I'm going to assume that this trip to Europe will be the only time I'll ever be able to visit Europe. I'll be there for about 1-1.5 months. However, I'm debating if I should visit during the spring months instead. I'm afraid that traveling during winter because I might miss views the views or trouble with flights because of snow.
I'll be traveling in Europe mostly for sightseeing of historical landmarks such as cathedrals and visiting art museums. But I would also like mix in some outdoor activities, e.g. - a multiple day hike in Central Europe. Doing this in the more brisk weather isn't really an issue as long as it actually can be hiked without the need of special equipment such as snow shoes and goggles.
I've also read that in southern France, some shops, festivals, and attractions are closed during the winter. Seeing that of the 1.5 months, 1.5 weeks will be spent in France alone, I'm just not entirely sure how much I will be missing out on as I've never been to France.
The reason why I'm considering to travel during November/December is because there will be less people and prices will be lower (or so I've heard).
Although I realize there are both upsides and downsides, and that this is may be seen as a vague question, I'm ultimately looking for pros and cons as I want to make sure there's something I haven't missed that may otherwise cause me to travel during April/May. For now, these are the destinations I can say I will be traveling to with certainty:
- Northern Italy
I might travel to Greece or Switzerland (won't be skiing), but for now, I'm unsure.
So are there any reasons why I should travel in Spring instead? Or why traveling in winter would be advised against? The cold weather I don't mind as much (assuming it's not freezing).