Destination Guide

Austria is a largely mountainous country due to its location in the Alps. Superb Alpine scenery, historic Habsburg architecture, and the world’s famous musical. It’s not all bewigged Mozart ensembles and schnitzel; modern Austria boasts some of Europe’s most varied museums and contemporary architecture and not to mention is their sophisticated cities whose bars, cafes and clubs combine present cool with its elegant tradition. It is definitely a country that has not forgotten the elegance when time goes by.

When to go?
The best time to visit Austria is from April to May or September to October. The mild weather in spring and fall brings mild crowds. Most visitors aim to enjoy the warm, sunny weather that they will experiences in the summer months.

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A place where time seemed to have stood still, Albania offers a remarkable array of unique attractions. From the buzzling city of Tirana, to the historical sites in Berat, you will feel like you are being transported in a time capsule. Hurry and visit this extremely undiscovered destination with its untouched beauty with us!

When to go?

April to early June, and September to October are the best few months to visit Albania. The temperature during these few months are cooling and not too warm. The streets along Albania will also not be as crowded during the summer months. Whereas from November to February, the rainfall is usually at its peak which thus makes it not very suitable to travel during that period of time.

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Belgium is a small nation which played a big role in European life and world history. From medieval cities and abbeys to forested hills, it’s a little country that comes with unpredictable surprises. Belgium falls through the cracks. Wedged between Germany, France, and the Netherlands, they are famous for its waffles, fries, chocolate, beer, and definitely the statue of a little boy peeing, it’s no wonder it can get lost in the mix. But Belgium rewards with richer sights than you might expect — and fewer tourist crowds.

When to go?
The best time to visit Brussels is between March and May and September and October. This city experiences all four seasons, average highs range from about 4°c in winter to 21°c in summer.

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A land where turquoise rivers run swift and sheep huddle on its steep hillsides, Bosnia-Herzegovina is definitely one of Europe’s most visually remarkable corners. This country is attractive and the people are friendly, hospitable and welcoming to tourists. Bosnia-Herzegovina has breath taking mountain scenery and a culture unique to the region. It makes a perfect vacation — it is beautiful, offbeat place to explore and I highly recommend it.

When to go?
May through September is the best time. Winters are bitterly cold in the region, but summer is hot and sunny.

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A peculiar European country that is off the beaten track. Be impressed by its religious art, from vast gold-domed churches to medieval fortresses. Marvel at Bulgaria’s fortresses and ruins while allowing whispers of history to emanate. Within Bulgaria’s beguiling blend of nature and history, be ready to take on an unforgettable journey!

When to go?

Spring would be a better season where the weather is pleasant, especially along the coast. The spring season in Bulgaria starts from late March to early June where the days are relatively longer. When summer arrives, the temperature and rainfall starts to go up. However, it is the best time to just have a stroll along the beaches. The weather starts to turn cool in late September before the snowfall in November.

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Croatia’s splendors extend from the deep-blue waters of the Adriatic coastline to the waterfall-laced mountains of the Dinaric Alps and through¬out its medieval towns. From Dubrovnik’s walled city where baroque buildings are surrounded by centuries-old forts to the lively islands of Brač and Hvar, this Central European country is an excit¬ing blend of beauty and tradition. Croatia is definitely a country that you must visit. It offers a unique combination of all the things you will love: breathtaking natural beauty, great swimming, summertime sun, oodles of history, interesting architecture, incredible wine, delicious seafood…and it goes on.

When to go?
The peak summer months of July and August attract the most visitors with blissfully hot days and ideal water temperatures for swimming. The shoulder months of May and September are a great time to visit with a pleasant climate and sunny skies, though fewer crowds. Winters are much cooler and wetter though still pleasant to travel.

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Lie comfortably in the center of Europe, the Czech Republic is a country steeped in history. Inhabited for thousands of years and is a land dotted from majestic castles to medieval towns, alluring mountains, ancient ruins, and splendid wineries; it has so much to offer all kind of visitors. It is also, the birthplace of the world’s finest beer. Once you escape that appealing but crowded town, you find an inexpensive country with some of the most beautiful and rugged landscape in this part of Europe. You may think that it’s only a small and relatively new country but the Czech Republic will definitely leaves you with a big impression.

