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Wondering where to go to Europe in the fall? Don’t worry we got you covered. We are ‘seasoned’ off-season travelers and love exploring Europe autumn destinations. I mean, fewer crowds, cheaper flights from North America, tons of festivals, nice weather – what’s not to like?

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Experiencing Autumn in Europe

The European continent experiences 4 distinct seasons – spring, summer, autumn or fall, and winter. Autumn months are September, October, and November, which is right after the peak summer season.

Spring and autumn months are considered to be off-season or shoulder seasons. These are the months when tourism is not at its peak in popular European destinations.

Off-season also brings in unpredictability in weather and temperatures across the continent, so packing smart is key. 

We have highlighted and covered the average temperatures for all the fall destinations mentioned in Europe in this article. Plus we will provide you with packing hacks and other tips so that you can make the most of your travel time. 

At a minimum, here are the essential items to pack for Europe in autumn.

Here are the list of Europe autumn destinations to consider for your visit.

Barcelona, Spain

Park Guell and Gaudi Museum
Park Guell and Gaudi Museum Barcelona

TEMPERATURE

September: (26/20 deg C) 78.8/68 F

October: (23/17 deg C)  73.4/62.4 F

November: (18/12 deg C) 64.4/53.6 F

EVENTS

September: LEM Festival, Catalunya Day, Festa Major de la Barceloneta (top Europe autumn destinations)

October: Sitges Festival Internacional de Cinema de Catalunya

November: Festival Internacional de Jazz de Barcelona

Barcelona is a popular destination in Europe. And visiting it in the fall means beating the crowds. Throughout the off-seasons, you will find tourists in September, but it is less than what you see in peak summer months. Towards November, the crowds are even less.

Barcelona has a Mediterranean temperature, and in autumn months the weather is bearable for day-long exploring and tons of walking and hiking. For us, 20 to 26 degrees/68 to 78 F is a bearable temperature.

Low to high 30’s with humidity is not fun, especially when you want to be out and about taking pictures or waiting in line to get to landmark attractions.

Rain is rare in autumn (4-6 days in a month). It rains though all of a sudden but also stops quickly. It is not lingering rains like monsoons in India. 

Sunset views from Bunkers
Sunset views from Bunkers

In autumn in Barcelona, you can embark on a walking tour of the historic Gothic Quarter. Or opt for a segway tour.

Food is amazing in Barcelona, so book a culinary tour. On a food tour, you will hop from one restaurant to another, tasting delicious dishes. 

Don’t forget to add a trip to star attractions like the Sagrada Familia, Parc Guell, La Boqueria Market, Port Vell, and Barceloneta Beach to name a few. 

Another reason to visit Barcelona in autumn is the plethora of cultural and food festivals that take place here. National Day of Catalunya happens in September, and there is a Jazz festival happening from late October to November. 

RECOMMENDED HOTEL: Hotel Garbi Millenni

READ: Detailed guide to visiting Barcelona in September

Reykjavik & South Coast, Iceland

Reykjavik Iceland in October Guide
Iceland in October Guide

TEMPERATURE

September: 50 F/ 42 F (10 C / 6 C) 

October: 44 F/ 36 F  (7 C / 2 C)

November: 39 F/ 30 F (4 C / 1 C)

EVENTS

September: Literary Festival, Reykjavik International Film Festival

October: Iceland Airwaves, Imagine Peace Tower (top Europe autumn destinations)

Autumn months are perfect to visit Iceland. September to November are sort of crossover months in Iceland, where the summer has gone by, and winter is not fully set in. 

Iceland weather in the fall is slightly unpredictable though. Winds and rains are common. And when that happens it is cooler than normal. So packing warm clothing (waterproof jackets and shoes) are essential. 

Visiting in the fall, Iceland opens up to winter activities from October like ice cave walks, winter hiking, snowmobile tours, and Northern Lights tour. So this is another good reason to visit Iceland in the fall – to enjoy winter activities minus the winter temperatures, with a ton of natural beauty to behold. 

