Travel Europe. One place to visit for every month of the year

Europe, who doesn’t love it? The culture, the food, the people, the landscape. It is varied, fun, colourful, educating, Europe and its hundreds of towns, places, villages, beaches, and mountains. All that comes with this variety is just what everyone dreams of experiencing at least once in their lifetimes. Here comes a choice of places, always one to visit, for every month of the year. These are all tried and tested, many several times and in any case, tested in the month they are recommended here.

Travel Europe. One place to visit for every month of the year

England - Visit London in January

Whenever I am in London, I think it is a shit hole of a place. There is lots of dirt. It is loud and it is grubby. There are many drunks at night, and I can’t stand that they look for a fight. You wait for public transport together with countless rodents big and small. Jumping onto the tube or a bus at rush hour makes you feel like wearing a too-tight sweater under a big winter coat. One has to queue for literally everything from money to coffee. The positives - think culture, art, coffee- and bookshops - outweigh the negatives. That is why I love London so much. London, the capital city of the United Kingdom is worth a trip at any time of the year. No matter why or when you visit, you are going to love it too. If you visit in January, it is quieter than in all other months. Locals are still recovering from the festive season. Most tourists stay at home, still planning where to travel to next. January is the ideal month to visit the capital of England.

Architectural structure in the form of a gherkin, in silver and black colour.

The Netherlands - Visit Rotterdam in February

Rotterdam is the second biggest town in the Netherlands. It is only 90 kilometres away from picture-perfect, everybody’s darling capital Amsterdam. Remember to never call the country Holland. It is The Netherlands. Rotterdam’s city centre was destroyed by Germans in WW2. There was no other option for the Rotterdammers as to rebuild from scratch. Rotterdam that is breathtakingly beautiful modern architecture, trendy coffee shops and relaxed locals. Relaxed, that is so Dutch, right?

Architectural structure with a colourful ceiling with flowers and animals.

Poland - Visit Gdansk in March

A restored pastel-coloured old town. A maritime river embankment. This town is one of Poland’s treasures. It is here where World War 2 started on 1st September 1939. These days there is hardly any trace that it was severely damaged by Germans in the war. On some corners, it happens that it feels like walking through a fairy-tale.

The physicist Daniel Gabriel Fahrenheit and the philosopher Arthur Schopenhauer were both born in Gdańsk. The Pomeranian town by the River Motlawa was first mentioned and founded in the 10th century. Gdańsk with its thousand-year-old history was controlled by different nations. It is tough work to come to terms with its surely strenuous history.

It is here, where Lech Walesa founded the Solidarity movement in the 1980s. That step brought the world closer to the end of communism. What a town.

Pastel-coloured rows of period properties and a red brick church tower.

Italy - Visit Positano in April

A tiny village on the Mediterranean Sea hugged by massive mountains. Tiny cobblestoned lanes. Colourful buildings. Fiat 500s parked on the roadside of the narrow main road. The smell of lemons and freshly baked bread hanging in the air. Curious cats. People browsing the small shops. Positano on the Amalfi Coast in Campania in Italy is sort of too enchanting to be true. Thousands of people love to visit this place. It is not as busy in April and the weather is already warm-ish and mild enough to make the most of it. Visitors from all over the world flock to this place. I love that the people living here managed to keep its charm and not turn it into Disneyworld.

Pastel-coloured houses of a village perched into a mountain range.

Croatia - Visit Split in May

This goes way back, as so often in Europe. Strictly speaking, Split the result of a rather mundane property project. Once upon a time, 1700 years ago, the Roman Emperor Diocletian built a palace as a retirement home. Over time, it turned into the lively town of Split.

Split is UNESCO heritage listed; the old town remains fully intact. Shops, restaurants, bars, and museums moved into the roman architecture structures. They moved into the gothic parts of town. They moved into renaissance buildings. They moved into the properties with baroque facades. The layout hasn't changed. Locals go on with their day to day lives and hang out with friends and family. Tourists do what tourists do, they buy souvenirs, eat and take photos. There even is street art and modern brutalist-style architecture in the modern parts of town. And, you can go swimming in the Adriatic Sea and go for hikes in the nearby countryside. What is not to love?

A row of white properties with red roofs behind a row of green palmtrees on the shore of the blue sea under a blue sky with white clouds.


Norway - Visit Eidfjord in June

June in Europe. Pictures of wildflowers, days spent hiking in the sunshine and evenings spent dining on terraces. In Norway, it is not as summery as you might expect it to be at this time of the year. Mind you, it is warm enough already. The Kingdom of Norway, the country of mountains, glaciers and coastal fjords shares borders with Sweden, Finland, Russia and Denmark. Its extensive coastline runs along the North Atlantic Ocean, the North Sea, and the Barents Sea.

Fjords (1,190 of them), lush valleys, blue rivers and lakes and a sea of green made from pine trees. Go on a road trip, and you drive for hours and seemingly endlessly through thick forests and along rivers, and fjord after fjord, after fjord. Find funny looking trolls living on trees and in between rocks and cliffs. People say one can find them all over Norway's wild and isolated mountainous plateaus.

Eidfjord is an ideal base for some remarkable excursions in Norway's south region. The 900 souls strong Eidfjord in Hordaland county sits at the end of the Eid Fjord. That one is an arm of the great Hardanger Fjord. From here you can visit the picturesque Måbødalen valley, the mighty Vøringsfossen waterfall, the icy-cold but magical Hardangervidda National Park, and colourful Bergen.

