The longing for faraway places awakens especially in spring, when nature blossoms into new life and the days get longer. With its mild climate and blooming flora, April is the ideal month to pack your bags and discover new places. From colorful tulip fields in the Netherlands to the sun-kissed beaches of Thailand: each of these five places unfolds its own magic.

Amsterdam is particularly attractive in April, when the city is ablaze with tulip blossoms. Known for its picturesque canals, historic buildings and extensive tulip fields in the area, the Dutch capital beckons with its spring-like charm. Amsterdam’s numerous parks and gardens, including the famous Keukenhof, showcase an impressive variety of tulip species in full bloom.

In addition to the natural beauty of tulips, Amsterdam offers a rich cultural scene. The city is home to world-famous museums such as the Van Gogh Museum and the Rijksmuseum, which house extensive art collections and historical artifacts. The canals, declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, form the heart of the city and give it a unique cityscape that can be particularly admired from the water.

Lisbon exudes a special atmosphere in spring, when temperatures are mild and the city shines in a soft light. The Portuguese capital is known for its hilly topography and offers breathtaking views from various viewpoints. Characteristic of Lisbon are the facades decorated with azulejos, which shape the cityscape with their diverse patterns and colors.

Lisbon’s culinary scene is equally fascinating, with pastéis de nata, a typical pastry offered in traditional pastelarias. The city is also rich in historical landmarks such as the Tower of Belém and the Jerónimos Monastery, both declared World Heritage Sites by UNESCO and bearing witness to Portugal’s rich seafaring history.

Phuket, an island province of Thailand, is known for its picturesque beaches and excellent diving conditions in April. The island offers an impressive mix of tropical landscapes, crystal clear waters and a vibrant cultural scene. During this time, the tourist off-season begins, which means fewer visitors and therefore quieter beaches. Phuket’s coast is characterized by picturesque bays, while lush rainforests and plantations can be discovered in the island’s interior.

In addition, Phuket is known for its cultural heritage, which is reflected in numerous temples, shrines and Sino-Portuguese buildings in the old town. The local cuisine reflects the diversity of Thailand and offers a wide range of culinary delights from fresh seafood to traditional Thai dishes. April also marks the Thai New Year, Songkran (April 13-15), which is celebrated on Phuket with various cultural events and festivities that offer visitors a deep insight into the local culture and traditions.

Rome, the Eternal City, is particularly inviting in April, when the weather is mild and the historic sites are less crowded. As the center of the ancient world, Rome offers unparalleled historical heritage, including the Colosseum and Pantheon, which transport visitors back to the times of the Roman Empire. The city is a living museum, where almost every street and square reflects centuries of history.

Italian cuisine in Rome, from handmade pasta to fresh pizza, offers an authentic dining experience. Local markets and trattorias offer an insight into the Roman way of life and culinary tradition. In spring, the Roman parks such as Villa Borghese are particularly attractive and invite you to take relaxing walks.

San Francisco fascinates in April with its dynamic culture and landmarks. The iconic Golden Gate Bridge, a masterpiece of bridge engineering, majestically spans the San Francisco Bay. The city is also known for its diverse neighborhoods, each with its own character, especially Chinatown, one of the oldest and most vibrant Chinese enclaves in North America.

San Francisco’s culinary diversity reflects the city’s multicultural population. Visitors can enjoy a wide range of international cuisine, including fresh seafood at Fisherman’s Wharf. Lively markets like the Ferry Building Marketplace offer local produce and gourmet specialties that highlight the city’s gastronomic heritage.