Iceland Glacier Tour

Reykjavik and Iceland in general are not super crowded with tourists in the fall. It is easy and affordable to find/book accommodation. Guided tours are not busy either.

Driving on Iceland’s ring roads can be a challenge if you are not used to winter driving, and in that booking a tour is a good idea. 

When in Reykjavik, enjoy culinary delights, visit the tallest church – Hallgrímskirkja, and embark on road/day trips to the southern coast of Iceland.

Sightseeing along the popular Golden Circle route or Vik and Akeyrei are open in the fall months. 

The popular Blue Lagoon welcomes guests during autumn months, with reduced business hours.

RECOMMENDED HOTEL: Room with a View Apartment

Munich, Germany

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Munich, Germany

TEMPERATURE

September: 61 F / 50 F (19 C / 10 C) 

October: 57 F / 41 F  (14 C / 5 C)

November: 46.8 F / 33.8 F (8 C / 1 C)

EVENTS

September: Isar Island Festival, Holi Festival of Colors

October: Oktoberfest (top Europe autumn destinations)

November: TANTZ – Music festival

The capital city of Bavaria (my beloved) Munich is THE place to be in the autumn. I am sure you have heard of Oktoberfest – the beer festival of Germany? From September onwards, Munich gears up for the beer fest that pulls crowds from all over the world.

This city surely is busy, and bustling with activities in the fall. If you are planning to visit Munich in the fall, do make plans and reservations well in advance so that you are not disappointed!

Other than the Oktoberfest, there are other monthly events like the Holi Festival of Colors, and the many music fests. 

Munich weather in the fall is perfectly pleasant to enjoy walks at the English Gardens, or guided walking tours in old Munich Square in Marienplatz. Notable attractions in the old town are – Old Pete Church, Munich Residenz, City Hall, Hofbräuhaus – don’t forget to say ‘Provst’ and enjoy a beer at the Biergarten.

Do include a day trip or two to Dachau or Neuschwanstein Castle in Fussen

RECOMMENDED HOTEL: TRYP Munchen City Centre Hotel

Budapest, Hungary

Budapest, Hungary - Autumn in Budapest. The Castle Hill Funicular (Budavári Siklo) with the Szechenyi Chain Bridge and St. Stephen's Basilica at sunrise with autumn foliage
Budapest, Hungary

TEMPERATURES

September: 73.4 F / 55.4 F (23 C / 13 C) 

October:  60.8 F / 46 F  (16 C / 8 C)

November: 48.2 F / 39.1 F (9 C / 4 C)

EVENTS

September: Tons of food fests – Food Truck Show, Wine and Craft Beer festival

October: Café Budapest Contemporary Art Festival, Budapest Design Week

November: Wine and Cheese festival

Autumn in Budapest welcomes you with warm hues, and delightful events to inspire you. The summer heat is gone, so are tourists, now is the time to enjoy the thermal pools, or join in a guided tour of the Hungarian Parliament, Jewish Quarters, and the Buda Castle complex.

From the Buda Castle, you can soak in autumn foliage colors – so get your cameras ready!  

Capture fall leaves in various colors (from green, now to orange, yellow, and brown) throughout the city, from Heroes’ Square to Vajdahunyad Castle, Karolyi Kert, and the Gellért Hill overlooking the Danube. Autumn is definitely the perfect time to visit Budapest for the scenic beauty scenes. 

Don’t forget to add a dinner cruise at the Danube, it will leave you speechless. 

Budapest also has a ton of festive events from September leading up to the New Year celebration. 

RECOMMENDED HOTEL: Hotel iBis Budapest

Paris, France

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TEMPERATURES

September: 71.6 F/ 55 F (22 C / 13 C) 

October: 62.6 F/50 F  (17 C / 10 C)

November: 51.8 F/42.8 F (11 C / 6 C)

EVENTS

September: Jazz Festival, European Heritage Fest (top Europe autumn destinations)

October: Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe, Montmartre Wine Harvest 

November: Guy Fawkes Day/Disneyland Paris, Armistice Day

Visiting Paris in the fall is a great idea, and that’s why we have included it as a part of our Europe autumn destinations list.

