Fancy a vacation? These European cities are buzzing with activity this spring
Traditionally, spring has always been a season focused on nature. But as the days get longer and the air gets warmer, the cities also shine with a new light.
After two years of closures and restrictions, museums and galleries have reopened and the streets are once again bustling with life.
Fully vaccinated travelers will no longer need a PCR or antigen test to enter many European countries, and restrictions on the use of the Green Pass are also being relaxed, making it much easier to access restaurants and to attractions.
Here are some of the cities worth visiting in the coming months, along with information on their Covid requirements.
Some of the world’s greatest masterpieces were painted in France, inspired by a beautiful setting and vibrant art scene. Paris is home to many of Europe’s most prestigious galleries, and spring is a great time to catch new exhibitions. Inaugurated at the Musée de l’Orangerie until July 11, the new exhibition Impressionist Decor: At the Roots of Monet’s Water Lilies presents works by Cézanne, Degas and Monet. Combine a trip to the gallery with a stroll along the Seine and tree-filled boulevards in full bloom.
Covid Requirements: Only unvaccinated travelers are required to provide proof of a negative Covid test and may also be asked to test on arrival. Everyone must complete a sworn statement (media.interieur.gouv.fr/attestation-honneur-ue-plus-onze-ans-covid-19/) and a PLF form (app.euplf.eu).
The most impressive open-air museum in the world is worth exploring on foot. Stroll through ancient streets, pause at famous fountains, and admire spectacular ruins, such as the Colosseum and Forum. To savor every detail – including hidden spots that could easily be missed – join a guided tour with Ramblers Walking Holidays. Stroll along Via della Conciliazione to Vatican City to explore the Sistine Chapel and admire Michelangelo’s Pietà at St. Peter’s Basilica, or stop for an ice cream in the Spanish Steps . The trip also includes walks further afield in the water gardens of Villa d’Este and by the sea in Ostia Antica.
Covid Requirements: Only unvaccinated travelers will be asked for proof of a negative Covid test. But everyone will have to fill in a PLF (app.euplf.eu). From May 1, masks will no longer be compulsory in indoor places or on public transport, and the Green Pass will no longer be necessary to enter museums or restaurants.
Surrounded by 382 km of cycle paths and bridges, the Danish capital is easy to explore on two wheels. In July, the Tour de France will start from these streets, but since 2022 has been declared the “Year of the Bike”, there are good reasons to get there much earlier. Of all the bike tours offered, a route with Green Bikes is one of the most interesting. Led by experts with a background in sustainability, a 3-hour tour visits buildings and projects designed to help Copenhagen become the first carbon-neutral capital by 2025. From €34; greenbiketours.org/copenhagen_public.
Covid Requirements: Denmark was one of the first EU countries to drop all Covid requirements.
After two years of closure, Keukenhof Tulip and Flower Park will finally reopen for its spring season from March 24 to May 15. Stroll through the Garden of Europe in Lisse, a 35-minute drive from Amsterdam, and return via the Zomerbloemenpluktuin, where you can pick your own flowers along the Amstel River. But even within the city limits, it is possible to enjoy the great outdoors. Amsterdam’s Museumplein comes alive every third Sunday of the month for the Museum Market, adorned with colorful stalls offering all kinds of local produce, food stalls and live music.
Covid Requirements: Fully vaccinated travelers no longer need to provide proof of a negative Covid test. Restrictions still apply to unvaccinated travelers from outside the EU.
St Helier, Jersey
It’s not an obvious choice for a classic city break, but the capital of Jersey offers all the finesse of a European stay without having to travel too far. Filled with great restaurants and duty-free shopping opportunities, it’s an easy weekend getaway. Embark on a Jersey Seafari (RIB boat ride (jerseyseafaris.com; from £30 pp), with a hop in France for lunch.
Covid Requirements: There are currently no entry requirements or Covid restrictions in place for Jersey.