Best Events in Europe in July
Summer is in full swing in July in Europe, which can only mean one thing – it’s festival time. Cities across the continent stop what they’re doing to celebrate all-time classics and organize a few new events. If you’re looking for some action on your summer Eurail trip, remember these popular events in July.
Events in July
1. Roskilde, Denmark – Roskilde Festival
Just sneaking into the very beginning of July is one of Europe’s most popular music festivals, Roskilde. It runs from June 24 to July 1. In the past it has featured a wide range of acts, including the likes of Radiohead, U2, and Metallica.
How to get there by train: There are regular trains between Copenhagen and Roskilde that take approximately 20 minutes.
2. Montreux, Switzerland – Montreux Jazz Festival
There are few destinations as sublime as Montreux, and it serves as the perfect setting for the annual jazz festival from June 30 to July 15. It’s not just jazz though – you can expect a wide range of artists to grace the stages throughout this idyllic destination on the shores of Lake Geneva.
How to get there by train: There are regular trains between Zurich and Montreux that take approximately 2 hours and 38 minutes.
3. Barcelona, Spain – Festival de Barcelona
A good festival is never far away in the Spanish city of Barcelona. The Festival de Barcelona, also known simply as Grec, is one of the more unique events in July. The open-air theater plays host to a wide range of cultural performances, including music, dance, and theater. It happens throughout July.
How to get there by train: There are regular trains to Barcelona from throughout Spain. Trains from Madrid take 2.5 hours and run at regular intervals.
4. London, England – Wimbledon
Now that your Eurail Global Pass includes passage on the EuroStar high-speed train, there’s no reason not to pay a quick – or extended – visit to the British capital. Time it between July 3 to 16, and you can enjoy strawberries and cream and a tennis match or two at Wimbledon.
How to get there by train: The EuroStar between Paris and London takes just under 3 hours. From London, passengers can then connect to a regional train for a 35-minute ride to Wimbledon (not included in Eurail Pass).
5. Aix-en-Provence, France – International Festival of Lyric Art
If you’re a fan of classical music, then make your way to the south of France between July 3 and 21. The town of Aix-en-Provence hosts a popular summer arts festival that has a specific focus on opera and classical music.
How to get there by train: There are regular TGV trains from Paris that take approximately 3.5 hours.
6. Novi Sad, Serbia – Exit Festival
Exit Festival is one of the best music festivals in Europe. It takes place in Novi Sad from July 6 to 9 and features dozens of top international acts in the unique setting of the Petrovaradin Fortress.
How to get there by train: Trains between Belgrade and Novi Sad run regularly and take 1 hour and 46 minutes.
7. Pamplona, Spain – San Fermín (Running of the Bulls)
Spain’s most famous and controversial festival also takes place in July. Each year from July 6 to 14 you can test your bravery against a stream of raging bulls in Pamplona, or watch from a safe distance. Either way, San Fermín is not for the weak of heart, but it’s a cultural festival like few others.
How to get there by train: There are regular trains between Madrid and Pamplona that take between 3 and 4 hours.
8. Copenhagen, Denmark – Copenhagen Jazz Festival
The Copenhagen Jazz Festival has taken place in the Danish capital since 1979. Just because it’s one of the city’s oldest music festivals, it doesn’t make it any less exciting. More than 1000 acts take to stages throughout the city to wow fans from July 7 to 16.
How to get there by train: There are regular trains to Copenhagen from throughout Denmark, as well as easy connections to Germany and Sweden.
9. Paris, France – Bastille Day
July 14 is Bastille Day in France. Although towns and villages throughout the country celebrate the day, the best place to experience the celebrations are in the capital. There you’ll find fireworks displays, parades, and a range of parties that last late into the night.
How to get there by train: Paris is a busy rail hub. There are regular trains arriving at the city’s eight stations from throughout the country and continent.
10. Berlin, Germany – Pride Festival
Berlin is one of the continent’s most diverse and cosmopolitan cities. There’s no better way to experience this than by joining in on the action surrounding the annual Pride Festival. It takes place in the month leading up to Christopher Street Day, which in 2017 is on July 22.
How to get there by train: There are regular trains to Berlin from throughout Germany, as well as easy connections to neighboring capitals.
11. France – Tour de France
The highlight in the world cycling calendar comes around each July across the country of France. The Tour de France will run for three weeks in July, culminating in a showdown on the Champs-Élysées on July 23.
How to get there by train: There are TGV and regional trains throughout France that will get you close to the start or finish of most stages.
The festivals and events in July make it one of the busiest months in the year. With so much going on, it makes perfect sense to pick up a Eurail Global Pass and start planning your itinerary right now.
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