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The best museums in Pisa

Have you ever been to Pisa? Most tourists just stop by its monumental part, where they can see the famous leaning tower and the other beautiful buildings of the Piazza dei Miracoli, the place where it’s located. However, the city of Pisa has much more to offer than that, and its attractions are often overlooked due to the popularity of this legendary landmark.

We’d like to give you some information about the wonderful museums in Pisa so you can see it’s worth staying for at least a couple of days. Besides having a charming old town, Pisa offers all sorts of interesting museums where you will be able to learn a lot about the city’s history and character. Are you ready to discover them?

 

The best museums in Pisa

 

The best museums in Pisa: The Palazzo Blu

The Palazzo Blu is the most important museum in Pisa – you will recognise it thanks to its beautiful blue façade. After the leaning tower and Duomo, it may be Pisa’s most important landmark. Here you will find all sorts of greatly curated temporal exhibits, sometimes focused in one single artist, such as Picasso, Modigliani or Escher. The ticket is a real bargain: only around 3 euros!

 

 

The best museums in Pisa: The National Museum of San Matteo

In this wonderful museum, you will be able to see a great art collection from Medieval times, including sculptures, paintings, ceramics and other archaeological finds. Part of its collection is dedicated to Tuscan artists such as Donatello, so it is a great option if you want to learn more about the art and history of the area you’re currently visiting.

 

The best museums in Pisa: the Centro Arte Moderna

Art lovers will always want to know about the offer in contemporary art of a city, and they may find this small gallery a pleasant surprise. Usually quiet and empty, the Centro Arte Moderna isn’t too popular among the locals, however, their curators have been providing interesting exhibits on all disciplines, from sculpture to photography, since 1976. It is an interesting place to buy art as well, as the main goal of the gallery is providing the artist with exhibits, archives and promotions.

 

The best museums in Pisa: the Museo dell’Opera del Duomo

If the leaning tower of Pisa is the most interesting attraction for you and you still want to learn more about it and see more about it, you’re in luck, because in the Museo dell’Opera del Duomo you will find all the works that were found in the Duomo and the Baptistery. Among their collection you will find paintings from the 15th to the 17th century and religious objects from the 17th and the 18th century. If you’re more interested in architecture, there is something for you as well: A model of the Duomo where you will learn about the different additions to the building along the years. It’s located where the leaning tower and the rest of the monuments are.

 

The best museums in Pisa

 

The best museums in Pisa: the Museo della Grafica

Besides the previous museums we’ve listed, which aren’t surprising in a city with such a history and such monuments, Pisa offers a collection of more specific museums that will make the delights of those interested in their objects of study. A good example of these is the Museo della Grafica, one of the most important collections of contemporary graphics in Italy that covers this art from the 19th and the 20th century. Entry ticket is only 3 euros, which makes it a good option also for those who aren’t too interested in the topic – a great opportunity to discover an often overlooked type of art.

 

The best museums in Pisa: the Botanical Museum

Did you know that some say it’s the oldest museum of Italy? But, whether that’s true of not, it is a great opportunity to see an astoundingly beautiful garden and to learn about tons and tons of plants. There is also an herbarium, where you will be able to learn about all the types of plants used as paper when dried.

 

The best museums in Pisa: the Museum of Ancient Ships

And last but not least, you will find an incredible museum where you will be able to see Roman and Medieval ships super well preserved, besides other archaeological remains that were discovered within the ships. These archaeological gems were discovered only twenty years ago while the San Rossore train station was under construction. All the finds were restored until 2016, which is the year the museum opened. Entry to the museum is free, unless you want a guided visit, which is around 12 euros.

 

What do you think about this list of the best museums in Pisa? Are you going to dedicate some time to this charming city now that you know that it is much more than its famous leaning tower? Tell us about your experiences in the comments!

The best museums in Porto

Porto really is a fan favourite – the first in the list of everybody’s favourite cities in Portugal. It definitely has a special charm, with its beautiful little streets and its Portuguese-style colourful houses, and, besides, it offers a modern and incredibly entertaining cultural life. However, there is more to Porto than its beauty and its youthful events, as it has an impressive amount of interesting museums worth visiting. This is why we have prepared a comprehensive list of the best museums in Porto.

In the following lines, we’ll tell you all about our favourite museums in Porto, but they’re far from being the only ones. If you like learning about history, art, or anything at all in museums, Porto is the right city for you. Keep reading to find out why!

 

Museums in Porto

 

The best museums in Porto: Museu da Misericórdia do Porto

This museum is one of the most beautiful things you will see in Porto, regardless of its content, as it shows the cultural and artistic heritage of one of the city’s most important churches. It hosts the most important portrait collection of the country, as well as sacred art, jewels and a very important collection of Flemish art. You start the visit on the third floor and end up in the church. Normal ticket is 5 euros, but there are discounts for students, seniors and Porto Card users.

 

 

The best museums in Porto: Museu Nacional da Imprensa

Porto’s Printing Press museum offers an interactive experience, as visitors can handle the printing machines located there and experience this ancient art first-hand. There are also temporary exhibits of great interest, an International Cartoon Gallery and a homage to Rodrigo Álvares, the first Portuguese printer. It will make the delights of printing and art lovers both. Entry ticket is just 5 euros.

