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The 7 most beautiful European locations you must visit in Autumn

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We think of autumn and picture bright, orange and yellow leaves curled on the ground, the crunching sound they make beneath our feet, their hypnotising feather-like dance as they fall from the trees, the rich earthy scent of soil and flowers, the chill in the air, the extra layer of clothing, and the dreamlike, hazy sunsets and vibrant, blazing hues. Here are 7 European spots where you can enjoy the best autumnal views, wine, cheese – and more.

Transylvania, Romania

Walk in the footsteps of legends and the host of sepia-toned castles and hazy moonlight: Discover Medieval castles, Vlad the Impaler, and absorb the scenic beauty of the Carpathian landscape. Visit the mythical Bran Castle, the turreted hilltop palace linked to Bram Stoker’s fictional Count Dracula, and the magnificent Râșnov Fortress surrounded by an immense expanse of trees. For more spectacular vistas of autumn’s finest foliage, challenge yourself to the Transfăgărășan a 56-mile (90 km) drive through the Fagaras Mountains full of 90-degree turns and hairpin curves.

Bran Castle (Dracula castle), Bran, Transylvania, Romania

Bran Castle (Dracula castle), Bran, Transylvania, Romania

Franche-Comte, France

Bordering Switzerland, Franche-Comte is the perfect place for mushroom foraging in the forests, hiking, and mountain biking in the Jura Valleys. Visit its most scenic towns such as Besancon on the River Doubs and Pontarlier in the mountains, where you can enjoy the delightful Comté cheese and Jura wines.

Franche-Comte

Franche-Comte

The Cotswolds, England  

Drive through its expansive countryside and take in lush fields, and farms and grazing cattle. Walk through chocolate box villages strewn with idyllic cottages surrounded by fences. Enjoy the chill in the air, the smell of damp undergrowth, and the cloudy weather while sipping warm tea. Visit the awe-inspiring Downton Abbey-like stately homes with their magnificent gardens and drop by the historic market town of Tetbury. Once there, go to the Westonbirt Arboretum and enjoy its towering trees blazing in autumnal hues.

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The Cotswolds
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Bavaria, Germany

It is host to a multitude of fairytale-esque castles, old cities, and the Romantic Road – a picturesque 350 km route through the forests and mountains of Bavaria and Baden-Württemberg. It ends at Würzburg, the centre of the Franconian wine country and is home to a number of wine festivals in autumn. Experience the magic of Bavaria’s medieval towns such as Rothenburg ob der Tauber, Nuremberg, Regensburg, and make sure to visit Lake Chiemsee. Here, ride a boat for a short trip in its crystal clear waters and enjoy twilight with the alpine forests set against icy Alps in the background.

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Würzburg

Wester Ross, Scotland

Situated in the North West Highlands, the area contains a number of coastal villages and towns where one can experience mouthwatering, seafood dishes. Why in autumn? Its scenic spots, which include Loch Maree, Inverwere Garden, Corrieshalloch Gorge, Glen Docherty, and Bealach na Ba and the spectacular mountains of Torridon Hills, transmute into surreal expanses of natural beauty and beautiful, auburn forests.

Beinn Damh

Beinn Damh

Gruyére, Switzerland

The perfect hiking destination, it is free from the summertime crowds during the latter months of the year. Sojourn through saturated Alpine slopes, lakes, alpine huts, and small charming villages sprinkled across the region. Fans of chocolate and cheese should opt for the Chemin du Gruyère – a three-hour journey from a chocolate factory to the legendary cheese-making centre of Gruyère.

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Gruyere Main street

Snowdonia, Wales

You wouldn’t want to forget your raincoat, but there’s something about autumn’s changing colours and long, chilly walks that brings the best out of the mountains. Post-hike pub session in front of an open fire, anyone?

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Beautiful Wales

And if you’re particularly adventurous, watch this space for our upcoming post on the most fantastic spots outside Europe that might take your fancy over the coming months.Are you interested in visiting one of these places? Or perhaps you would like to opt for a road-trip? Contact Bianchi Travel – Lufthansa City Centre who will expertly help you with all your Travel arrangements.

 


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