With the weather getting warmer, flowers coming into bloom and a new year of events and festivals ahead of us – Spring is a fantastic season to explore cities and countries near and far.
And with the diversity available in Europe, there are certain cities that are unmissable during the Spring months for lots of different reasons. Because of this, I wanted to share my top 3 Spring-centric cities today, so that you can get some wanderlust to explore during this season! Ha!
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Amsterdam is a cultural haven of activity. One of the first things you’ll notice in the city is the sheer amount of diversity through the streets. The walls are painted with bright, beautiful murals and the city folk are kind and welcoming. It’s a lovely place to explore, whether that’s for a long weekend or an entire week!
During Spring, Amsterdam, who are famous for their tulips, have a festival all about the blooming of their beautiful flowers. The festival runs through April where the streets of the city are decorated with gorgeous flowers across a variety of locations. If you’re interested in the tulip festival, be sure to read more about it here. If you’re looking for an exceptionally gorgeous array of tulips while in Amsterdam, be sure to head to Keukenhof Gardens between the months of March and May.
Another huge celebration in Amsterdam during Spring is King’s Day. This event, celebrated on April 27th, see’s the city turn orange for a day – with everybody donning the colour and painting the town with parties. Although I’ve never personally celebrated King’s Day in Amsterdam, it sounds like an incredible event! You can check out 10 facts about King’s Day here.
I’ve done a few posts about Amsterdam on the blog, also, so if you’re looking for something to do while you’re in the city – be sure to check them out here. (I also visited during December and have a post all about their Christmas Markets, so be sure to check that out!)
Nestled on the edge of Lake Geneva, with the snow-capped mountains of Mont Blanc in the distance, Montreux is the perfect place to go if you’re looking to relax and recuperate this Spring. Hemingway’s novel, A Farewell to Arms, was based in the town – which has drawn other writers like the Shelley’s and Nabokov to the idyllic shores to relax and find inspiration.
During Spring, there’s a ball in the town held at Montreux Palace, which you can purchase tickets to if you’re looking for a night of dinner and dancing luxury! And with the views of Mont Blanc and the warmer Lake Geneva, with it’s promenade flowers in bloom, it’ll be somewhere you’ll be sure to get fantastic photos during your trip!
City Park (named one of the prettiest outdoor parks in Europe), Buda Hills and Margaret Island aren’t the only places you need to be visiting in Budapest to enjoy Spring to it’s fullest – the city also holds a festival throughout the month of April. Celebrating the production of art and music, the festival focuses on outdoor performances of famous musicians from a variety of genres, which you can read more about here.
Budapest’s long-standing reputation as the city of spas holds true, too, as you can spend the warmer weather basking in the many medicinal thermal baths offered. A city of vibrancy, with music quite literally filling the streets, and relaxation by thermal baths, Budapest strikes a good middle-ground between the festivities of Amsterdam and the retreat-style adventures of Montreux.
Do you have any destinations that you’re interested in solely for Spring? I’d love to know! Or, is there anywhere, in general, you’re hoping to visit? Be sure to comment below or tweet/Instagram me @mileinmyglasses!
I hope you have a lovely day,