20 Best Europe destinations in June for 2017

The month of June is obviously very popular for Europe trips, and the weather is nearly perfect on the whole continent. You can even visit some of the more popular beach destinations without being overwhelmed by the local Europeans who book everything during July and August. June is actually one of the busiest months in cities like Paris and Rome, but still not so busy that you should avoid them.

Below we list the 20 best destinations in Europe for a June visit, along with reasons why each one is a top pick this month. Many of them are also close enough together that you can easily string them together into a little Europe tour of your own. Train rides of up to about 5 hours are generally wonderful and very scenic, not to mention faster than flying as well.

20 Best destinations in Europe in June

Rome, Italy

  • June avg high: 78F/26C
  • June avg low: 60F/16C
  • June avg precip: 0.6″/1.5cm

June is actually one of the peak months for travel to Rome, but the weather is mostly very warm and sunny and the days are long, so it's still worth joining the herd if you are going to be in or near Italy. Rome is certainly one of the world's greatest tourist cities, although it is also somewhat chaotic and hectic, so staying only 3 nights or so is advisable.

Most people who visit Rome will also visit Florence and Venice, which are both listed just below. But if you have more than a week on your Italy visit you might also consider adding Sorrento, which is a bit south of Naples and it's the ideal base for a day-trip to Naples as well as Pompeii, the island of Capri, and the Amalfi Coast.

>>>Rome prices and travel tips

Florence, Italy

  • June avg high: 81F/27C
  • June avg low: 59F/15C
  • June avg precip: 2.2″/5.5cm

Just as with Rome, June in Florence is a peak month for visitors, but it's still not so bad that you should avoid it if you are thinking about visiting Italy in summer. Florence is a top-rate destination on its own, but it's also an ideal base for day-trips within central Italy. You can visit Pisa or Siena by a short train ride, and the Cinque Terre is a popular day trip as well.

Hotels in Florence are a bit cheaper than in Rome and quite a bit cheaper than Venice, which helps make it a good place to slow down on your Italy trip. This is the capital of Tuscany and the food is another famous attraction that you'll want to focus on.

>>>Florence prices and travel tips

Venice, Italy

  • June avg high: 77F/25C
  • June avg low: 61F/16C
  • June avg precip: 3.0″/7.5cm

Venice is an absolutely incredible city that everyone should see at least once in their life. But it's also insanely crowded pretty much all year round, and June is one of the busiest months. Still, it's worth a stop of 24 hours or so, as you can't see anything like this anywhere else in the world.

Hotel prices in Venice are fairly expensive, especially if you want to stay on the main island itself. That said, it's worth staying a night or two on the main island because the city is small enough to see in about 24 hours, and the crowds are much lighter early in the morning and in the evening, when the day-trip crowds are in their mainland hotels or on their buses to the next stop.

>>>Venice prices and travel tips

Reykjavik, Iceland

  • June avg high: 53F/12C
  • June avg low: 44F/7C
  • June avg precip: 2.0″/5.0cm

The city of Reykjavik is actually one of the least interesting parts of Iceland, so this entry is really for Iceland itself. As you can see above, it's still quite chilly in Iceland, even in June, because it's just south of the Arctic Circle. But the good news is that June is warm enough to really enjoy all of the outdoor sights, and the sun barely sets at night before climbing back up into the sky.

Spending a day or two in Reykjavik is worthwhile, but really Iceland is all about the natural sights. If you've got a week to spare and enough money to rent a car, a trip around Iceland's Ring Road will probably be your favorite vacation experience of your life. If you have less than a week it's still worth renting a car to at least see the major sights along the southern coast in a few days.

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Paris, France

  • June avg high: 74F/23C
  • June avg low: 58F/14C
  • June avg precip: 2.1″/5.3cm

June in Paris is one of the most crowded months for tourists, but that doesn't mean you should skip it on a European trip if you haven't been here before. Paris is, quite simply, one of the world's most beautiful and interesting cities, and the long days and warm temperatures of June make it even more appealing.

Paris has quite a few outdoor attractions including the gardens of Versailles and of course the Eiffel Tower, so June is an ideal month to visit for the best conditions and longest daylight hours to enjoy all of that. Don't forget to spend at least one evening visiting the Sacré-Cœur Basilica perched on top of Montmartre for an unforgettable night and views.

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Nice, France

  • June avg high: 75F/24C
  • June avg low: 62F/17C
  • June avg precip: 1.5″/3.8cm

Nice begins to get crowded in June, but not nearly as crowded as it'll get in July and August, when it feels like half of France is in this region to soak up a bit of sun. This is arguably the second best stop in France for first-time visitors, as it provides a look at the decadent French Riviera life, yet Nice itself is fairly affordable.

The beach in Nice is popular even though there is gravel where the sand should be. To experience a sandy beach you can take a 20-minute train ride to Cannes, which is quite different from Nice. A 20-minute train ride in the other direction takes you to Monaco, which is the most photogenic part of the entire Côte d'Azur.

