Autumn is the perfect time of year to explore some of Europe’s most beautiful cities without the hustle, bustle and cost that summer brings. With golden colours and crisp blue skies, you are just a short flight away from some of the most stunning architecture, delicious cuisine and cultural delights that Europe has to offer.
If you’re not sure which European destination takes your fancy, take a look at our top five destinations that we have selected as being ideal for an autumn short break.
Immerse yourself in this culturally rich capital city and enjoy the beautiful, bright and slightly cooler weather with a drink at one of many pavement cafes. You can also take a walk in the former gardens of the Royal Palace at the Retiro, Madrid’s main park. October brings with it Madrid’s autumn festival. Starting in the first week of October and lasting for one month, it is one of the country’s top music festivals bringing together dance, music and theatre companies from all over the world.
Autumn sees this European ‘Green Capital of the Year’ transform into beautiful hues of orange and red. You could take a stroll in Tivoli Park, one of Slovenia’s largest and most beautiful parks, enjoy the pretty embankment along the river, admire the eye-catching Art Nouveau architecture, or see the city in all its glory from the Ljublijana Castle. The Slovenian capital certainly lives up to its reputation as a city of culture.
As one of Poland’s oldest cities, Krakow is perfect for history lovers but offers much more too. In addition to its landmark architecture and medieval charm of the historic old town, it’s also known for its shopping and top quality cuisine. Well known for the Krakow Chocolate Factory, you can try a hot chocolate flavoured with amaretto and cinnamon for the perfect tipple to keep warm on a fresh autumn day.
The Hungarian capital straddles the Danube river and brings together culture, history and nature. Visit the Castle Quarter in ancient Buda or take in the Art Nouveau architecture in Pest. Alternatively, you can enjoy a leisurely river cruise up the Danube, or visit the natural hot springs found in the city and in the historic spa buildings.
Austria’s capital is a beautiful city that can take you from its famous buildings of the Gothic St Stephen’s Cathedral and Vienna State Opera House, to the beautiful gardens of Burggarten (a once Royal Garden) and the Vienna Woods – a tram ride away from the city centre. Travel a little later and in November you can enjoy the age-old tradition of the Christmas markets.
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So, enjoy your travels, wherever you go this autumn!
PS Don’t forget – if you arrange your travel insurance cover to start as soon as your holiday is booked, you will be immediately protected should you need to cancel your trip (terms and conditions apply of course!).