When to go?
The best times to visit Czech Republic are the spring and early fall when the weather is mild. Because of the city’s generally chilly climate, the warmer summer months see the largest arrival of tourists. Czech Republic also shines during the festive Christmas season but be warned that the city sees a fair amount of snow and highs don’t rise.

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Denmark is a beautiful and clean country. Denmark has a long history dating back to the vikings, and the cities here are charm with their medieval atmosphere. It might not have the azure fjords and soaring peaks of Sweden and Norway, but Denmark, the smallest of the four Scandinavian countries, has a unique beauty that is all its own. Throw in some clean cities and a high quality of life and I’m sold. You probably will be too. Everyone who comes to visit wants to go back.

When to go?
The best time to visit Denmark is in the spring or summer. While the summer brings the warmest weather and a number of popular, large-scale events, those looking for lower rates and fewer crowds can still enjoy the mild weather in the spring. Between May and September, the streets come alive as cafes spill to the sidewalks and festivals fill the air with music. Beginning in October, the city goes into hibernation for the winter to escape the biting cold; the only exception being December, when hotels fill for holiday celebrations.

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It’s a great place to visit or explore, and whether you’re a resident or tourist the country retains a boundless capacity to surprise, charm and excite. It’s a country that rewards the curious, whether that means ducking into a pub for a chat with the locals or heading out into the wilds. Speaking of the wilds, England’s landscapes have it all: from the dramatic dales of Yorkshire and the rugged fells of the Lake District, to the bucolic hills of the Cotswolds and Cornwall’s dramatic coast. No wonder it’s one of the world’s most popular destinations.

When to go?
The best time to visit England is in the spring when the temperatures are mild and the city’s parks are green and blooming. However, late spring along with summer, it is also prime tourist season. Do note that December in England is an incredibly popular place to be during the holidays, so expect the streets to be crowded with both English and tourists. And no matter when you travel, you should pack an umbrella: as England is notorious for experiencing misty days and showers year-round.

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Finland is a thoroughly modern welfare state with well-planned and comfortable small towns and cities, but still offers vast areas of unspoiled nature. From the vibrant art-filled cities of Helsinki and Turku to the depths of the boreal forests and the thinly-inhabited outer archipelago, Finland remains one of the relatively unknown corners of Europe. It’s a land best known for its laconic, pithy people with a penchant for kicking back in a sauna sans vêtements, and for its quirky and bizarre annual festivals – its strangeness is a good part of its charm. And yet, they’ve persevered magnificently, with good humour, a zest for architecture and design, and an understandable pride in things that are uniquely Finnish.

When to go?
The best time to visit Finland is from May through September as they offered the mildest weather and the highest travel volume. Early summer, May and June are pleasant in Finland. And after that, August and September have more annual rainfall. So, just stick to June. The weather in Finland will be warm, outdoor activities and events are commonplace, and you can witness the Midnight Sun.

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France is Europe’s most diverse, passionate, and, in many ways, most interesting country to visit. The sheer physical diversity of France would be hard to exhaust in a lifetime of explore. It’s a place of gentle beauty, where the play of light transforms the routine into the exceptional. Your perfect trip to France starts here!

When to go?
The best time to visit Paris is from June to August, when the weather is just about perfect. Average highs are in the mid 70s and there are long days of sunshine. Unfortunately, summer is also the most crowded time — and the most expensive. For a significant drop in tourism, plan a trip in the fall or spring.

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Germany is one of the most charming countries on the continent. Because it is home to some of the most impressive landscapes and cultural histories in Europe, it definitely has something to offer the entire family. As a destination, it offers a clutch of truly lovely cities; culture served up in massive portions and rural scenery so pretty you’ll wonder why it isn’t on every tourist hit list. There’s spectacular scenery — the jagged Alps, flower-filled meadows, rolling hills of forests and farms, and mighty rivers — dotted all over with castles and churches of every variety. Your trip also isn’t complete without enjoying another great aspect of the country’s culture: its unique, regional beer styles and huge varieties of sausages.

