6. Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Year Hosted: 2016

Things to Do in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

  • Relax at Copacabana Beach on your honeymoon.
  • See the statue of Christ the Redeemer.

Rio de Janeiro Brazil Olympic City

7. Mexico City, Mexico

Year Hosted: 1968

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Things to Do in Mexico City, Mexico

  • Have a romantic honeymoon picnic in Bosque de Chapultepec.
  • Watch dancers at Plaza de la Ciudadela.

Mexico City Mexico Summer Olympic City

8. Montreal, Canada

Year Hosted: 1976

Things to Do in Montreal, Canada

  • Take a newlywed stroll in the Gardens of Light.
  • Board a sunset cruise on the Saint-Lawrence River for a special honeymoon evening.

Montreal Quebec Canada Olympic City

9. St. Louis, Missouri

Year Hosted: 1904

Things to Do in St. Louis, Missouri

  • Stop by the St. Louis Zoo.
  • Go to the Shakespeare Festival if you honeymoon in August.

St Louis Missouri Arch Honeymoon

Summer Olympic Cities – Future

If you’re looking for a way to time your honeymoon with the next Olympic games, there are exciting locations. These upcoming summer Olympic cities are awesome spots for a honeymoon.

You could even see the Olympic games if you schedule well in advance! If you plan on visiting during the Olympics, make sure to plan ahead as accommodations will sell out fast.

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10. Paris, France

Year Hosting: 2024

Things to Do in Paris, France

  • Watch the sunset (or the sunrise) at the Eiffel Tower. This is probably one of the most exciting things to do on your honeymoon!
  • Enjoy a captivating cabaret.
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Paris France Romantic Honeymoon Eiffel Tower

11. Los Angeles, California

Year Hosting: 2028

Things to Do in Los Angeles, California

  • Visit The Magic Castle for magic, alcohol, and a great time.
  • Take a self-guided walking tour of the art galleries along Gallery Row.
  • Enjoy the Farm Sanctuary.

Hollywood Sign Los Angeles CA Honeymoon

12. Brisbane, Australia

Year Hosting: 2032

Things to Do in Brisbane, Australia

  • Visit the Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary.
  • Head to Eat Street Northshore for a great honeymoon meal.

Brisbane Australia Honeymoon Destination

Honeymoon in an Olympic Destination

Whether you’re looking for adventure or a relaxing honeymoon, consider one of these summer Olympic cities. There is something here for any type of honeymoon experience you could think of.

Whether you’re looking to plan a future honeymoon near the Olympics, or you’re just trying to visit one of the cities made famous from the Olympic games, there are exciting cities around the globe just waiting to be explored!

Summer Olympic Cities Perfect for an Amazing Honeymoon

Photos: Zhang Kaiyv, Jamie Street, Patrick, Dan Freeman, Giovanna De Martino, Ryoji Iwata, Agustin Diaz Gargiulo, Francisco De Nova, Seb Hamel, Brittney Butler, Anthony Delanoix, Cameron Venti, Alice Duffield

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