plan ahead - Places to visit in August
Written by Oryx
Oryx presents its insider’s tips for places to visit in August. Take in the historic legacy of Berlin, walk the beautiful city of Warsaw, or, if the sea attracts you, embark on a cruise around the Mediterranean.
Always time for Berlin
August presents the peak travel season in Europe, and nowhere is this more evident than Berlin, where the pleasant weather helps tourists escape the sweltering temperatures elsewhere. While Berlin is certainly more crowded than at any other time in the year, the city’s abundance of great places to visit will keep the crowd fairly evenly dispersed. There is arguably no greater city for history buffs to visit than Berlin, where the site of the Berlin Wall that separated East and West Berlin is a chilling conflux of past, present and future jockeying for position. Only a few sections of the wall remain, but they continue to mark one of the 20th century’s landmark events. Checkpoint Charlie was the best-known Berlin Wall crossing point during the Cold War, while the revitalised Brandenburg Gate – once the beacon of separatism in Berlin – now stands as a symbol of German unity. If art is your fancy, Museum Island houses five varied museums and galleries, as well as a host of other fine architectural examples.
Distance: 4,393 km
Flight Time: 6 hours, 35 minutes
Warsaw is a wonderful city to walk through during the balmy summer months, which are in stark contrast to its below-freezing winters. Old Town Warsaw is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and in the summer its central square – along with that of the New Town Square – becomes a stage for musical and theatrical performances and open-air galleries. Museums worth visiting include the ultra-modern biographical Chopin Museum, or the Maria Skodowska-Curie Museum dedicated to the two-time Nobel laureate. A trip to the Warsaw Citadel, a 19th-century fortress, and a walk along the Vistula, Europe’s wildest river, are also well worth experiencing.
Distance: 3,493 km
Flight Time: 6 hours
Frequency: 4 flights a week
Cruise the Mediterranean
The glorious August weather that ensconces the Mediterranean region makes for a perfect backdrop to the myriad sights one can take in during a cruise. In the Eastern Mediterranean, the majestic city of Athens offers fantastic food and classical architecture. Meanwhile, Turkey is home to, among many other attractions, the Temple of Artemis. Rome is a city that needs no introduction, dotted with icons around every corner. The beaches of the western Mediterranean are equally inviting, from the stunning Naples in the shadow of Mount Vesuvius, to the nightlife of Barcelona.