The proliferation of outdoor cafe tables proves that spring has well and truly sprung. Thankfully, high season hasn't arrived yet; prices remain low and crowds relatively few.

Sechseläuten, Zürich

On the third Monday in April, Zürich celebrates spring with a costumed parade and ceremonial burning of the snowman (Böögg). At 6pm a fire is lit under the 4m-high effigy; when the fireworks in his head explode, winter is finished.

Festival of Sacred Music, Brno

During the weeks leading up to Easter, six ancient churches in Brno serve as a blessed backdrop for Lenten concerts. Events include the likes of the Prague Philharmonic performing Beethoven's celebrated mass, Missa Solemnis.