Visiting European cities in the springtime is a dream. The flowers are blooming, the sun is shining, and the air is warm and pleasant; the world seems like a movie still from “The Sound of Music.” When planning your next spring holiday, keep these next locations in mind. Lesser traveled, these destinations will surprise you in their beauty, luxury, and overlooked gems.
Do: The northernmost city on the list, Oslo is a sight to behold in the springtime. The city transforms for the national Constitution Day, celebrated on the 17th of May. Spend the day wandering the streets with the citizens during the children’s parade, being to sure to keep an eye out for a sighting of the Royal Family.
Dine: A featured restaurant is Bokbacka, an omakase-style dining experience. With its fusion-style menu, this food-bar restaurant is a must-visit location.
Drink: A unique bar in Oslo is Torggata Botaniske, which is a botanical bar with a stunning aesthetic. The walls are covered in ivy and the interior is covered with lush plants. The cocktails are equally beautiful and reflect the season of your visit.
Do: This fierce country has much to boast about and one of its highlights, whiskey, is celebrated during the Edinburgh Whiskey Stramash. This event is the perfect blend of Scottish wildness and cultural intrigue as it offers guests a unique whiskey experience, offering tastings of over 200 global whiskies.
Dine: While in town, Edinburgh is home to many hidden gems that are well worth the search. The Witchery by the Castle is one of Edinburgh’s best kept secret. With two opulent dining locations: The Witchery and Secret Garden, guests can be sure to be left in awe at the location’s beauty and the food itself.
Drink: The mixology scene in the city is unmatched: The Bramble offers a unique cocktail experience in a subterranean location.
Do: Budapest in the springtime is home to the Spring Festival which showcases traditional art. Hosted in April, the event takes place for around three weeks and offers visitors artisanal crafts and demonstrations, with many performances and small events occurring throughout the streets of the city.
Dine: For luxury dining, Borkonyha or Winekitchen, is the perfect pan-European option. It boasts a wine menu with over 200 Hungarian wines and is a fine dining experience unlike any other.
Drink: For a local wine experience, DiVino is an establishment that sponsors young winemakers. It hosts winemaking hours, wine tasting experience, and an open terrace bar for your enjoyment.
Do: It is no surprise Milan makes the list for our spring destinations. Not only is it our headquarters, but in the spring the city is full of bustling tourists itching to experience Design Week. Set in mid-April, Milan’s Design Week hosts a plethora of exhibitions and events that are available for the public to view and visit. The city is full of life, cocktail parties, and installations that define the events. Paying homage to the 500th anniversary of Leonardo da Vinci this year, this week-long event is a must-see.
Dine: For an elite dining experience, Il Luogo di Aimo e Nadia, is the place to visit. Awarded with two Michelin stars, the restaurant offers a tasting menu, which allows guests to sample the traditional Italian food.
Drink: Il Bar is one of the city’s finest kept secrets. Located in the Bulgari hotel, this bar offers guests access to its private garden to enjoy their aperitifs in private beauty.
Do: In April, Lisbon is home to the Peixe Em Lisboa, a festival dedicated to celebrating local food and flavours. Visitors are able to watch Portugal’s top chefs prepare food, pair wines with dishes, and take part in cooking classes. The event also offers a gourmet shopping experience, where guests can visit wine and cheese shops.
Dine: Lisbon is home to an amazing dining scene, with wondrous restaurants unlike any other. Ponto Final offers guests dinner on the view, with amazing vistas of the river while serving traditional Portuguese food.
Drink: CINCO Lounge has defined the cocktail bar scene in Lisbon. It offers a new drink each season and is the place to spend time after a dinner party.
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