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Seven Best Destinations in Europe in the Fall

Autumn is arguably our favorite season to visit Europe. The summer heat is gone and the tourist crowds are back in school or work. Take advantage of the lingering warmth to visit the top destinations in Europe without paying high season prices. Our favorite part about Europe in Autumn is the underlying golden glow from the changing leaves to fledgling sunsets.

Of course there are endless destinations to visit in Europe during autumn and they cannot all make our list. So please let us know your favorite fall time spot in the comments below.

The best places to visit in Europe in Autumn:

1. Moscow, Russia

Moscow, Russia

The short autumn of Moscow brings a burst of energy as the city comes back to life after the relaxing summer months. With many new cultural exhibitions beginning, autumn is the time to visit. Just remember to bring layers as autumn can quickly turn to winter in Russia.

Find all: Hotels in Moscow

2. Lisbon, Portugal

Belém Tower

Summer may be over, but the warm weather lingers in Lisbon. Before the winter rains come, take advantage of the off season of autumn to indulge on the Pastel de nata and classic yellow trams. Even if the weather does not cooperate one day, you can head to one of the many museums along the river.

Read More: Complete guide of things to do in Lisbon

Find all: Hotels in Lisbon

3. Bruges, Belgium

Bruges, Belgium

Bruges is a charming little city that looks like you have stepped back into medieval times. As the leaves turn and the weather cools it is the perfect time to slip away for a short visit to Bruges. Enjoy the emptier streets and delicious hot chocolate.

Read More: Complete guide of things to do in Bruges

Find all: Hotels in Bruge

4. Barcelona, Spain

Barcelona, Spain

The mild temperatures in Barcelona make this beachside city perfect for fall time travels. Take advantage of this less busy season to visit all the tourist sites without them overflowing. Enjoy the beaches, cafes and late night adventures for which Spain is so well known.

Read More: Complete guide of things to do in Barcelona

Find all: Hotels in Barcelona

5. Bordeaux, France

Bordeaux, France

Autumn in Bordeaux means harvest season in one of the world’s most famous wine regions. Witness the vibrant colored grapes be picked, the start of the winemaking process and of course taste some delicious wine tasting. While it may be the busiest season for Bordeaux, it is for a beautiful reason!

Read More: Complete guide of things to do in Bordeaux

Find all: Hotels in Bordeaux

6. Cappadocia, Turkey

Cappadocia, Turkey

Avoid the intense summer heat and crowds and witness the colorful orchards of Cappadocia. Hop in a hot air balloon to float above this breathtaking landscape.

Find all: Hotels in Cappadocia

7. Istanbul, Turkey

Istanbul, Turkey

Istanbul is one of the most beautiful cities we have visited in autumn. Golden hues bounce around the city for some amazing photography. The fresh markets are also bustling with the new autumn fruits and vegetables, especially the illustrious Turkish figs.

Read More: Complete guide of things to do in Istanbul in one day

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Nguyen Trung Thanh

Saturday 16th of May 2020

This year, I will go to the places you share, I promise. Thank you for adding me the motivation

Travel To Blank

Tuesday 16th of June 2020

I am so happy to hear that! I hope you travel more in the upcoming years <3

Mr Mua Thu

Tuesday 26th of June 2018

I’d happily travel to any of those destinations with autumn!

Travel To Blank

Wednesday 8th of August 2018

Right? They are all fantastic!

Travel To Blank

Tuesday 26th of June 2018

It is extra beautiful as the leaves change color.

Stuart Forster

Wednesday 18th of October 2017

Lisbon is indeed a fine place to visit in autumn. I really like Munich, Germany, at this time of year, as attractions are less busy than during the summer and Oktoberfest.

Travel To Blank

Wednesday 18th of October 2017

So true about Munich!

Renae

Tuesday 22nd of August 2017

I want to visit Spain so bad. I want to visit Europe just as bad! I bet it is absolutely beautiful during autumn.

Travel To Blank

Tuesday 22nd of August 2017

The golden glow on the historic stone buildings of Europe is magnificent.

Karen

Tuesday 22nd of August 2017

Wow! A great selection of some not so obvious places to visit. Cappadocia looks incredible!

Travel To Blank

Tuesday 22nd of August 2017

The not so obvious are often the best places to visit due to a smaller number of other tourists!