Europe by the season: Where to go in Autumn

Prenzlauer Berg, Berlin
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As the summer makes a slow escape in Europe, the leaves begin to find their colours and the months of September, October & November make up fall/autumn in Europe. While the Mediterranean still enjoys warm temperatures, the ocean begins its rapid decline in temperature, as do the countries in central & eastern Europe. Meanwhile popular destination in the west continue to enjoy warm temperatures with a balmy breeze, making Autumn one of the best seasons to travel in to escape the crowds and still enjoy the weather.

Stockholm fotog

City Breaks

Stockholm, Sweden

The Swedish capital thrives at any time of year, but Autumn is a great chance to see the city in calmer crowds and enjoy lower hotel rates. Stockholm is by far one of my favourite cities in all of Europe, with its effortless Old Town that comes to life with autumn leaves (pictured above) and locals who enjoy the last of the sunshine before the cold weather kicks in. Be sure to visit Gamla Stan (Old Town); the Vasa Museum; Fotografskia and many more of the top things to do in Stockholm.

Berlin, Germany

After living in Berlin for a few months in Autumn, I have an understandably very fond memory of the city! While the skies begin to grey and by December light is low going into winter, Autumn itself can still be quite enjoyable for visitors. The autumn leaves begin to crawl their way across cities throughout the city, though if you’re looking for greenery the best suburb to stroll around is Prenzlauer Berg. Also be sure to see these 20 top attractions in Berlin and check out this Berlin on a budget guide if you’re strapped for cash. For more tips on Berlin, see our Berlin guides here.

Paris, France

Paris is one of the few cities in the world that I will never tire of, regardless of the season. Before you go, you should be sure to read these books to inspire a trip to Paris and read up in order to make the most out of your trip (Paris is a big city, one should come prepared!) If you happen to be on a budget, there are many great free things to do in Paris which should also allow more budget to try the best sweets in Paris. If you find yourself with extra days to explore, check out the best day trips from Paris.


Countryside Escapes

The Cotswolds, England

The Cotswolds are an area in England that appear to have quite literally been frozen in time. The gorgeous cottages and rolling hills make this an idyllic spot to spend a few days in the English countryside, though it can quite comfortably be done as a day trip from London.

Northern Lights, Finland & Sweden

Seeing the Northern Lights is on many travellers’ bucket lists, but the reality is that you can never know whether you will or will not see them. The highest chances are in the winter months, though there are many sightings throughout Autumn as well, just be sure to spend a few days to a week here to heighten your chances!

Snowdonia, Wales

Snowdonia National Park is located in Northern Wales and a offers a great insight into the rugged wilderness of this small and unassuming country. If you fancy a day hike or wish to trek for a few days, this land is vast and incredibly remote, so you will feel as if you have the whole place to yourself (although it is quite popular among walkers!)

Fort William, Scotland

Scotland is full of fantastic countryside to explore but one must have a starting point and Fort William is a great place to begin (especially for Harry Potter fans wishing to ride the Hogwarts Express).

Munich Oktoberfest


Oktoberfest, Munich

You can’t come to Europe in Autumn and not visit Oktoberfest in Munich. That really would be plain blasphemy! Get yourself there to experience Bavarian culture, traditional dress, and of course the beer! Check out this guide to Oktoberfest for everything you need to know, like the fact that the festival actually takes place in September!

Perugia Eurochocolate Festival

The Eurochocolate Festival takes place annually in Perugia, central Italy. The festival quite literally takes over the city, happening across the city for a total of 9 days. For chocolate lovers, there could quite possibly be no better place to find yourself!

Lviv Cheese & Wine Festival

Countries in Eastern Europe often get a bad wrap for their food offerings (traditionally carb-heavy dishes like dumplings and stews are staple recipes), but one shouldn’t jump to conclusions unless they’ve been to see (and taste) it first! The Lviv Cheese & Wine festival is your chance to sample Ukrainian food and culture as it is the countries’ leading food + wine festival, held annually in October.

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    Ali Bourke
    September 9, 2016 at 7:15 pm

    I have never heard of the Perugia Eurochocolate Festival! I definitely have to go to it sometime!

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    September 7, 2016 at 4:36 pm

    All things considered, nothing I can say except for incredible! I trust you’ll make more helpful articles in the up and coming days.

    September 4, 2016 at 1:01 pm

    Love this list! We’ll be visiting Stockholm and Finland in a few months and did Munich last year. I usually just visit Europe in winter but I think I need to branch out to some other seasons as well!

    September 2, 2016 at 7:21 pm

    Great list! I would also add that when in Munich for Oktoberfest to make a day trip to Rothenburg ob der Tauber. It is my favorite city in all of Germany 🙂

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    The Losing Struggle
    September 2, 2016 at 7:12 pm

    These tips are great indeed!
    Don’t forget Belgium haha, there are a lot of pretty places.
    I’d advice Ghent (it’s a classic of course) and Leuven.

    I’m really into your blog actually, love all the traveling aspects.
    You’ll hear from me soon 🙂
    Have a nice weekend!
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    Yun Zhang
    September 2, 2016 at 1:40 am

    I had a trip to Berlin in late autumn 2 years ago, I remember it was getting really cold… But enjoyed the beautiful scenery at Tiergarten! Now currently living in Paris, no doubt an amazing city regardless the season!
    I’ve posted 5 Best Places for a photoshoot in Paris, if someone wants to have a look :)

    August 31, 2016 at 12:53 am

    Really nice. I reckon travellers should try Budapest, Bucharest and Bristol. Clearly I like cities which begin with B… 😀

    the travelogue (by Anna & Vanessa)
    August 30, 2016 at 6:30 pm

    Great choice – we would add Amsterdam to the city breaks as it offers a beautiful view with its canals and surrounding trees.
    Aaaand the Black Forest in Germany! Wonderful for hiking and exploring 🙂 and imagine all the colourful trees there <3
    xx Anna & Vanessa

    August 30, 2016 at 3:25 pm

    Octoberfest has been on my list for quite some time already. I’m so glad you mentioned it here.

    August 30, 2016 at 11:50 am

    I am going to Ireland in October but all of these sound like amazing options!

    xx Kelly

    August 30, 2016 at 4:40 am

    Happy to see Ukraine on the list! 🙂

    the adventurer
    August 30, 2016 at 3:14 am

    I studied abroad in Paris during the fall and got to visit a lot of cities. Oktoberfest is a blast, Barcelona was also nice to visit, it was a bit cooler and so it wasn’t too hot while we were sightseeing =o) Great list of places! Thanks for sharing =o)

    Jill @ RunEatSnap
    August 30, 2016 at 3:01 am

    I want to go all of these places!

    August 30, 2016 at 12:20 am

    Great article with interesting information, without doubt they will help everyone likes to travel to these beautiful destinations.

    Tanja (the Red phone box travels)
    August 29, 2016 at 10:56 pm

    Eurochocolate festival is my big wish!:)

    Taste of France
    August 29, 2016 at 9:17 pm

    Autumn is my favorite time. The weather in the south of France is gorgeous–warm but not hot. Perfect for sight-seeing or hiking or biking. And the crowds are gone.

    August 29, 2016 at 8:57 pm

    Thank you so much for these elegant design pictures

    August 29, 2016 at 8:51 pm

    Awesome ! Thanks for sharing

    August 29, 2016 at 7:40 pm

    I was looking for a city trip to do so that’s the perfect one ! 🙂

    Thank you for this article.

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    Mima Isono
    August 29, 2016 at 5:07 pm

    Really hope to head to Paris and London this autumn. Hope another blogpost on London coming up soon, Brooke. Stay warm for the autumn.