Ahhh, Europe in August. We’ve got a list of the events and experiences you need to attend this August. Warm weather and cold gelato, hot air balloons and tea. These travel destinations are a great way to upgrade your summer to one your family will never forget. Here are some of the best things to do in Europe this August.
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Salzburg Festival in Salzburg
July 20 – August 31
Held every year in Salzburg, Austria, the birthplace of Mozart, is the Salzburg Festival. During this festival, you will see some of the world’s best and most famous opera singers, musicians, conductors, and orchestras to perform in the Baroque historic center of Salzburg. After the festival, take advantage of what the city has to offer including lake excursions and golfing.
Festival Fringe in Edinburgh
August 2 – August 26
The Festival Fringe held in Edinburg, Scotland is the largest and most inclusive celebration of arts and culture in the world. With over 50,000 performances, there are shows to match all tastes and expectations. This iconic arts festival welcomes both famous names and unknown artists looking to expand their audience. With an emphasis on comedy and theater, the variety of performances includes dance, cabaret, musicals, opera, exhibition, spoken word, and live concerts.
International Balloon Fiesta in Bristol
August 8 – August 11
The International Balloon Fiesta in Bristol, England is the largest annual meeting of hot air balloons. This decades-old tradition brings over a hundred hot hair balloons from all over the world to its skyline. The fiesta lasts four days at the Ashton Court Estate where visitors can enjoy a breakfast of tea and toast while watching the rise of the balloons at dawn on the first day.
Notting Hill Carnival in London
August 24 – August 26
Every year London, England hosts the Notting Hill Carnival, a multiple-day celebration of London’s Caribbean communities. The Notting Hill Carnival is the largest street festival in Europe, with more than one million participants every year. This event highlights the best of Caribbean heritage and culture while bringing live music, dance performances, delicious Caribbean food, parades, and costumes to the streets of London. This event shows off the multicultural character of London with a spectacle of colors, sounds, and flavors.
Tivoli Gardens in Copenhagen
Copenhagen, Denmark is known for many things, like being the home of Hans Christian Andersen, but it is also known for Tivoli Gardens. The most visited theme park in Scandinavia and the second-oldest operating amusement park in the world, Tivoli Gardens is supposedly where Walt Disney got the idea for Disneyland. There’s more to it then roller coasters and spun sugar. For instance, there are ballet performances, stretches of tulips, Chinese pagodas, and peacocks casually strolling down the sidewalks.
Grand Bazaar in Istanbul
Istanbul, Turkey has a shopping mall unlike any other. The Grand Bazaar is one of the oldest and largest markets in the world, with construction dating back to the 1400s. Featuring more than 5,000 stalls offering just about everything you could imagine including jewelry, textiles, ceramics, carpets, old coins, leather goods, lanterns, tea handbags, watches, and shoes. Check out the Grand Bazaar, for a shopping experience unlike any other.
Zugspitze Beer Garden in Bavaria
The Zugspitze Beer Garden is the highest in Germany as it sits atop the Zugspitze, which so happens to be the highest mountain in Germany at exactly 9,700 feet above sea level. It also has some of the best views in the country with an impressive 360-degree panorama that shows off the extensive views of over 400 mountain peaks in four countries. Germany’s most famous mountain also has two toboggan runs, Germany’s highest church, an igloo village, and excellent mountain restaurants.
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