When to go?
Summer is the best time to visit Germany, spring and autumn are also good options, particularly the months of May and September when there is little rainfall and the temperatures are agreeable.

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With 80 percent of its land mass covered in ice, the world’s largest island has its whole perimeter surrounded by a vast range of unfenced wilderness. Greenland is the perfect utopia for adventurers to wonder at will, conquer mountains and glaciers, sail through some of the planet’s most spectacular fjords, and gaze and daze over the magical midnight Sun all in one setting. Alongside nature’s best, this island also offers you a chance to interact with the native Inuit and learn about their unique way of life. Free yourself from the sometimes dreary trappings of the urban societies as you escape to the world’s largest island.

When to go?

From May up till August, the days are long and bright where you are able to stretch your day to the fullest. This is the best time to get involved in outdoor activities, and also to witness the never ending rays of the sun. With so much to do in Greenland, summer is the best time to land yourself in this island.

Greece is a country that has a remarkable amount of territory, with much of this spread over the hundreds of islands. You could easily spend months exploring this extremely interesting and historic area! Greece is not only beautiful with its ocean landscapes, distinct architecture and delectable food, but it’s also incredibly affordable. I love Greece. It’s warm; it’s cheap; it has delicious food, beautiful islands, and lively and friendly locals. It’s the perfect summer destination.

When to go?
The autumn and spring are the best time to visit Greece when neither the temperature nor the crowds are too overwhelming. However, those looking to party on the islands should consider a July or August vacation – the most popular time of year to visit and also the most fun. Some of the tourist attractions go on hiatus during the winter months, so travelling between November and March isn’t advised for culture seekers.

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Hungary is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world, with a capital regarded as one of the most beautiful in the world. Bordered by countries as diverse as Austria, Serbia and Ukraine, Hungary is a crossroads at the centre of the continent and it fuses old Europe and new in its mix of Hapsburg grandeur and Communist-era grittiness. But what might surprise travellers is that Hungary is also a burgeoning wine-producing region, home to bucolic villages, thermal lakes, steaming hot springs and markets filled with organic produce – what’s not to love?

When to go?
Most visitors come in the summer, generally regarded as the best time to visit Hungary, when nine or ten hours of sunshine can be relied on most days, sometimes interspersed with short, violent storms. The humidity that causes these is really only uncomfortable in Budapest, where the crowds don’t help; elsewhere the climate is agreeable. March to May is a lovely time to visit Hungary with pleasant daytime temperatures and the countryside in bloom with flowers.

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Italy has Europe’s richest, craziest culture. Arguably Europe’s most captivating country, Italy charms visitors with irresistible food, impressive architecture, and diverse scenery. In fact, it’s so packed with possibilities it can almost overwhelm. No life is complete without a trip to Italy. I fall in love with it every time I visit. I love the vineyards in Florence, the ancient streets in Rome, the laid back nature of Southern Italy, the gorgeous Cinque Terre, and romantic Venice. Italy leaves no one underwhelmed. There’s so much to do in Italy that it would take a lifetime to finish. Don’t rush it in just one visit. Italy is best seen slowly – just like the attitude of the country. Relax, take in the scenery, and enjoy a latte.

When to go?
The best months for travelling in Italy are from April to June and mid-September to October where temperatures are usually comfortable, rural colours are richer, and the crowds aren’t too intense. From July through early September the country’s holiday spots teem with visitors.

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The land of fire and ice! Where sparkling white and blue glaciers hang side by side, with sudden bursts of crimson volcanic lava, nature indeed reigns supreme. The land where seemingly normal activities are transformed into extraordinary experiences – a stroll which ends up turning into a hike across the majestic mountains, a simple soak where you may end up in a geothermal hot spring, or just a picnic may land you to the front seats to the northern lights or the midnight sun. Add ancient sagas, mystical folklores and an intriguing cultural mix of Nordic sensibilities and Celtic pride, Iceland is undoubtedly one of the world’s most thought-provoking and awe-inspiring destinations.

