Autumn is upon us: one of the most beautiful times of the year. If you are lucky enough to be able to discover Europe at any time of the year, autumn is really the perfect season. The main European destinations have just lived their high season, the streets are quieter, real life resumes on the streets of the most beautiful destinations in Europe.
Bungee Jumping in Sigulda, Latvia
For centuries, painters, poets and lovers have found inspiration amidst the lovely landscapes of Sigulda, and visitors continue to embrace this exceptionally beautiful part of Latvia today.
Overlooking the picturesque Gauja River in the majestic Gauja National Park, Sigulda’s forested valleys are steeped in myths and legends. They are a treat for the eyes in all seasons, especially the autumn when the leaves blaze gold and red. Sigulda is also Latvia’s top destination for adventure activities. Bungee jump from a spectacular location, slide down in a real bobsleigh, fly in a wind tunnel or conquer a treetop obstacle course at the “Tarzāns” and “Mežakaķis” playgrounds in the sky.
Oktoberfest in Munich, Germany
Oktoberfest, the world’s largest and most famous beer festival, has already become an annual tradition around the world, but nowhere else is as big, bold, and well organized as it is in Munich, the place where it originates.
This year, the cheerful beer festival runs from September 22nd to October 7th and greets visitors with countless tents full of beer, music, delicious local specialties, fun rides, and great atmosphere. This can also be an excellent way to immerse yourself in the local culture and learn about Bavarian customs and traditions.
LearnCulture in Budapest, Hungary
The elegant Hungarian capital has plenty to offer its visitors during fall, from pleasant temperatures and cozy cafés to world-class museums and wonderful festivals. The city’s cultural agenda is busier than ever, offering an eclectic mix of dance, music, theater, and food fairs – all celebrating the nation’s culture, history, and talents. Some of the most important fall events in Budapest include the Café Budapest Contemporary Arts Festival (5-21 October), Budapest International Wine Festival (6-9 September), Sausage Festival (between 2-4 October) at Castle Hill, and the New Wine and Cheese Festival (28-29 November), an excellent opportunity to pair Hungary’s best homemade cheeses with the most refined new wines.
Enjoy the Charms of Barcelona, Spain
Barcelona is always a good idea. With spellbinding architecture, an insanely creative food scene, and blissful blue skies all year round, this is the kind of city that never ceases to delight. Overflowing with Mediterranean sunshine and exuberance, it makes a superb fall destination to wander around and enjoy the brilliance of Gaudi’s buildings, indulge in some retail therapy, or mingle with the locals over arty tapas and cava de casa. If you want to prolong the summer a little bit, visit the Catalan capital in September, when the beaches clear out and the sea is still warm enough for a swim. By far the most important occasion on the city’s fall calendar is La Mercè, a spectacular 5-day festival honoring Barcelona’s patron saint. In addition to concerts, projection shows, and night parades, this huge, colorful street party is a wonderful opportunity to discover some of the most famous Catalan traditions.
See the Northern Lights in Norway
Seeing the Northern Lights is undoubtedly a once-in-a-lifetime experience, and the Lofoten Islands in Northern Norway is one of the best places in the world to observe this amazing nature’s spectacle. The lights are at their most brilliant between late autumn and early spring. Moreover, this wild, yet extremely beautiful part of Norway, is home to the indigenous Sami people, some truly astonishing landscapes, and “Tromso” – one of the country’s most scenic, vibrant, and sophisticated little cities.
Celebrate Halloween in Derry/Londonderry, Ireland
Europe is a pretty good place to spend Halloween. It might not have the spirit or the elaborate festivities of the US, but it certainly has enough history, mysterious places, and spooky events to set the scene for a hell of an experience. After all, this is the place where everything started, and where the carving of Jack O’Lanterns and Halloween trick or treating were invented long before the Irish began exporting them to the US. Named the UK City of Culture, Derry is the setting of Ireland’s biggest and most attractive Halloween party. This year, Derry Halloween‘s festivities are held between 26 October – 3 November and promise an unforgettable time for both kids and adults. Expect a lovely mix of creepy Hallowe’en themed tours, colourful parades, bizarre circus shows, fireworks, lots of culture, and fun family-friendly activities.
Creepy Transylvania, Romania
Transylvania is the most beautiful region in Romania. Besides the quaint Bran Castle and the world-famous legend of Dracula, which has its roots here, this place boasts a startling collection of citadels and frozen-in-time villages, where the present is twisted with legends and long-lasting traditions.
Take a walk in the Park in Paris, France
Autumn is the season when Parisians come back to the city after spending summer on the coast. Autumn adds another dimension to an already beautiful city. The Seine is extra atmospheric at dawn or dusk when a fine mist hangs over the water on crisp, cool days. Along the river bank street stalls with roasting chestnuts sit next to the bouquiniste booksellers. But for the best Parisian autumn colours you need to head to one of the city’s parks. Grab a takeaway crêpe, wrap up with a cosy coat and scarf and take a walk.This should give you a good idea of when to travel Europe – depending on the type of holiday you’re looking for. Just make sure you are prepared for anything. The weather in Europe is very unpredictable!