YspeopleExplore tab

Europe's must-do cultural events

About Travel Like A Local

Travel for me is an opportunity to get a glimpse into another culture's day-to-day.

I'm no professional traveller, but I have picked up a few tips and tricks along the way.


The four events that Europe does best.

There are some things that Europe just does better.

Oktoberfest, Munich.

Oktoberfest, Munich. Picture: Shutterstock

Things like beer halls, arts festivals and, most of all, Christmas. So when you’re organising your next Euro trip, make sure you plan it around one or all of these magical events.

Oktoberfest, Munich

At least once in your life, go to Oktoberfest. Unless you hate beer. If you do, this one’s probably not for you - although this festival is about so much more than liquid gold!

Read more from Travel Like A Local: Seoul food experiences of a spiritual nature

It’s about clinking "cheers" with an 85-year-old local woman who doesn’t speak English and dancing on tables to a traditional German big brass band. It’s about carnival rides and bratwurst, pigs' knuckles and meeting new people from all over the world.

No matter your age, where you’re from, or what budget you’re on, you are guaranteed to have a good time here.

Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Edinburgh

The Edinburgh Fringe Festival is the original and best Fringe in the world.

This year, it celebrated 70s years of showcasing the absolute best performers in comedy, dance, drama, music, circus and more from across the globe.

Edinburgh city doubles in population every August, as crowds cram in to any accommodation they can find to experience the hustle and bustle of this one-of-a-kind festival.

Top tip: book very early. The city’s accommodation books out well in advance, so make sure you secure a bed to rest your head at the end of a fun-filled day.

Paris Christmas Markets, Paris

Who doesn’t love a white Christmas?

The Paris Christmas markets are a beautiful and crowded display, lined along the famous Champs Elysees.

You’ll see families enjoying carnival rides and hot chocolate, friends toasting over mugs of mulled wine while tucking into food market offerings, and everyone else doing a bit of last-minute Christmas shopping.

The sheer size of the markets and crowds every night will knock your socks off.

Greek Easter, Syros

You haven’t experienced Easter until you’ve done it Greek style in one its capitals.

The Syros island town of Ermoupoli is the capital of the Cyclades island group, and boy do they know how to celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ.

Just picture a whole island procession into the main square, dancing, singing, a mass, and fireworks to finish it all off. Even if you’re not religious, this is something to witness!

Heading to Europe?

Banner 1
| Your rating
No ratings yet

Related stories

Embrace training to stay relevant in an ever-changing workplace.

How to stay relevant at work


Companies are moving toward automation over human skills. Here's what you need to do to stay relevant at work.

Money Work
10 months ago
(Ys Comment)
That desperation to ''know'' and be right can cause so much unnecessary conflict.

When 'knowing' is dangerous


Nothing starts more conflict than people ''knowing'' stuff.

Community Politics Philosophy
About 1 year ago
(Ys Comment)
Do you trust politicians? Picture: Shutterstock.

Why don’t we trust politicians?

Here are my top five reasons that politicians are not trusted -- and they all relate to behaviour.

Social Issues Politics Australia
About 1 year ago
(Ys Comment)
Who is going to make their country better for their children, if they don’t? Picture: Shutterstock.

The real refugee question

All three of the common arguments against refugees have ignorance at their root. But there is one question yet to be addressed.

Social Issues Politics Middle East Australia
About 1 year ago
(Ys Comment)
Lines of people wait to collect natural spring water for drinking during the Cape Town drought.

Water: a crisis in the making

Cape Town is about to run out of water -- and 11 other major cities are facing the same plight. Horrifying, isn't it?

Travel Environment Australia
About 1 year ago
(Ys Comment)
PM Malcolm Turnbull attends another military show of strength.

Why the obsession with war?

Why we must rethink our view of the military -- and care more for our returned soldiers.

Community Politics Australia
About 1 year ago
(Ys Comment)
Finding your mythical purpose.

Perhaps it's your 'fate' to read this post

Why it pays to create your own purpose ... and other philosophical musings.

Community Phhilosophy
About 1 year ago
(Ys Comment)
We have a beautiful country but is our national anthem accurate? (Image: Shutterstock).

Australia's national anthem a disappointment


As far as national anthems go, Advance Australia Fair fails to mean much to me. Here's why.

Culture History Australia
About 1 year ago
(Ys Comment)
Boofhead and Moralising.

F**k boofhead Barnaby and moralising Malcolm

The grubbiness of the Barnaby Joyce affair shows there is pain ahead for many, including the good voters of Australia.

Relationships Social Issues Politics Australia
About 1 year ago
(Ys Comment)
Shop safely from the comfort of home by following these simple rules.

Shop safely online with these simple rules


Wondering what all the fuss is about with online shopping, but scared of being ripped off? Don't worry, we'll steer you right.

Money Technology
About 1 year ago
(Ys Comment)

Message board

Derek, 10 months ago:
I am great
George, 10 months ago:
What's up Thomas?
George, 10 months ago:
Messages are now updated in real time on other browsers.
Thomas, 10 months ago:
Thomas, 11 months ago:
DJC, 11 months ago:
George, 11 months ago:
Message board active from June 2018

Have your say!

Your Great Australians

Trending stories
When it comes to great bloggers you can connect with, this list has you covered.

20 mature bloggers worth following

Looking for Australian...

(Entertainment & Culture) About 2 years ago
They may be hideous, but geez, some toby jugs are valuable.

Is your toby jug worth a fortune?

Did you know that some of...

(Nostalgia) 10 months ago
JB Hi-Fi is on the money when it comes to customer service.

JB Hi-Fi Vs Harvey Norman

When it comes to comparing...

(Money & Business) Over 2 years ago
Sammy's no slouch when it comes to rattling cages.

Connect on hotelnepal ... and make new friends

This blogger may be shy,...

(Pastimes) About 2 years ago
Have we been sold a lemon with the NBN? And what should we do about it? Picture: Shutterstock.

What should we do about the NBN?

The NBN is now being called...

(Money & Business) Over 1 year ago
Weekly Poll
Photographic memories
It's 35 years since the Ash Wednesday bushfires in South Australia and Victoria claimed 75 lives and more than 2500 buildings.