Spring is a fascinating time to travel in Europe, especially if you are a fan of traditional festivals. This is a continent, after all, that teems with carnivals, festivals and fairs as soon as the weather warms up. Please find our selection of the best European events and get ready to book your accommodation with stayplanet /plane/train or to jump into a bus/car to enjoy them!
Bloom in the Park has become a national favourite and one of the most anticipated and spectacular gardening, food and family event on the Irish calendar. You could enjoy wonderful gardens, floral displays, farmers market, entertainment stages, family fun zone and so much more. Bloom aims to provide fun and entertainment for the entire family with it is many attractions which will delight people both young and old. This year will took place in Phoenix Park during June Bank Holiday, between the 31st of May and the 4th of June; opening times will be between 9am and 6pm.
Keukenhof is the international and independent showcase for the Dutch floricultural sector, with a special emphasis on flower bulbs. Over 7 million bulbs will bloom this spring, with a total of 800 varieties of tulips. A unique, unforgettable experience!
Besides the spacious 32 hectares of flowers you can enjoy the spectacular flower shows, surprising inspirational gardens, unique art and wonderful events. Keukenhof is also fun for the children, in fact they will have a blast with the treasure hunt, petting farm, maze and the playground. A great day out for the whole family! Keukenhof will be open from 22 March until 13 May 2018.
Hallerbos – ‘The Blue Forest’ – is the most important and most extensive forest area between Zenne and Zoniën. The forest is a crowd favourite thanks to the beautiful purple carpet of bluebells, which bloom around mid-April. The giant Sequoia trees also make a visit to this forest more than worth it. The best time to visit Hallerbos to catch the bluebells is different every year and depends on the weather. The sooner the temperature rises, the sooner the flowers bloom. When the bluebell season approaches, the website of the Hallerbos posts daily updates (during the week) about the condition of the bluebells. In general, the 10 days following when the bluebells start to bloom are the best to go. During this bluebells flowering time, the sun rays can still reach through the canopy and touch the flowers, creating a beautiful play of light and purple.
The Seville Fair traditionally starts two clear weeks after ‘Semana Santa’, in a huge area in ‘Los Remedios’, to the south-west of the city, next to the river. This is a week of dancing, drinking, eating and socialising, with late nights - or all-nighters - the norm. The sheer size of the April Fair's spectacle is extraordinary. From around midday until early evening - especially on Tuesday, the first official day - Sevilla society parades around the fairground in carriages or on horseback. The city is transformed and decorated for the occasion, offering an impressive spectacle. The streets flow with traditional clothes, carriages, traditional flower decorations and flamenco musician setting the scene.
The 38th Budapest Spring Festival, between 30 March – 22 April, awaits visitors with a programme that involves many of the arts, with events in classical music, opera, jazz, world music, dance, contemporary circus, theatre and the visual arts. With the best Hungarian performers and real world stars, the Budapest Spring Festival is a truly special occasion, presenting premieres and co-productions with partner institutions.
International musicians, including world class performers, appear at more than 200 individual concerts in the very personal space of Marians Jazzroom. The Jazz Tent also provides a platform for music students from Switzerland and New York to play on stage for the first time. The festival is firmly established in Switzerland. More than 30'000 jazz enthusiasts attend every year. Bern Jazz Festival 2018 began today, Tuesday, 17 April and ends on Saturday, 21 April.
King's Day (formerly Queen's Day) festivities invite locals and visitors alike to soak up Amsterdam's open-air fun. In the streets, canals, parks and everywhere in between, the city is bursting with orange as Amsterdammers enjoy the biggest street party of the year.
Amidst orange-pride, live music, DJs, parties and a citywide street market, you'll find an electric atmosphere not to be missed. The next King's Day will be celebrated on Friday, 27 April 2018.