Europe Summer ‘24 Bucket List: Olympics, Tomorrowland & More

June 17, 2024

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As travel continues to rebound after the COVID pandemic, summer 2024 is set to be an incredible season packed with must-see events across Europe. From music festivals to football tournaments, here are some top events you’ll want to add to your bucket list.

UEFA Euro 2024

(Photo: UEFA)

Dates: June 14 - July 14, 2024
Location & Venues: Various cities in Germany, including Berlin, Munich, Hamburg, and Cologne.

Get ready for an intense football extravaganza as top European national teams battle for bragging rights, with the grand finale at Berlin's Olympiastadion. Expect hundreds of thousands of passionate fans, creating an electrifying atmosphere across Germany. You’ll see football legends in action, including stars like Kylian Mbappé and Harry Kane, and cheer alongside fans from every corner of Europe.

While in Berlin, don't miss the Brandenburg Gate and the Berlin Wall Memorial. Munich offers the fairy-tale Neuschwanstein Castle and bustling beer gardens. Over in Cologne, the stunning Cologne Cathedral is the cultural draw. And of course, sample the local delicacies like bratwurst and pretzels. 

Pro tip: Tickets for some games will be hard to come by. Fortunately, there are fan zones in host cities where you can watch the match on big screens.

Glastonbury Festival

(Photo: Glastonbury Festival)

Dates: June 26 - June 30, 2024
Location & Venues: Pilton, Somerset, England. Worthy Farm.

Join over 200,000 music lovers at one of the world’s most iconic festivals. With top acts performing across multiple stages, headlined by Coldplay and Dua Lipa, Glastonbury promises an epic experience. You’ll meet festival-goers from around the globe, including celebrities who often make surprise appearances.

Beyond the music, explore the charming Somerset countryside. Visit Glastonbury Tor and the Abbey for a touch of history, and unwind in local pubs and markets. 

Pro tip: It might rain. Come prepared for all weather with waterproof gear and reliable footwear.

Tour de France

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Dates: June 29 - July 21, 2024
Location & Venues: Starting in Florence (Italy) and ending in Nice (France).

Catch the excitement as cyclists race through some of Europe’s stunning landscapes in Italy, San Marino, and France. For the first time ever, the race will not finish in Paris due to Olympic commitments, but the route still winds through picturesque towns, mountains, and countryside, making for spectacular viewing spots. You'll see elite cyclists like Tadej Pogačar and Egan Bernal battle it out, and join enthusiastic crowds at every stage.

As you follow the race, take time to enjoy local festivals, wine tours, and historic sites. Visit regions like the Alps, Pyrenees, and Loire Valley for breathtaking views. 

Pro tip: These cyclists go fast; blink and you’ll miss it. Research the best vantage points, especially in the mountain stages, to get the most thrilling views of the race.

Wimbledon

(Photo: Wimbledon)

Dates: July 1 - July 14, 2024
Location & Venues: London, England. All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club.

Witness the world's oldest and most prestigious tennis tournament, famous for its world-class matches and the tradition of strawberries and cream. Expect to see top players like Novak Djokovic, Iga Świątek, and hometown hero Andy Murray. You might also spot British royalty and celebrities in the stands.

While in London, you could visit landmarks like the Tower of London, Buckingham Palace, and the British Museum. Book tickets to a West End show if you have time (we recommend Les Miserables or Mamma Mia!).

Pro tip: If you don't have tennis tickets, there’s still hope if you’re willing to join the famous Wimbledon Queue. Get up early and dress smart.

Tomorrowland

(Photo: Tomorrowland)

Dates: July 19 - July 21, 2024, and July 26 - July 28, 2024
Location & Venues: Boom, Belgium. De Schorre recreation area.

Dance your heart out at Tomorrowland, one of the world's premier electronic dance music festivals. With top DJs and mind-blowing stage designs, it’s a feast for the senses. Expect to see performances from EDM giants like Martin Garrix and Armin van Buuren, and dance alongside tens of thousands of festival lovers from around the globe.

Why not extend your stay and check out some of the nearby cities? In Antwerp, you could visit the majestic Cathedral of Our Lady, home to masterpieces by Rubens. Explore the Museum aan de Stroom (MAS) for a deep dive into the city’s maritime history. Stroll through the Diamond District to see where 80% of the world’s rough diamonds are traded. In Brussels, marvel at the Grand Place, a UNESCO World Heritage site, and visit the famous Atomium, a futuristic building offering panoramic city views. Discover Belgian art at the Royal Museums of Fine Arts, and explore the comic strip trail celebrating Belgium's comic book heritage.

Pro tip: Wear comfortable clothes and shoes for dancing. And stay hydrated!

Paris 2024 Olympics

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Dates: July 26 - August 11, 2024
Location & Venues: Stade de France, Paris La Défense Arena, and Roland Garros Stadium. Some events are happening in other cities (and even French Polynesia). See the full list of locations and venues

Experience the magic of the Olympics in the heart of Paris. With the very best athletes from around the globe competing, it’s set to be a spectacular event starting with the stunning opening ceremony. Watch world-class athletes like Simone Biles and Kevin Durant compete while you mingle with sports fans from all over the world.

When you're not watching athletes compete, explore Paris’s iconic landmarks. Visit the Eiffel Tower, Louvre Museum, and Notre-Dame Cathedral. Take a relaxing Seine River cruise and wander through charming neighbourhoods like Montmartre and Le Marais. Savour French cuisine at local cafes and restaurants. 

Pro tip: Orange, an official sponsor of The Summer Olympic and Paralympic Games, have announced a special eSIM promotion so you can navigate France, keep an eye on ticket availability, and share the action as it happens from your smartphone!

Edinburgh Festival Fringe

(Photo: Visit Scotland)

Dates: August 2 - August 26, 2024
Location & Venues: The Pleasance, Assembly Hall, Underbelly, Gilded Balloon, and more. 

The world's largest arts festival, Fringe features thousands of performances in theatre, comedy, dance, and music. The vibrant street performances and festival atmosphere make it an unforgettable experience. Expect to see a mix of emerging artists and famous comedians, with performances that attract arts enthusiasts from around the globe.

Take breaks to explore Edinburgh's historic charm. Visit Edinburgh Castle, stroll down the Royal Mile, and hike up Arthur's Seat. 

Pro tip: Don’t miss the lively street performances around the Royal Mile.

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