 

The best museums in Porto: Museu Nacional de Soares dos Reis

Named after prestigious Portuguese sculptor António Soares dos Reis, it counts with an impressive collection of sculptures, paintings, porcelains, jewellery and archaeological finds. If you’re interested in learning about local art in your travels, this is the go-to option for you, as it is mostly dedicated to Portuguese art from the 19th and the 20th century. You will be able to see works by Domingos Sequeira, Miguel Angelo Lupi, Aurélia de Souza, Rodolfo Pinto de Couto, Antonio Teixeira Lopes and many others.

Museums in Porto

 

The best museums in Porto: Museu de História Natural

Porto’s Museum of Natural History will be an unforgettable experience for your children. They (and you!) will be able to learn about all sorts of birds, insects and other animals from Portugal and see fossils and minerals found in the country. You will be able to visit the Zoology and Mineralogy room, which contains over 700 types of mineral samples.

 

The best museums in Porto: Museu do Vinho

One for the kids, and one for the grown-ups! If children can enjoy themselves greatly in the Natural History Museum, adults can do the same in Porto’s Wine Museum, where you will be able to learn (and, of course, taste) the city’s most international delicatessen, Port Wine, a strong, tasty and quite alcoholic wine typical from the area. You will also learn about the importance of said wine in the cultural, social and industrial development of the city.

 

The best museums in Porto: Museu do Carro Electrico

If you’ve ever visited Portugal you will have seen that the tram is quite an important means of transportation in the country. The tram has had a long history before becoming a favourite of the visitors, and it is much more than a picturesque sight. In Porto’s Tram Museum, the Museu do Carro Electrico, you will be able to learn about the history of the trams in Porto and their social implications – a must visit for those in love with the fascinating history of transportation, which are many!

Museums in Porto

 

The best museums in Porto: Quinta da Macieirinha

We end our list of museums with a particular, beautiful one, the Romantic Museum Quinta de Macieirinha, located in a beautiful building from the 18th century surrounded by the Palácio de Cristal Gardens and the Douro River. The museum’s focus is Porto’s romanticism and recreates a 19th century aristocratic house and, although it is not one of the city’s main attractions, the visit to the gardens is well worth it. Users of the Porto Card can enter for free, and the ticket for the rest of visitors is a bit over 2 euros.

 

What do you think about this list of the best museums in Porto? Which one would you like to visit first? Do tell us in the comments!

The best museums in Barcelona

Between tapa and tapa, and among evenings having drinks in a terrace and days at the beach, we’re sure you will find some time to spend in the best museums in Barcelona. The city of Barcelona has a lot to offer, but sometimes its museums are overlooked, hidden in the long shadows casted by its beautiful monuments and the Gaudí houses. However, there are so many interesting exhibits of all kinds waiting for you to take a look at them and learn about art, contemporary and old. We have prepared an extensive list of the best museums in Barcelona, so start adding them to your to-do list!

Best Museums in Barcelona: MACBA

The Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona (the museum of contemporary art of Barcelona), better known as MACBA, is one of the most important museums of the city, as well as an internationally respected institution. Its collection, always expanding, includes works by Antoni Tàpies, Alexander Calder, Joan Brossa and Paul Klee, among others. The building is a contemporary art piece itself, and, besides, it’s in a privileged location in the very heart of Barcelona, in the neighbourhood of El Raval. If you’re not done with the contemporary arts, just around the corner you will find CCCB, the Centre of Contemporary Culture of Barcelona, where they host all sorts of cinema festivals and where you can visit many interesting exhibits.

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Best museums in Barcelona: Picasso Museum

What can we say about Picasso? He was one of the most important artists of the 20th century, and he’s one of which Barcelona considers its own – although Malaga and Paris would have something to say about it! In the Picasso Museum, one of the best museums in Barcelona and the most visited in the city, you will be able to see works from his early years, as well as ceramics and exhibits about his life and his travels. The focus of the museum is on Picasso’s Blue Period, but there are also important works from his Rose Period. A must visit!

Best Museums in Barcelona: Joan Miró Foundation

Catalan artist Joan Miró is one of the most important names of the surrealist movement, with permission of another famous Catalan one, Salvador Dalí. In the mountain of Montjuic you will find the Joan Miró Foundation, where you will see works from all the periods the artist went through, including his works towards the “assassination of painting”, in which he intended to present an alternative to the established painting, which he considered a supported of the bourgeois society. Ceramics, paintings, sculptures and drawings by the artists are shown in this amazing museum – and if you want some more Miró after it, you can visit his sculpture Dona i ocell (woman and bird), located in the Joan Miró park, between Plaza España and Sants station.