All the crowd from the peak summer months are gone, leaving the pretty Parisian lanes a little less crowded for you. This is a great time in Paris to explore popular attractions like Eiffel Tower, Trocadero Gardens, Champs Elysees, and the Louvre Museum. These sites are comparatively less busy than in the summer months.

As always, book attractions tickets in advance, to avoid waiting in line. Fall evenings are crisp in Paris, so ensure you are wearing warm boots, a scarf, and a cap.

If you are planning to join a Seine River Cruise, opt for a dinner cruise to stay warm and toasty inside.

During the day, pick up a favorite neighborhood in Paris to enjoy. If exploring Montmartre, do visit the Sacre Coeur Cathedral, watch a show at the Moulin Rouge, eat at pretty Parisian street cafes, or admire painters at work at the Artists Square. 

Latin Quarter and Marais are also great neighborhoods with tons of things to do in Paris in autumn to keep you busy for days.  

HOTEL: Read our guide to hotels and neighborhoods in Paris

Brussels, Belgium

Where to stay in Brussels Belgium
Where to stay in Brussels Belgium

TEMPERATURES

September: 68 F / 53.6 F (20 C / 12 C) 

October: 59 F / 46 F  (15 C / 8 C)

November: 50 F / 41 F (10 C / 5 C)

EVENTS

September: Eat! BRUSSELS, drink! BORDEAUX, Belgium Beer Weekend

October: Fair Photo Days 

November: Winter Wonders and makes way for Christmas Markets (late November to December)

Brussels really enters into an off-season mood in early fall (September especially). Sightseeing tours, sites, and touristy landmarks are not crowded at all.

Take your time to leisurely enjoy the Grand Place, City Hall museum, Comic strip, mini Europe, or the Atomium. You can also add a horse-carriage ride at the Grand Place, and Belgian waffles cooking class.

Rains could occasionally pour in, but it is nothing too scary to dampen your spirits in the Belgium capital. During the day, the weather is warm to enjoy walks outside or live music and entertainment. 

September and October months are awesome for hanging out outdoors with Frites, and beer. Brussels is also a great spot to explore more of Belgium by embarking on day trips to Ghent, Antwerp, Brugges, to name a few.

RECOMMENDED HOTEL: easyHotel Brussels City Centre

Amsterdam, Netherlands

Amsterdam Itinerary 2 Days
Amsterdam

TEMPERATURES

September: 66.2 F / 51.8 F (19 C / 11 C) 

October: 59 F / 44.6 F  (15 C / 7 C)

November: 50 F / 39.2 F (10 C / 4 C)

EVENTS

September: The Dutch Theatre Festival, Valtifest (DJ/music fest)

October: Amsterdam City Walk, Friday Night Run

November: Movember Run Amsterdam

September and early October are considered the BEST time to visit Amsterdam, the capital city of the Netherlands. Considered off-season, fall waves good-bye to the summer crowds making the attractions in and around Dam Square a little quieter.

You won’t find restaurants along the canals to be busy, and taking canal cruises or walking tours in the centrum is very easy.

If you plan on visiting the Anne Franks’ House, ensure you make reservations online, and prior to arrival. This is one place where planning/booking ahead of time is essential. 

Van Gogh Museum, Rijksmuseum and the Volden Park are a delight to visit around this time. However, visiting parks in late November calls for warm clothing, as temperature drops to single digits in the evenings. 

When in Amsterdam, don’t forget to add a day trip to the windmills in the Dutch countryside.

