Best autumn destinations to visit Europe in 2019
Europe is beautiful in every season but autumn is one of the best. The countries have had their peak times so the crowds are sparse and the orange-brown hues of most places are a sight to behold. Traveling in autumn will also give you lower prices on flights and accommodations, although I still suggest that you take a chance and go for the lastminute compare flights routine. But honestly, fall is the best time for visiting most European destinations.
Romania itself is a beautiful country and in autumn, it becomes even more vibrant. Transylvania, especially the rural side of it is amazing to get some fresh and watch the leaves fall. Generally, the gothic charm of Transylvania seems almost magical in autumn. The 13th century Bran castle surrounded by bare trees gives the place the right dark vibe. In autumn you’ll even see people riding on an old-timey horse carriage while busy on their smartphones. The medieval scenery and the misty moonlit nights become more magnificent in autumn.
Douro Valley, Portugal
This valley becomes a canvas of vibrant orange, burning red and earthy brown in autumn, with a little bit of green mixed in. The terraced vineyards along the riverbanks make for such a beautiful sight, especially from the calming river cruise. As you may have guessed, this valley is known for great wine but the food has its own reputation in the world of gastronomy, especially in autumn. Other than this you can also have fresh meat, bread and produce from grocery vans which give it a very humble feel. Be sure to try the wine grapes as they may the best ones you’ll ever taste.
Bridge of Orchy, Scotland
Deep in the highlands of Scotland, this picturesque village is surrounded by breath-taking scenery. I suggest you stay the Inveroran Hotel, as it may as well have one of the nicest views around the area. You can see castles from here that appear and disappear just as fast. In autumn, the small isle full of larches called the Loch Tulla transforms into a beautiful scene worthy of a painting as the autumn colors are reflected in the tranquil waters surrounding it. The charming scenery and the vibrant colors make a normal stroll something magical.
This medieval city becomes really beautiful in autumn with flaming red and golden vines covering the vintage buildings. These vibrant colors are reflected in the canals makes this city quite romantic and picture-perfect. The specialty in this city is the open air markets that remain open through November. Oh and while you’re there, have some of their famous hot chocolate made from their rich Belgium chocolate. My personal favorite place is De Proeverie, who sell the best hot chocolate in all of Burges!
Cumbia is known as England’s Lake District and is overall a very scenic place which becomes even more amazing in autumn. The best part is that you can enjoy your time here by simply taking a walk as the red and golden covered hills make you feel like you’re a part of a dream. And if you get thirsty then head to one of their pubs like Kirkstone Pass Inn and have some local cider or ale. The woodlands around the place make it perfect for autumn. The Grizedale Forest Park, home to green pines and copper beech trees, is amazing in autumn. Seriously, who doesn’t like that soothing crunch of fallen leaves beneath your shoes as picturesque natural beauty surrounds you?
The southern part of Germany is full of beautiful sense with seemingly endless Alpine forests that really look vibrant against the backdrop of snow covered mountains. In Germany, autumn is the season for Oktoberfest and lots of outdoor activities. Some of the more popular ones include taking a hike in the Alps or a romantic vintage carriage, horse-drawn of course, through the charming scenes. If you like wine you can sample some great ones in the Bavarian winery. For all the history lovers reading this, Bavaria has 25 historic castle and gothic palaces that you can discover, including the famous fairy-tale Neuschwanstein Castle.
Generally, Ireland’s Wicklow Mountains are very charming all year round, but in the autumn you’ll witness the green turn to gold and look majestic under the beautiful blue sky. Best activities to do here is hiking and also to visit historic sites such as Glendalough, found by St. Kevin in the 6th century. And if a storm rolls in, enjoy the darker atmosphere while taking shelter in one of the many cozy pubs there.
In Italy, the season of autumn is generally the peak season for food and wine. There are even food festivals dedicated to a single type of food like truffles and chocolate. Autumn is also the harvest time for the vineyards. And the countless vineyards there take on a golden hue in autumn, making this region absolutely stunning. Located at the foot of the Alps, no matter what the time, you’ll get to see amazing scenery. My personal favorite was the very early morning time when the morning mist gives the place a surreal quality. Generally, it gives a peaceful experience with many roads and trails you can explore, surrounded by nature set ablaze with vibrant colors.
Prague, Czech Republic
Prague is generally a very beautiful city but it is more amazing in autumn as there are lesser people crowding the streets and more days with beautiful weather. The general golden glow makes this historical city very romantic and the delicious Czech food is bound to make your holiday here perfect in autumn. With lesser crowds, you can enjoy the iconic attraction in this city much better. For an awesome panoramic view of Prague’s red rooftops and many spires, take a stroll on Castle Hill just before dusk. The orange-golden sunlight of the setting sun and the overall blazing colors of autumn will give you a dream-like and surreal view of this already stellar city.