When to go?

October to March is where the northern lights season is at its peak. However, if you are a night owl, you can consider going from May to August where you can experience the midnight sun. With different scenery that you can experience at the various times of the year, this all year round destination awaits you!

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If you don’t already have a connection to Latvia, chances are it may not have crossed your mind as an ideal destination for your next holiday. From their sophisticated big city to heartfelt country hospitality, Latvia has a warm welcome for every visitor. Discover ancient castles, wander through stunning valleys or laze on miles of beaches in this Baltic gem.

When to go?
The best time to travel to Latvia is from June to mid September, when it is warm and plenty of local food is available. January and February are the coldest months. October and November have autumn rains and daylight is short.

Lithuania’s charms are unforgettable and often very beautiful. A land of wood and water, proud, independent Lithuania is fast being recognised as one of Europe’s gems. Fiercely proud of their country, Lithuanians are more exuberant and welcoming than their Baltic neighbours and you are likely to encounter their hospitality everywhere. Everywhere along the spit looks like a perfect photograph – the place is amazing.

When to go?
The best time to visit Lithuania is late spring or summer, when there’s usually enough fine weather to allow you to stroll around the cities and make significant forays into the great outdoors. On the whole though, the only thing that’s predictable about the Baltic climate is the deep, dark winters – in all other seasons the weather can be changeable in the extreme. Summers are relatively short (roughly mid-June to late August), and although you may well experience a string of hot, dry days during this period, showers and chilly nights are equally likely.

Macedonia is a country of sacred mysteries & unique beauties! It has no sea access, no world-wide known ski resorts, but it has wonderful lakes, untouched mountains, great history & veritable treasury of cultural heritage. Long buffeted by the struggles of the Balkan Peninsula and part of Mediterranean, Macedonia is rich in Greek, Roman and Ottoman history with a fascinating past and complex national psyche. A trip to Macedonia can be made memorable by exploring places like historical monuments, monasteries, archaeological sites and icons. Macedonia is definitely a paradise for literature lover’s where they can find the first traces of Slavic alphabets.

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When to go?

Being located far south in Europe, Macedonia is a great place to visit all year round. However, it is particularly welcoming during spring and autumn where the weather is most pleasant. Spring is best for outdoor activities, whereas autumn is where the country is filled with various kinds of festivals. It all still boils down to what you would like to see and do as there is always something installed for you throughout the year.

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A small city-state overlooking the pristine blue waters of the Mediterranean is a place famed for its glamour and wealth. From the multi-million pound yachts glinting in Monte Carlo harbour, to the endless flow of golden champagne, Monaco oozes privilege. Celebrities flock to this Mediterranean members-only club, with its opulent lifestyle, discreet banking facilities and heavily policed streets. It is famous for its annual Formula 1 Grand Prix, held every year in May since 1929. Away from the glamour, Monaco’s balmy climate and seaside location make it a naturally beautiful place to visit. You can enjoy scenic walking routes along pretty costal bays, and stop for a drink at many al fresco cafés.
When to go?
The best time to visit Monaco is in the spring or fall. April and October are both ideal months for a vacation: the weather is balmy and the room rates are reduced. This lavish getaway loses some of its luster between November and March, but you will save money on accommodations if you visit in this cooler winter offseason. Visit in the summer, and yes, the beaches will be packed, the weather will be hot, and the restaurants will have long waits, but you’ll also experience Monaco at its liveliest.

The Netherlands is one of the most urbanized – and densely populated – nations on earth, with a huge range of places to visit packed into a relatively small area. Tradition and innovation linked closely: artistic masterpieces, windmills, tulips and candlelit cafés coexist with groundbreaking architecture, cutting-edge design and phenomenal nightlife. It is a country filled with historic brick filled and cobblestone lane cities, interconnected canals, beautiful farmland, iconic windmills, and even some pleasant beaches. It’s one of my favorite countries in the world. Spend time exploring get out of the cities and you’ll discover the country that keeps me coming back every year.

