Summer is nearly gone, and for many people that means the end of vacation and travel because our classes or the office require us back in person. However, if you’re one of the lucky ones whose schedule has flexibility, or if you’re looking for a getaway, consider traveling to Europe during the shoulder season this fall. The months of September through November are the perfect time to explore the continent’s rich history, vibrant culture, and stunning landscapes without the hustle and bustle of peak tourist season. If you’re planning a trip this autumn, here are the 5 best European cities to visit this fall for a memorable experience.
1. Amsterdam, Netherlands
Fall in Amsterdam brings a sense of coziness as the canals reflect the autumn colors. There’s nothing more picturesque than taking a relaxing boat ride through the waterways or walking through Vondelpark, one of the city’s most beloved outdoor spaces. And if the fall weather isn’t suiting you or you’re looking for something to do inside, explore world-class museums, such as the Rijksmuseum or Moco Museum, and check out our exclusive discounts for all your Amsterdam favorites with your HostelPass here (Moco Museum included!).
2. Barcelona, Spain
Barcelona’s mild Mediterranean climate makes it an excellent destination during the fall shoulder season. You can explore the iconic Sagrada Familia and Park Güell without the summer crowds, savor authentic tapas in local taverns, and stroll along the enchanting streets of the Gothic Quarter. If you’re into the arts, don’t sleep on Barcelon’s cultural scene, with numerous festivals, art exhibitions, and musical events taking place year-round. Check out our favorite places to stay in Barcelona here.
3. Dublin, Ireland
Planning your next getaway to Ireland’s capital, Dublin, means cozy pubs, literary history, and dreamy landscapes. Explore Trinity College and the Book of Kells, take a scenic drive along the Wild Atlantic Way, and warm up with a pint of Guinness in a traditional Irish pub. Whether you’re looking for nature, culture, or something-in-between, Dublin has so much to offer, another reason why it’s one of the best European cities to visit this fall. Check out our list of Dublin discounts, available exclusively for HostelPass users here.
4. Budapest, Hungary
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With pleasant weather, you can explore the city’s thermal baths, historic buildings, and Danube River cruises. The fall foliage in Budapest’s parks and green spaces, like Margaret Island and the Buda Hills, also add to a charming autumn day. And when you’re ready to take a break from sightseeing – or if you’re like me and the food is the main attraction – you have to eat at one of our favorite Budapest restaurants. This city is already known for being cheap because it has its own currency, outside of the Euro, and traveling during the fall makes it even more budget friendly!
5. Vienna, Austria
Last but not least, Vienna, the elegant capital of Austria, is a splendid destination in the fall. The city’s historic palaces, museums, and coffeehouses are even more romantic against the backdrop of colorful autumn leaves. Don’t miss visiting Schönbrunn Palace, Belvedere Palace, and taking a leisurely walk in the Vienna Woods. You can find more of our Vienna recommendations here.
Get more out of your travel experience, with HostelPass
Europe’s shoulder season this fall is a unique opportunity to explore without the crowds, high prices, and scorching temperatures of summer. The 5 best European cities to visit this fall – Amsterdam, Barcelona, Dublin, Budapest, and Vienna – are all rich with culture, history, and natural beauty, and there’s something magical about traveling in the fall that you can’t get in other seasons.
With HostelPass, you can also save even more money on accommodation and tour experiences (food, sightseeing, museums, and more!). So what are you waiting for? Pack your bags, embrace the beauty of fall, and get ready to embark on your next European journey!