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This year, Europe is reaching out to you… 10 unmissable destinations to live fully and without masks

While Europe is gradually easing its sanitary measures, life is resuming its course with its share of events and celebrations. Here is a selection of events planned on the European continent from March to December 2022.


In Denmark, the days are long in summer (the sun rises at 4:25 a.m. and sets at 10 p.m. on the June 21 solstice), giving you plenty of time to see the sights of this European capital.

Queen Elizabeth II is not the only monarch in Europe to pass an important milestone in 2022. This year, the Queen Margrethe of Denmark celebrates its golden jubilee (50 years of reign, editor’s note) and several festivities are planned throughout the year. Until October 23, a special exhibition, entitled A Queen’s Jewelery Box (literally, “a queen’s jewelry box”), presents 200 pieces from the royal collection at the Amalienborg Museum, located in the palace of Christian VIII. Among the pieces on display are the brooches the Queen (then Crown Princess) wore at her wedding and on her enthronement day in January 1972, the magnificent pearl tiara, as well as other more occasional pieces. During your visit to the museum, consider also exploring the palace, where the kings and queens of Denmark have lived for the past 150 years.

On May 21, in the famous Tivoli Gardens, a Jubilee celebration will take place from 11 a.m. when the Queen, a talented artist, will open an exhibition dedicated to the costumes she has designed for the Tivoli Ballets. A gala will also be organized the evening and the next day to celebrate this anniversary.

Tower Bridge, London, UK. | Source: Getty Images

London and other locations nationwide

Although the festivities marking the 70 years of reign of the Queen Elizabeth II take place across the UK and Commonwealth this year, the Platinum Jubilee weekend (June 2-5) promises to be the pinnacle of the celebrations, which will take place over four days (Thursday and Friday June 2 and 3 are public holidays). As you would expect when it comes to a British royal celebration, the pomp will be considerable: on June 2, members of the royal family will join 1,400 soldiers for a procession on The Mall (Avenue in London, Editor’s note). There will also be the traditional flypast of the royal air force. The Queen will go to the Saint Paul’s cathedral on Friday for a special service, then to Epsom Downs for the Derby on Saturday. On Sunday, most Britons will toast in honor of their monarch, with parties taking place across the UK, as well as community lunches and other gatherings.

Other events will take place in 2022. The Chelsea Flower Show will be held again in the spring, from May 24 to 28, and will focus on wild plants and natural environments. the Royal Ascot is scheduled for June 14-18, with the Queen and other members of the Royal Family taking part in the highly anticipated Opening Ceremony. Finally, rugby fans can take advantage of the Rugby League World Cup which will take place in the autumn, from October 15 to November 19, at various sites in England. The Duchess of Cambridge was recently named patron of the Rugby Football League and the English Rugby Union.

Eiffel Tower, Paris, France. | Source: Getty Images


The Heritage Days are planned this year on September 17 and 18 throughout France (as well as in other countries in Europe). During this weekend, important sites and parts of famous places usually closed to the public will open their doors for free. In previous editions, several sites have taken part in the program, such as the Elysée Palace, the Hôtel de Ville, the Sorbonne and the Luxembourg Palace. Many museums and historic sites will also be open for free.

Versailles and Maincy

It’s hard to imagine that Versailles could be even more glamorous. However, next summer, the Great Night Waters will once again highlight the magnificent park of the castle. As part of a special programme, every Saturday evening from 8.30 p.m. (from June 11 to September 17), the fountains, statues and ponds in the gardens will light up with color, all accompanied by a period music. The evening will end with a magnificent fireworks display. the castle of Vaux-le-Vicomtein Maincy, will also offer a nocturnal water show (Saturdays from May 14 to 1er October and Fridays from July 8 to August 27), just after sunset.

