The Best Time To Visit Europe – When to Go to Europe

The Best Time To Visit Europe – When to Go to Europe

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Do you know what can be a Herculean task? Deciding what’s the best time to explore Europe – be it winters, spring, summers or autumn, the continent has beautiful vistas to offer around the year! So if you are already confused about the best time to visit Europe, we will take you through every season across Europe to help you smartly plan your Europe trip. We feel, there’s no ideal time to visit this magical continent that’s been luring international travellers since centuries, every season has its own charm. But we will let you decide, what suits you best!

Spring – Why Visit Europe in Spring

Budapest during the spring
Budapest during the spring

Spread over the months of March, April and May, spring is the best time to visit Europe for admiring the natural beauty of the place! The lush green landscape covered with blooming flowers is a treat to the eyes. Paris is the perfect place to watch cherry blossom with a fantastic backdrop. Belgrade, Serbia also bursts into these cotton-candy like blooms during this season, livening it up. Do check out the Fjords of Norway. France and England are the most popular destinations in Europe during spring time. Other destinations that are worth your travel itinerary are Zadar, Seville, Amsterdam and Budapest.

Festivals and Events:

  • St Patrick’s Parade (Dublin) – March
  • Lisboa Dance Festival (Lisbon) – March

Summer – Best season to visit Europe

Dorset in summers
Dorset in summers

Prevalent from June to August, summer is the best to time to visit Europe for warm sunshine and pristine beaches. The mean temperature of European beaches is 20°C. If you desire minimal crowd, visit them in mid to late September. Generally speaking, Brits and Europeans love to spend their time in the coastal areas of Spain, Italy, France and Turkey. You can also opt for hiking in the Europe summer months. Exploring the wilderness will be fun! Dress casual if you plan to indulge in outdoor activities. Since this is the peak season, we suggest you to explore offbeat places like Meteora (Greece), Lugano (Switzerland) and Zadar (Croatia). They are usually overlooked by typical tourists, so you can vacation there minus the crowd!

Festivals and Events:

  • Tomorrowland (Belgium) – July 
  • Gothenburg Culture Festival (Sweden) – August
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Autumn – Best time to visit Europe on a budget

Germany's Neuschwanstein Castle during autumn
Germany’s Neuschwanstein Castle during autumn

Spread from September to November, autumn is the best time to visit Europe on a budget as you can enjoy tourist attractions without the maddening, summer crowd around you. The prices of hotels and flights are surprisingly low then! Romania and Portugal are good offbeat places for autumn. For the fall, carry a coat and boots for beating the coolness of the breeze and wetness of the rain. This is a good time for checking out the marvellous Northern Lights conquering the lovely blue sky. Autumn is the perfect season for hiking as well!

Festivals and Events:

  • Oktoberfest (Germany) – September
  • La Mercè Festival (Spain) – September

Winter – Plan an awesome Europe trip!

The snowy landscape of Germany in winters
The snowy landscape of Germany in winters

Falling in the months of December, January and February, winter is the best time to visit Europe to soak in the spirit of Christmas, Christmas markets, snow-based sports and new year festivities. Step into the Christmas markets of Dresden, Vienna, Cologne and Copenhagen as they’ll surprise you with their brilliance! Many ski resorts open to the general public by the end of November and close again in the Mid-April. If possible, don’t consider visiting them in and around Xmas. The demand is huge! Planning to spend time in offbeat destinations, then consider them: Prague, Florence and Santorini. You will need a good amount of warm clothes to protect yourself from the severely cold weather.

Festivals and Events:

  • Cologne Carnival (Germany) – February
  • Snow and Ice Sculpture Festival (Belgium) – December
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