It’s the first week of fall; the temperature is dropping, the leaves on the trees are changing from bright greens to warm yellows and reds creating a warm and cozy atmosphere throughout Europe making it the best time to visit! Have you ever seen pictures of fall and wanted to be in that very moment? Fresh crisp air, spectacular sunsets disappearing below these autumn cities, surrounded by nature, leaves falling on top of the scenic European streets; there’s nothing like the charm of fall. It’s the one time of the year where there are fewer tourists crowding the streets, so you can enjoy the picturesque cities in Europe that you’ve always dreamed of. Here are some of the places where you can see the beautiful Autumn foliage in Europe.
1. Ghent, Belgium
Ghent is the architectural masterpiece of Belgium, it’s also known for being a paradise for those who are vegetarians or love organic food. The fascinating city has many castles and Gothic cathedrals that will make you feel like you went back in time. Ghent is absolutely captivating just after the sun sets the buildings and streets are bathed in a warm glow cutting through the grittiness of this medieval city. Surrounded by nature you won’t miss a single autumn leaf in this lovely city! Make sure you visit the Bourgoyen-Ossemeersen which is a nature reserve on the outskirts of Ghent, here you can get a breath of fresh crisp air while strolling through nature. After touring the city taking in this wonderful atmosphere enjoy some of the best chocolate in Europe.
2. Reykjavík, Iceland
The seashore city of Iceland isn’t only a winter wonderland, during fall there are plenty of things to see and do. Reykjavík is well-known to be a scenic city in Europe, with Esja a majestic mountain range to the north of the city and the country’s largest Salmon river coursing through it you’ll have some amazing pictures to take back with you. Take in the striking fall colors, and cozy atmosphere paired with the cyan colored water from the hot springs just to the south of the city. Relax in the warm water while taking a break from the cold autumn wind. Finish the trip off by catching the mesmerizing Aurora Borealis or Northern Lights dancing through the night sky.
3. Berlin, Germany
Berlin is for the artist in you! This bustling city always has something going on and it’s different from the aforementioned locations. Berlin is well known in Europe for its industrial look combined with a trendy and artistic atmosphere giving it a unique one of a kind atmosphere you won’t find anywhere else. Street art, sculptures and clashing architecture really compliment the autumn season turning the city into a work of modern art. Revel in the picturesque scenery Berlin provides for all of its visitors. It’s the fall season so don’t forget to try some of the delicious Currywurst popular in Berlin as well as the rest of Germany. If you’re craving something sweet, Berliner pastries will satisfy anyone’s sweet tooth!
4. Copenhagen, Denmark
Copenhagen, originally a Viking city, is a great destination for any of you autumn travelers! The city is rich with history and architecture. Ranging from the central square which dates back to the Middle Ages all the way to the famous and colorful 17th century townhouses that exude a warm atmosphere throughout the city. Alongside architecture, Copenhagen is a green city with plenty of parks and gardens which make for relaxing strolls throughout the autumn season. Enjoy the many different sights, sounds and smells while visiting the Botanical Gardens in the city center. Afterwards enjoy a bite at one of the many Danish restaurants, famous for their Smorrebrod, a traditional sandwich Danes have for Lunch or you could make a reservation at one of the 15 Michelin Starred restaurants in Copenhagen.
5. Madrid, Spain
Madrid isn’t your typical fall destination! The Spanish city will definitely surprise you with its charm during the fall. The city is widely known as a city for art fanatics. Around every corner there is art and paired with the protected historic city center, Madrid will whisk you away during you stay. Madrid even has its own golden triangle; visit the Prado Museum, the Reina Sofía Museum, and the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum! Nestled in the city center and across from the Prado Museum lies the Buen Retiro Park. This park is known for it’s breathtaking landscaping and filled with monuments and iconic statues you won’t be disappointed while taking a stroll through this beautiful park in autumn. Let Madrid seduce you with culture, nature and food!