Fall is the perfect time to travel! If you want to avoid the summer madness, the crazy heatwaves, the overpriced and overbooked places, and all the other tourist messing up your travel photos, make plans for a fall getaway. The weather is cooler, the prices are (often) more reasonable, it’s less crowded, and it’s the perfect break from everyday life. If you’re craving a little getaway, a break between summer vacation and Christmas holiday (‘cuz let’s face it, who isn’t?), here are 15 great destinations perfect for a long weekend away!
A very popular destination for a long weekend, get a late flight out, spend some days exploring the city that never sleeps, and get your travel fix taken care of! If you’re lucky and do some research you can get great prices for a round trip to New York!
Central Europe is filled with hidden gems, and Vienna is definitely one of them. This beautiful capital makes for a perfect weekend getaway, explore Vienna’s beautiful architecture, try an apple strudel, view the impressive art collections, and see St. Stephen’s Cathedral.
Artsy, hip, popular, and in the center of Europe. Prices for flights are very reasonable, you can get some cheap hostel or hotel for a few nights, and there’s plenty to discover! I went to Berlin for a four-day getaway in 2014 with some friends, and even though you can easily spend more than a long weekend here, it’s plenty for a first introduction to the city!
The capital of Hungary is such a beautiful city and has plenty to offer! Get the best view of the city from Fisherman’s Bastion, Go Shopping on Andrassy Street, Step Inside Gresham Palace, discover the famous hot thermal springs, or Cruise along the Danube River at Night!
September is really the prime time to visit this beautiful city! Tourists start packing up, and festival season is kicking off, it’s the best time to visit. The Venice Film Festival takes place early September, or check out Venice’s biggest gondola race, Regata Storica.
One of my all-time favorite cities, I’ll never get sick of coming back, and there’s always new things to explore! Barcelona is such a vibrant city, filled with great restaurants, crowded bars, beautiful architecture, and interesting people! A must visit if you haven’t been!
The capital of Ireland has always been a popular place to visit in Europe, it got plenty of pubs, clubs, restaurants, and things to do, you will easily keep yourself busy for a weekend getaway! If you can’t make your way there during the fall, plan your visit for St Patricks Day in March!
Maybe not the warmest place you could visit in the fall, but still a great choice! Go shopping on Oxford Street, drink beer in Shoreditch, explore the museums, see a musical at the West End, or take a boat cruise on the themes, there are plenty of things to do in London and it’s perfect for a weekend trip!
Milan has an impressive history that makes it feel very cultural and alive in the present day, if you’re visiting for the first time, make sure not to miss the Milan Cathedral, Santa Maria Delle Grazie, and Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II. And don’t forget to simply stroll around the city, eat gelato, and take in the atmosphere!
Who doesn’t love Paris? I think most people who have been, fall in love with it, and if you haven’t been yet, it’s about time! Paris really is one of the most beautiful cities, and even though it’s not the cheapest place, there are plenty of things to do that won’t hurt your wallet!
The Czech capital is filled with charming alleyways, it has an eery castle atop a hill that overlooks the city, and the Vltava River running through the city. Make sure not to miss the Charles Bridge, Prague Castle, and Old Town Square.
Another one of my favorite places, haven’t been for a few years, but really can’t wait to go back! I absolutely love Italy, and can’t stop planning a longer trip around the country. However, if you can’t spend weeks and weeks travelling around this amazing place, a weekend in Rome is not a bad alternative!
Edinburgh and Glasgow
Both Edinburgh and Glasgow are perfect for a weekend trip, and Scotland is definitely a must-visit! Edinburgh and Glasgow are such a beautiful and charming places, there are plenty of things to discover, and if you have an extra day, make sure to take a trip around the highlands!
Who doesn’t have the real Oktoberfest on their bucket list? I know I do. And one of these years (very very soon) I will for sure be making my way to Munich for this crazy fest. Around six million people from all over the world make their way to Munich during this time to eat, drink, and enjoy themselves, be one of them!