Currently thinking of where to spend Easter in Europe? With exciting activities, incredible food and unique hotels all ready to be enjoyed across the continent, this isn’t the easiest thing to decide… but we’ve narrowed the choices down for you. See below for where you can celebrate both the spirit of the holiday and the first days of spring this year.
1. Embrace tradition in Lisbon, Portugal
Religion is central to the Easter celebrations in Portugal. Not only do many locals go to church on Easter Sunday, but you’ll find several events across the country with a strong religious theme during the weekend, including special processions featuring people in Roman costume. Those with a penchant for spectacle and a strong love of culture will adore staying at As Janelas Verdes, too: our historic hotel located just around the corner from galleries like the National Ancient Art Museum. This property is particularly lovely in the spring, where you can enjoy breakfast in the garden to the sweet sounds of birdsong.
2. Hit the slopes in Bergen, Norway
In Norway, Easter is synonymous with skiing, as locals head to the mountains to partake in their favourite winter sport while revelling in the warmer weather and blooming landscape. Resorts often arrange outdoor concerts and pop-up festivals during this period as well, so you can juggle your athletic adventures with live entertainment. Find a resort close to Bergen so you can stay at the iconic Hotel Park, a family-run hotel renowned for its ambience. You’ll love the friendly service and eclectic furnishings in abundance, here.
3. Make for the markets in Vienna, Austria
The Easter markets are open once again in Vienna! Each year, the city hosts a ton of exciting and eclectic markets during April, with perhaps the most enticing of these being the Easter Market at Schloss Schönbrunn. Head there between 2 – 19 April to discover around sixty exhibitors offering everything from handcrafted gifts to delicious food. Those with a love for collecting objects will particularly appreciate staying the night at the ‘oldest hotel in Vienna’. The owners of Hotel Stefanie are devoted antique lovers, and the property is ornamented with silver, glassware, furniture and more. It’s just beautiful.
4. Have festival, equestrian fun in Dublin, Ireland
Dublin’s Merrion Hotel is an excellent answer to the question of where to spend Easter in Europe. This stylish five-star property consists of four Georgian townhouses and includes two restaurants, too: delivering culture, class and culinary choice in droves. After a good night’s rest, head to the Fairyhouse Easter Festival, where you’ll get to watch incredible horses and first-class jockeys go head to head in the 150th running of the Irish Grand National. Between the event’s glamorous vibes and fun things to do, you’re sure to have a magnificent time.
5. Find colourful food and fountains in Ansbach, Germany
High on your agenda this spring should be sampling the seasonal wares at Hotel Schwarzer Bock. This stunning hotel has not only recently attained four-star status, but has once again been listed in Germany’s Slow Food Guide 2022… making it a wonderful spot for foodies looking for where to spend Easter in Europe. If you’re feeling traditional, ask for the ‘Bärauch’: asparagus or lamb that’s sourced fresh from the region. In gorgeous Ansbach, you can celebrate Easter by searching for ‘Easter fountains’ in the city, which are marked by colourful eggs and green spring wreaths. It’s a (very photogenic) Bavarian tradition.
6. Enjoy the end of Lent in Strasbourg, France
The first day of Easter also brings about the end of Lent, which means (for many) that it’s time for chocolate! Indulge your sweet tooth at the Musee de Chocolat, based just outside of Strasbourg. Taste cocoa-inspired delicacies while wandering through the Schaal chocolate factory before immersing yourself in the Chocolatiers Laboratory, where you can learn chocolate-making techniques from the best. Back in the city, you’ll want to stay in Hotel Le Bouclier d’Or, which you’ll find nestled in La Petite-France: just a short walk away from the city’s best sights. Do take advantage of their spa while you’re there, which offers an expansive range of treatments as well as a sauna, whirlpool and hydro-massage showers.
Not going anywhere this year? Try cooking up one of these international Easter dishes
When thinking of where to spend Easter in Europe, a good option might be… your own kitchen! There are plenty of ways to bring the flavours of the continent to your home this year, which vary between the delightfully sweet to decadently savoury. Check out some of our favourite European Easter dishes, and do let us know on Instagram if you give any of them a try.