West Europe February, Best Cities
Europe February Weather
For cultural/sightseeing choice is still limited in February, one of the two worst months in Europe.
North and middle Europe are usually either cold, wet and grey, or cold, white and dark, with daylight in increasingly short supply as you move north.
On the upside, tourists are also in short supply, many cities add interesting lights to their streets, and indoor entertainment is exceptional.
The best bets are to head down south or get some colour in via a wild Carnival somewhere.
n. b. Carnival locations are likely to be crowded/ overpriced/ booked but zany.
There are pre-Lent Carnivals all over Europe in January/February/March depending on the date of Easter, see festival links above. Some of the best are:
Italy: #1 for colour has to be Venice. But also Viareggio, a lovely seaside city and Italy’s maddest event with parades sporting huge puppets among the kaleidoscopic folk, revelry of all sorts and fireworks of course. . . but only on successive Sundays.
Belgium: Binche Carnival (very strange and colourful) 3 days, near Brussels.
Germany: Cologne, and Munich Carnivals (both mad), 5 days