As the first green shoots emerge in the lowlands, snow still lies heavy in the mountains above. Concert seasons start and continue until autumn.

Budapest Spring Festival

Classical music is king late in March when Hungary's capital hosts two weeks of world-renowned opera, symphonic music and ballet performances. Venues include gilt concert halls and open-air stages set up on pedestrian squares.

Polish Music Festivals

A number of towns in Poland have small spring and summer music festivals. In Kraków the focus is organ concerts; in Wrocław jazz takes centre stage for three days when performances are held on the Odra River.