With Easter just around the corner, I think now is the perfect time to share some of the Best Easter breaks in Europe. I know, with everything that is going on in the world right now, it’s impossible to visit any of these places, but once this is all over, I believe it will inspire you to book those tickets.
Easter Breaks in Europe also means that the days are longer, warmer, the trees and flowers are waking up from their winter sleep and the streets are full of colours and Easter decorations. It’s the perfect time to visit any of these beautiful European places!
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Easter in London usually falls somewhere between the end of March and Mid April. While many major activities take place over the 4 day Bank Holiday weekend, Easter also coincides with school holidays which means that things can be going on for two weeks, sp check the websites of the major art galleries and museums to see if they have any special family activities running. Here are some awesome ideas for what you can do during Easter in London:
- Attend a church service in St Paul’s Cathedral, Southwark Cathedral or Westminster Abbey. Whether you’re religious or not, the music, architecture and the ceremony are all awe inspiring.
- Watch The Passion of Jesus in Trafalgar Square. Every year on Good Friday, the Wintershall Players perform the Easter Story in Trafalgar Square. The 90 minute free performance features a cast of close to 100, along with horses and a donkey, and is attended by around 20,000 people each year. Bring clothing suitable for being outdoors (British spring can be rainy), and be aware that the performance includes a realistic interpretation of the crucifixion.
- Eat chocolate! Treat yourself to a Wolseley chocolate afternoon tea, or sample some of the finest pick and mix at the Harrods and Fortnum and Mason chocolate counters. Be aware that many shops (including Harrods) will be closed on Easter Sunday itself.
- Search for spring arrivals! Look for some Easter chicks and lambs at city farms all over London or Battersea Park Children’s Zoo. Our favourites are Mudchute and Hackney City Farms. You could also spot ducklings at the London Wetland Centre!
Head outside to London’s parks and gardens to see beautiful spring flowers – from daffodils in Green Park to tulips in St James Park, cherry blossom in Greenwich Park and crocuses in Battersea Park, London truly blooms in Spring.
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Full of great architecture, captivating history, yummy food, and great nightlife, Budapest is one of my favourite places in Europe.
Budapest isn’t an expensive city to visit and it’s popular with budget backpackers on their European tour. It comprises centuries-old thermal baths, crazy underground bars, stunning buildings, lots of green spaces, and lots and lots of great food. This amazing city is made up of two distinct halves; Buda where the gorgeous Fishermans Bastion is located, and Pest where you can find the Parliament Building. Travelling between the halves is pretty easy by metro or tram. Most of the main sights are well within walking distance, and the city is quite easy to explore on foot. If you love history, you must consider joining a free walking tour, they are usually run by volunteer locals, and who knows the city better than locals? No one, right? This is the best and also the cheapest way to explore while getting a comprehensive overview of the culture and history of the city.
One of the highlights of Budapest is the thermal baths where you can relax like a Roman God. Try the Szechenyi Spa where the architecture is stunning, located within a park, the water in this Spa is the hottest in the city, it is high in calcium, magnesium and hydrogen carbonate which by the way is great for joint pain, arthritis, blood circulation and disorders of the nervous system.
Eating is one of the best ways of getting to know a city, stop at The Market Hall for a quick lunch or snack, you can get pretty much everything over there. There are plenty of food stalls serving traditional Hungarian dishes at reasonable prices, but you can also get your souvenirs at this amazing market. Be sure to eat Kürtőskalács also known as chimney cake which is pretty popular in Hungary and also super yum!
There’s more to this city than all the tourist attractions, be sure to visit local cafes, restaurants and get the full Hungarian experience. Budapest has so many hidden cafés, underground bars & pubs, non-touristy streets, the old buildings. Try the food, mix in with the locals, learn some history. Get to know Budapest like a local!
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Austria’s Imperial capital offers a unique blend of imperial traditions and stunning modern architecture. It is famous for its cultural events, imperial sights, coffee houses, cozy wine taverns, and the very special Viennese charm.
