22 July 2013 by Anna Staford
Europeans love their vacations and everybody’s always looking forward to that time of the year when they can spend a few weeks off for a fun holiday — summer. If you’re still undecided on where to go this year, check out our list of the 5 best European summer holiday destinations.
Bern is a charming city built with local sandstones, medieval fountains, open squares, and plenty of impressive architecture that would remind you of gallant knights and beautiful women in long woollen dresses. Summer is the perfect time to visit Bern because the lovely weather allows you to ride a bike or ride in a horse-drawn carriage around the city. Check out the Zytglogge tower built in 1191 or stop by Munster, which is Bern’s 15th century Gothic church. You can also check out museums and botanical gardens, and dine in the city’s popular restaurants.
Summer’s an excellent time to visit Tuscany. There are many festivals or sagre happening in this picturesque region in central Italy this time of year. You’ll have lots of things to do and eat during summer because festivities are always dedicated around a local product like truffles, chestnuts, olive oil, and wine. Aside from the gastronomic experiences that await you in Tuscany, you can also tour the beautiful sceneries, renaissance art, and historic landmarks scattered across its towns and cities.
If you’re a certified foodie then you’ll love Copenhagen. In fact, this city is home to the #2 top restaurant in the world based on a survey made by Restaurant Magazine. Noma serves Nordic cuisine filled with absolutely wonderful flavours. Summer is the best time to visit Copenhagen because the streets come alive during this time of year as locals and tourists celebrate various festivals. Go around the city by foot or ride a bike and check out museums and tourist landmarks such as The Little Mermaid and Christiania.
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The best time to visit Budapest is during the months of May to September when the weather is warm. Take a river cruise to see some of the city’s landmarks like the Castle Hill, Parliament Building, and Gellert Hill. Check out the museums and religious architecture all around the city. Summer’s also the perfect time to enjoy the beaches, go wine tasting, or clubbing.
When travelling to Czech Republic, people always visit Prague but if you want to avoid the herds of tourists during your trip, you should check out Moravia in the eastern most part of the country. Moravia is a region filled with castles and Old World architecture and sceneries. Visit it during the summer and witness a different side of Czech Republic — serene, laid back, and relaxing.
When travelling to any of these or other European destinations, make sure you have holiday travel insurance for Europe. This is important to ensure you are covered in case a medical emergency arises. European travel insurance also protects you from the financial risks of travelling including missed or cancelled flights, theft, lost baggage, and even terrorism.
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