Lisbon, Portugal

Lisbon Photography Spots

TEMPERATURES

September: 78.8 F / 62.6 F (26 C / 17 C) 

October: 73 F / 59 F  (23 C / 15 C)

November: 64.4 F / 53.6 F (18 C / 12 C)

EVENTS

September: Jazz Festival, Alfama Fado Festival 

October: Fatima Pilgrimage

Lisbon is one of our favorite cities in the world. Located on the western part of the European continent, Lisbon is blessed with a lot of sunshine. Summers can get really hot here, and that’s why fall is more pleasant in terms of exploring, and being out and about. 

Traveling from Canada, autumn was delightful in Lisbon. We could climb/walk the hilly spots from Alfama to Graca neighborhoods, soaking in those pretty views in Lisbon. 

We highly recommend embarking on a History tour of Lisbon, and wandering with a local guide and understanding the resilient past of the city – from the 1775 earthquake, the new Pombal architecture, and the lanes of Chiado and Baixa neighborhoods. 

Don’t forget to include a night of Fado in Chiado, and stop by the TimeOut Market. Lisbon is also a great base to embark on day trips to Sintra and Cascais.

Another popular fall destination in Portugal is Douro Valley. 

READ 2 day itinerary for Lisbon. Extended 3 day trip to Lisbon with Sintra

Seville, Spain

Plaza de Espana South tower
Plaza de Espana South tower

TEMPERATURES

September: 89.6 F / 64.6 F (32 C / 18 C) 

October: 78.8 F / 57.2 F  (26 C / 14 C)

November: 68 F / 50 F (20 C / 10 C)

EVENTS

September to November: Festival de las Naciones (International fest)

October: Noche en Blanco (top Europe autumn destinations)

The star of Andalucia – Seville – is a must-visit destination, as part of your Spain vacation. And what better time than the fall.

Known to be one of the warmest/sunny places to visit in Spain, Seville is still fairly warm in September. 

October brings some respite from the heat and the climate is pleasant, with mild temperatures and sunny days. And this is great for walking around the city and exploring the highlights like the Real Alcazar Palace, Seville Cathedral, and of course the beautiful Santa Cruz quarters.

Definitely add a visit to the gorgeous Plaza de Espanya, a garden plaza which was originally built for the Ibero-American Exposition of 1929. Home to administrative offices today, the plaza is free to explore and it will delight you with the mixed Moorish and Andalusian architectural nuances.

From Seville, you can embark on day trips to Morocco, Gibraltar and any other places in Spain like the Sierra Norte Natural Park, Granada, Cordova, Rhonda, Cadiz, to name a few.  

Don’t forget to add a tapas bar hopping tour to your trip to Seville.

RECOMMENDED HOTEL: Search hotels in Seville Spain

Zurich, Switzerland

Zurich and Lindehof Hill in Best Switzerland Itinerary 7 days
Zurich and Lindehof Hill

TEMPERATURES

September: 68 F / 53.6 F (20 C / 12 C) 

October: 59 F / 46.4 F  (15 C / 8 C)

November: 42 F / 37.4 F (9 C / 3 C)

EVENTS

September: Zurich Marathon, Zurich Film Festival

October: Food Zurich

Zurich will remind you so much about Canadian fall. The weather in the late fall months is not the best to enjoy wandering around, but you can make the most of your trip to Zurich by wearing warmer clothing. 

Historic Old Town of Zurich (Altstadt), with the iconic Fraumünster Church, and the Limmat River flowing through the city will melt your heart.

In the months of September – October, you can still enjoy beer and food in outdoor restaurants. However, from November, the temperature cools down further.

Enjoy cruises on Lake Zurich in the early autumn months, or wander down the trendiest shopping street – Bahnhofstrasse.

Zurich is a perfect base to explore more of Switzerland. You can easily embark on day trips (or weekend getaways) to Bern, Lucerne, and all the way to Zermatt (Matterhorn) or Liechtenstein.