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Best Museums in Barcelona: MNAC

Many know the Palace of Montjuic as that beautiful building that stands right behind the Magic Fountain. Thousands of tourists go see the spectacle of water and lights that takes place there every summer evening and admire the majestic palace there is behind it, but did you know that it houses one of the best museums in Barcelona? That’s right! There you will find the Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya, or National Art Museum of Catalonia, best known as the MNAC. There you will be able to see an impressive collection of Romanesque church paintings, as well as Catalan art pieces from movements such as Modernisme and Noucentisme, some of Catalonia’s most important legacy to the art in the world. There is also a Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque art collection, but the Romanesque art is truly impressive.

Best Museums in Barcelona: Caixaforum

Right next to the MNAC, right outside the path that comes from the Venetian Towers of Plaza España, there is a beautiful building of red bricks. There you will find the Caixaforum, a very interesting private collection owned by the Caixa. Besides its temporary collections on art and photography, it has a great permanent collection where you will be able to see works by Catalan artists such as Antoni Tàpies or Miquel Barceló. You can also go on a guided tour of the building, the old textile factory Casaramona, of Modernisme style, designed by architect Josep Puig i Cadafalch.

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Best Museums in Barcelona: The History Museum

And now, something completely different! In Barcelona you can find many interesting museums, and not all of them are about art. You can visit the Chocolate Museum, the Erotic Museum, the Wax Museum, and the History Museum, the Museu d’Història de la Ciutat, the best option if you want to learn all about the past of this fascinating city.

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Three days in Milan – architecture and art to stun the senses – day 1

Milan has a mixed reputation as a city. There are those who fondly think of fashion, a land of models strolling down the streets or those whose thoughts turn to football and the famous San Siro Stadium. Quite often people are unable to name a famous monument or gallery and while the city’s no Venice or Rome, expect to be surprised by this charming, less touristic and easy-to-get-around Italian city.

09:00 – when in Rome (or Milan)…

Start things off properly and head to the closest café (bar) nearest your apartment, go straight to the bar inside and have your coffee (and a croissant if you fancy standing). You’re sure to be impressed by the barista’s efficiency – who said Italians are always relaxed?! Opt for an espresso or a café macchiato (espresso with a dash of milk).

10:00 – the heart of the city – the Duomo

Duomo by curtis_ovid_poeAfter your morning coffee, the first thing to do in Milan is head straight into the centre and take in Piazza Duomo. Take the underground to ‘Duomo’ on the red and yellow lines or else catch one of the many trams that will drop you nearby (1,2,3,12,14, 15,16,19,24,27).

You can’t help but be impressed by the grand cathedral dominating the piazza. It also happens to be the third-largest church in the world, after St Peter’s and Seville’s Cathedral. Take a good walk around it and admire the details from every angle. A trip to the roof top (stairs or elevator) is highly recommended to get an even closer look at the many spires, each with unique statues. If it’s a sunny day you may even see the beautiful Italian Alps.

11:00 – Galleria to La Scala

The grand shopping gallery, La Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, is not to be missed. It was designed to assist the walk from Piazza Duomo to Piazza della Scala – where you will find the renowned Opera House La Scala. Take a leisurely walk through the gallery and try to imagine that in its time (the 19th century) it was considered rather ugly because of its use of metal. Passing through the gallery, you will arrive in Piazza La Scala. To the left you will see La Scala, and even if you’re not a fan of opera, you should definitely take a look inside.

La Scala by John PickenAnother interesting option is the newly opened Gallery of Italy, which you will find directly opposite you. It houses a wonderful collection of 19th and 20th-century art. Just staring at the ceilings and doors of the 19th-century section can be fascinating in what used to be a bank. A third option is to take Via Verdi which becomes Via Brera. At number 28 you will find the important art gallery Pinacoteca di Brera, holding one of Italy’s most important art collections.

13:00 – a wander through ‘Brera’

All of this culture surely must be working up your appetite and the area of ‘Brera’, found at the end of Via Brera, is a lovely spot for a gentle wander along car-free streets. Turning left into its heart, you can find some lovely cafés and restaurants or just admire the amazing antique shops. For the more budget-conscious, keep going until you reach Via Mercato. There’s something for all tastes here, including some great pizza at Pizzeria Sibilla, Via Mercato 14.

14:30 – park time

Sforzesco castle by Rafel MiroAfter lunch you may need a little downtime in the park, so head towards Largo Cairoli where the park and the city’s castle (Sforzesco) can be found. It’s free to walk through the castle grounds or a mere three euros to visit the museum and important rooms. The park also houses an aquarium, a 19th-century amphitheatre, a design museum (Triennale) and at the other end of the park, the majestic Peace Arch (Arco della Pace).

16:30 – coffee or gelato?

Gelato by stu_spivackLate afternoons are for gelato or maybe a hot chocolate in the colder months. To complete this mission, head to the end of the park, take a left along Via Pagano, then another left onto Via Vincenzo Monti. This is a delightful area with many wonderful historic residential buildings and some interesting boutique shops and cafés. Just after the end of this street, heading towards Piazza Cadorna, you’ll find some top gelato at Shockolat, Via Giovanni Boccaccio, 9.

