In this travel guide, you’ll be heading to three beautiful cities in Europe: London, Paris and Frankfurt. They form a triangle on the map so traveling from one city to another will be easy, even by car. Here you’ll find great destinations for your trip to help you plan out your summer.
So, without further ado, here’s your travel guide to an awesome summer in Europe:
First Stop: London, United Kingdom
You’ll start in London, the busy city and capital of the United Kingdom. The city in and of itself is a treat during the summertime because the sun is out and the sky is clear. Londoners know that the sun only shines this bright for a small fraction of the year, so you better enjoy it while you’re visiting. Here are some places to check out while in London:
New London Architecture
New London Architecture is an independent forum dedicated to—you guessed it—architecture. Here, people discuss, debate and inform others about architecture, planning, construction and development so that the public can participate in shaping a better city. It is located in The Building Centre in central London. It is best known for its 1:2000 scale interactive model of the city, another reason to start your trip here. You’ll get a bird’s eye view of London’s popular tourist spots and areas, like King’s Cross and Royal Docks.
Sunshine and fine weather is a rare thing in London, so locals take full advantage of the summer by watching a film at one of the city’s many outdoor cinemas. You can catch a movie at Luna Cinema’s venues in Regent’s Park, Alexandra Palace, Battersea Park, Fulham Palace and others.
Summer Series at Somerset House
Every summer, both established and upcoming artists come to the Summer Series at Somerset House. It’s definitely a different experience watching contemporary artists performing with an 18th century courtyard as their backdrop. The lights, the music, and their contrast with the architecture surprisingly create an intimate atmosphere.
Some other activities that you can enjoy during the summer in London include listening to live Jazz in Greenwhich Park, watching a Shakespeare play at the open-air Globe Theatre and joining the Notting Hill Carnival, the biggest annual street party in the city.
Second Stop: Paris, France
Next stop is Paris, France, the romantic city filled with beautiful architecture, delicious food and wine, and summertime activities. Aside from visiting the usual stops: Eiffel Tower, the Louvre, and Arc de Triomphe, here’s a list of things you can do in Paris during the summer:
Seine River Cruise
There’s no better time to take a cruise around the scenic Seine River than in the summertime. Scenic Cruises is a favorite amongst locals and foreigners when it comes to boat tours along the Seine River. On this tour, you’ll be able to visit the Hugo Museum in Villequier, Claude Monet’s House and Gardens in Vernon, and the town of Lyons La Foret, which is considered one of the most beautiful villages in France with its half-timbered houses and buildings that are over a millennium old. This tour will give you a different view of France but it will only make you fall in love with the country more.
Quartier d’Été Festival
For those more interested in music, culture and the arts, the Quartier d’Été Festival hosts a series of dance, theatre, concert and circus events across Paris. You’ll witness one-off performances from artists while you lounge about green grass with other art enthusiasts. It’s a perfect activity if you have an afternoon to spare and want to see some local French talents.
The French love their music festivals. Every summer, there’s a lineup of music festivals across the city. In 2017, there were We Love Green, the FNAC music festival outside Hôtel de Ville, Rock en Seine, Macki Music Festival, Paris Jazz Festival, Preen at the Peacock Society, and Jazz à la Vilette among others.
Some other activities that you can enjoy during the summer in Paris include “going to the beach” along the Seine River where they line the banks with sand and deckchairs, celebrating Bastille Day at the Champs-Elysées, and going to the fête foraine (summer fairground) Tuileries.
Third Stop: Frankfurt, Germany
Frankfurt is a big city in Germany and a major financial hub of the country. At the same time, it is a city full of culture and history that is worth exploring. On the last stop of this European summer tour, here are a few activities that you shouldn’t miss while in Frankfurt:
Love locks on the Eiserner Steg
The Eiserner Steg, or the Iron Bridge, is a popular destination for lovers. Here, you’ll find “love locks” with the couple’s names on them. Leaving love locks on bridges is much more common around the world than one would think. The famous Pont des Arts Bridges in Paris collapsed under the weight of the locks, but you’ll find this practice on the Hohenzollern Bridge in Cologne, the Ponte Milvio Bridge in Rome, and the Butcher’s Bridge in Slovenia among others.
Palmengarten, or the Garden of Palm trees, is more than a century old. It’s a botanical garden that’s been the home of a variety of plants and flowers since before the World War II. In fact, it was damaged during the war but has since been reconstructed so that both locals and tourists can enjoy a beautiful sunny day amongst nature.
Night Pub Crawl
Did you even go to Germany if you didn’t do a night pub crawl? Oktoberfest may be happening in Munich and summertime may have been way over come September, but there are still a lot of pubs to visit in Frankfurt while you’re visiting! There’s actually a tour through Alt-Sachsenhausen that will take you to different bars. It’ll be a nice way to meet fun people.
Some other activities that you can enjoy during the summer in Frankfurt include visiting the town of Römer, the Städel Musem and the Goethe House.
London, Paris, Frankfurt—is there a nicer way to spend summer in Europe than in these three beautiful cities? Hopefully, this travel guide has given you some great ideas on where to go during your trip. When you do visit the places on this guide, make sure to take a lot of pictures and have fun!