Vienna’s history dates back to the first post-Christian century when the Romans established the military camp Vindobona. Today’s cityscape is characterised by the abundance of Baroque buildings created mostly under the rule of Empress Maria Theresia and Emperor Franz Joseph, who was largely responsible for the monumental architecture round the Ringstraße. The Imperial heritage is still very much in evidence, as we’ll see.
Schloss Schönbrunn, just out of the centre, is the former imperial summer residence, and one of the most popular tourist spots. The sumptuous palace with the beautifully tended formal gardens, the Gloriette monument, and the views make for wonderful photography. The huge Hofburg (Imperial Palace) was Habsburg’s HQ for over six centuries, and the State Armoury for example, provides a glimpse into the progression of the old Empire through the ages.
The splendid baroque Belvedere Palace today houses the Österreichische Galerie (Austrian Gallery) displaying the largest collection of works by Klimt and Kokoschka as well as famous paintings by Schiele. Vienna’s prime landmarks are the Gothic Stephansdom (St. Stephen’s Cathedral), the Giant Ferris Wheel in the Prater, Vienna’s old recreational park, and the Spanish Riding School with their world-famous Lipizzaner horses.
The city’s impressive array of museums include the Kunsthistorischen Museum with the world’s largest collection of Bruegel paintings, MuseumsQuartier with the Leopold Museum (Schiele), Museum Moderner Kunst (Museum of Modern Art), Architekturzentrum (Architectural Centre) and Kunsthalle rank among the city’s most important cultural venues. The Albertina is home to the world’s largest collection of graphic arts and prints (60,000 drawings, 1 million prints).
The artistic scene is also down very much to the influence of the many celebrated composer who lived and worked here including Strauß, Mozart, Beethoven and Haydn. The Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra is one of the world’s best, the Staatsoper one of the world’s leading opera houses, and the Vienna Boys’ Choir one the world’s most famous. Yet the artistic also is mixed with the academic, the Freud and Schnitzler museums are well worth a visit, and established Vienna as one of the prime academic centres of Europe.
In Vienna, traditional coffee houses, such as Cafés Landtmann and Central (where significant members of the fin-de-siecle such as Freud, Klimt, Jung and Schnitzler would go), rustic wine taverns, and the beloved sausage stand (Wuerstelstand) exist alongside top restaurants and shops. Time-honoured events alternate with internationally-acclaimed extravaganzas (Life Ball) to create a unique and very special ambience.
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With exciting Easter celebrations taking place and warm spring weather in the air, April is the ideal time of year to visit Nice in France. Getting around this coastal city couldn’t be easier because the main sights are all within walking distance of each other.
Start by visiting the iconic blue, white and red #ILOVENICE sign. The best time of day to go is first thing in the morning as it’s usually a lot less crowded – also making it a great time to take photographs!
Right below the sign is an expansive pebbled beach which leads to the clear blue Mediterranean Sea. It’s utterly picturesque. Afterwards, why not take a walk through the pedestrianised streets behind the beach, you will find some lovely authentic French cafes and restaurants. Wayne’s bar is also a personal favourite for a casual evening drink.
The Place Massena, the main square in the new town, is just a short walk from the beach. It is famous for its large and extravagant marble statue of Apollo which is a must-see.
From here you can walk to the Vieille Ville which is the old town of Nice. On your way there you will find streets filled with assorted markets stalls where you can buy fresh foods or browse paintings made by local artists.
The central feature of the old town is the Cathédrale Sainte-Marie et Sainte-Réparate with its exquisite Baroque-style architecture. Tradition dictates that the Cathedral bells are halted from Good Friday until Easter Sunday, but they are something to behold when they ring again.
The highlight of Nice’s Easter celebrations is the candlelit procession which begins outside the Cathedral on Good Friday evening. If you want to experience the Easter spirit in Nice, then join in or simply observe as the twinkling lights of the candles dance around the city – it’s completely free to join in!
Outside the Cathedral is the old town square which has a quaint French feel, with small shops and restaurants surrounding it. The French also have a tradition of decorating their own chocolate Easter eggs, so take yourself to a local chocolaterie along one of the neighbouring streets to have a go for yourself.
