Europe is so big, so diverse, and so packed with cultural and natural wonders that the continent ranks among the world’s top year-round destinations.
Of course, “destination” is painted in pretty broad strokes when you’re talking about Europe in general, but part of this corner of the world’s appeal is the variety of experiences you can have with such closely packed countries and such a collection of wildly different scenery.
If you’re trying to figure out the “best” time to visit Europe, keep in mind that the main criterion on that count is when the trip makes the most logistical sense for you. Any time of year you can dedicate to a European getaway—whether the height of summer or the dead of winter—can work. To help you get started planning, here’s an inspirational roundup of some of the best things to see and do in Europe each season!