19:00 – evening options

Take a stroll down the pedestrianised Corso Giuseppe Garibaldi (metro stop Moscova) and grab an aperitif. For dinner, you’ll find many restaurants both Italian and international. For something truly Milanese try La Cotoletteria, on Corso Garibaldi 11, where they serve the local ‘schnitzel’ in many different forms. For nightlife, head down the street, away from the city where young people crowd the streets or even further up to Corso Como for some of the most famous clubs in Milan.

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The Pergamon Museum and other fantastic museums in Berlin

Berlin East Side Gallery - GowithohBerlin is a fantastic city, full of experiences that are waiting for you. It has tons of street art (starting with the East Side Gallery), a heart-breaking but incredibly rich history, both ancient and recent, and probably the most exciting nightlife in Europe… but that’s not everything. Berlin is also full of interesting museums, so many and so good that you could easily spend days and days in there, seeing fascinating art pieces and archaeological remains.

Here at GowithOh, we have prepared an extensive list of some of the best museums in Berlin so you’re not overwhelmed with all your options once you’re there. However, before getting to it, we want to give you some good news. Berlin is also known for being one of the most inexpensive European big capitals, but did you know that you can visit most of the museums in Berlin for only 29 euros? That’s right! You can do it thanks to a special card called the Berlin Museum Pass, which opens the door of 30 museums of the capital of Germany for three days, which will surely solve a lot of budget related issues. Besides, there is a reduce price too, so students, kids, the elderly and other social groups can get the Berlin pass for just 14,5 euros. Great, isn’t it?

Let’s now take a look at our list of the best museums in Berlin. Will you have the time to see them all?

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The Museum Island of Berlin

In the heart of the beautiful city of Berlin, there is an island that hosts some impressive-looking buildings…Which host even more impressive art pieces and archaeological remains. We’re referring, of course, to the Berlin Museum Island or Museuminsel, where you will find the 5 most important museums of the capital of Germany, and also the most visited (except for the popular Jewish Museum). Let’s take a look at them:

  • The Pergamon Museum Berlin: The most popular of them all, with over a million visitors a year. Here you will be able to visit astounding reconstructions of archeaological gems from our ancient history, such as the Ishtar Gate, the Gate of Miletus and others. The Pergamon Altar which gives the museum its name can’t be visited in the moment, though, until 2019.

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  • The Bode Museum Berlin: Here you will be able to visit beautiful sculptures from different periods of time, from the Middle Ages to the end of the 18th century. The beautiful building where it’s located was designed by Erns von Ihne.
  • The Neues Museum: The “New Museum” has had a rocky history. It was almost completely destroyed during WW”, and remained destroyed until less than 20 years ago, when an impressive remodelling that lasted 10 years took place. Nowadays, you can visit their complete collection of Classical Antiquities, the Papyrus collection and lots of pieces from the Egyptian Museum. It’s also a great place to learn about Early history of mankind. Don’t forget that you will be able to see the bust of Nefertiti there too!
  • The Alte Nationalgalerie: Here you will be able to see works of art from the Neoclassical period, the Impressionist and the Early Modernist. Some famous names whose paintings are displayed in the Old National Gallery are Monet, Renoir, Schinkel, Blechen or Manet.
  • The Altes Museum: It was the first museum to open in the Museum Island, and hosts a wide collection of ancient art. You will be delighted with all the pieces from the Roman Empire and Ancient Greece, as well as its impressive collection of Etruscan art.

Recommended guided tours in Berlin

If you do not have much time and would prefer an expert to guide you, a guided tour is very useful.

Other museums in Berlin

  • Jewish Museum Berlin: Three whole buildings host the Berlin Jewish Museum, one of the biggest Jewish museums in Europe. In this interesting architectural complex, you will be able to explore the sad history of the German Jews, including some special sculptures and installations that will take your breath away. It receives over 700.000 visitors a year. You can’t miss it!
  • Bauhaus Museum Berlin: In the Bauhaus Archiv Berlin you will be able to visit a wide collection from the iconic design and architecture school, including, of course, works by some of its most famous names, such as Paul Klee, Walter Gropius or Mies van der Rohe.
  • Stasi Museum Berlin: As we’ve said, Berlin is a city full of history. Learn lots about the infamous Ministry for State Security and its doings during the Cold War.
  • Spy Museum Berlin: The German Spy Museum will take you back to the Berlin of WW2 and the Cold War, the world’s capital of espionage. You will learn about all the tricks and methods of the spies at the time, which surely guarantees a good time!
  • Technik Museum Berlin: If you’re interested in technology, you can’t miss this wonderful Berlin museum, where you will be able to revisit old technology and to be astounded by the new one.
  • DDR Museum Berlin: Those impressed with the history of Germany and Berlin can’t miss this trip to the insides of the German Democratic Republic, that is, the everyday lives of those who experienced it.

 

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Weather in Amsterdam

Whatever the season, the weather is a popular topic of conversation in the Netherlands. The Dutch may have reason to complain, however, as the weather can be quite unpredictable. Thanks to its temperate North Sea climate, Amsterdam has pleasantly mild summers and cold, wet winters. Take a look at the seasonal overview below and find out what to expect during your trip to Amsterdam.