Florence, Italy. | Source: Getty Images


This year, Florence will honor one of the greatest artists of the Italian Renaissance: Donatello. A rare and imposing exhibition will take place in two Florentine venues, the Fondazione Palazzo Strozzi and the Museo Nazionale del Bargello, from March 19 to July 31. The exhibition, organized in collaboration with international cultural institutions such as the Victoria and Albert Museum or the Berlin State Museums, will review Donatello’s masterpieces through the prism of works produced by his contemporaries such as Brunelleschi and Masaccio, as well as other great artists like Raphael and Michelangelo.


The exhibition Rubens and Palazzo di Genova will pay homage to the 400and anniversary of the publication of Palace of Genovathe book of the great Flemish Baroque painter, Peter Paul Rubens. In this work, the Flemish artist describes the rich collection of palaces in Genoa. Rubens stayed in this city in the early 1600s, when the Republic of Genoa was one of the most influential city-states in Europe. The exhibition, which will be held at the Palazzo Ducale, the former Doge’s Palace (from October 6 to January 22, 2023), will include works by Rubens that are part of the permanent collections of Genoa, as well as works on loan from major museums. from Europe.


For more than 20 years, Montalcino has been celebrating great music and great wine at the Jazz & Wine in Montalcino festival. This year (July 20-25), the concerts will feature artists such as Stefano Bollani, Danilo Rea and Stefano di Battistawho will present the show Morricone Storiesbased on the work of legendary film score composer and Oscar winner, Ennio Morricone. The concerts take place in heavenly settings such as the Castello Banfi and the Fortezza di Montalcino.

Glasgow, Scotland. | Source: Getty Images


The Burrell Collection, one of the largest museums in Europe and the world, opens its doors on March 29 after an extensive renovation. The collection, which houses almost 9,000 objects and works of art, such as Chinese, Egyptian, Roman artifacts and works by renowned artists such as Edgar Degas, Auguste Rodin and Paul Cézanne. The renovation work will make it possible to offer new interactive and multi-platform multimedia experiences to the public. In addition, additional space is now available for temporary exhibitions.

Cala Macarella, Menorca, Spain. | Source: Getty Images


The exhibition Picasso and Chanelfrom October 11 to January 15, 2023, at the Thyssen-Bornemisza National Museum, will explore the artistic collaborations of two giants of the XXand century : Coco Chanel and Pablo Picasso. Different themes will be discussed, such as Chanel and cubism, which will show how the designer was influenced by the revolutionary abstract style. Another theme addressed by the exhibition will be the drama Antigone of Jean Cocteaufor which Picasso designed the sets and Chanel the costumes.


The beautiful Spanish Balearic Islands are one of the most heavenly destinations in Europe, and now you have an extra reason to go there. The island of Menorca was named european region of gastronomy in 2022 (by IGCAT, the International Institute of Gastronomy, Culture, Arts and Tourism), which, given the competition on the continent, is no small feat. Many fairs, events and festivals will be organized throughout the year to celebrate the culinary riches of the island. You can enjoy the island’s succulent Mediterranean specialties, such as the essential caldera langosta (lobster stew), and the coca bambaa bread-based pastry served with hot chocolate.

Lugano, Switzerland. | Source: Getty Images

Zürich and Lugano

This summer, if you are still hesitating between a holiday in the mountains or by the sea in Europe, Swiss Travel System offers a solution to combine the two. Every day, a EuroCity train leaves Zurich main station at 10:33 a.m. to go directly to Genoa, the capital of Liguria, located between the two Ligurian Rivieras of Ponant and Levant. Along the way, the train will make stops in Lugano, Como and Pavia.

In addition, Zurich hosts the exhibition Federico Fellini, from drawing to film (from June 24 to September 4), which shows how the director used his personal drawings to create the sets and costumes for his films.

The lakeside town of Lugano, in the Italian-speaking canton of Ticino, will host the famous Lugano Summer Jazz, which takes place in Piazza della Riforma (the dates of the 2022 event have not yet been confirmed). Finally, a long-awaited exhibition on the drawings and works of Paul Klee will take place from September 4 to January 8, 2023 at MASILugano (Museo d’Arte della Svizzera Italiana.

Article translated from Forbes US – Author: Catherine Sabino

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