When to Go

High Season (Jun–Aug)

  • Everybody comes to Europe and all of Europe hits the road.
  • Hotel prices and temperatures are at their highest.
  • Expect all the major attractions to be nightmarishly busy.

Shoulder (Apr–May & Sep–Oct)

  • Crowds and prices drop, except in Italy, where it's still busy.
  • Temperatures are comfortable but it can be hot in southern Europe.
  • Overall these are the best months to travel in Europe.

Low Season (Nov–Mar)

  • Outside ski resorts, hotels drop their prices or close down.
  • The weather can be cold and days short, especially in northern Europe.
  • Some places, such as resort towns, are like ghost towns.