Average Temperatures in Amsterdam

Average (°C) Minimum Maximum Events
January 3 0 5
  • Driekoningen (Epiphany)
  • National Tulip Day
  • Chinese New Year
February 4 0 5 Valentine’s Day
March 6 2 8
  • Easter
  • Amsterdam Restaurant Week
  • Keukenhof Gardens
April 9 4 12
  • King’s Day
  • Keukenhof Gardens
May 13 8 16
  • Remembrance & Liberation Day
  • Keukenhof Gardens
June 15 10 19
  • Vondelpark Open Air Theatre
  • Artis ZOOmeravonden (Summer Evenings)
July 18 12 21
  • Vondelpark Open Air Theatre
  • Artis ZOOmeravonden (Summer Evenings)
August 18 12 21
  • Gay Pride
  • Vondelpark Open Air Theatre
  • Uitmarkt (opening of the cultural season)
  • Artis ZOOmeravonden (Summer Evenings)
  • Canal Festival
September 15 10 18 Heritage Days
October 11 7 14 Amsterdam Marathon
November 7 4 10
  • International Documentary Filmfestival Amsterdam (IDFA)
  • Movember
  • Museum Night
December 4 1 6
  • Sinterklaas
  • Christmas
  • New Year’s Eve

Spring

Vondelpark, Amsterdam by jurjen_nlThe crocuses are in bloom and the trees in Amsterdam Wood are coming to life, which can only mean one thing – spring’s arrived. The Dutch awake from their hibernation and there’s a lively atmosphere in the city. During springtime the weather in Amsterdam is quite unpredictable and changes on a daily basis. It’s probably a good idea to take an umbrella with you at all times as a rain shower may never be far away. To be sure you won’t get cold during a cloudy day, the best thing you can do is to dress in many layers. The occasional day can be greeted by some pleasant and warm sun spells and temperatures generally stay in the mid-teens – great for a bit of afternoon sightseeing!

Tip: a sunny day is the perfect occasion to enjoy an outdoor activity in the city. Rent a bike at one of the numerous bike rental offices and soak up some vitamin D while you cycle alongside Amsterdam’s canals.

Our tip if you require an official ESTA visa for your travel to the USA and are not making any progress with the application form: www.esta-registration.co.uk.

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Summer

4th July in Amsterdam! by CharlesFredIn the summer, the city hosts a wide range of festivities. Bars and outdoor seating areas are crowded with thirsty tourists and locals, and people casually cruise their boats along the Amsterdam canals. Temperatures can reach 25°C, which for some Dutch people is scorching! Even though most days are sunny during a Dutch summer, rainy or cloudy days are still an unfortunate (and regular) feature. Therefore, always check the weather forecast before leaving your umbrella at home.

Tip: prepare a picnic basket and head off to the Vondelpark to enjoy some sun among the locals and tourists. People lie on the grass, play music and games such as Frisbee and it’s a really relaxed place to be on a summer’s day. In June, July and August the Vondelpark Open Air Theatre stages productions from popular music events, dance shows and theatre.

Autumn

The Jordaan in autumn by MarjoleinGreen leaves make room for red, brown and yellow ones, making Amsterdam’s canals a real sight to behold. However, autumn is also the season that sees a lot of cloudy and windy days. The probability of prolonged rainfall is at its highest during the autumn, with an average amount of 100mm per month. Autumn is a great time to take a relaxing evening walk along the canal and enjoy the cosy atmosphere in the city.

Tip: in late August the cultural season has officially started, so head to some indoor cultural attractions. Admire Van Gogh’s Sunflowers during Museum Night or go to the International Documentary Festival Amsterdam (IDFA) in November.

Winter

Amsterdam canals in winter by natasja dbWinters in Amsterdam can be really cold and it’s not uncommon for temperatures to drop below zero. Every year Dutch people hope for a white Christmas, which is never really out of the realms of possibility as the Netherlands experiences an average of 18 snowy days a year. The sun only shines approximately two hours a day and the average temperature hovers around 4°C. Therefore, the best advice we can give so you can carry on sightseeing is to pack a scarf, thick gloves and a warm winter hat.

Tip: when it’s freezing, the natural ice is thick enough to skate on, so try out this popular Dutch sport on Amsterdam’s canals. Dress warmly and show off your ice skating skills to the locals. Visit a Dutch bar for a cup of hot chocolate with whipped cream to warm yourself up afterwards.

No matter which season you’re heading to the Dutch capital, Amsterdam is always alive. Each season the city hosts plenty of indoor and outdoor activities, so you never have to worry about getting bored during your holiday. Always remember to pack your umbrella, as you never know when a Dutch rain shower is around the corner! Veel plezier!

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Weather in Seville

Seville is a typical Mediterranean city with the climate to match. It experiences blisteringly hot summers that send the locals away to the coast in their droves as well as pleasantly mild winters with plenty of sunshine. The best time to visit is either spring or autumn, when the café culture is still alive and kicking and the temperatures are around 20°C. Read on to discover what to pack when and the annual events in Seville to take advantage of.

