Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Autumn: 5 favourite places in Europe

Image via Yoshikazu Takada

"Autumn Days, when the grass is jewelled and the skin inside a chestnut shell," Did anyone else sing that at school?

Just me?

Anyhoo, there is way too much hype about Pumpkin Spice Lattes for my liking and mince pies and other festive memorabilia are already in the shops - there's only one thing for it, Autumn is coming (cue Game of Thrones music).

Those are my only two gripes about Autumn.

Other than that, I absolutely love it. Whilst I usually crave sunnier climes, I do miss having seasons like in the UK when I'm away.

It's the fresh crispness in the morning, the excuse to buy a new wardrobe (hello bobble hats) and the extra consumption of calories under the guise of wrapping up warm, the well-intentioned yearning for a walk in the country and the mounds upon mounds of fiery-coloured leaves that just beg to be kicked up in the air.

And I think no continent does it quite like Europe - cue lots of angry Americans and Canadians - so to celebrate the turning of colours and the nights drawing in, I've decided to compile a list of the places I think come alive in time for Autumn.


Photo via kadege59

Shout out to my ancestral home (Grandpa Belger hailed from Dresden) I have only ever been in the summer. But, I've decided Germany really comes into play when Autumn comes around. Dresden is the not as painfully hipster younger brother of Berlin and it is just such a cool little city. To be honest, it's a worth a visit year-round. Go and see for yourself.


Photo via Ben Jeffrey

Not far away from Dresden is another city that blooms in autumn now that the summer hoards have been and gone, you can enjoy the city with less of the crowds. When you need to warm up, you can dive inside and sample one of the many Czech beers or hearty, standard meat and potato meal.


Just go to Paris whenever it's a perennial favourite. Go for a wander in Bois de Boulogne, Parc aux Buttes-Chaumont, Jardin du Luxembourg, Paris is made for autumn walks. The streets start being dominated by barrels roasting chestnuts, it's the smell of Autumn.


Massively cheating as Málaga barely gets autumn when the rest of us are in the midst of winter, but if you want to hold on to summer for a little bit longer, Málaga is the destination. I've booked a week there start of October so I'm hoping the sun stays around for a bit longer.


I'm so biased it hurts but Northumberland has to be one of the best places for autumn. It's full of ideal walks in the country, there are large, encompassing landscapes like the above and the colours, the variety of burnt reds and rich browns and amber yellows is incredible. Obviously, it's beautiful year round but Autumn is my favourite season in Northumberland.

Where are your favourite places for Autumn?


  1. Paris is definitely good anytime of the year!

    Lizzy at Nomad Notebook

  2. You're right there, although contrary to the article, I think my favourite time to go is the spring/summer!

  3. have to agree with these. Paris will always be in my heart

  4. Just for adding Malaga, I'm your fan #1 :D

  5. I'll compete with you for the number one spot Pedro! jajaja