A fun European vacation might just be the best way to transition into the new season, but as you dream of your French, Italian, or Spanish spring getaway, millions of other people are doing the same thing – and there’s nothing that can put a damper on your travels quite like overcrowded streets and attractions that leave you feeling more stressed than relaxed.
That’s why those looking to enjoy a European spring at their own pace are forgoing the continent’s biggest hotspots in favor of quieter, though just as gorgeous cities that still hold a sense of authenticity.
To help you choose your next destination, Wizz Air, one of the world’s largest low-cost carriers, recently released a ranking of Europe’s least crowded cities that’ll offer travelers the perfect hassle-free experience this spring.
These were the five top picks:
While the Danish capital has always been praised for its gorgeous architecture and fairytale-like feel, it still remains criminally overlooked.
That’s why those looking to explore some of the Old Continent’s greatest wonders this spring without suffering through the impatient tourist crowds can’t go wrong with Copenhagen, where you can relax in an outdoor cafe and watch the blooming flowers in between long sightseeing sessions.
Here, you can stroll through the Tivoli Gardens, explore Nyhavn, visit the Rosenborg Castle, and take in that quintessential European charm while feeling comfortable and relaxed.
Yes, the place you’ve probably come to associate with diplomatic affairs is actually one of the best destinations to visit this season – after all, there’s a lot to marvel at in Brussels beyond the famous European Union headquarters.
Spring is the ideal time to take in the views of the blooming flowers in Arc du Cinquantenaire and the botanical gardens, see the iconic Grand Palace (without all the massive queues), and explore the city’s fascinating neighborhoods, from the trendy Saint-Gilles to the artsy Ixelles, without having to stop and catch your breath every two minutes.
Looking to go somewhere further North?
The Swede capital might just be the place for you.
Spread across 14 islands connected by picturesque bridges, Stockholm is truly unlike anything you’ve ever seen before, though, be warned that if you’re looking to take in that springtime sun, you might be a bit disappointed, since temperatures in April range between 1°C to 10°C (34°F to 50°F).
As long as you don’t mind a cool breeze here and there and bring some insulating layers with you, though, the city promises the experience of a lifetime.
Here, you can spend your days exploring Stockholm’s storied past at the Royal Palace, wandering through the cobblestone streets of Gamla Stan, or going all in on the tranquil experience by visiting Djurgarden Island, home to more parks and museums than you can count.
While Germany has always been (and continues to be), one of Europe’s most beloved destinations, Berlin, the capital, is remarkably quiet this time of year.
So, whether you’re looking to take in the bustling colors that take over Tiergarten and Volkspark Friedrichshain in spring or just want to explore world-class attractions like the Brandenburg Gate, the Berlin Wall Memorial, the East Side Gallery, and the Charlottenburg Palace in peace, now is the best time to book those tickets.
While the competition, as you’ve seen thus far, is pretty stiff, there’s one European capital that remains unrivaled when it comes to offering travelers the ultimate uncrowded experience right now – Warsaw.
Nestled in the heart of Poland, the central European gem is often overlooked in favor of its better-known neighbors, and if you’ve been lucky enough to explore these parts of the continent, that’s one of the biggest mistakes you can make.
With attractions like the Royal Castle, the Lazienki Park, and the famous Old Town, Warsaw is the perfect blend between the picturesque views of Prague and the forward-thinking vibe of Berlin.
If you’ve got a couple of extra days in Poland, though, I’d highly recommend visiting Krakow, too, a budget-friendly haven that’s sure to surpass all of your expectations.
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