RECOMMENDED HOTEL: Find the best places to stay in Zurich

Lake Bled, Slovenia

Lake Bled Slovenia

TEMPERATURES

September:  73.4 F / 55.4 F (23 C /13 C) 

October: 64.4 F / 46.8 F  (18 C / 8 C)

November: 53.6 F / 39.2 F (12 C / 4 C)

EVENTS

September: Slovenia’s National Day of Culture, Old Vine festival

October: Maribor Theatre festival

November:  Lake Bled (Oberkrainerfest)

Lake Bled in Slovenia is one of the most iconic sites in Europe. Although in September (and with the arrival of autumn months) the temperatures drop and it is cooler, it is still quite pleasant for outdoor activities.

So whether you like to camp, hike, or enjoy a boat ride, it is possible to do so in September- October at peace, without soaring crowds – a perfect Europe autumn destination.

Summers are very busy in Lake Bled, and sometimes it’s very hard to even get a good glimpse of the island from the nearby boardwalk or the Lake Bled Castle.

Visiting Lake Bled in early autumn months will give you good and stunning views of the lake itself. 

You can easily explore Lake Bled on a day trip from Ljubljana, Slovenia’s capital, or border towns of Italy. We highly recommend this as one of the finest Europe autumn destinations to add to your bucket list.

RECOMMENDED HOTEL: Hotel Grand Union in Ljubljana

Salzburg, Austria

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Amazing Salzburg Pictures

TEMPERATURES

September:  68 F / 50 F (20 C / 10 C) 

October: 60.8 F / 42.8 F  (16 C / 6 C)

November: 48.2 F / 33.8 F (9 C / 1 C)

EVENTS

September: St. Rupert’s Fair

October: Salzburger Kulturtage 

SeptemberNovember: Enjoy various concerts at the Salzburg Palace/Mirabell Palace

Salzburg bathes in warm fall foliage with the arrival of the autumn season. The location of this Austrian city against stunning mountains, rivers, and greenery makes for a perfect romantic getaway in the fall. 

If you love the outdoors, head on the paved Stefan-Zweig Weg for breathtaking scenery. You can also hike up the Hohensalzburg Fortress (easy hike) taking in the city views. Click to view tickets to the fortress.

The fortress also has a funicular, that you can use to get to the top of the fort, without a sweat. Almost all of the tourist attractions are open in autumn – so visit the Mirabell Palace, Mozart Square, enjoy coffee and snacks at the Mozart Cafe, and learn about the city’s history. 

Don’t forget to tune into the Sound of Music Guided tour (movie locations) – this is a great tour to get acquainted with the gorgeous landscape of Austria. 

Salzburg in autumn brings in fewer tourists, as compared to summer or the Christmas/winter season, so utilize this time of the visit to enjoy cruises and walking tours (including Nazi rally complex tour). 

Dubrovnik, Croatia

Dubrovnik views - 3 day itinerary Dubrovnik
Dubrovnik Views

TEMPERATURES

September:  78.8 F / 66.2 F (26 C / 19 C) 

October: 71.6 F / 59 F  (22 C / 15 C)

November: 62.6 F / 53.6 F (17 C / 12 C)

EVENTS

September: Dubrovnik in Late Summer fest (top Europe autumn destinations)

October: International Festival of Jams & Marmalades, Dubrovnik Triathlon

November: Tisina Molim (Quiet Please), Veteran Car Rally

The Pearl of the Adriatic – Dubrovnik – is super busy in summers, as it is the prime tourist season and welcomes tourists from inland, overseas and cruise ships. 

Escape the crowds, and visit Dubrovnik in the off-season (both spring and autumn are actually good options). Early autumn months are the perfect time to explore Dubrovnik. 

Sans crowds, you can easily wander through the old town – admiring various remnants of the Republic of the Ragusa. Join in a walking tour to understand the Republic’s history – Rector’s Palace, Orlando Column, Sponza Palace, and of course walk the fortified city walls. You can easily find them by the main street – Stardun.

The weather is still great to enjoy 3 Island tours (with Game of Thrones-themed tour), or other smaller islands, or explore all the way to Kotor Bay, Montenegro. Get more day trip ideas from Dubrovnik here.

