Is there anything more romantic, peaceful, and exuberant than Europe in the spring? We don’t think so either! From strolling along the Seine in Paris to participating in all-day celebrations in Norway to lounging on beautiful Grecian beaches, a visit to the Old Continent during this season of growth and rebirth is sure to be everything you’ve ever dreamed of and more.
While you’ll have an amazing time no matter where in Europe you visit during the spring, we’ve put together a list of some of the top European cities to visit in the spring.
There’s a reason everyone talks about Paris in the springtime! Nearly everywhere you look you’ll find gorgeous pink blooms, fresh weather, and plenty of opportunities for picture-perfect moments. If you visit in the month of May, try to time your visit with Nuit des Musee, or the Night of Museums, allows visitors to explore some of the world’s most famous museums late at night, completely free. Paris is also home to several amazing parks and gardens, perfect for a leisurely stroll or indulgent picnic, and plenty of outdoor cafe spaces that are only more enjoyable on a brisk spring day.
If old-world charm is what you seek, Vienna in the spring more than delivers. Here, you’ll find blossoming cherry blossoms, countless quaint coffee houses with outdoor seating beginning as early as March, some of the world’s best ice cream, and plenty of green space to stretch out and enjoy the great outdoors. Stroll through a local outdoor market, rent a bike and explore the city’s gorgeous architecture, or time your visit with Electric Spring in April, a free festival that combines food, artwork, and music.
If you’re looking to spend some of your Spring in the UK, skip the tourist crowds in London and pay Oxford a visit. Stop for a photo beside the famous, ancient cherry blossom tree outside of University Church on the high street, wander the University’s botanical gardens or one of the city’s countless parks, or stroll along the colourful Cowley Road and find a spot to stop and sip a drink or two under the springtime sun. For a truly unique experience, time your visit with the first of May: on this day, stay open until 5am, and at 6am, thousands of people gather in the city centre to hear the church bells ring and choirs singing hymns from the top of the city’s Great Tower.
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Amsterdam truly shines in the springtime! For the best views of the iconic tulip bloom, make sure you arrive in early spring to see them in their full glory. There’s a local event or quirky site to visit every single day in the city, so make sure to check out what’s on offer before you leave, or even plan your visit around one of the many exciting festivals (such as the coffee festival in March or the massive celebration of King’s Day in April). Or just wander the city! See the Dutch Masters in one of the city’s many museums, relax in a sunny park, or do as the Dutch do and explore the city via bike.
The hordes of tourists that come with it? Think again! A visit to the southernmost Greek island of Crete in the springtime has it all: here, you’ll experience vibrant nightlife, natural beauty, and fresh-grown products like olives, honey, and wine. Explore the rocky cliffs that jut out into the sea, walk along endless sandy beaches, and enjoy fresh-caught seafood from one of the many warm, welcoming restaurants everywhere on the island.