At least visually speaking, fall has to be the greatest season. The gold-shaded leaves, the reddish sunsets and grey-tinted light – it’s a magical time of year for most places in the world. And it’s especially beautiful in Europe, where the blend of nature and historical human-made architecture creates evocative tableaus.
If you’re planning on travelling to Europe one of these fall seasons, it’s wise to have a game plan. Europe is a large, dense continent with a lot to see. This article lists a few of the best spots in Europe for fall scenery to help you narrow down your itinerary and discover some off-the-beaten-path destinations. These trips are perfect for a fall vacation with the family.
Have you ever heard of the Danish concept of hygge? A popular notion in Denmark and other Scandinavian countries, hygge is all about creating coziness in the cold months. That means everything from hot chocolate and mulled wine vendors on the streets, to warm, crackling fires and comfy merino wool sweatshirts indoors.
For the hygge alone, you have to visit the Danish capital, Copenhagen, in the fall. As a bonus, many of the tree-lined streets in the old town are stunning. It gets a little chilly in Denmark around Autumn, so be sure to check out these merino wool shirts for travellers that are insulating and wrinkle-resistant.
Neuschwanstein Castle looks like a fairy-tale castle. Situated atop a dramatic cliff, this German castle’s tall, gothic spires rise into the clouds. Arguably, the best part about visiting Neuschwanstein is the drive there – as you get closer, the imposing castle becomes more and more impressive through the dense Bavarian woods.
And it’s doubly remarkable in the fall when all the surrounding trees are turning. If your kids are into Frozen, or if your family just loves castles, this is the perfect fairy-tale destination to visit.
Plitvice Lakes National Park
Plitvice National Park, in Central Croatia, is a little off the beaten path. It’s not on many tourists’ radars. And that’s a great thing. Mostly populated with vacationing Croatians and some other Europeans, this stunning park features crystal blue waters and lush, overhanging trees.
In fall, those trees become beautifully golden. Together, the turquoise water and golden leaves make for one of Europe’s most stunning scenic combos. While you’re in Croatia, be sure to check out the Dalmatian coast, a little slice of Italy outside of Italy!
The Bruges Canals
The Belgian city of Bruges is the Venice of Central Europe, with zig-zagging canals, old stone buildings and plenty of character on and off the streets. In the fall, the whole city transforms in a way the southern city of Venice cannot. It becomes vibrant with leaves.
Start your travels in Brussels (a common entry airport in Europe) before heading to Bruges. It should be noted that wherever you go in Belgium, the beer-lover in your family will have an excellent time!
When it’s safe to travel again, check out these four scenic fall destinations in Europe. Until then, you’re encouraged to research pictures of the above spots – describing their beauty in words can only do so much!