Average temperatures in Seville

Average (°C) Minimum Maximum Events
January 11 6 17 Three Kings Day & Parade
February 12 7 19
  • Los Carnavales
  • Seville Marathon
March 15 9 23
  • Cristo de la Expiracion
  • Semana Santa (Easter Week)
April 18 11 24
  • Feria de Abril
  • Fiesta de San Marcos
May 20 14 28
  • Spanish Golf Open
  • Feria del Caballo
  • Festival Internacional de Teatro y Danza
June 25 18 33
  • Corpus Christi
  • Dia de San Juan
  • Gay Pride
July 28 20 37 Vela de Santa Ana
August 28 20 36 Fiesta de la Exaltacion del Rio Guadalquivir
September 25 18 32 Moros y Cristianos
October 20 14 26
  • Día de la Hispanidad
  • Seville Flamenco Festival (every two years)
November 15 10 21 Festival Internacional de Jazz
December 12 7 17
  • La Immaculada Concepcion
  • Christmas
  • New Year’s Eve

Spring

Sevilla by WerkmensMarch can be a little rainy, but on the whole spring is a really pleasant time to be in Seville, especially as the temperatures start to creep up to the late 20s in May. Summer is in the air by April and people start venturing out on to the plazas and streets to soak up the rays and enjoy a morning coffee or evening cerveza. It’s an ideal time to visit, especially during Easter to see the elaborate religious parades or for the southern flamenco extravaganza, the Feria de Abril.

Tours in Seville

Summer

Seville holds the record for the hottest city in Europe with a record temperature of 50°C, so it’s no wonder that its summers can be uncomfortably hot. with figures rarely dipping below 30°C. InPalms by Julia Folsomaddition, the city all sees a great deal of sunshine – around 12 glorious hours a day. This might all sound perfect, but with an average high of 37°C, July and August are probably not the best months to visit Seville, as it can make sightseeing a bit of an ordeal. Rain is unsurprisingly non-existent from June onwards, so much so that in 2003, the city went four months without a drop of the stuff.

Autumn

Otoño en la Calle Torneo, sevilla by Pablo F. J.October has been known to be a rainy month, so make sure you pack an umbrella. That said, average temperatures are still around 20°C so chances are you’ll have a plenty of sunny, warm days when visiting. Nocturnal temperatures have decreased since August, making it possible once again to have a comfortable night’s sleep without air conditioning. Overall, this is a lovely time to visit, especially with the smaller crowds and more agreeable temperatures.

Winter

IMG_4301.by.bLyTemperatures drop considerably by December, which has an average low of 7°C. January is the coldest month of the year so make sure you pack your winter woollies. Nonetheless, temperatures rarely venture anywhere near freezing and compared to northern Europe, winters are mild – so much so that it hasn’t snowed in Seville for 50 years! December, January and February experience 8-10 days of brief yet heavy rain per month, so pack a brolly just in case.

Making the most of the weather in Seville

If you don’t cope well with high temperatures, seek shade in Seville’s spectacular Cathedral, which is not only the third-largest in the world, but in fact the resting place of Christopher Columbus.

It’s probably not the best idea to spend the middle of the day in the labyrinth-like streets of the Old Town, as the high buildings and narrow alleys trap in a lot of heat. Instead, why not enjoy a leisurely lunch in a shady spot or have a tasty ice-cream or cool drink in a street-side café?

Although Seville only has an average of 52 days a year with rainfall, if you do happen to be unfortunate enough to catch a shower, then don’t worry, as there’s still so much to do. Why not explore on of Seville’s numerous indoor food markets and pick up a few tasty morsels? Or discover the beautiful detail of the Real Alcázar de Sevilla or head to the Flamenco Museum and learn all there is to know about Spain’s most famous dance.

Whatever the weather, be it 15 or 35 degrees, Seville is a fantastic city break option with endless things to see, eat and do!

Paris by InspiredVision

Weather in Paris

Although a far cry from its Mediterranean counterparts like Nice and Marseille, Paris rewards its millions of visitors with pleasant and mild temperatures all year around. The French capital has the typical western European climate, with summers that aren’t scorchers and winters that aren’t blizzards – ideal for all sightseers!

Average temperatures in Paris

Average (°C) Average low Average high Events
January 3 1 5
  • New Year’s Day Parade
  • Cirque de Demain (circus festival)
February 5 1 9
  • Chinese New Year
  • Valentine’s Day
  • Carnaval de Paris
March 9 4 13
  • Saint Patrick’s Day
  • Salon du Livre (literary festival)
  • Paris Fashion Week
  • Paris Film Festival
April 10 5 14
  • Foire du Trone (funfair)
  • Paris Marathon
May 15 9 20
  • Nuit des Musées
  • French Open Tennis Championship
June 18 12 23 Fête de la Musique
July 19 14 24
  • Paris Jazz Festival
  • Paris Plages opening
  • Bastille Day
  • Tour de France
August 19 13 24
  • Rock en Seine
  • La Villette Open-Air Cinema Festival
September 17 12 21
  • Journée du Patrimoine (open doors day)
  • La Villette Jazz Festival
October 13 9 16 Festival d’Automne
November 7 4 10
  • Armistice DayAll Saints’ Day – Toussaint
  • Turning on of Christmas lights
December 5 3 7
  • Salon Nautique de Paris(international boat show)
  • Mystery of Christmas (recreation of Nativity on steps of the Notre Dame)
  • Family Christmas Mass at the Church of Saint-Germain-des-Prés
  • Christmas Markets -Champs-Elysées and Trocadéro

