From colourful landscapes to bountiful food harvests, autumn in Europe is gorgeous. When the weather is mild plus the cities are bustling, there’s plenty to enjoy on the continent. If you’re considering an off-peak trip, here are 10 places to visit in Europe this fall, that begins on 23 September 2022 and ends on 21 December 2022.
- Bavaria, Germany
When it comes to Germany, of course we know they are having famous cars and machinery, but you may not know that Germany also has the most romantic and absolutely poetic autumn colours. The Bavarian Black Forest in southern Germany extends all the way to the famous Neuschwanstein Castle in Füssen, being the most beautiful mountainous region in Germany. The splendid view of the snow-white Neuschwanstein Castle, which stands right in front of you as you travel through the mountain valley by horse-drawn carriage, is simply stunning. Bamberg on the other side, with its gorgeous religious style and superb artistic display, is also a must-visit town in autumn, full of sacred churches and undulating quiet streets that make Bamberg feel like a paradise in Germany.
Things to do: Sightseeing, stroll inside the beautiful Neuschwanstein Castle, have an Oktoberfest in Munich, Enjoy the famous Sausage with a cool beer in autumn, Have a walk at Staffelsee.
Ideal For: Families, Friends, Couple
- Tuscany, Italy
Autumn in Tuscany is indeed the time to experience the most beautiful scenery and the joy of harvest. Whether it is the historic vineyards, the delicious meals or the elegant golf courses, Tuscany in autumn will not disappoint you. Mystical Tuscany is said to be the closest place on earth to heaven. Rolling hills, wavy cultivated fields, and tall loblolly pines are the hallmarks of this place. In this beautiful field, there are many unique species. The hills are covered with branches and leaves, and in the fall the top layers of the mountain look as in dyed! It will be a magical moment to witness the red roofs of the villages and towns seen under the smoke of the hills.
Things to do: Explore the hilltop towns in Eastern Tuscany, Follow the scent of chest nut, Hiking in the Casentino National Park, Go Truffle Hunting, Have a Photograph at Chianti region, take a relaxing bath at Saturnia Hot Springs.
Ideal For: Couple, Familiy
- Madrid, Spain
Madrid is the centre state of Spain, both politically and geographically. The blazing sunshine of the southern European highlands gives Madrid a fiery temperament, perhaps not quite elegant, but a hot-eyed look that puts it on par with any other European capital. Madrid is also full of culture, with a wide range of artistic activities and a vibrant nightlife that makes it famous. Visit the Prado Museum and the Reina Sofia Art Museum, take a walk in the Ritz Park and enjoy the beauty of the autumn leaves, or stroll through the streets of Madrid and admire the beautiful architecture with its distinctive style. Are you excited?
Things to do: Visit Parque del Buen Retiro, Visit the Prado Museum and the Reina Sofia Art Museum, take a walk in the Ritz Park, Visit El Rastro flea market.
Ideal For: Couple, Friends.
- Prague, Czech Republic
Riddled with small rivers and steep hills, Prague is a gorgeous city that’s often pictured as a fairy-tale land. Prague is a goldmine for history, culture, and all things old-school Europe. Strolling along the medieval European Charles Bridge, the deciduous trees on both sides of the street fade to sunset orange. Sitting on the banks of the Vltava river, Prague is considered to be one of the most beautiful cities in the world to be experienced on autumn.
Things to do: Enjoy great view of Prague Castle in autumn from along the Vitava River, Visit Charles Bridge in sunset, Explore Retna Park.
Ideal For: Families and Friends
- Cotswolds, England
The Cotswolds are famous for their picturesque countryside, and the Cotswolds are the epitome of that. In autumn, the Cotswolds is a place where the fields and forests are still green, but the paths are covered in red and gold leaves, and the golden houses are set amidst the steep hills. The shallow, narrow Windrush River meanders around the town, and fishes can be seen swimming in the crystal-clear turquoise water. The river flows slowly from an old stone bridge in the centre of town which is around 200 years old, and the lush trees on both sides of the river bring a strong autumnal feeling. Hiding a hundred-year-old stone house decorated with colourful flowers. Whether it’s a stroll or a coffee on the corner, it’s a great way to relax.
Things to do: See autumn colours at an Arboretum, Visit the Royal Garden at Highgrove, Stargazing at High Spot (Cleeve Common, Painswick Beacon, & Tyndale Monument), Have a Chocolate Drink in Stow-on-the-Wold, Visit the heritage structure in Cotswolds.
