Best cities to visit in Autumn
Summer has passed, and that means the days are getting that little milder. Winter isn’t here yet, but it is that time of the year where a jumper or a jacket is probably needed when you’re out and about. And there’s no perfect season to jump at the chance of a city break, the weather is usually perfect for walking around in and exploring somewhere new. Whether you’re more of a traditionalist and love the culture or prefer somewhere a little more modern, there is a city getaway for everyone.
If you’re a fan of contemporary, classic culture, then Bordeaux might be just for you. Known as one of Europe’s most beautiful destinations, the French city is bursting with class and culture, with its contemporary style a favourite among travellers. An authentic experience that is perfect in Autumn, Bordeaux offers plenty of opportunities to explore and discover somewhere new. History and gastronomy clash in South West France, Bordeaux is known as the hub for winemaking, with generations of wine growers producing some of Europe’s finest wines from the many vineyards that surround it.
The German capital might have changed and diverted away from its more traditional roots, but things change for a reason, and Berlin’s modern and dynamic city is an escape that’s perfect for the Autumn. With the essence of the traditional still flowing throughout the city, Berlin has adapted to the 21st century, most notably in its architecture where the ‘Berliner Philharmonie’ is considered a must visit the landmark, as is the central transport hub & public square ‘Alexanderplatz’. A bustling hive of activity sending both tourists and commuters alike across the city. If you are after something a little more traditional and historical, then visiting the Berlin Wall and the Brandenburger Tor must be placed at the top of your list.
The Slovenian capital might not be the most common of destinations when you’re thinking of European cities, but there’s a reason it’s made this list. As green and lush as it is Summer, Ljubljana is a different place in the Autumn. With the change in season, a fiery golden orange takes over the city, with the foliage changing to suit the season, transforming the city into a new feel. A delicious and signature wine is created in Ljubljana, and the colour matches the Autumn colours of the city. Whether you’re taking in the sights of the city from the castle above or wining and dining at a local restaurant or bar, there is plenty of culture and history to embrace.
The Tuscany region in Italy is well regarded as one of the most beautiful areas in Italy, not only for its beauty but for its masterpieces of renaissance history, with architecture and art to match. The most famous being the ‘Galleria dell Accademia’ where Michelangelo’s “David” sculpture is on display. If you’re travelling as part of a couple and fancy somewhere romantic that’s different from the stereotypical Paris, then Florence is the perfect alternative destination for a romantic getaway.
When thinking of cities in Belgium, it’s typical to think of both Brussels and Bruges, but there’s somewhere else that might just top both places. The port city of Ghent is best known for its medieval architecture and cultural hub. Now a University town, Ghent is bursting with medieval history. Take in the sights of Gravensteen, a 10th-century castle or see St Bavo’s Cathedral with its majestic tower in the centre of the city. With a pedestrianised centre, there is plenty of opportunities to walk around, take in the sights and even treat yourself to a little bit of shopping in the centre.
You’ve heard of Zagreb and Dubrovnik, but this seafront city might just be the hidden gem you need to visit. Known for its beach lined coast and Roman ruins, Pula has been occupied by Romans, Venetians and allied forces during world war 2. Not only does it boast a vast history, but its beauty is on par with its stunning scenery and a majestic coastline that stretches around the city. Italian influences can be seen throughout the city, adding to the history of Pula and making it a must see if you’re after a city break with a difference.
Whether you’re after a culture trip or a city with that bit of modern flair, the Autumn is the perfect time to visit any of the cities above. City breaks are an excellent opportunity to get away for a few days, see the sights of somewhere new and get a break from the norm. Embrace a new culture or go back to a different era when visiting some of the most historic places throughout Europe.