Seasonal overview for Paris

Spring

Spring by ParisSharingThe cold winter weather gives way and temperatures climb into double figures, reaching around 20°C in May. The city responds with the return of its famed café culture; you’ll start to see a lot more people walking, cycling and spilling out of bars and cafés, all appreciating the sunny afternoons. Early spring statistically has the lowest rainfall of all the seasons, but there is still the odd shower so pack an umbrella if you’re out and about.

Summer

Summer by Moyan_BrennSummer in Paris is when the city comes alive and the parks and gardens blossom. Temperatures are really quite good, staying around 25°C for the whole of July and August and can occasionally more – the perfect temperature to avoid that horrible sticky heat you often experience in cities. The balmy evenings are also good for a summer city break as Paris takes on a festival atmosphere and fine food and wine can be enjoyed on all restaurant terraces. Rainfall levels are moderate but the occasional short sharp downpour can occur. August and September can sometimes have thunderstorms as the heat and humidity builds.

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Autumn

Autumn by dicktay20000After the summer highs, the temperature in Paris quickly falls to about 10°C in November, while nights are in single figures by late September. It is also a pretty grey time of year, with an average of about three hours a day of sunshine and a fair bit of rain. Despite the cooler temperatures, it can be the ideal time to visit as the city is a lot less crowded with tourists, while the parks and tree-lines avenues are golden. As the weather is a little up and down, it’s probably best to pack a coat and a brolly as well as sunglasses!

Winter

Winter by emerilleWinters can be described as crisp. January is a particularly cold month with temperatures struggling to get above 5°C. Make sure you bring things to wrap up in as well as waterproof clothes as it’s often pretty drizzly and things can be a little gloomy. December and January see an average of 16 or 17 wet days each and sunshine levels are low, at around two hours per day. Snowfall is rare but the odd flurry will occur once or twice making the city look like a beautiful winter wonderland.

Making the most of Paris’ weather

Despite the slight unpredictability of weather in Paris at times, its mild yearly temperatures and warm summers with the occasional heat wave make for the perfect city break destination. Even if you do pick a particularly rainy weekend, there’s so much to see that’s indoors – from the Louvre to the word-famous Galeries Lafayette department store. If you are in Paris in the spring sunshine, then climb the Eiffel Tower and enjoy the breathtaking panoramic views or take a river boat down the Seine and get a close up of the architecture and the World Heritage sites.

Weather in Barcelona

Barcelona’s Mediterranean climate is one of the city’s biggest attractions and plays a huge part in defining the lifestyle of its residents. The pleasant temperatures that grace the Catalan capital for many months of the year mean that the locals are able to spend a lot of time outdoors. In every neighbourhood you will see chairs and tables spilling out onto the pavement from the numerous cafés. With the sun making spirits high and drawing everyone out of their homes, you will be hard pushed to find a city as sociable as the Catalan capital.

How does the weather in Barcelona measure up?

Barcelona is less arid than southern Spain, but not as wet as in the more northern parts. The weather is generally predictable and the typical image of Barcelona with a clear sky and bright sunlight dowsing the blue sea and green mountains in a golden glow is largely correct – Barcelona enjoys 2,524 hours of sunshine a year (in northern Europe this figure usually sits around 1,500).

The average temperature in Barcelona

Average (°C) Minimum Maximum Events
January 11 8 14 Three Kings Day & Parade
February 10 7.5 12.5 Barcelona Carnival
March 13 10.5 15.5
  • Barcelona marathon
  • Sant Medir
April 14.5 12 17 Sant Jordi
May 18 16 20 Formula 1 racing at Circuito de Catalunya
June 24 22 26
  • Sonar Festival
  • Sant Joan
July 26 24 28 Festival Grec
August 27 24 30 Fiesta de Gracia
September 22 20 24 La Mercè
October 20 15 20 Sitges Film Festival
November 18 12 18 International Jazz Festival
December 14.5 8.5 14.5
  • Christmas
  • New years eve

Seasonal overview

Spring

Parc de la Ciutadella by AnneliezSpring is one of the best times to visit Barcelona as temperatures begin to heat up and are generally nice and warm. However, during these months the weather is less predictable so expect some showers, especially in April. But don’t let this put you off – outbursts are normally quite short and the sky soon clears, making way for the sunshine.

Summer

Beach, Barcelona by deltron3032As summer is usually very hot and humid, it’s essential to wear light and comfortable clothing when out and about in the city. Consecutive days of bright sunshine provide the perfect excuse to head to the seaside, take a dip in the sea and dry off with a cool drink in hand. If you decide to visit Barcelona during this season, it’s a good idea to look for an apartment with a balcony or, even better, a terrace.

