As Easter is approaching, it is still time to plan a getaway holiday that will make the sempiternal egg hunt a lot more exciting, or should we say egg-citing for the sake of an easy pun? Easter is a deeply religious celebration, and you will not find a better way to celebrate it than to discover how the different European cities approach these weekend of chocolate and indulgence, as many people like to think of it. Book your four-day Easter getaway in Europe to experience different Easter celebrations in each country..
Barcelona: The Holy Week
In Spain, the period known as the Semana Santa, or Holy Week, is of the utmost importance. This is the Easter week, during which Catholics like to celebrate the period with a variety of ceremonies, masses, and processions. As a result, your time in Barcelona will certainly be marked by some amazing parades. Easter, in Spain, goes above its religious meaning: The streets are filled with people, and you will find that the windows of chocolate shops and patisseries are piled with Easter treats. Easter in Barcelona is a time of celebration and joy.
Berlin: Let’s Burn The Christmas Tree
On the night before Easter Sunday, thousands of German gather around huge bonfires: This marks the end of winter, and traditionally people burn the wood of old Christmas trees to drive away the evil spirits. You will find that in some part of Berlin, the population still refers to the Easter fox or the Easter stork, which used to bring gifts and chocolate to children at Easter, even though now the Easter Bunny has taken over. If you stay around the Berliner zoo, you will even find that a lot of hotels have included in their room fees plenty of child-friendly activities, such as painting the eggs or visiting the Easter family at the zoo.
Paris: Don’t Be Such A Tourist
Easter in France is often celebrating with a lamb meal and some nougatine eggs from famous patisseries. The Parisian population is used to Easter in town and knows that plenty of shops are shut during the holy weekend, and restaurants tend to be overbooked. So, if you are planning on visiting Paris, don’t fall for the tourist trap, and book your restaurant in advance – see if you can pick one of the old-fashioned French restaurants around the Pere Lachaise cemetery. Additionally, still mentioning tourists in Paris, the EU is planning to roll out by 2020 a visa application called ETIAS for visitors outside of the EU – visit the website for more information. For this year, you don’t need to register for the ETIAS to enjoy French Easter eggs.
Copenhagen: Time For An Easter Sandwich
The Danish capital has become of the Europe’s leading city break destination, and there’s no doubt that the Hygge feeling has a lot to do with it. For Easter, there’s still a sense of Hygge in the air, with the typical open sandwiches at lunch, smørrebrød, piled with a variety of toppings and snacks. You won’t find an Easter egg around, but the feeling of fun and relaxation is still there, and that’s all that matters.