Best Places to Visit in Western Europe
France: Paris, Lyon, Marseille, Manchester
Spain: Barcelona, Madrid, Seville, Malaga
Germany: Munich, Frankfurt, Hamburg, Cologne
The Netherlands: Amsterdam, Rotterdam
Belgium: Bruges, Brussels, Antwerp
Best time to Visit Western Europe
Top destinations: Paris, London, Berlin, Amsterdam
|High Season||Shoulder Season||Low Season|
|Nov||Mar – Apr||May – Sept|
|Jan – Feb||Oct||Dec|
Paris is quieter in summery July and August. A good time to visit.
In big cities, some business hotels offer big discounts in summer
Closures: Locals flock to the Mediterranean coast in summer. In France and Italy, many businesses are shut. – Daylight hours: Winter days are shorter.
But, winter is a peak period in some parts: Christmas is wonderfully festive. Ski resorts at their busiest. Many winter festivals.
Closures: The shoulder season in Switzerland is generally quiet. Some hotels and cable cars are closed. Always check the attractions’ websites and book in advance.
Mini Peak Seasons: Oktoberfest (Germany) / Fasching / Queen’s Day (Amsterdam) / Christmas Markets
Peak Season vs Low Season – What is the Best Time to Go?
It depends what makes your ideal holiday.
The off season travel months are generally the cheapest time to visit any destination. There’s a good chance that hotels and attractions offer discounted prices.
In contrast, the best month to experience a destination also tends to the busiest, so you have to contend with more crowds and longer queues at attractions. But peak season is the peak for a reason, so there’s many things at their best – such as weather, opening hours, events etc.
If your calendar is pretty open, then shoulder season is a great time for independent travellers. Between peak season and off season, the ‘shoulder’ months give you the best of both worlds.