Tired of heading to Europe when everyone else is on their summer break? Here, we’ve listed eight of the continent’s loveliest cities to visit this coming fall.
Most often associated as the home of Mozart – not to mention The Sound of Music – Salzburg has a stately charm all its own. With its picturesque mountainous backdrop complemented by the fast-flowing Salzach River, it’s no wonder this historic city remains as one of Europe’s more popular destinations. During early fall from September through October, you can expect a mild breeze that’ll require you to only bring light jackets. And with the leaves turning shades of red and gold, not to mention the strains of classical music drifting into the streets, fall in Salzburg is especially magical.
The storied Czech capital is well worth a visit any time of year, though fall usually means a welcome drop in visitor numbers. Its maze-like cobbled streets and lovely squares are an invitation to purposefully get lost. Wander the medieval Old Town (Staré Město) before crossing the Vltava River to the equally picturesque Lesser Town (Malá Strana)—dominated by the Baroque dome and spire of St. Nicholas Church—and continue up a monumental stairway to Prague Castle. From the castle terrace, you can see how Prague’s fairytale skyline has earned it the moniker “City of a Hundred Spires.” As it tends to get a bit on the chilly side at fall, the weather is a great excuse to be sipping on heartwarming mulled wine while gazing at the iconic Charles Bridge.