All year round
The best time to visit Europe depends on where you're headed, so here's a snapshot of some of the best cities and when to explore them
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Lyon in spring is all about the gardens. Explore the countryside on bike and by foot and wander among the beautiful flowers and trees. A picnic in the park with a spread of cheese, wine and strawberries is the perfect way to enjoy a spring afternoon in this beautiful French city.
Standing proudly on the banks of the Dambovita River, Bucharest is the heart of Romania. The capital is rich in natural open spaces, with much in the way of walking trails and parks. It’s a great city to explore by foot during the amenable springtime temperatures, with spectacular landmarks such as Revolution Square and its many beautiful churches.
Everywhere you turn in Amsterdam this time of year, you’ll be wooed by the beauty of tulips. One of Holland’s biggest drawcards, these flowers are a sight that needs to be seen to be truly appreciated. Enjoy the world-famous Keukenhof Gardens and tiptoe through Amsterdam’s annual Tulip Festival every April.
Vineyards, Bordeaux, France
The city of ‘White Nights’, this time of year brings people from near and far to enjoy the city that doesn’t sleep. By day, indulge in some delectable Russian ice cream as you stroll the parks and streets, then head to one of the daily ballets, operas or concerts at the classical halls.
Summer is the perfect time to enjoy the open roads, countryside and vineyards with a glass of local wine and a French sunset, that will be a lasting memory.
With vineyards, fairytale-like villages and rolling hills, the Moselle Valley has all the right ingredients for a romantic summer holiday.
Not only is Paris a little less crowded in autumn, nature is at its prettiest. Like a watercolour painting, red, yellow and orange leaves scatter parks across the city and while it might be a little chilly to hang out in the park, you’ll still comfortably enjoy the outdoor terraces.
Sunny days that aren’t too hot, fewer crowds and greener pastures. Enjoy the beauty of the Douro Valley where timeless villages, terraced landscapes and hilltop wine estates capture the attention.
You might be drawn to the sun-splashed summer days, but Budapest is just as beautiful, if not more so, in the autumn months. Bathe in the thermal spas scattered throughout the city or take a dip in the open air pool.
"Not only is Paris a little less crowded in autumn, nature is at its prettiest"
A contradiction in itself, Strasbourg in France is a fusion of medieval and contemporary making it an amazing and unpredictable city. It is most beautiful at Christmas time when wooden huts pop up in town centres with various styles of Christmas markets, including France’s oldest Christmas market founded in 1570.
Clear blue skies, crisp white snow and bustling Christmas markets, Vienna is anything but dull in the colder seasons. The stunning centre becomes blanketed in strings of Christmas lights and the gingerbread-like stalls make you feel like you’re in a tiny village within the big city.
A pretty city 365 days a year, it’s hard to believe its beauty gets turned up a notch in winter, but it does. Red-roofed buildings dusted in snow backed by tall, frosted trees makes for incredible scenery.
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