To enjoy the best views of Nice, take a stroll up to Castle Hill. It’s worth saving this until the end of your trip so you can see where you’ve been and even experience Nice from a new perspective.
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We are huge fans of Scotland rugged landscape. Dumfries and Galloway is our favourite places to visit over the Easter break due to its abundance of peace, space and natural beauty. Accessibly in the South West of Scotland, just over the border, beaches are plentiful and tranquil and the area is quiet and calm. Our favourite beach is at Monreith (featured photograph) which is complete heaven! Each time we have visited, we have been lucky enough to have plenty of room to let our dogs run free while we enjoy the fresh air and breath-taking scenery. We also love visiting Kilsture Forest, Galloway Forest Park, St Ninian’s Cave, and Rigg Bay, Garlieston. All beautiful and peaceful places.
As food lovers, we love the wide range of local food and drink producers in Dumfries and Galloway. The Crafty Distillery is most definitely worth a visit. They distil the delicious Hills and Harbour Gin which can be sampled with a tasty platter of local bread, cheese and meats. They also offer tours of the distillery. There are plenty of wonderful local places to buy and eat quality food whether you are a keen cook or choosing to eat out. In Castle Douglas, have a meal at Mr Pooks Kitchen. This is a recent addition to Castle Douglas but has already received great reviews from the likes of Giles Coren in the Times. Whilst in Castle Douglas pop into The Earths Crust for the most delicious fresh bread and pastries- the croissants are amazing! . Also, a visit to Portpatrick to dine at Knockinaam Lodge, which features in the Good Food Guide, is recommended.
We always run out of time to visit and enjoy all that Dumfries and Galloway has to offer and are rarely ready to return home. We are always keen to go back as soon as we can and recapture that feeling of relaxation and tranquillity. Highly recommended for lovers of open spaces, good food and peaceful holiday, and particularly dog friendly too.
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This beautiful little landlocked country located in central Europe is my home. I’ve was born and raised here until I was 22 and believe it’s one of the Best Easter Breaks in Europe you could do. It tends to get overshadowed by its sister country, Czech Republic, but it has a lot to offer.
I know many tourists judge Slovakia based on its capital city, Bratislava, and chances are you’ll visit this place first due to it having our main airport. I would suggest staying in Bratislava for just a couple days, which gives you plenty of time to visit the Historic Old Town, Bratislava Castle and Devin Castle ruins which proudly stands above the Danube river with breathtaking views.
Moving further north from Bratislava is Piestany. A most popular destination showcasing our largest thermal town with hot minerals swimming pools and SPAs (about 70°C), perfect for those with joint pains and problems with the locomotor system. Piestany is a beautiful town with plenty of fountains, beautiful flowers and historic old streets. There’s plenty of hotels with golf and tennis courts but if you’re looking for a more active holiday, you can take a scenic bike ride around the town and surroundings.
If you’re a fan of castles and history, then you can’t miss one of the most beautiful castles in Central Europe, Bojnice Castle. This medieval castle has stolen the hearts of many tourists with its charming surroundings, fairy-tales stories and rich collection of arts and historic valuables. Bojnice is a tiny little SPA town with outdoor swimming pools offering views of not just the Castle but the ZOO, medieval markets and a newly-built Dino parks for the little ones. I grew up near Bojnice and it’s still one of my favourite spots to visit with plenty of traditional Slovakian restaurants nearby.
Last but not least, High Tatras. National Park High Tatras located in the north of Slovakia, best known for its stately peaks reaching to the sky, glacier lakes, waterfalls and unique flora and fauna, it’s a perfect travel spot all year-round. From hiking and cycling to skiing and dog sledging. The High Tatras is truly one of the most beautiful Slovakian gems and it cannot be missed.
I know, I know, it evokes that inner wanderlust in you and if you could, you would book those tickets right away, I feel your pain. There are so many amazing places to visit! Let’s keep inspiring each other with more travel articles, photos and fill up that never-ending travel bucket list!
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