Autumn can be the best time of the year to travel across Europe. Most tourist destinations can be quieter after summer, which means fewer tourists and less congestion. At the same time, prices are falling both in terms of airline tickets and in terms of hotel accommodation.
Even some of the major tourist attractions offer access tickets at considerably lower costs than in the summer. Urban destinations, rural places, national parks and beaches are fantastic to visit during this time of year, when nature begins to be enveloped in a mix of amazing colors. For those who love photography, this can be a great time to enrich your portfolio with great photos in nature.
If you have an appetite for travel this fall, but you need a few destinations ideas, then read on. In the lines below we will list some of the best places in Europe to visit between September and November.
Rome, Italy. Some people consider that autumn, especially October, is the peak season in Rome. This is because the temperatures are more bearable, which makes visiting all the sights of the Italian capital much more enjoyable.
Therefore, although the prices for accommodation could not be much lower, walks through the famous markets of Rome, such as Piazza San Pietro, Piazza Navona and Piazza di Spagna will be much more enjoyable, and visiting archaeological sites such as the famous Coloseum more comfortable.
Munich, Germany. There is a serious reason why you should consider going to Germany in the fall season, and this is Oktoberfest! The folklore festival, which takes place between September 21 and October 6, originated in Munich in 1811 and is now celebrated with many events throughout the country. In addition to eating, dancing, drinking beer of various kinds and consuming Bavarian sausages, at the Oktoberfest festival in Munich you have the opportunity to attend colorful parades, visit interesting fairs and dress in traditional Bavarian straps.
While you are there, make sure that you will experience some other important aspects around the Bavarian capital. Visit the 18th-century Nymphenburg Palace, stroll in the famous Marienplatz Market.
Hallstatt, Austria. Hallstatt is one of the most popular places to visit in Austria. It is a pleasant destination at any time of year, but during autumn, when its multitude of colors are splendidly reflected in the lake, looks truly enchanting. You don’t have to go to Austria just to visit this destination. We suggest you go to Salzburg and from there go on a day trip to the picturesque Hallstatt.
In Salzburg you will have several sights to visit, such as Hohensalzburg Castle, Mirabell Palace, Hellbrunn Palace and Salzburg Dom.
Plitvice National Park, Croatia. This beautiful park located in the north of Croatia, near Zagreb, is the oldest national park in the country, being declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1979. What makes this 300 square kilometer place so special is its 16 lakes, which have an incredible color. If you visit the park in the fall, you will enjoy a much more relaxed atmosphere, this period being much less crowded than in the summer, so you can admire the lakes at will and take pictures from different angles and perspectives, without being crowded by the crowd of visitors.
Port, Portugal. Porto is a sublime city that must be discovered at any time of the year. But in the autumn, when the sun’s rays that illuminate the colorful houses of Ribeira warm the barrels of the wines of Porto that are kept quiet in the cellars of Vila Nova de Gaia, it is considered to be the best season to travel to Portugal’s second largest city. The autumn months are perfect for discovering the Douro Valley and its vineyards considered a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Although it has an architecture similar to the one in Lisbon, many travelers claim that Porto has a special charm, which makes them want to return here as soon as they can.