Best Places to Visit in Europe for Spring Break While Studying Abroad


Studying abroad in Europe is an enriching experience, and what better way to take time off from lectures and textbooks than exploring a new destination (or two!) during spring break?

With so many places to choose from in Europe, we know that picking a destination for spring break travel can be daunting. Below we’ve outlined our recommendations for the best places to visit in Europe, where to stay, and how to earn extra savings with HostelPass. These include a mix of tourist favorites and up-and-coming destinations and are perfect for students seeking a memorable spring break experience!

1. Amsterdam, Netherlands

Amsterdam is the perfect spring break destination for students seeking a blend of city culture and nature. First off, you can’t miss Keukenhof Gardens, located just outside the city, which showcases millions of tulips in breathtaking colors. For activities to do inside Amsterdam, you can cycle along the picturesque canals with Bill’s Bike Tours, visit the contemporary art Moco Museum, and explore the Anne Frank House. Spring in Amsterdam also brings cultural events like King’s Day in late April, where the city comes alive with vibrant street parties and festivities. Save up to 25% off with HostelPass on your Amsterdam experiences and accommodation!

2. Santorini, Greece

Santorini, with its iconic white-washed buildings and breathtaking sunsets, is a romantic paradise for a spring break getaway. Go with a group of girlfriends, your study abroad group chat, or take the time to do a solo trip yourself! Regardless of who you travel with, you’ll enjoy exploring the narrow streets of Oia, relaxing on the distinctive black sand beaches, and savoring Greek cuisine with a view. A must-stay hostel is Caveland Santorini, a boutique hostel nestled in an 18th century wine estate where you’ll have the unique opportunity to sleep in original Santorinian caves! We love this hostel because it also has a beautiful swimming pool and you can also get 10% off with HostelPass! Truly, Santorini promises a magical spring break experience full of new and exciting memories. 

3. Interlaken, Switzerland 

For best places to visit in Europe regarding the outdoors scene, Interlaken serves as our top pick. Nestled between Lake Thun and Lake Brienz, Interlaken offers a breathtaking backdrop of snow-capped peaks and is easy to access by direct train connections from Germany, France and Italy. We love staying at Backpackers Villa Sonnenhof, the perfect base for those looking for the comfort and convenience of a centrally located hostel. The outdoor activities and excursions are endless in Interlaken including hiking, skiing, paragliding, skydiving, river rafting, bungee jumping, and more, creating something for all nature enthusiasts and adventure seekers alike. Save 10% off your accommodation with HostelPass and earn a free breakfast!

4. Edinburgh, Scotland

Edinburgh, with its historic architecture and captivating landscapes, is a perfect spring break destination for students. Explore the Edinburgh Castle, stroll along the Royal Mile, and hike up Arthur’s Seat for panoramic views of the city. Embrace your inner child with the Harry Potter Tour and save 15% off with HostelPass. Spring in Edinburgh also coincides with the Edinburgh International Science Festival (March 30 – April 14, 2024) and the Beltane Fire Festival (April 30th), providing students with a unique blend of academic and cultural experiences. 

5. Florence, Italy

Finally, for students immersed in art, food, and landscape, Florence is a dream destination. Stay at Ostello Bello Firenze, where you can easily visit the entire city and walk along Leonardo Da Vinci’s path. Indulge in local cuisine with a cooking class, sip local wines on a winery tour, or if you’re feeling extra adventurous – explore Tuscany from atop a vespa. There’s truly so much beauty in the Tuscany region and with fewer crowds compared to the summer months, you’ll have more time to explore and appreciate the area’s cultural richness. Enjoy up to 15% off your Florence travels with HostelPass.

Enjoy Spring Break Without Breaking the Bank – With HostelPass!

We hope our guide on the best places to visit in Europe was helpful in determining your next spring break destination and more importantly – getting the most out of your trip while getting the most for your money! Whether you’re seeking romance, art, or outdoor adventures, these five European cities offer a unique blend of cultural experiences, natural beauty, and festive atmospheres for an unforgettable spring break, and serve as the perfect complement to your study abroad experience in Europe. 

Here’s to extra savings and extraordinary memories. Happy travels!

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