Europe has always been at the top of my list for vacations. It is heaven for (most) travel enthusiasts — myself, included. Though its high prices often cause concerns to anyone traveling the region, don’t let this bring down your travel lust. Europe can also be an affordable travel destination.
Yes — you heard it right!
I love Europe in Autumn. Unlike Summer where tourists flock to every restaurant/historical place/museum, being there during Autumn season means you will have the opportunity to discover the cities of your choice at your own pace. There will be smaller crowd, shorter lines, idyllic weather and it will be easier on the pocket. Shoulder season = better deals.
And you will also get to enjoy its spectacular display of Autumn foliage.
Let me share with you my five most favourite destinations in Europe during Autumn.
People tend to think of Switzerland as a Summer season, when the country is at its lushest. Or during Winter, when ski resorts in St. Moritz or Zermatt draw the rich and famous to their slopes. But the weather is still at its best in Autumn – especially in the Southern canton. Being so close to the Italian border, you will get a taste of Italy in its food, wine and even language (the locals speak Italian rather than German or French). A visit during the first weekend of October will give travellers a chance to experience the Autumn Festival.
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Czech Republic (Prague, especially) in Autumn is amazing – many beautiful days with significantly less visitors. Czech foods and brews seem to compliment the city’s romantic golden glow. Take a stroll up to Castle Hill where you will find a panoramic view of Prague’s rooftops or you may opt to go to the public parks for the very best of Mother Nature’s displays.
Southern Germany is super beautiful in Autumn. Here you will find more of Europe’s spectacular scenery with endless pine trees popping with colours, set against amazing looking mountains. Autumn is the season for various festivals (Octoberfest. Yay!) and endless amount of outdoor activities. Hiking, taking horse-drawn carriages, etc. There are also more than 20 historic castles and palaces to discover – Neuschwanstein Castle, Linderhof Palace – just to name a few.
Belgium is also one of Europe’s most beautiful Autumn destinations – medieval city of Bruges included. Historical buildings will be covered by amazing autumn hues. Colours reflected in the canals create a romantic scene with picture-perfect photo ops. Some of the city’s open market will be opened until November, so be sure not to miss this. Or you can also opt to enjoy a cup of hot chocolate at De Proeverie while enjoying this beautiful sight.
Autumn is one of the best months to visit Amsterdam or The Netherlands in general. The weather is still pleasant and most of the crowds are gone. As you get further into Autumn, the temperatures drop and you’ll need to have jacket to ward off its cooler evenings. Bokbier Festival is something you’d have to experience at least once. There’s also Amsterdam Marathon for you runners out there.
Picking the right travel destination can be tricky. There are so many variables to keep in mind. But Europe really does have something for just about everyone. And you don’t have to drain your wallet to get there.