22 Best Europe destinations in July for 2017

July is the single most crowded month in many of Europe's cities, but still the top places such as London, Paris, and Rome are still worth a visit if you are planning a trip this time of year. The long days and warm weather make up for some of the hassles you might face, and with a bit of research you can often find less crowded areas that are not far from the center.

The July days in some of the southern countries such as Spain and Greece can feel overwhelming, so it's really better to save those places for earlier or later in the year. And some cities can actually be less crowded than in other months because so many office workers take the whole month off. Here are our 22 picks for places to go in Europe in July.

22 Best destinations in Europe in July

Rome, Italy

  • July avg high: 83F/28C
  • July avg low: 65F/18C
  • July avg precip: 0.6″/1.5cm

Rome is hot and crowded in the month of July, so if you can go in April. May, September, or October, you'll be at least a bit better off. But Rome is also one of the world's great cities and the evenings are cool enough that it's still very enjoyable. Many cheaper hotels don't have air-conditioning, so that's something to consider before you book.

Most people head north from Rome to Florence and Venice (see below), but if you've got a bit more time you might consider visiting 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. Sorrento will be much less crowded and more pleasant in July, so it's a nice place to just relax and enjoy the food and scenery.

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Florence, Italy

  • July avg high: 88F/31C
  • July avg low: 63F/17C
  • July avg precip: 1.6″/4.0cm

Florence does get hot in July and it's very crowded all summer as well, but just as we mentioned with Rome (above), it's just such an interesting and beautiful city that you shouldn't skip it if you are doing a July Europe trip at all.

Another great thing about Florence is that it's an ideal base for day trips to Pisa, Siena, Cinque Terre, and some lovely hill towns nearby, so this is a good place to pad your Italy trip. Hotel rates here are lower than in Rome and Venice as well, but again, cheaper hotels might not have air conditioning.

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Venice, Italy

  • July avg high: 82F/28C
  • July avg low: 64F/18C
  • July avg precip: 2.5″/6.3cm

Since Venice is located on an island in a lagoon, it doesn't get quite as hot as the other Italian cities on this list. Still, it'll be hot and humid, and most of all insanely crowded. Nevertheless, if you are going to Europe in July and especially to Italy, you have to stop in Venice for at least a day or two.

The crowds in Venice are nightmarish even in the winter months, or at least they are during the day. So the trick to visiting is to book a hotel on the main island and do as much walking around and sightseeing in the early morning and evening as possible. Most of the daytime crowd heads off to buses or hotels on the mainland, so Venice is surprisingly peaceful in the off hours.

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Reykjavik, Iceland

  • July avg high: 56F/13C
  • July avg low: 47F/8C
  • July avg precip: 2.0″/5.0cm

Even though Reykjavik somehow earned a reputation as a nightlife capital in recent years, it's still not a place you want to linger in any longer than you have to. The magic of Iceland is the scenery all over this extremely photogenic volcanic island, and Reykjavik is the only plain-looking place here.

If you have at least a week you should consider driving a lap around the Ring Road in a rented car. You won't believe your eyes. Even though the country has become more expensive in the last few years, you can still visit Iceland on the cheap with these tips. Food and accommodation are on the pricey side, but it's worth it.

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Paris, France

  • July avg high: 76F/24C
  • July avg low: 61F/16C
  • July avg precip: 2.3″/5.8cm

Paris is obviously one of the world's most popular tourist cities, but it's also a major business city as well. And since there are very few meetings or conferences in July, most of the business hotels are less full than normal. So not only do you get the excellent weather, but sometimes you can find bargains at 4-star hotels in the city center.

August is a more popular month for French holidays, although some people do get the entire month of July off instead. This means that a few things will be closed, but all the attractions will be open and you'll have no problem doing whatever you want to do this month.

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Interlaken, Switzerland

  • July avg high: 76F/24C
  • July avg low: 56F/13C
  • July avg precip: 5.5″/13.8cm

If you want to visit the Swiss Alps to witness the most amazing scenery in all of Europe, Interlaken is the best place to go. This is the main reason I wrote an article called where to go in Switzerland on a short visit. July is actually one of the wettest months in this part of Switzerland so you might need your umbrella, but still it'll be worth it.

The top attractions here are the mountaintop visits of Schilthorn and Jungfraujoch, which are reached by cable car and tourist train, respectively. Things can be foggy or wet up top even in July so it's best to schedule your visits immediately once you know that things are clear at the moment. If you want to visit a second place in Switzerland to admire the unusual beauty, Lucerne is your best bet.

>>>Interlaken prices and travel tips

London, England

  • July avg high: 72F/22C
  • July avg low: 57F/14C
  • July avg precip: 1.9″/4.8cm

The London crowds in July can make you feel like you are in Disneyland, but it's still one of the world's great cities and it's not so crowded that you should skip it if you are heading to Europe this month. The weather in July is actually quite good as well, which is something you can only say for a brief time in summer, so at least you'll be able to spend most of your time outdoors.