Ideal For: Families
- Alsace, France
Alsace is recognized as one of the world’s best white wine regions. Alsace in autumn is like entering a world of beauty and freshness, with calmness and elegance you have never experienced before, unfolding before your eyes. In such a world, it is natural to be unaware of the worries of the world. The Alsace Wine Route follows the foothills of the Vosges Mountains, climbing over the mountains and across the valleys, stretching over 170 kilometres. Old chalets, Romanesque and Gothic cathedrals, and small, well-preserved medieval villages are linked by a picturesque chain of vineyards. The breeze, the green waves, the bunches of crystal-clear grapes with a light fragrance, the charm of Alsace is more unforgettable than the hustle and bustle of the city.
Things to do: Walk around the postcard perfect petite France, explore the historic wine trails of Alsace, Go hiking in the North Vosges Regional Natural Reserve.
Ideal For: Couple, Families.
- The Magical Alps, Switzerland
If you wonder if places as in fairy tales exist in this world then you should probably visit The Magical Alps in Switzerland. For natural enthusiasts, autumn in the Alps mountain will be another memorable experience to them, autumn is a wonderful time to hike in Switzerland, during autumn is crisp weather with beautiful fall colours that cover the whole mountain, it’s showing a wonderful golden image that will give you whole new understanding about the beauty of nature. With the extraordinary view in Switzerland, you can climb the mountains, walk across Alpine pastures, and go for a swim in an Alpine lake by using your heart & soul to feel the natural power of this magical Alps.
Things to do: Enjoy spectacular views in Zermatt, get a wonderful experience in Vaud, have a view at Schilthorn – Piz Gloria, ride on a panoramic train, Try yoga or wellness on the Lucerna Riviera.
Ideal For: Couple & Friends
- Hallstatt, Austria
There are many picturesque places in Europe, but if you want to do a ranking, Austria is definitely in the top three, where the stunning natural scenery is enough to make you fall in love with this magical country. Hallstatt is located in the Alps, an old Austrian town surrounded by lakes and mountains, known as Europe’s most beautiful town and the owner of the world’s most beautiful lake”. This lakeside town, standing between the treacherous slopes and the emerald lakes, is known for its beautiful natural scenery, just like a postcard from heaven. Especially in autumn, the forests are even more beautiful with Lake Hallstatt’s crystal-clear bottom and the beautiful wooden houses built near the lake like a fairy tale.
Things to do: Visit the traditional Baroque Architecture at Kalvarienberg Church, visit in Lake Hallstatt, explore Dachstein Giant Ice Cave, visit the world’s oldest salt mine in Hallstatt, See over Austria to Slovenia at Dachstein Skywalk.
Ideal For: Couple & Families
- Hraunfossar Waterfall, Borgarfjörður, Iceland
One of Iceland’s unique waterfalls is Hraunfossar, which means “lava waterfall”. They are a series of small waterfalls formed by the flow of solidified lava into the Hvítá River. It is an unusual natural phenomenon, and with an eye for autumn colors, it is a spectacular sight. Visitors can park their cars on the parking lot and enjoy the panoramic view of the Hraunfossar Waterfall and the Hvítá River.
Things to do: Have a summer self-drive road trip, discover the Golden Circle, Ice Cave tours, Snaefellsnes tours, participate in the annual sheep rounds up, look for the northern light, Visit the hidden underworld in Raufarholshellir.
Ideal For: Couple and friends
- Lake Bled, Slovenia
Lake Bled is a famous tourist destination in Slovenia. It is located northwest of Slovenia’s capital, Ljubljana. The southern foot of the Alps is 2,000 meters long and 1,000 meters wide small lake. The lake formed by the melting of snow from the Alps. So, the natives call it the ”Ice Lake” and the ”tears” of the Alps. The sapphire beauty of the blue water will be a breath-taking view compared to other lakes! The lakeside trees are lush, and the sun’s rays hitting the crystal water brings the colourful scenery of autumn. With castles towering on the cliffs of the lake shore and churches on the islands in the lake, it is a picturesque landscape.
Things to do: A walk around Lake Bled, rent a boat and row to the island of bed, stroll at the Vintgar Gorge, Visit Ribno Village, have a nice sweat activity surrounded by autumn atmosphere.
Ideal For: Couple, Families and Friends.
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