A city trip in summer can quickly become a stress test. The temperatures are pleasant in these three cities.
Summer has arrived in Europe and record temperatures have already been recorded in many regions. Pilgrim through cities when it’s over 35 degrees and jump from view to view? It’s not a successful vacation for everyone. But heat mittens should not do without a trip to the city – fortunately, there are also cooler places in Europe that have a lot to offer.
3 cities where the temperatures are pleasant even in summer
Those who want to escape the summer heat are of course in good hands in Northern Europe. The Swedish capital Stockholm is located in the temperate climatic zone. This means it never gets uncomfortably cold or hot. In July and August, temperatures generally do not exceed 22 degrees. Only in rare cases does the thermometer cross off the 30 degree mark.
The city is spread over a total of 14 islands – so there is water everywhere. A boat trip is an absolute must. One of the city’s most popular landmarks is the Stadshuset Town Hall, which not only shines in its outward appearance. Magnificent rooms are hidden inside, a visit is worthwhile. In the center of the city, visitors can admire the Stockholm Palace. Some offices of the Swedish royal family are located there. Midday is a good time to stop here – at 12:15 p.m. there is the traditional changing of the guard.
Gamla Stan is Stockholm’s old town and definitely worth a visit – the narrow streets and old houses are a sight to behold. Many cafes and restaurants tempt you with their regional specialities. Skinnarviksberget offers a magnificent view of the city. The hill is located on Södermalm and is also a popular place for locals to watch the sunset.
Switzerland is not a cheap holiday destination, but the neighboring German country stands out with its beautiful nature and picturesque towns. In summer, temperatures in the city of Lucerne, capital of the canton of the same name, often reach around 25 degrees. It rains relatively often here, so a rain jacket is standard equipment for a city trip.
Located directly on Lake Lucerne, Lucerne offers many sights. The Chapel Bridge with its water tower is one of the most popular photographic motifs. It is 700 years old, making it one of the oldest wooden bridges in Europe. The city wall is still very well preserved, several towers border it. Visitors can climb up and enjoy the view. Lucerne’s most famous monument is the Dying Lion, inaugurated in 1821. The famous writer Mark Twain (1835-1910) once mentioned the lion monument. A must in Switzerland: eat chocolate. In the old town, many shops offer delicious creations.
With pleasant temperatures around 22 degrees, Rotterdam can be visited in July and August. The second largest city in the Netherlands is a cultural stronghold and is characterized by its beautiful architecture. For example, the Erasmus Bridge, a cable-stayed bridge, is a unique sight. On the 185 meter high Euromast observation tower, visitors have a good overview. The city zoo is an ideal destination for nature lovers, and families with young children will also get their money’s worth.
Since the cycle paths are very well laid out, it is worth renting a bike and exploring the city. In the Nieuwe Binnenweg, tourists will find many cafes and alternative clothing stores. For gourmets, we recommend a detour to the Blaak Markthal, where many food stalls are lined up. Also unmissable: the port, which is best admired from the water during an excursion.