Beaches are open, and warm for a picnic, sunbathe or swim in Dubrovnik. If you are planning a road trip in the Balkans with Dubrovnik as one of the stops, this is a perfect time! Don’t forget to include Zagreb and Plitvice Lakes National Park. Get our itinerary for Croatia.

RECOMMENDED HOTEL: Hilton Imperial Hotel near old town Dubrovnik

Gibraltar

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TEMPERATURES

September: 78.8 F / 68 F (26 C / 20 C) 

October: 73.4 F / 62.6 F  (23 C / 17 C)

November: 66.2 F / 57.4 F (19 C / 14 C)

EVENTS

September: Music Festival – MTV Gibraltar Calling, Gibraltar National Day (September 10)

November: Gibraltar Literary Festival

Gibraltar, a British Overseas Territory on the Iberian Peninsula is an easy day trip away from Seville or Cadiz in Spain. We were lucky to visit Gibraltar around their National Day – it was covered in pretty red flags and insignia.

The temperatures in Gibraltar from September to October are fairly warm to enjoy patio weather, and bask in retail pampering. 

Gibraltar is quite a unique place, it is known as the Rock of Gibraltar, due to the 426m-high limestone ridge. It’s history traces back to the Moors in the Middle Ages and was later ruled by Spain, and then occupied by the British (since 1713). 

For a day trip, explore the ‘rock’ and the Micheal’s Cove including many World War remnants. The remains of a 14th-century Moorish Castle and the 18th century Great Siege Tunnels are popular attractions that deserve a visit. 

Andorra de vella, Andorra

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Andorra

TEMPERATURES

September:  66.2 F / 55.4 F (19 C / 13 C) 

October: 60.8 F / 51.8 F  (16 C / 11 C)

November: 51.8 F / 41 F (11 C / 5 C)

EVENTS

October: Andorra la Vella Fair

November: Andorra Shopping Festival

Not many people think of visiting the European microstates, but this one deserves a mention. Andorra is a tiny country locked between Spain and France and it is an outdoor paradise.

Known as a skier’s paradise, the rugged countryside of Andorra is a playground for hikers, bikers and adrenaline junkies. In late autumn/November, you can enjoy the slopes at the Vallnord, with its exclusive ski resorts. 

Admire many Romanesque buildings scattered throughout the country, including the beautiful glass colored Church of Sant Climent de Pal.

At any time of the year, enjoy the capital city – Andorra de Vella,- with its retail outlet shops (duty-free outlets), spa (Caldea Spa Resort), and resorts. 

Luxembourg City, Luxembourg

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Luxembourg City

TEMPERATURES

September:  66.2 F / 50 F (19 C / 10 C) 

October: 55.4 F / 42.8 F  (13 C / 6 C)

November: 44.6 F / 35.6 F (7 C / 2 C)

EVENTS

September: Free music concerts at Arms Square, Grape and Wine festival

The historic center of Luxembourg city comes alive with the autumn glow in the fall. The lush greenery turns orange-red-brown color, and the views from the Luxembourg Castle are just breathtaking. However remember to quickly absorb the fall foliage views, as rains and cloudy weather is also a possibility in the early autumn days – September.

When we visited Luxembourg City in September, the weather was warm to enjoy Luxembourg’s countryside and the capital city attractions. 

The views of the Pétrusse valley with Luxembourg’s Old Bridge makes for picture perfect shots with gorgeous trees and leaf colors to adorn the frame. As Luxembourg city is located on 2 levels, you can capture amazing views of the valley from the upper level, amidst fall foliage. 

At the city center, visit the Neumünster Abbey, Arms Square, wander the Bock Casemates/Casemates du Bock or enjoy a segway tour. 

Luxembourg is the only Grand Duchy in the world, and you can admire the Grand Ducal Palace at the center. Highly recommend this Europe autumn destination.

So that’s a wrap! We hope you enjoyed this list of European autumn destinations. We fell in love with each and every city/country we visited during the off-season – it is the best time to go to Europe!

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