GIPD Travel: A Guide To Each Season In Europe

Europe offers fairytale locations, a range of cultures, bustling cities, amazing nightlife, beautiful beaches- and so much more! We’re often asked ‘When is the best time of year to visit Europe?’ and if we’re honest, it’s not an easy question to answer. Each season has it’s own benefits and downfalls and each country is best seen at a different time of year.

Now Spring 2017 is on the horizon we know many of you are planning your trips for the new year, so, we’ve put together a mini guide to help you decide which parts of Europe you should visit during each season..


Spring (March, April, May)

This is also known as ‘Shoulder Season’ (from April) and as Spring draws in towards the end of the May the Summer crowds begin to flock in.

Places best enjoyed in Spring: France and Holland

Pros: Beautiful colours of blossoming flowers, cheaper deals and less crowded cities. You’ll also experience a more authentic side to Europe as locals tend to stay at home during this season.

Cons: Possibility of low temperatures, quieter attractions with shorter opening hours and possibility of closures in low season

Summer (June, July, August)

This is ‘Peak Season’ in Europe but is often the only choice for families and students.

Places best enjoyed in Summer: Sweden, Denmark and Norway for a Scandinavian summer

Pros: Warm Weather, Easy to meet fellow travellers, good for Families and most attractions offer longer hours

Cons: Heavy Crowds, High tempertures, High Prices, Some cities become ‘tourist towns’ and the locals disappear.

TIP: Avoid Paris and southern Europe in August

Autumn (September, October, November)

This is also known as ‘Shoulder Season’ and as summer draws to a close towards the start of September the summer crowds also begin to disappear.

Places best enjoyed in Autumn: Italy, Croatia and green cities such as Berlin

Pros: You’ll find some bargain deals, quieter crowds and great ‘Autumn sun’ holidays as southern Europe continues warm temperatures throughout September and October. In cities you’ll witness the beautiful colours of the Autumns foliage.

Cons: Towards the end of Oct/Nov the temperature will begin to fall in Northern Europe and Christmas Crowds will flock in towards the end of the season.

Winter (December, January, February)

Although this is also known as ‘Low’ season (this mainly applies in the South of Europe) , during late November and December crowds flock in to experience an authentic European Christmas in the north.

Best places to enjoy Winter: Think Germany, Belgium and London, although busy at this time of year, they are all great places to get into the Christmas spirit. If you’re looking for somewhere less crowded that still offers that cosy festive atmosphere, think villages and towns off the beaten path in Northern France and Switzerland.

Pros: Authentic Christmas Markets and light shows during December! Low cost trips in Jan and Feb, particularly to Southern locations.

Cons: Large crowds during Christmas Season and Low temperatures

Avoid: Large business cities in January. Many conferences take place in low season during January and February so hotel prices will hike up, particularly during week days.

So, which season do you want to visit Europe in? Leave us a comment below!

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