Top 5 European destinations for the best autumn get-aways
City get-aways aren't just for the summer months. Here are easyJet’s pick of top European destinations to travel in October and November.
Summer may be over, but that doesn’t mean the end of vacation season. Why not take advantage of the quieter autumn months, when the summer crowds have long gone back home, some of Europe’s most beautiful and unique cities become less hectic—and less baking hot—making a city break less hectic and more authentic than in the peak summer months.
In the autumn months, accommodation and flights are usually cheaper, making Europe’s best cities more accessible for traveling and exploring for visitors on a budget, be it for a weekend getaway or short break. Here are easyJet’s picks for top European destinations with cheap flights from Amsterdam in October and November.
Why not discover the capital of chic: Milan, Italy
Situated in the north-western section of the Italian Po Valley, Milan is at its nicest in the autumn, when temperatures are mild and the summer rush of tourists has thinned out, leaving the city relatively crowd-free and yours to explore—including gazing at the city’s best-known attraction, Leonardo da Vinci’s ‘The Last Supper’.
The city is the world’s catwalk capital, and the perfect destination for retail therapy—or at least for window-shopping. Browse through the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, one of the word’s oldest shopping malls, or the Quadrilatero d'Oro, an area considered one of the most important fashion areas in the world.
Eat like the locals at one of the many authentic, reasonably priced restaurants surrounding the Duomo. Unlike other areas of Italy where olive oil is omnipresent, Milanese cuisine is rich with butter (be sure and seek out the risotto alla Milanese) and meat is favoured over fish.
(Photo: Ștefan Jurcă)
Why not fill up on Kafka, beer and sausage in Prague, Czech Republic?
One of Europe’s busiest and most crowded destinations during the summer months, autumn is an idea time to explore Prague in a far less hectic atmosphere. Slightly chillier temperatures give you a good excuse to fill up on delicious Czech beers and local dishes, including thick potato soup and bread dumplings.
Get lost in the medieval streets of Old Town (Stare Mesto), and don’t miss a walk across the Charles Bridge. In the summer months, the bridge is throbbing with tourists and buskers and artists selling their works, but in the autumn months the experience is serene, giving you time to take in the bridge’s many statues and the view of the Danube.
And literature lovers won’t want to miss the Frankz Kafka museum, which is the childhood home of Prague’s most famous literary name. Browse the many English books at the well-known Shakespeare and Sons Bookstore.
(Photo: Roman Boed)
Why not climb in the Alps or browse a flea market in Geneva, Switzerland?
Located at the south-western side of Lake Geneva, Geneva is surrounded by two mountain chains, the Alps and the Jura. Although known to be among the most cosmopolitan—and pricy—European cities, an autumn getaway to Geneva can be done easily on any budget. Hostels and budget hotels make accommodation affordable.
To surround yourself with university students and expats, check out the Plainpalais neighborhood, a diverse and lively area where there is no shortage of cafes and bars and restaurants. A flea market is also held here three times a week, the perfect place for rooting through bric-a-brac looking for treasures.
For outdoorsy types, autumn is the ideal season for hiking the areas around the city, including the Jura mountains and the Alps. These areas are reachable from the city within an hour by car, and some, such as Chamonix, can be reached by organized shuttle services.
(Photo: Dennis Jarvis)
Why not experience Paris’ rival, Lyon, France?
The French city of Lyon is located in the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region, in the east-central of the country. The city is known as France’s gastronomic capital, and its active nightlife, growing art scene and of course good wine make it a legitimate rival to Paris.
Wine lovers who are lucky enough to be in the city on 3 November can celebrate ‘Beaujolais Nouveau Day,’ the release date for the famous red wine made from Gamay grapes in the Beaujolais region.
Although it is the third largest French city, its interwoven streets and quaint neighborhood make it feel intimate. Take a stroll along the banks of its two rivers, the Rhône and the Saône. Explore the 2nd arrondissement, full of vibrant shopping and restaurants, or go back in time getting lost in the city’s architectural landmarks, including its Roman ruins.
(Photo: Carlos de Paz)
Why not walk in Mozart’s footsteps in Vienna, Austria?
Austria’s capital city is perhaps most known as the birthplace of Mozart—you can visit his apartment in the Mozarthaus—Vienna has a host more to offer visitors, from its famous coffee houses to its elegant wineries, its classical music concerts to its world-famous electronic music scene.
Roam the halls of the grandiose Kunsthistorisches Museum or stroll through the park surrounding Schloss Schönbrunn, the city’s Baroque palace. Indulge in a traditional Schnitzel or Gulasch. And be sure to visit the Naschmarkt, a foodies’ paradise and a popular evening gathering point.
If you long for nature, you can travel 30 minutes by train to nearby Baden hike through the vineyards to Gumpoldskirchen, a small village that is well-known for its which is famous for its many Heurige (wine) taverns.
(Photo: Simon Matzinger)
Why Not? Visit www.easyJet.com to book your cheap tickets and fly from Amsterdam Schiphol directly to Milan, Prague, Geneva, Lyon and Vienna—or choose from any easyJet many destinations.
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