Take 12 Trips 2018

February 27, 2018

Accumulating a wealth of travel experience is the new rich, with studies proving you’re happier spending money on holidays than material possessions.

With that in mind, start swapping your standard payday splurge for an exciting getaway to the continent, taking in some of Europe’s most exciting events and cultural havens.

 

January

Visit Bruges on 26 and 27 January and be treated to the heart-warming Winter Sparks Festival. With fun street theatre, evocative orchestral performances, and even some fire-breathing displays, it’s the perfect way to start your year.

February

Get to know Ghent by escaping to one of Belgium’s prettiest cities. From 31 January to 4 February the Light Festival will illuminate its most historic sites, with an astounding selection of light installations guiding you through the city centre.

March

On The Waterfront is one of Marlon Brando’s greatest movies, and if you visit Luxembourg’s Philharmonie building on 7 March, you can see this famous Hollywood film, accompanied live by the highly regarded Luxembourg Philharmonic Orchestra.

 

April

Ever wanted to take a springtime walk through fields filled with flowering tulips and picturesque windmills? Then head to Flevoland in Holland from 21 April to 6 May where the Tulip Festival offers a wonderful way to appreciate the Dutch passion for floral beauty.

May

Leeuwarden is the European Capital of Culture for 2018, and you can see the best of this delightful Dutch city from 1 to 31 May. With fun events that celebrate sustainable art and the region’s agricultural heritage, it’s a great way to get to know Leeuwarden a little better.

June

The Comic Book Rendezvous comes to charming Amiens on 2 and 3 June. With 80 famous cartoonists in attendance, get closer to some of the stars of the comic book world. It’s also a great chance to explore this stunning town.

July

The North Sea Jazz Festival is a must for all jazz fans, and it returns to Rotterdam from 13 to 15 July. The programme, filled with swing, be-bop, New Orleans jazz and even some funk and hip-hop, shows that Rotterdam is a great place to enjoy some jazz this summer.

 

August

The magnificent Grand-Place in Brussels becomes even more mesmerising when the Carpet of Flowers event takes place from 16 to 19 August. With thousands of begonias providing a colourful and fragrant spectacle, this event has become one of Brussel’s top attractions.

 

September

Fancy a taste of the best street food in France? Then check out the Fête de la Gastronomie that comes to Paris from 22 to 24 September. This fun event will see the city’s best chefs serving up mouth-watering treats to prove that Paris isn’t just a beautiful city, but also a foodie hotspot.

 

October

We all know that Munich’s Oktoberfest is a must for beer fans, but the event also packs in carnival rides, sumptuous banquets, brass bands and even crossbow competitions. Visit Munich from 22 September to 7 October to see that there’s more to Oktoberfest than their ‘liquid gold’.

 

November

If you’re in Belgium between late November and January, then check out the Ice Sculpture Festival in the Belgian city of Hasselt. This shows off incredible frozen sculptures from Europe’s top ice artists. And don’t worry about the sculptures melting, as the event takes place in a chilly thermal tent.

 

December

Make 2018 the year you go to a real German Market this Christmas. Cologne’s is a must for anybody wishing to get into the festive spirit. With plenty of traditional German carols, cute market stalls, and lots of gingerbread and glühwein, it’s obvious why December is the perfect month to visit this pretty German city.

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