More good news is that all of the United Kingdom is far more reasonably priced since the currency fell in 2016 following the Brexit vote. In fact, since every UK city outside of London is cheaper, this is a good time to tour the island. Bath and York are the two best other tourist towns in England, but really you should also head to Edinburgh (see below) in Scotland.

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Edinburg, Scotland

  • July avg high: 66F/19C
  • July avg low: 51F/11C
  • July avg precip: 2.3″/5.8cm

Many people know that London is famous for lousy weather all most the whole year round, but in Edinburgh it's actually worse. Still, it won't get any better than it is in July and this is a really wonderful place to visit. July is also much better than August because Edinburgh famously holds dozens of large festivals in August (including the Festival Fringe), pushing crowds and accommodation prices into the clouds.

Edinburgh is worth three nights if you can spare them, but you might also consider heading north from here up to Inverness, which is the gateway to the Scottish Highlands. Skip the dull Loch Ness tours and make your way to the Isle of Skye out west for some scenery you'll never forget.

>>>Edinburgh prices and travel tips

Dublin, Ireland

  • July avg high: 66F/19C
  • July avg low: 53F/12C
  • July avg precip: 2.0″/5.0cm

Dublin is a pleasant enough city for a couple days, but really it's the rest of the island that you want to focus on for a summer trip. As you can see above, the weather is still a bit chilly even in July, but at least you get very long days and the Irish countryside is absolutely stunning.

Many people rent a car for a tour around Ireland, but you can see a lot by train or on coach tours as well. The smaller towns can be magical with historic stone pubs filled with local musicians most evenings. Galway is a good base for a couple days, and it's easily reached by train from Dublin.

>>>Dublin prices and travel tips

Lisbon, Portugal

  • July avg high: 82F/28C
  • July avg low: 64F/18C
  • July avg precip: 0.2″/0.5cm

We've removed Barcelona and Madrid from this list for the months of July and August, but Lisbon gets to stay all year because it's got the best weather of all of them. This is a gorgeous and under appreciated city that is also surprisingly affordable.

In July you'll find half of Britain packed into the hotels and flats in the Algarve, which is the southern coast of Portugal. It's worth a look in July if you don't mind crowds, but this is probably a better month to head north to Porto instead.

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Berlin, Germany

  • July avg high: 75F/24C
  • July avg low: 58F/14C
  • July avg precip: 2.2″/5.5cm

Berlin is no longer a secret, as its reputation for being among Europe's most interesting cities seems to have reached everyone by now. So July will be crowded in Berlin, but this is a very large city that is rather spread out so crowds aren't really a problem except for when you are in the ticket queue for an attraction.

Most of the interesting things to see are in the former East Berlin, especially when it comes to the famous nightlife. Another wonderful thing about Berlin is that it's surprisingly cheap compared to other major European capitals and other cities within Germany. You can afford a nicer hotel here than you can in Rome or Paris, and the beer is much cheaper as well.

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Salzburg, Austria

  • July avg high: 76F/24C
  • July avg low: 56F/15C
  • July avg precip: 6.2″/15.5cm

With its location at the base of the Alps, Salzburg does get a decent amount of rainfall in July, but it's still the most lovely time of year to visit this stunning city and its surrounding area. You won't find a more charming historic town center anywhere in this part of Europe, and the countryside (where The Sound of Music was filmed) is also extremely photogenic.

Obviously July is a busy month in Salzburg and there are some classical music festivals in July that could make visiting near the end of the month more expensive, but the home of Mozart is still worth a visit if you are anywhere near it in summer.

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Vienna, Austria

  • July avg high: 78F/26C
  • July avg low: 60F/16C
  • July avg precip: 2.7″/6.8cm

Vienna is a major cultural capital, but most of the major operas and other performers take the summer off. Still, there are performances going on and plenty of other major sights so a July visit is very worthwhile. Many of the residents will have the month off as well, so crowds in certain areas will be less packed than usual.

This city is also known for its cafe culture, much more so than its nightlife, and the lovely July weather is a perfect time of year to spend parts of each day outdoors watching the city go by. The palaces here are also among the best in Europe.

>>>Vienna prices and travel tips

Amsterdam, Netherlands

  • July avg high: 69F/21C
  • July avg low: 55F/13C
  • July avg precip: 2.5″/7.3cm

You won't get many warm days in Amsterdam in any month, but at least in July you'll get a few of them. The July days are also long with the sun still setting around 10pm, so this is an excellent time to have a Heineken in one of the outdoor cafes all over the city.

Residents of Amsterdam flock to the open areas in summer, hoping to get at least a bit of sun. So Vondelpark, Museumplein, Dam Square, and Leidseplein are all full of life this time of year. Things do get crowded around the Anne Frank House and Van Gogh Museum, but since there are so few busy streets in Amsterdams center, it can still feel peaceful.

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Bruges, Belgium

  • July avg high: 66F/19C
  • July avg low: 58F/14C
  • July avg precip: 1.5″/3.8cm

If you are visiting Amsterdam (see above) in July, you should also consider spending 2 or 3 nights in Bruges. Actually, both cities look quite alike since they were both built mostly in the 1600s and well preserved since then. But Bruges is more peaceful and less filled with the nightlife crowd, if you know what I mean.

