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With fall around the corner from us, I can’t help but want to be back in Europe. With many fall destinations to choose from, Europe seems to have some of the best places to visit in the fall. The weather gets cooler there sooner, the leaves change colors in the most magical ways, and the cafes are that much more cozier.

Incredible flight deals have been popping up (track with Google Flights or Scott’s Cheap Flights) from the US and with a quick hop over the Atlantic you can be in Europe in no time.

Check out the best fall destinations to visit in Europe:

Bruges, Belgium

For those looking to be swept away into a charming town, this is your first stop. The winding canals and endless cuisine, makes this town much more than a small town and a perfect fall destination in Europe.

Vienna, Austria

One of those places I wish I could go back to as I didn’t do it right, but I remember walking through the streets in late fall last year. The shops were starting to decorate, and there was a hustle and bustle like I’ve never seen before. The hot chocolate tasted that much better!

Prague, Czech Republic

This was always remain one of my favorite places to fall, as the crisp leaves and changing colors were idyllic with the rooftops of Prague. There are incredible apartments to rent, tons to do in the city, and a day trip to Cesky Krumlov is a must.

Nuremberg, Germany

Is there anything that can’t warm you up like a good sausage and beer? Nuremberg’s colors were incredible, and the cobblestone streets made it that much more adorable. It’s indeed one of Europe’s best kept secrets for a fall destination.

Regensburg, Germany

If you’re on the hunt for a concentration of fall colors, don’t look much further. It’s an absolute must to take a float down the Danube to Weltenburg Abbey where the changing colors reflect over the river. Regensburg is one of those gems that often gets overlooked, and one to add to the itinerary.

Budapest, Hungary

It seems that Eastern Europe embraces all that is fall and Budapest is no exception. Come here to warm up in the thermal baths, enjoy warm cuisine, and take in the sights.

Lisbon, Portugal

For those looking for a more mild fall destination, yet still want an active destination, Lisbon is your spot. For the first-timer, the city can give you a week’s worth of adventures, making it a great spot for a longer stay.

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  1. The south of France is great in the fall. The weather is still mild and sunny, the crowds are gone, the little villages have harvest festivals. My favorite season.

  2. I went to Prague in autumn a few years ago and it was so lovely, we were also really lucky with the weather and it was oddly warm – warmer than in the UK! Oslo is also lovely to visit in autumn. There’s such beautiful colours!

    Sammy x |

    • Jessica Wright Reply

      The colors are incredible in Europe during the fall, I will have to consider Oslo for another trip! Thanks!

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