Europe always has something going on, even though you normally associate it with summer! There’s countless festivals in the Autumn and Winter, and they’re a great way to see how the locals like to party. We’ve rounded up the best European Autumn and Winter festivals to help you maximise your backpacking experience!
Bime Live – Bilbao, Spain
This is one of the most popular Autumn music festivals in Spain. Bime Live happens every October or November, and It’s a party you shouldn’t miss! It brings together leading figures of the contemporary recording industry with emerging figures. More than 20,000 people attend this festival every year.
We recommend booking Ganbara Hostel in Bilbao for the ultimate experience!
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Festival of Lights – Amsterdam, Netherlands
Discover the magical side of the Dutch capital with its Festival of Lights. During the winter months, the romantic canals of the city are illuminated by the best Dutch and international light artists. We recommend following a planned route to enjoy the colourful projections on historic architecture, urban parks, and on the canals. A great winter festival!
The festival attracts lots of tourism, so make a booking at Flying Pig Hostels so you don’t miss out!
International Film Festival – Berlin, Germany
Popularly known as La Berlinale, it’s one of the most important film festivals in the world. During the month of February, Berlin turns into a mini Hollywood. Some of the most reputable people of gather to celebrate the industry and films of the year. It’s the place to be for lovers of the Seventh Art!
If you’re planning to be in Berlin at the time, we think Sunflower Hostel is the perfect solution for your accommodation needs!
Winter Wonderland in Hyde Park – London, UK
Few European cities celebrate Christmas quite like London. Winter Wonderland is the most Christmas festival in the capital of the UK. And it’s free! The festival includes a huge amusement park, an ice skating rink, circus activities, and ice statues, and more! It’s sure to get anyone in the Holiday spirit!
Check out the conveniently located St. Christopher’s Village for accommodation!
Inverfest – Madrid, Spain
Although it’s a relatively new festival, Inverfest has made an impression! The festival celebrates a mix of Spanish and International musicians, poets, and artists! It’s been recognised as an emerging player in the scene, and is one winter festival you won’t want to miss.
Cats Hostel Madrid Sol are rumoured to be great hosts. We think you should check them out!
Drum and Bass Festival – Prague, Czech Republic
Let it Roll is the official name, and gathers more than 25,000 attendees each year. The festival celebrates some of the best drum and bass artists in the world, and occurs every February. There is a summer edition, but we’re focusing on the winter festival here ;)
We think you should consider checking out the Czech Inn. With a name like that, they’re bound to be great!
It’s the continent that never sleeps, and now you see what we mean! We hope this guide was helpful in planning your winter getaway. Check out Europe's Famous Hostels, located in 43 ultra cool destinations across Europe and Israel!