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Autumn

Parc de la Ciutadella by Bracketing LifeThe sweltering temperatures of the summer begin to die down but are still warm and enjoyable, making it the perfect time to explore the city. However, like inspring, rain isn’t uncommon. So although beachwear is still essential, don’t forget to bring something waterproof as well.

Winter

Winter BCN by 松林The winters on Barcelona’s low coastal plain are relatively brief. However, during this short period temperatures at night can drop below freezing, so we’d recommend that you stay in accommodation with some form of heating. The chilly wind means that you should definitely pack a coat. Snow in Barcelona is an extremely rare sight and one which Barcelonans get very excited about.

Making the most of the sunny weather

Although this is one of the highest populated cities in Europe, its architecture is well adapted for the hot weather. If you look out over the city from a terrace, you will see many locals dining, socialising and relaxing on the rooftops.
If you don’t cope well with high temperatures, it’s a good idea to avoid spending the middle of the day in the labyrinth-like streets of the old town. Here the high buildings and narrow alleys trap in a lot of heat. Instead, visit this area in the early evening when it is cooler and the atmosphere is at its best.

The beaches in Barcelona are among the best urban beaches in the world although, as you can probably imagine, they’re often very crowded. Similarly, while there is an abundance of parkland, don’t count on finding a quiet patch of grass in parks like Parc de La Ciutadella.
With an average temperature of 20 degrees Celsius, and only 55 days of rain annually, Barcelona has an enviable climate, ensuring its coveted place as one of the best city break destinations in Europe.

Weather in Berlin

Berlin’s weather can sometimes be described as all seasons in one day. The city is generally considered to have a continental climate, but there are typically major seasonal fluctuations between the summer and winter time. If you’re planning a trip to Berlin we have compiled some handy information about the weather with advice on what to wear and information about what’s on in the different seasons.

How does the weather in Berlin measure up?

Berlin has a temperate Oceanic climate, giving it beautifully warm summers and festively chilly winters. The city experiences moderate levels of rainfall throughout the year, with light snow showers expected between December and March. Berlin also receives more hours of sunlight annually than the average for northern Europe, at 1,657 per year – 150 more than the average.

The average temperature in Berlin

Average (°C) Minimum Maximum Events
January 0.5 -1.5 3 Berlin Green Week
February 1.5 -1.5 4 Berlinale
March 5 1.5 8.5 Long Night of Museums
April 9 4 13 Easter
May 14 9.0 19 Carnival of Cultures
June 17 12.5 22 Christopher Street Day Parade
July 19 14.5 24 Classic Open Air
August 19 14 23.5 Internationales Berliner Bierfestival
September 15 10.5 19
  • Berlin Music Week
  • Berlin Marathon
October 10 6.5 13.5 Festival of Lights
November 4.5 2 7 Jazzfest
December 2.0 -0.5 4.5
  • Christmas
  • New Years Eve

Seasonal overview

January to April

Winter in Berlin by OszedoWinters in Berlin can be very cold, with temperatures frequently reaching freezing. Snow and ice can often cover the city for periods and winter temperatures can reach around minus 10 degrees or even colder. January and February are usually the coldest months. Respite can be found in spring which can start as early as April, although it typically makes an entrance a little later, ushering in bright skies and a cool yet but agreeable climate.

Tip: Berlin winters require dressing up warm, so scarves, hats, gloves and a warm coat are an essential requirement! Given the likelihood of snow and frost, you should make sure you pack adequate waterproof footwear for your winter trip. As the weather in Berlin can often include four seasons in one day, wearing a number of layers of clothing can be a good option. This way you can shed or don layers depending on the weather.

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May to September

Spring in Berlin by AleksandarThe start of spring and the summer months in Berlin can be very pleasant and this is the time when the city comes alive. Suddenly the streets become all about life outdoors. Although Berlin can experience the occasional heat wave, temperatures are characteristically warm at around 25ºC, which can prompt surprisingly balmy evenings right into the early hours.

There are numerous open-air events in the summer months including Fete de la Musique and CSD Berlin. Come September the city hosts the Berlin Marathon and Berlin Music Week. Be warned though Berlin summers can throw in the odd rainy days or even thunderstorms similar to tropical climates. Temperatures can change quickly from very warm to quite cold in the space of a day or two. In recent times the city has seen spectacular storms with lighting, thunder and torrential rain.

Tip: Typically for continental climates, temperatures can sometimes drop considerably in the late spring and summer evenings, so remember to take extra clothing for such an eventuality. Also an umbrella is always handy to take out with you to avoid getting caught in a downpour.

October to December

Autumn-in-Berlin-by-istela1Autumn in Berlin can bring clear blue skies with temperatures still on the mild side, making for very pleasant weather conditions. Berlin is a green city with lots of parks which come to life in rich autumnal colours of browns, reds and yellows. Around November the temperatures start to become notably cooler, leading to December which can be one of the coldest months of the year. There are also plenty of year-round indoor activities ranging from lots of great museums and art galleries to sauna clubs.

Tip: Wrap up well in December and visit the popular Christmas markets. Drinking the famous delicious hot Glühwein is guaranteed to warm you up!