Europe in Autumn: Best Places to Visit
Autumn is a great time of year to pack your bags and go on that next trip. Europe in autumn is especially great!
As the weather starts to cool, it’s the perfect time to visit those some of those hot destinations you’ve been dying to visit.
Here are some of the best places to visit in Europe in autumn.
Warsaw is a cheap and affordable city. You can visit the Polish capital in every season but autumn time is best.
Because it is one of the cheapest cities in Europe it makes it a good choice for everyone, whether you are a couple or solo traveller.
Each street will inspire you as you explore the history and magnificent past of this great city.
Lazienki Park and Palace is one of the best attractions with its magic, colours and sounds.
Next to the Chopin monument you can listen to one of the best open-air concerts held in the world completely free every Sunday.
Warsaw is a beautiful city and I will bet you will fall in love with it. It’s a city with lots of soul and character.
The best thing about visiting during the offseason is it’s really quiet making it the perfect European city to visit in autumn.
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Biggar in Scotland is a town that most people don’t have on their radar yet. What makes Biggar great is there is a splendid choice of hotels, a campsite and lots of local shops and eateries nearby.
Biggar is famous for its ice cream and amazing fish and chips which both have won awards.
What makes Biggar special in autumn is their Science festival. During September you can take the time to learn about the environment, geology and culture and much more!
Biggar lies in the South of Scotland with bus routes from Edinburgh and buses and trains to Glasgow too.
It’s the perfect destination to visit in Europe in autumn.
Tromsø is great to visit in the autumn as precipitation in September is at its lowest.
With such low rainfall it didn’t rain in Tromsø for a single day we were there.
Not only that but due to the mild temperatures it was very pleasant. You could easily get around with just a few layers of clothing.
We were there on a Northern Lights chase with one of the few guides in Tromsø who conducts Northern Lights chases before the middle of September.
Thanks to his excellent knowledge we were able to experience the Aurora Borealis.
During the autumn the days are long and nights are short. since it only gets dark late at night (around 10 or 11 pm) and the sun rises pretty early (around 4 or 5 am) you can spend a lot of time outdoors.
The sunsets last for hours and are quite brilliant.
The autumn colours in the vegetation in and around Tromsø were just beautiful.
We went on a fjord sailing excursion, and managed to see some lovely autumn colours.
Being off season, the city was also quiet and there were very few tourists, so that was an added bonus.
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The Hague / Rotterdam, The Netherlands
The Netherlands is so much more than just Amsterdam.
Luckily, more and more tourists are starting to find their way to other interesting cities such as The Hague & Rotterdam.
The Hague is a truly international city, where most of the government buildings, the Dutch Parliament, and King’s Office are located.
Rotterdam on the other hand, is known for being Europe’s largest port and its most beautiful skyline (the best in The Netherlands).
Tourists visiting those two cities in September might have chance to take part in two free and important events during this month.
Usually around the beginning of September World Port Days take place in Rotterdam.
During this weekend, you have a chance to take trips and visit places which are usually closed off to the public.
This includes the control room of the Erasmus Bridge, a Warship or go on board a crane ship used for constructing offshore windmills.
In The Hague you might have a chance to see the Royal Couple passing the streets in a Golden Carriage.
The parade goe from the Noordeinde Palace to the Ridderzaal, where King Willem-Alexander will give the official speech.
This speech sets out the main goals and aims in the coming parliamentary session.
Prinsjesdag, which is the official name of this event, takes place on the third Tuesday of September.
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Dublin’s fair city is a lovely place to be in autumn. These days it’s probably the best time to go to avoid the non-stop tourist action of the summer! With so much nature, the capital really does have that picture-perfect ‘golden season’ once the trees change colour.
As the weather changes, you will see everyone in their knitwear and big boots to brave the cold – but nothing can dampen the atmosphere of this place.
No matter the weather, every weekend sees the city centre packed out with people hitting up the restaurants, enjoying drinks or attending gigs.
If you’re into music, Dublin will also not disappoint.
Love getting into the Halloween spirit?
If so, Ireland is the place to be because that’s where it all started! Dublin is really fun at this time of year, especially with the unparalleled Bram Stoker Festival (26th – 29th October).
There are dozens of events on over the 4 days but the most impressive is definitely the night parade. Unmissable if you are visiting Dublin in autumn!
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Budapest is always beautiful and the weather in autumn is perfect to exploring the city.
Everywhere you go, you’ll find old and beautiful architecture mixed in with the new.
Visit and admire the Heroes’ Square, National Museum, Nyugati Railway Station, Parliament, Basilica or Chain Bridge.
Have some lunch at the Great Market Hall and window shop on the Vaci Street. You’ll want to see the Buda Castle and the garden.
When you have finished seeing all the incredible sites the city is jam packed with plenty of festivals during the autumn season.
The Oktoberfest is held between 27th – 30th September where the world’s biggest beer festival makes it way to Budapest. Enjoy a taste of the atmosphere at this Bavarian fiesta.
Or how about the Chimney Cake Festival held between 12th – 14th October.
This festival is unique to Budapest where you’re shown the history and preparation methods of this cylindrical shaped treat.
Autumn is our favourite time of year to visit Mallorca.
The weather is generally warm, the skies blue and the restaurants still bustling!
Everything is the same as during the summer months just at a slightly slower pace.
It’s a great time to relax on one of the island’s sandy beaches or take a dip in the turquoise waters.
If exploring an island is more your scene, then why not visit the gorgeous villages such as Soller or Valldemossa in the north of the island.
Here you may wander down the narrow streets browsing the boutique shops, or why not enjoy a glass of wine at one of the bars in the main square.
If you love road cycling (like we do!), Autumn in Mallorca is brilliant. It’s easy to hire a bike and there’s a huge choice of terrain.
If you want to test yourself on Mallorca’s famously spectacular mountain roads, stick to the Serra Tramuntana in the northwest.
Otherwise try the flatter interior of the island. Either way, you can’t help but be charmed by the soft warmth of Autumn in Mallorca.
We love Mallorca in Autumn; check it out! It’s our favourite place to visit in Europe in autumn.
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Tbilisi, the capital of the Caucasus country of Georgia is the perfect place to visit in Europe in Autumn.
The weather has lost the fierce heat of summer and the vast majority of the tourists have gone home. You’ll find it quieter and a much more temperate time to visit.
The city of Tbilisi is located on the route of the famous Silk Road and as such has had many conquerors – all leaving behind their cultural influences.
For this, Tbilisi is a joy to visit.
There is superb food, amazing wine, as Georgia is the birthplace of wine, incredible architecture and the friendliest of people.
You’ll find lots to see – from the National Museum to walking tours that will take you through the history of the city and the country.
There is great Georgian food and wine and an incredible mix of architecture to see in this most stunning of capital cities. This makes it one of the best places to visit in Europe in autumn.
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