The Best Fall Travel Destinations in Europe
When it comes to great fall travel the United States has some stiff competition from across the Atlantic. Cooler temperatures, fewer crowds and and a little festival known as Octoberfest draw visitors across the continent. From Glasgow to Budapest a few of my fellow bloggers share their best fall travel destinations in Europe.
Lance and Laura Longwell of Travel Addicts
For us, the fall means travel. Kids are back to school. It’s shoulder season. The weather is still good and prices are cheap. One of our top picks for the fall is Budapest, Hungary. There are some amazing airfare deals to Budapest this fall. Known as the Paris of the East, Budapest is one of the most beautiful cities in the world. But the real reason to travel there is for a dip in the city’s many thermal baths. From the early days as a Roman outpost, Budapest has welcomed visitors with natural hot springs to soak and relax. There’s nothing like visiting the grand Gellert Spa or the massive Szechenyi bath complex, dipping into the hot waters for a few hours before coming out into autumn’s chill. Afterwards, head to a Hungarian eatery to fill up on goulash or the local delicacy of Mangalica pork. There’s no doubt about it, Budapest is the place to be this fall!
Gemma and Craig of Two Scots Abroad
Oh you’ve been in Edinburgh? That’s no surprise. But have you been to Glasgow? Glasgow is in our opinion Scotland’s best city. And since we never get the sun anyway what better time to visit than in autumn.
Glasgow is known as the Dear Green Place and that means hats off to the green space in Scotland’s biggest city. There are parks in every neighborhood and with all of that rainfall the trees and plants are lush green. By fall they are beginning to turn burnt orange, crisp and fall of the trees. Get your boots on; you just can’t beat the noise of those leaves crunching! Some of the nicest parks in Glasgow are The Botanical Gardens in the West End, which is attached to the Kelvin Walkways, Queens Park and the ducks in the South Side and Glasgow Green where on a nippy day you can pop into the brewery for a pint to warm up by the fire.
Another reason that Glasgow is fun in fall is because Scots like to drink! If it’s raining outside, who cares? We’ve got booze to keep us warm. Glasgow’s night scene is electric and it gets the best music acts from around the world for entertainment. If tea is your tipple of choice then the Rennie Macintosh tearooms may be your cup of well, tea!
Sharon Gourlay of Where’s Sharon?
Paris is a great place to visit at any time of year but fall is a particularly a great time. The weather is more pleasant than in winter and there is a big drop in tourists compared to summer. This means that attractions are less crowded and everything is cheaper. It’s a win-win! We loved Paris as there is just so much to do. We recently spent a whole month there and had something to do every day and still had to leave things out. From some of the world’s top museums, such as the Louvre, magnificent churches, such as Sacre Coeur, to the beautiful Versailles.Don’t forget to take the time to just hang out. My biggest highlight of Paris was just mingling with the locals, going to the local boulangerie, checking out the beautiful boutique shops and having a cider and crepe and the local creperie. Paris is one of a kind!
Pam Garner of Lost But Making Good Time
I LOVE Munich in the fall! Growing up in Houston, TX, we joke that the only seasons we have are “almost summer”, “summer”, “still summer” and christmas. I have to admit I’ve felt like I was missing out on fall. The crisp cool weather, the many colored leaves that I saw in pictures online. I went to Munich in the beginning of October. True it was for Oktoberfest but what’s amazing about Munich are it’s parks! Walking through Englischer Garten was fantastic. Cool air, beautiful trees. Leaves falling. I wanted to make a pile of leaves and jump in it! And then you could go from having a hot chocolate to a beer. Munich is a fantastic destination to experience for fall.
Yours truly, The Casual Travelist
There is plenty to entice you to Salzburg anytime of year but this medieval alpine town is particularly charming in the fall. The hills come alive with shades of crimson and sienna and the chill in the air makes traditional Austrian favorites like apple strudel and cafe melange taste that much better. It’s harvest time in nearby wine areas and I highly recommend you give sturm a try. This fizzy, young wine is available only in the fall and is beloved by locals and visitors alike.
Where are your favorite fall destinations in Europe? Please let me know in the comments!