To be fair, it doesn’t matter what time of year you visit northern Europe, because every season has its perks and highlights. Below, we take a look at what you can expect on the Rhine, Danube, Main and Seine at other times of the year.
• Summer – Balmy temperatures and long days make summer an excellent time of year to visit Europe, especially if you’re something of a sun worshipper. See cities like Paris, Passau and Antwerp at their most exciting, as locals swap staying in for making the most of the terraced cafés and beautiful city parks.
• Fall – One thing’s for sure if you decide to book a European river cruise in the fall: exceptional beauty. With the season bringing a kaleidoscope of color, destinations like the Wachau Valley, Rhine Gorge and the Black Forest are totally transformed. Cameras at the ready.
• Winter – The coldest season may seem like a daring time of year to visit northern Europe, but you shouldn’t overlook one significant perk of planning a trip in winter: Christmas. Destinations like Würzburg, Heidelberg, Nuremberg and Vienna are transformed by the festive season, with Christmas markets providing an enchanting draw for visitors.