On your way to Bruges you'll almost certainly need to change trains in Brussels, and spending a few hours there is a good idea. It's mostly a business and government city, but the area around the Grand Place (main square) is extremely impressive and interesting.

>>>Bruges prices and travel tips

Copenhagen, Denmark

  • July avg high: 68F/20C
  • July avg low: 55F/13C
  • July avg precip: 2.2″/5.5cm

Copenhagen is another one of those Northern European cities where the weather is almost never very good, but of course it won't get better than July so this is the ideal time to visit. The city center is almost as beautiful as the local citizens, and that is saying something.

You could save a bit of money by visiting Copenhagen in the shoulder season, but it may not be worth it because summers here are so much more alive than the rest of the year, with a sun that barely even sets before heading back up into the sky again. Copenhagen is expensive, so it's helpful that it's usually easy to get cheap flights on one of the local airlines.

>>>Copenhagen prices and travel tips

Stockholm, Sweden

  • July avg high: 71F/22C
  • July avg low: 56F/13C
  • July avg precip: 2.8″/7.0cm

If you read the description of Copenhagen (above), then pretty much everything also applies to Stockholm. The cities are both gorgeous and well organized, yet fortunately they look almost nothing alike since Stockholm is a collection of islands.

The bit about the summer sun certainly applies here, and since the weather is so terrible most of the year, the whole city pulses with energy during the short summers. In fact, many attractions are only open in July and August, so it's probably better to join the crowds and soak it all in.

>>>Stockholm prices and travel tips

Bergen, Norway

  • July avg high: 66F/19C
  • July avg low: 54F/12C
  • July avg precip: 3.5″/8.8cm

Speaking of expensive northern cities, Bergen is another one not to miss if you are going to be in the area. The sun barely sets at all in July, so the whole city has a glow that lasts all but just a few hours when everyone is asleep. Oslo is obviously the capital of Norway, but honestly Bergen is the better city to visit if you have to pick one.

Located on a lovely harbor, Bergen is also known as the gateway to the fjords. If you want to see the stunning scenery up Norways jagged coastline, this is the place to come for boat tours or even the Hurtigruten that goes all the way into the Arctic Circle. Food and drinks here are expensive, but hotels are pretty good value because quality is high.

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Krakow, Poland

  • July avg high: 76F/24C
  • July avg low: 59F/15C
  • July avg precip: 3.5″/8.8cm

If you are looking for Europe's best bargain destination, you've found it in Krakow. This lovely and historic city somehow manages to be near the top of the cheap cities in Europe list, even as it's one of the more pleasant and interesting cities as well.

The July weather will make spending time in the abundant parks and open areas all the nicer. You can expect some crowds in the main town square, but overall Krakow is still far enough off the main trails that it doesn't get overwhelmed like so many others on this list can in summer.

>>>Krakow prices and travel tips

Prague, Czech Republic

  • July avg high: 76F/24C
  • July avg low: 58F/14C
  • July avg precip: 2.6″/6.5cm

Similar to Venice, Prague is ridiculously crowded pretty much all year round. And in July it's at least a bit worse. Still, it's a pretty big city so once you walk a few blocks off the main tourist corridor stretching from the castle to the Charles Bridge into the main square, you can still enjoy yourself.

Hotels here can feel pricey, but there are affordable apartments and food is still good value even if prices have gone up in recent years. 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

  • July avg high: 80F/27C
  • July avg low: 60F/16C
  • July avg precip: 1.9″/4.8cm

Budapest and Prague (see above) have a lot in common, but fortunately Budapest doesn't get nearly as crowded as Prague, so it can feel a bit more pleasant in summer. The main attactions along the river on both sides can feel full, and prices of nearby hotels and restaurants can be pricey as well, but if you go a bit inland on the Pest side of the river, crowds are smaller and prices are lower.

This city has its fair share of outdoor cafes and bars, so you can take advantage of the unusually low drink prices to spend a long evening in one. The famous “ruin pubs” have an open-air courtyard in the center, so they are particularly enjoyable during the summer months.

>>>Budapest prices and travel tips

Istanbul, Turkey

  • July avg high: 83F/28C
  • July avg low: 65F/18C
  • July avg precip: 0.9″/2.3cm

You might expect Istanbul to be outrageously hot in July, but it's actually surrounded by water that keeps it mild. This would normally be a very crowded month, though in recent years Istanbul has struggled to draw tourists due to some protests that have made international headlines. At this point things are safe and calm, so it can be a good time to explore the city with smaller crowds than normal.

Another reason to consider a visit to Turkey is that the currency has plunged in recent years, so now everything here is a bargain once again. In fact, Istanbul will feel fairly cheap, and literally every other place in the country is even cheaper. It will be warm in Cappadocia or Antalya, but when you see how wonderful and cheap those places are at this point, it'll be worth the visit.

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