>>>Nice prices and travel tips

Interlaken, Switzerland

  • June avg high: 71F/22C
  • June avg low: 52F/11C
  • June avg precip: 5.4″/13.5cm

Switzerland is extremely popular with tourists, in spite of the fact that very few people know where they should go until they've done quite a bit of research. That's the main reason I wrote an article called where to go in Switzerland on a short visit. Interlaken is Switzerland's outdoor and adventure sports capital with skiing in the winter and everything else the rest of the year.

The June temperatures are comfortable, although it's still chilly in the mountain villages. The summer is actually the wettest time of the year in this part of Europe, so it's best to keep your plans loose and schedule things like the Schilthorn cable car or the Jungfraujoch after you are in the area and know that it's going to be dry.

>>>Interlaken prices and travel tips

London, England

  • June avg high: 69F/21C
  • June avg low: 53F/12C
  • June avg precip: 2.0″/5.0cm

No one plans a trip to London to enjoy the weather, as it's famously chilly and gray most of the year. That said, June is obviously one of the nicer months, so it makes battling the crowds worthwhile if you haven't been here before. June is a good month to enjoy many of the outdoor attractions such as a sightseeing cruise on the Thames or one of the many parks. The sun doesn't set until after 10pm in June in London, which is kind of a fun novelty by itself.

Hotel prices in London in June are quite high, but at least the British Pound has fallen quite a bit in 2016 and 2017, so everything here is cheaper than a year or two ago. Flights into London are also cheap in 2017 compared to previous years, so don't wait too long to plan a trip.

>>>London prices and travel tips

Barcelona, Spain

  • June avg high: 76F/24C
  • June avg low: 60F/16C
  • June avg precip: 1.7″/4.3cm

Barcelona has become so crowded all year with tourists that June is just another busy month. But people are flocking here for good reasons, and the warm June days will make it even more magical if this is your first visit. The architecture is the main draw of Barcelona, and it's unlike any other city in Spain, much less the world.

Being on the Mediterranean Sea, Barcelona actually has beaches right in the city. There are so many interesting sights here that spending a day on the sand might seem like a waste, but at least it's an interesting option in June. Hotels here have become quite expensive, but hostel beds are still reasonable.

>>>Barcelona prices and travel tips

Madrid, Spain

  • June avg high: 80F/27C
  • June avg low: 59F/15C
  • June avg precip: 1.0″/2.5cm

If you are visiting Barcelona (see above) then you should also visit Madrid on the same trip. They are connected by a high-speed train that takes only 3 hours, which is also fairly cheap if you book at least a month or so in advance. Each city is very different from the other, and they barely feel like they are in the same country.

Madrid is the capital and it has more of a formal, big-city feel to it, but it's also got excellent dining and nightlife districts through the whole city center. This is tapas country, so you can spend a fun evening going for tapas bar to tapas bar, having a drink and a few small bites at each place.

>>>Madrid prices and travel tips

Lisbon, Portugal

  • June avg high: 77F/25C
  • June avg low: 61F/16C
  • June avg precip: 0.7″/1.8cm

If you are visiting Barcelona and Madrid (see above), you should also consider a June visit to Lisbon, which has perhaps the nicest climate in all of continental Europe. The June weather is pretty much perfect, and still Lisbon doesn't get the huge crowds that you'll find in Barcelona or even Prague.

You can take an overnight train from Madrid to Lisbon, but a flight is a better option for most people. Hotel prices and everything else are a bit lower here than in the largest Spanish cities, which is another reason Lisbon should be on your list. This city is also very different from those other two, so you don't feel like you've been here already after Spain.

>>>Lisbon prices and travel tips

Berlin, Germany

  • June avg high: 71F/22C
  • June avg low: 54F/12C
  • June avg precip: 2.7″/6.8cm

The crowds in Berlin start to get very large in June, but the lovely weather makes up for it. This is another city with a lot of outdoor space, and a sightseeing cruise on the Spree River is especially lovely on a warm afternoon or evening. Berlin also has a famous nightlife scene with more creative outlets than in any other city in Europe by some measures.

Another wonderful thing about Berlin is that it's Germany's least expensive large city, even though it's the most popular. There were so many unused and underused buildings after the Berlin Wall fell, that rents are still fairly low and bargains are pretty easy to find for anyone who looks. Hotels here are also bargains compared to most other cities on this list.

>>>Berlin prices and travel tips

Amsterdam, Netherlands

  • June avg high: 66F/19C
  • June avg low: 52F/11C
  • June avg precip: 2.4″/6.0cm

Amsterdam has a climate similar to London in that it's usually chilly and gray, but at least in June you get many warm and sunny days, and the sun doesn't set until very late. This is one of those cities that you just have to visit at some point in your life, so doing it in June makes a lot of sense.

This city is busy all summer so July and August aren't really much worse, but still June is a little nicer and slightly less crowded. Find a seat along the side streets just off Leidseplein and enjoy the pleasant evening temperatures as well as the scenery. Hotels here are very expensive, but still it's better to stay near the center rather than try to save with a remote location where you spend an hour each day going back and forth.

