Top destinations for an autumn city break
It’s time to face facts. The days of lazing on the beach and strolling around in just a t-shirt have been and gone. Before you know it, you’ll be scoffing at the price of wrapping paper and dragging decorations out of storage.
But there’s still time to get another quick break in before the Christmas madness ensues, and as luck would have it, there’s no better season than autumn to travel. Cheaper than summer and warmer than winter, this colourful, crisp time of year is perfect for exploring a new city.
How about a long weekend or a mid-week trip? A getaway to one of our favourite city break destinations will leave you refreshed and ready to take on the turkey.
Booking a travel package is a great way to save time and money when organising a city break, and it’s far less hassle than keeping track of your reservations through different websites.
London is one of the most visited cities in the world. It offers a range of hotels for every budget and attractions that few other destinations can match.
Besides the typical tourist activities like a visit to the Tower of London and tea at the Ritz, there are loads of things to see and do in the British capital, from exciting football matches to bustling markets. There are even plenty of cheap or free things to do in London, too.
It’s no surprise that this city scores high on many people’s autumn city break list.
Poland’s capital has been overshadowed by Krakow for several years, but Warsaw is becoming more and more popular. The largest city in Poland has a lot to offer and is gorgeous in the autumn.
Stare Miasto, the historical centre, was reconstructed after it was levelled in the Second World War. The Royal Castle, Wilanów Palace and the Neon Museum are all popular attractions, but Łazienki Park makes for a particularly scenic stroll with a backdrop of autumn colours.
Like many of the former Eastern Bloc countries, classical music is very important to the Polish. In Warsaw’s Old Town, you can be inspired by Chopin and Mozart concerts.
Berlin is one of those cities you need to visit more than once.
The German capital’s slogan is “Die Stadt der Freiheit” meaning “The city of freedom”, and Berlin certainly lives up to that. The art and cultural life in Berlin is richly developed, with numerous galleries, and even an island of museums to sink your teeth into.
When thinking of Berlin, the Second World War and the Berlin Wall are probably the first things that come to mind. But this city’s story is fascinating, and there’s so much to see.
We recommend a tour of Potsdam, just outside Berlin. And for history buffs, there’s an interesting exhibition on the transition from a monarchy to a republic at the Potsdam New Palace during autumn 2018.
When making your plans for Berlin, don’t forget about the excellent shopping and vibrant nightlife.
Need more inspiration? Check out the 10 best things to see and do in Berlin.
Majorca’s capital, Palma, is the perfect combination of sunny weather and city break activities. Its quaint, narrow alleys and beautiful plazas where you can rest in the shade under swaying palm trees make for a relaxing autumn getaway.
Visit the cathedral which is beautifully lit up after dark, or make your way up to Bellver Castle for some spectacular panoramic views of the city and the Mediterranean.
A delicious meal is paramount for Palma’s residents and guests alike. To avoid a disappointing culinary experience, avoid randomly walking into one of the tourist trap restaurants. Instead, we recommend doing a bit of online research before you go. TripAdvisor is a good place to start as it lists Palma’s best rated restaurants.
Paris is a bit of an obvious choice, but it has so much to offer, we couldn’t leave it off this list of our favourite cities for an autumn break.
It just takes a split-second to see that Paris is the capital city of a country with a rich history. The centre is characterised by many buildings of great splendour.
The city is divided into districts, with the 5th and 6th arrondissements, also known as the Latin Quarter, being the most popular for visitors to stay in. The famous streets, such as Boulevard Saint-Germain, are found here, as well as the world-renowned Sorbonne University.
The Paris metro is an ideal means of transportation to get around quickly. And if you’re looking for a tasty lunch, head to one of the cosy cafés at the Abbesses metro station, within walking distance from the famous Sacré-Cœur Basilica.
Parisians are famous for their sense of fashion and Paris is, without a doubt, a true shopping paradise. If a spot of retail therapy is on your to-do list in Paris, read through our extensive guide to shopping in Paris.
Perhaps the world’s most romantic city, Italy’s capital is dazzlingly beautiful with a wealth of historical buildings and charming coffee shops. There’s no better way to enjoy a cup of strong espresso than in the heart of Rome, while watching its residents whizz by on their Vespas.
The areas surrounding Piazza Navona and the famous Trevi Fountain are buzzing with life, and everywhere you look there is something to take in.
One of Rome’s most beautiful views can be enjoyed from the top of Gianicolo Hill in the Trastevere district – well worth the walk up! But be sure to pack clothing suitable for warm weather, even if you travel in late November.
Heading to the Eternal City with your other half? Check out our top 10 ideas for a romantic weekend in Rome.