IF YOU HAVE BEEN WAITING ALL SUMMER TO TRAVEL TO EUROPE IN AUGUST, THERE ARE A FEW THINGS YOU SHOULD CONSIDER. WHAT IS THE WEATHER GOING TO BE LIKE, DO YOU WANT TO DEAL WITH BIG CROWDS, AND WILL ALL ESTABLISHMENTS BE OPEN?? BEFORE YOU GO PURCHASING YOUR AIRFARE, READ ON TO LEARN THE BEST EUROPEAN COUNTRIES TO VISIT IN AUGUST.
Not only do YOU want to travel in August but so do the local business owners, even though it is prime travel season in Europe, so expect to find many businesses shut down as they are off on hiatus too.
And please take into consideration the heat factor of the southern countries like Portugal, Spain, Italy, Greece, southern France, and Malta as you will find these areas to be sweltering! I would suggest heading north to the UK, Scotland, Switzerland, Norway, Germany, Belgium, or Holland. Heck you could fly into Heathrow, London then hop on the train and travel to France, Switzerland, Austria, then fly out of Holland! Talk about a killer Euro vaca – and it can all be done in 2 weeks or less! For the best beginner tips to European train travel, check out The Blonde Abroad!
Another reason to avoid these countries, especially the coast, in the high season is because this is when they will be packed full of other American tourists and others who are on their extended vacations.
Like I mentioned earlier, August is traditionally the time when many locals close up shop to take their family vacations too, so be prepared to find many businesses closed…especially outside the major tourists zones and even in the big cities.
BEST EUROPEAN COUNTRIES TO VISIT IN AUGUST
The summer months of June, July, and August will be the country’s warmest and driest months so its best to visit here in the summer. Undoubtably, you will be among millions of other tourists but at least you will not be wet and freezing to death. With the many, many things to do in the UK you would be best narrowing it down by picking a couple of festivals, or find a beach that suits you, and visit some historic towns….after you hang in London a while to experience everything the United Kingdom has to offer!
Depending on your priorities, visitors can enjoy different corners of Switzerland at almost any time of year. Summer boasts Switzerland’s nicest weather, yet it’s also when the country is packed with tourists. Meanwhile, winter sports enthusiasts should head to Switzerland during colder months, and people looking for one-of-a-kind Swiss celebrations can choose among festivities throughout the year.
Austria has four seasons with plenty to do year-round. The most popular time to visit in general is May through September, when tourists come for city breaks, culture, and festivals. Popular cities include Vienna, Salzburg, Innsbruck, and Graz but keep in mind that Salzburg pretty much shuts down due to crowds during the Salzburg Festival in July and August.
August is prime festival season in the Netherlands making August an amazing time to get your fill of the local culture, and it is also when the weather is perfect. But this also means rubbing shoulders with other tourists, waiting in lines, and higher prices. That is what every high season means though, and trust me you rather visit the Netherlands when the weather is nice, otherwise you will get rained on and freeze.