If you’re looking for the perfect spring trip, we hand picked the best places to visit in Europe in April. Explore the various cultures, sights, sounds, tastes, and experiences. April is one of the best months to see beautiful spring flowers and enjoy the beginning of warmer weather. Mild temperatures with refreshing breezes are perfect for sightseeing!
On a year when Easter falls in April, there are even more exciting things to do. Many European countries celebrate Easter with huge celebrations. For other great ideas when visiting Europe, check out these 25+ Epic Adventure to add to Your European Bucket List.
Best Places to Visit in Europe in April
The land of cheese, wooden shoes, and windmills is definitely among the list of best countries to visit in April. In Spring. the Holland Tulip festival takes place. With over 60 miles through 2,500 acres, the Tulip route was voted by National Geographic the world’s most beautiful road trip. To see the best of the blooming of tulips, make sure to include Keukenhof in your itinerary.
Another reason to visit the Netherlands in April is King’s s Day – held on April 27, marking the birthday of King Willem-Alexander. There are parties, flea markets and a sea of people wearing orange.
When discovering the Netherlands for the first time, exploring the Canals of Amsterdam, especially on a bicycle, is a must. Visit the famous Anne Frank House, Van Gogh museum, Rijksmuseum and have fun at De Efteling – one of the oldest theme parks in the world. HOTEL: The Dylan Amsterdam (9.2) or Waldorf Astoria Amsterdam (9.6)
Lisbon is the perfect spot for a sunny April European vacation that’s not too overcrowded. The mild weather is perfect for exploring all this city has to offer. Hop on an iconic yellow tram up to the Alfama district for beautiful views. Visit Santa Justa Lift, one of the most beautiful elevators in all of Europe. Take a boat ride down Tagus River and visit Belém Tower.
Spend an evening at Bairro Alto, one of Portugal’s oldest neighborhoods. It has been transformed into a major nightlife center during recent years. You can go on a pub crawl and stop in a cozy Fado restaurant to take in the Portuguese vibe.
April brings some fun festivals too. The Lisbon Fish and Flavors Festival is a great place to sample Portuguese cuisine. Music days in Belem showcases classical music, while Sónar Lisboa is all about cutting edge electronic music. So pack your bags and get ready for an adventure! HOTEL: EPIC SANA Marquês Hotel (9.2) or Browns Central Hotel (9.1)
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Corsica is a French Island located in the Mediterranean Sea, known for its dramatic landscape, hiking trails and gorgeous beaches. If you’re looking for a European island getaway in April, Corsica is definitely worth checking out! The weather is warmer than in other parts of France, and there are plenty of activities to keep you busy.
You can explore the villages and towns, hike in the mountains, or relax on the beach. Given that Corsica is a bit off the beaten path, it’s still not as crowded as some of the more popular tourist destinations. So if you’re looking for an authentic French experience combined with some beautiful scenery, Corsica should be at the top of your list! HOTEL: La Dimora – Les Collectionneurs (9.2) or Grand Hôtel De Cala Rossa & Spa Nucca (9.3)
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Istanbul is a city that offers many opportunities for the history buff, the architecture lover and those who want to experience Turkish culture. Visit the Blue Mosque and the Hagia Sophia, originally built as a church in 537 AD and converted into a mosque in 1453. Topkapi Palace, the Grand Bazaar and the Spice Bazaar are all must-sees, as is a cruise down the Bosporus.
In April, the Tulip Festival with 30 million tulips blooming around the entire city is a surprising treat. The tulips are accompanied by cherry blossoms and other flowers in beautiful displays and are definitely a sight to see. April is a great time to visit because it’s the shoulder season. If you visit during Easter week, hotel prices will be higher with the increased crowds. HOTEL: SOHO House Istanbul (9) or Hagia Sofia Mansions Istanbul (9.2)
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In Zermatt, April brings the first stages of spring and is perhaps the most beautiful time of the year. If the weather’s not too warm (and it typically isn’t), you may still enjoy some last-minute skiing or snowboarding. Zermatt famously has some of the best ski resorts in the world.
Take a train journey from Zermatt to Gornegrat. It is regarded as the most scenic ride in Europe with views of the Matterhorn. At the final stop, enjoy panoramic views of the mountains (at the height of over 10,000 feet) and get yourself warm with a cup of fresh coffee. Another fun thing to do is explore the old village and its charming buildings, dating back to the 16th century. HOTEL: Firefly Luxury Suites (9.5) or 22 Summits Boutique Hotel (9.3) or Unique Hotel Post (9.1)
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All roads lead to Rome, especially in April. Whether you are Catholic or not, the chance to visit the Vatican at Easter is definitely a bucket list event. The festivities at the Vatican, most held at St Peter’s Basilica and St. Peter’s Square, are understandably crowded. Arrive early because the number of visitors is strictly controlled.
Typically, in the week leading up to Easter, the Pope travels to other churches in Rome to perform holy rites. Every year the list changes, so make sure to follow the newest updates.
The best way to explore Rome is by eating your way through it. Indulge in mouthwatering pasta, pizza, and tiramisu to your heart’s content. Then work off those carbs as you explore the Eternal City seeing the Colosseum, the Parthenon, Piazza Navona and more. HOTEL: Chapter Roma (9) or DOM Hotel Roma (8.8)
The mesmerizing Andalusian capital city of Seville is absolutely one of the best places to visit in Europe in April. Orange blossoms scent the air from the 40,000 trees around the city. You can join the colorful flamenco dancers at the annual Sevilla Swing Festival. But the biggest happening is Semana Santa – the Holy Week leading up to Easter Sunday. It is a captivating event that commemorates the passion and death of Jesus Christ.
Seville is known for its unique blend of Gothic and Moorish architecture. La Giralda, the Mudejer style bell tower attached to the gothic Seville Cathedral, was a former mosque minaret. Climb to the top for an amazing view of the city. Other must-sees are the Plaza de Espana and the stunning Real Alcázar. HOTEL: Hotel Lobby Room Sevilla (9.4) or Plácido y Grata (9.4)
The best time to plan a trip to Budapest is definitely in April for the Budapest Spring Festival. The greatest Hungarian cultural event has more than 200 happenings from classical music to dancing and cinema.
Take a walking tour to experience Budapest’s architecture going past the neo-gothic Parliament Building, St. Stephen’s Basilica, the Széchenyi Chain Bridge and the Fisherman’s Bastion. Then have a relaxing afternoon at the Gellert Bath and Spa center, which takes pampering to a whole new level.
Pay a visit to Faust Wine Cellars to sample wines from 22 different Hungarian wine regions. Plus – taste the traditional Hungarian fruit palinka. If you are feeling adventurous, hit up the latest Hungarian ruin bars at night. Hotel: Aria Hotel Budapest by Library Hotel Collection (9.6) or Hotel Vision (9.6)
Scotland, United Kingdom
Scotland’s driest month is in April. It also happens to be the month when many castles reopen for visitors after their winter closure. With 375 castles recorded in Scotland, it’s impossible to see them all in one visit. However, you can take advantage of the lower amount of tourists to see more than usual.
One of the things you’ll notice is the amount of wildflowers blooming. Animal lovers will see a return of birds like puffins and baby sheep frolicking. So if you want to avoid crowds and enjoy some peace and quiet while exploring beautiful Scottish scenery, then April may just be your time to visit! HOTEL: Tigerlily (9) or The Scotsman Hotel (8.9)
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