When to go?
The Netherlands enjoys a temperate climate, with relatively mild summers and moderately cold winters. The best time to visit, if you would like to see the country’s tulips in bloom, is roughly mid-March to mid-May.

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Mountains of dizzying heights, fjords where Vikings once roamed and awe-inspiring northern lights are the perfect setting for making travel legends of your own. Beyond Oslo and the famous fjords, the rest of the country might as well be blank on the map for all many visitors know. Yet it’s out of the cities and off the major roadways that you’ll experience Norway at its most magical: vast stretches of serene, postcard-perfect landscapes where it is at times possible to travel for hours without seeing a single soul. Norway may have a clutch of attractive, cosmopolitan cities, fascinating destinations in their own right, but where the country really shines is not in its urban culture, but rather in the low-key, amicable small-town feel that spread throughout its settlements.

When to go?
The best time to visit Norway truly depends on what you want to do. June to August promises long days and the fabled midnight sun ideal for hiking, cycling or cruising – but no guarantee of heat, even if it won’t be cold! May and September offer mild temperatures, fewer crowds and gorgeous natural colours.

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Poland is also a land of considerable natural beauty, whose idyllic lakes, beaches and mountains provide a nice contrast to the cultural rigours of the cities. With its incredible history and fourteen UNESCO World Heritage Sites, not to mention the resilient locals, it’s definitely a stop worth making. Expect to be overwhelmed with the amount of museums and information to learn about war torn Krakow and Warsaw. Even more impressive about Poland is the cultural resurgence in the younger generation, from new trendy restaurants to raging nightlife – you won’t be disappointed. I really love Poland!

When to go?
It’s the high tourist season in mountain resorts. To sum up – Poland can be visited all year round but the best weather for sightseeing and traveling around the country is from April to June and from September to early October. July and August are also fine but touristy places can be more crowded then.

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Portugal is one of Europe’s oldest surviving nations, an ancient kingdom defended by hilltop castles and dramatic walled towns. First-time visitors are usually struck by the friendliness of the people, the affordable food and wine, and the diversity of a country that is relatively easy to travel round. It is a country blessed with excellent sandy beaches, rugged coastline, cosmopolitan and architecturally-stunning cities, and incredible weather. There is vibrancy to life here that is infectious. Everyone is happy and friendly, the food is delicious, and the weather is always amazing. It’s hard not to be happy in this country!

When to go?
Perhaps the best time to visit Portugal is spring (from February) – when dazzling flowers carpet hillsides and the almond blossom lights up the countryside – or early autumn (October), when the weather is warm but not too hot and the summer crowds have thinned out.

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Enigmatic. Intimidating. Fascinating. The world’s largest country attract and fascinates with its world-class art, epic landscapes and multifaceted society. A storybook landscape of castles, palaces and cathedrals, this romantic place sets the scene for a famous narrative of valiant champions, incredible riches, celebrated royalty and great tyrants. Yet the real magic of this dramatic country is its wonderfully resilient people and distinctive culture, which are a constant source of warmth in Russia’s massive backyard.

When to go?
The coldest month obviously is January with average temperature at -6°C. The wettest months are October & November. Tip: the best time to visit Russia weather-wise is late spring – early June. This is the season when weather is the most convenient for long hours of sightseeing.

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An exciting and unique travel experience awaits you as you discover every nook and cranny of Romania. With something in place for everyone, this destination is filled with nature and wildlife, castles and medieval towns, folk culture, and outdoor activities. From the spooky Dracula’s castle to walking along the medieval streets of Brasov, you will find yourself stepping into a new environment as you explore the different cities that are installed for you.

When to go?

The best time to visit Romania is during spring, early or late summer, and autumn. This is the season where the temperature is cooling and there is lesser rainfall. However, with flowers during spring, thrilling events and festivals during summer, and the falling leaves in autumn, every season is the perfect time to visit Romania.

