Top 5 places to visit in autumn
The sultry days of summer may be over but despite the shorter days, there’s no need to be downhearted. Enjoy a last hurrah before the winter chill takes hold in one of our top 5 #innsider destinations and get your fix of that autumn colour.
1. Stockholm’s sweet treats
With a cooler climate, fewer tourists and the city’s parks shedding their coloured leaves, autumn is the perfect time for sightseeing in Stockholm. Take a walking tour around the historic Gamla stan, go biking around the Stockholm archipelago or stroll through the forests of Langholmen.
Autumn’s darker skies also provide a dramatic backdrop for Stockholm’s 10-day International Film Festival, which brings a fever to the city each November when the works of new and independent filmmakers will be on show.
September and October are the best months for foodies to be in Stockholm. September 27 marks the start of Sweden’s lobster season, where the delicacy takes pride of place on menus across the region. In Stockholm on October 4? Lucky you, it’s Kanelbullendag (Cinnamon Bun Day)! These beloved pastries are celebrated and baked in homes and bakeries around the country.
2. From Linz to Vienna
The Danube Bike trail really is the mother of all bike trails. Spanning from Germany all the way to Hungary, the Austrian section is possibly the most famous cycle route in Europe. The track can get busy so it’s best to head there in September and October to avoid the high temperatures and rush of tourists.
When in Vienna, October provides ideal conditions for a spot of hill walking in the Wienerwald, cycling in the Wachau or walks through the vineyards (especially as its harvest time for the wine!). October 4 brings the Long Night of Museums, where the city’s museums and galleries open their doors from 6pm to 1am. Read more here.
3. Picture-perfect in Munich
One word needed. Oktoberfest. In late September and early October, Munich plays host to the world’s biggest beer festival and draws a big international crowd. Find out more about the Oktoberfest here.
If you want to steer away from the party crowds, the Bavarian countryside with its castles and dream-like hillsides offers autumn scenes right out of a postcard. You can also take in the scenery in Munich itself; #innsiders stroll the Isar River, or take a stroll through one of the world’s largest and most impressive parks, the Englischer Garten.
4. Hit the castle trail in Aberdeen
The North East is Scotland’s Castle Country and is home to around a thousand of them, including the ruined Slains on the rocky Aberdeen coastline, which is widely believed to have been Bram Stoker’s inspiration for the home of Dracula back in 1895. There is a dedicated castle trail of 17 of the best castles signposted around Aberdeenshire, which takes you to the scenic Craigievar at the foothills of the Grampian Mountains and the dramatic clifftop Dunnottar overlooking the North Sea. Click here to download the full trail map.
After a day of sightseeing in the autumn colours, peel off your layers and tuck into a cosy pub. On the #innsider’s list is one of Aberdeen’s oldest pubs, The Prince of Wales (7 St Nicholas Lane), which has been around since 1850. Perfect to sample a warming Scotch whiskey! If you’re more into refreshing with some craft beer, don’t miss a trip to Brew Dog (17 Gallowgate). This is the flagship bar of what is fast becoming one of the UK’s favourite craft beer brand
5. Beat the crowds in Prague
Autumn in Prague has its own allure, especially due to the low angle of the sun offering a special quality of light that shows off its incredible architecture. See the best views of the city’s ancient spires covered in red and orange leaves from the Petřín Hill Observation Tower or Prague Castle.
Autumn also sees its streets return to a gentler pace after the rush of summer tourists, making it perfect for sightseeing without the queues. After a day exploring, tuck into some hearty Czech cuisine, which can sometimes be too heavy for summer weather. Meat dishes are most often accompanied by potato or bread dumplings and you’ll also find warming soups and stews on Czech restaurant menus.
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