The Northern Hemisphere guarantees a memorable experience, famous for its glorious summer months and buzzing nightlife. These five cities are a must to visit during summer, and with a personal travel manager, you will be able to experience all of the exciting opportunities these cities have to offer.
During summer, the beautiful city of Rome lights up from the inside and brings tourists and locals together to experience exciting cultural events and restaurants like no where else in the world. In order to see the true Rome, be sure to scope out a local event. If fancy and formal is your thing, operas and ballets are held at the Teatro Dell’Opera Di Roma. If looking for something more laid back, be part of the Along the Tiber Festival, which incorporates markets, outdoor cinemas, performances and concerts. However if music is your forte, music festivals take place all across the city and suburbs, Rock in Roma being a particular favourite amongst the locals. If you need a rest stop between adventuring, Rome was built for picnicking. Piazzas, parks, hills and ruins combined with a focaccia, and fresh meats work wonders.
The summer in Berlin opens up a world of cafes, parks, pools and beaches that seem to be rejuvenated once the sun comes out in the German capital. Once the heat hits, visit the most unique swimming pool in Germany, the Badeschiff; a floating pool created from a cargo container. If you’d rather sit and drink a cold German beer, head to Berlin’s oldest beer garden, the Prater. Surrounded by giant chestnut trees, enjoy the balmy night air on classic wooden benches and German favourites such as wurst, potato salad and homebrewed beer. If bargain hunting is your forte, head to Prenzlauer Berg’s Mauerpark on Sundays for a massive flea market buzzing with energetic sellers and buyers a like.
Famous for its beautifully winding canals, Amsterdam offers an impressive array of experiences during summer. To immediately fit in with the locals and explore the city, rent a bicycle. There are bike rentals situated every few blocks and roads are built to cater to all riders. The next best way to explore the city is by renting a boat. With a completely different view of the canal houses, a boat allows you to sail to Pampus Island to discover the old fort, moor at the vibrant Hanneke’s Boom for a drink or stop at Roest to watch the sunset reflect in the Amstel. The Vondel Park Open-Air Cinema is a popular event throughout the summer months with music, shows and theatrical performances on the open stage.
Paris is a hub for foreign languages, adventurous days and exciting nights during the summer. June is the prime time for festivals and open-air events. Hundreds of musicians gather in the streets of Paris to perform in The Paris Street Music Festival. Bastille Day marks the beginning of the French Revolution and is an event not to be missed, offering top-notch fireworks and parties all across the city. Shopping in the Marais offers more than Paris’ classic beautiful, yet simple staples. Here you can find the Marais’s ancient private mansions, superb museums, great restaurants, and the lovely Place des Vosges (the oldest square in Paris).
Barcelona in summer combines everything that is charming about the Mediterranean. The Placa Reial (Royal Plazza) is a beautiful square located off Las Ramblas and is a great find for anyone looking for traditional Spanish restaurants. Barcelona is famous for its nightlife, and come August, Festes de la Mercè swings into town. It is a weeklong party celebrating Catalan culture with performances, fireworks, seafront air shows, and best of all, street decorating contests. Barcelona is a beautiful city, enjoyed even more so by rooftop. With hundreds of rooftop terraces across the city, most only open during summer, they offer spots to eat, drink and relax, the favourites being Belvedere, Torre Rosa and Biergarten located across the city.
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