>>>Amsterdam prices and travel tips

Copenhagen, Denmark

  • June avg high: 66F/19C
  • June avg low: 52F/11C
  • June avg precip: 1.8″/4.5cm

June is a perfect time of year to visit the capitals of Scandinavia, with decent weather, days that seem to last forever, and still a bit before the tourist peak in July and August when many Europeans also visit. Copenhagen is a gorgeous city with a skyline dominated by copper domes and rooftops, and its citizens are notoriously gorgeous as well. Seriously, you'll notice it yourself after only a few hours walking around the city center.

Copenhagen is one of Europe's most expensive cities, so it can be rough on anyone on a backpacker budget. Even hostel beds are pricey, and drink prices are high enough to make you consider quitting. Still, if you plan well and space out your splurges a bit, Copenhagen can be affordable and very worthwhile.

>>>Copenhagen prices and travel tips

Stockholm, Sweden

  • June avg high: 69F/21C
  • June avg low: 52F/11C
  • June avg precip: 1.8″/4.5cm

Stockholm and Copenhagen (above) have many things in common, including exceptionally attractive locals, but there are enough differences that it's worth visiting both if you are in the area. Stockholm is set on a cluster of islands, so you get lovely bridges and serene water as part of many views as you wander from island to island.

Being even farther north than Copenhagen, the June days last even longer and the evenings are something to experience. It's still a bit light as midnight approaches, so the nightlife scene feels unique and more interesting this time of year. Stockholm is also very expensive, but also worthwhile if you can afford to get here.

>>>Stockholm prices and travel tips

Krakow, Poland

  • June avg high: 72F/22C
  • June avg low: 57F/14C
  • June avg precip: 3.3″/8.3cm

Even in 2017, Krakow continues to be an excellent bargain, but it's also a lovely city that would be worth a visit even if prices were double. The historic center is ringed by a pleasant park, with almost no car traffic at all, so it's a lovely place to spend a warm summer evening.

Hotels in Krakow are also excellent value, so you can probably afford something nicer and more central than you would in other cities on this list. The main challenge is that Krakow is a bit remote unless you are on a tour of eastern Europe, but it's definitely worth the flight, or train or bus ride if you are in the area.

>>>Krakow prices and travel tips

Prague, Czech Republic

  • June avg high: 72F/22C
  • June avg low: 54F/12C
  • June avg precip: 2.9″/7.3cm

We debated whether to include Prague on this list of European cities to visit in June. The weather is very nice, of course, but the crowds even in spring and fall can be shocking. In June you will be surrounded by fellow tourists to the point of frustration. Still, Prague is a gorgeous and interesting city, and skipping it is not an option.

Hotel prices in Prague have become fairly high, but there are many apartments available, including many that appear alongside hotel listings rather than just on Airbnb. With 2 or 3 more days in you should consider a side trip to the wonderful small town of Cesky Krumlov, which is 3 hours away on a scenic bus ride or train.

>>>Prague prices and travel tips

Budapest, Hungary

  • June avg high: 76F/24C
  • June avg low: 57F/14C
  • June avg precip: 2.7″/6.8cm

Budapest has a lot in common with Prague (above), and the cities are actually similar enough that you can almost use a map of one to find your way around the other. The good news is that Budapest has yet to catch on in the way that Prague has, so the crowds don't feel as out of control here.

More good news is that Budapest is cheaper than Prague, especially if you choose a hotel and restaurants that are not directly in the tourist zones right along the river. The June weather is pretty much perfect, so it's an ideal time to visit this whole part of Europe.

>>>Budapest prices and travel tips

Athens, Greece

  • June avg high: 88F/31C
  • June avg low: 65F/18C
  • June avg precip: 0.4″/1.0cm

The daytime temperatures in Athens start to get pretty hot late in June, but still this is a good month to beat the crowds who flock to Athens and the popular islands for weeks at a time in July and August. You might think about the same thing in order to take advantage of more reasonable hotel prices than in the peak months.

Three days in Athens is enough to see the main sights, and then you can head to the port of Piraeus or the airport to jet off to the island of your choices. Santorini, Mykonos, or Rhodes are the most popular and can be reached by ferry or air.

>>>Athens prices and travel tips

Istanbul, Turkey

  • June avg high: 79F/26C
  • June avg low: 61F/16C
  • June avg precip: 1.0″/2.5cm

The weather in Istanbul in June is wonderful and almost totally dry, but by the time July rolls in this place can get steamy and uncomfortable. Istanbul has become quite cheap again due to a lowering currency and some visitors staying away after there had been demonstrations against the government in recent years. The result is that it's an incredible bargain, with hotel rates about half of what they were a few years ago.

Since Istanbul isn't close to any other major European tourist destinations, most people visit it at the beginning and/or end of a visit to Turkey itself. The good news is that everywhere else in the country is even cheaper, so you can afford to really live it up and stay on your budget. Consider Cappadocia as the best next stop, and Antalya after that.

>>>Istanbul prices and travel tips

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