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Scotland is not just the land of Braveheart, haggis, and sheep herders. It is filled with castles, stunning lochs and mountains, beautiful parks, whiskey, and welcoming locals. Despite its small size, Scotland has many treasures crammed into its compact territory – big skies, lonely landscapes, spectacular wildlife, superb seafood and hospitable, down-to-earth people. Wherever you are, you’ll find yourself occupied with rich culture and history. Scotland is one of the most scenic and beautiful countries in the world!

When to go?
The summer months of June, July and August are regarded as high season, and can be the best time to visit, although local school holidays also make July and early August the busiest period. While the locals celebrate a single day of bright sunshine as “glorious”, the weather at this time is, at best, unpredictable; however, days are generally mild or warm and, most importantly, long, with daylight lingering until 9pm or later.

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An earthly paradise of snow-capped peaks, turquoise-green rivers and Venetian-style coastline, Slovenia enriches its natural treasures with amicable architecture, charming rustic culture and sophisticated cuisine. It may be the best-kept secret in Europe. Slovenia is a fascinating and comfortable place to travel, with architecturally grand, cultured cities, and lush pine-forested countryside, perfect for hiking and biking in summer and skiing in winter. However you spend your time in Slovenia, you‘ll probably leave wondering why more people haven’t cottoned on to her many charms. But, ultimately, her quiet beauty and understated elegance make Slovenia all the more charming.

When to go?
The best time to visit Slovenia is different for everyone. The alpine northwest sees abundant snow Dec-March, while warm, dry conditions May-Sep are ideal for climbing, hiking, cycling and adventure sports. Snow melt makes white water rafting a great option by late May.

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If you’re visiting Spain for the first time, be warned: this is a country that fast becomes an addiction. You might intend to come just for a beach holiday, a walking tour or a city break, but before you know it you’ll find yourself hooked by something quite different – the wild celebration of some local fiesta, perhaps, or the otherworldly architecture of Barcelona. Passionate, refined and devoted to living the good life, Spain is both a stereotype come to life and a country more diverse than you ever imagined. The Spaniards love visitors, hosting strangers, drinking good wine, laughing at a good meal, and enjoying life. A fiery, charmed place, this country will stay with you forever and, unlike other Western European countries, will be a lot kinder to your wallet.

When to go?
The best time to visit Spain is spring and fall because that is when good weather occurs. The months of April, May, June, September, and October are very good for travel. Summer is quite hot, especially in inland cities like Seville, Cordoba, and Madrid.

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Frozen wastelands, cosy cottages, virgin forest, rocky islands, reindeer herders and Viking lore –Sweden has space for everyone. The countryside boasts pine, spruce and birch forest as far as the eye can see and crystal-clear lakes perfect for a summer afternoon dip and not to mention the purest air you’ll ever breathe. In general Sweden is a carefree place where life is relaxed. There’s a lot of history in the country. I fell in love with the country the first time I visited and am always wowed by the architecture, historic cities, and surreal landscape. So don’t skip the country! Fall in love with it too!

When to go?
The best time to visit Sweden is early summer, particularly June. Around June is when to go to Sweden if you want to experience outdoor events (like Midsummer’s Eve) and activities, warm weather, and long hours of daylight called the Midnight Sun.

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Frozen wastelands, cosy cottages, virgin forest, rocky islands, reindeer herders and Viking lore –Sweden has space for everyone. The countryside boasts pine, spruce and birch forest as far as the eye can see and crystal-clear lakes perfect for a summer afternoon dip and not to mention the purest air you’ll ever breathe. In general Sweden is a carefree place where life is relaxed. There’s a lot of history in the country. I fell in love with the country the first time I visited and am always wowed by the architecture, historic cities, and surreal landscape. So don’t skip the country! Fall in love with it too!

When to go?
The best time to visit Sweden is early summer, particularly June. Around June is when to go to Sweden if you want to experience outdoor events (like Midsummer’s Eve) and activities, warm weather, and long hours of daylight called the Midnight Sun.

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