Two blue lakes on a moss and grass covered mountain plateau under a bright blue sky with a few white clouds.

Austria - Visit Kühtai in July

The village in the municipality of Silz, right in the heart of the Stubai Alps lies in the magnificent Sellrain valley in Austria. Kühtai, with only ten permanent inhabitants, is one of the smallest villages in the whole of Tyrol. It sits at an elevation over 2,000 meters. I wonder where all the other tourists are, it is so quiet. I ask a shop owner from whom I buy locally made honey. He tells me that there aren’t many visitors around in summer. It is what it is. As far back as 1288, there was a cow alpine pasture, and that is where the village (maybe) got its name from. The idea to design a holiday resort already came up centuries ago. In the 17th century, an old farmhouse was transformed into a hunting lodge. Later, in the 19th century, into a hotel.

Kühtai's mountain climate is heaven for allergy sufferers and asthmatics. Pure mountain air. Long summer days. A fantastic view of the alpine scenery. Kühtai has everything one needs to recharge the batteries.

Green mountain lake on a green mountain plateau in front of snow covered mountains under a blue sky.

Germany - Visit Friedrichstadt in August

Do you dream of walking through a town as pretty as a photo in a coffee table book? I found it for you. Friedrichstadt is a town in the district of Northern Frisia, in the German state of Sleswick-Holsatia. The town named after Duke Friedrich III. from Schleswig-Gottorp is a dream come true. In the 17th century, the duke needed people with expertise in designing towns by the water. Who is an expert in it? Exactly, the Dutch. The ever so clever duke managed to lure them over. He could also make use of their trade relations with partners as far away as Spain.

When you visit, you see that the Dutch created a true masterpiece of a town. Here, the rivers Eider, Treene and Sorge cross the hinterland of the North Sea coast. The Dutch made use of the water from the rivers Eider and Treene to fill the canals. After a few moments, you understand why this town is also known as 'Little Amsterdam.' Narrow canals, 18 bridges, gabled houses, and straight cobblestoned streets. Friedrichstadt is a piece of the Netherlands in Germany. In August, Friedrichstadt is crazy busy, but still, it is probably one of the best months to visit. It is a town by the North-Sea and the climate is accordingly wet and rather nippy. Visit in the early morning or in the late afternoon. That is when you can spend some alone time. Any other time is great to enjoy the busy atmosphere and to people watch.

A beergarden and a row of colourful houses on a canal with a white and red boat.

Italy - Visit Elba in September

Elba, the biggest island in the Tuscan archipelago. The island in the shape of a fish is roughly 220 kilometres to the south (-west) from the ever so trendy Florence. Mountains, the Mediterranean Sea, small villages with cute pastel-coloured houses, and glorious fresh food. The 30,000 residents who call Elba home live mostly in the capital Portoferraio. To avoid the summer crowds, visit Elba in September. You can still swim in the Tyrrhenian Sea and drink Prosecco on alfresco terraces in peace. It feels like summer compared to other parts of Europe.

A cobblestoned lane between pastel-coloured houses with flowers and plants on their facades.

Finland - Visit Rovaniemi in October

Where is Finland? The Republic of Finland in Northern Europe shares a border with Norway in the north, Sweden in the northwest, and Russia in the east. Finland became independent from Russia as recently as in 1917. It is so sparsely populated, that one might say Finland is in Europe what Namibia is in Africa.

Rovaniemi, the capital of Lapland is only six kilometres south of the Arctic Circle. The town in Finland's northernmost province is spread out over 8,016.75 square kilometres. That makes it the largest one in the European Union. There is more than enough space to play under the midnight sun or in the snow. In summer you pick berries, go hiking and breathe fresh air. The country has a great environmental policy. Women and men enjoy the same rights and opportunities. The Finns have a beautiful work-life balance. One can say they enjoy a good quality of life. Visiting Rovaniemi in October you can expect to see the Northern lights and some snow.

Red wooden houses in a forest on the shore of a lake under an overcast sky with low hanging clouds.

France - Visit Paris in November

Paris is always a good idea. Right. It somehow feels as if everything has been said about the capital of France already. Rest assured, this will never become true. The city changes all the time, Parisians change, and we as visitors change too, probably every day. No matter how often I visit Paris, I find something exciting and inspiring. Isn't that what makes towns like Paris so unique? The certainty that there will always be something new to see on future visits. In any case, as Marcel Proust said, "The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes." Paris is super busy with visitors in early autumn and in spring. Visit in November to find the city as good as deserted from tourists. Even the queue at the Louvre is not that long. It can be foggy, rainy, the weather can be outright miserable, or it can be sunny, you never know. It is November.

Beergarden with rows of light green chairs and tables under trees in autumn foliage.

Austria - Visit Vienna in December

Vienna, the capital of Austria sits in the east of the country. Known the world over for Mozart and Beethoven. For ballroom dancing and museums. For the Hapsburg monarchy and Art Nouveau architecture. Known for chocolaty Sacher Torte and Apple Strudel. Vienna dressed in sparkly Christmas lights welcomes fans of the festive season. Millions of lights are lavishly sprinkled all over the city. For all, who are hungry for mulled wine and gingerbread this is the most magical time of the year. The atmosphere in Vienna during Christmas time is unbeatable.

Christmas ornament in the form of dolls with a bright smile, in red knitted jumpers

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