From Summer to Winter holidays, this year, why not take a break during the season of change, Autumn?
A season of transition, where leaves start to fall from the trees and cities are dashed with spectacular reds, yellows and oranges. The days become shorter, making the indoors cosier while the sun hides and the wind carries the telltale signs of Winter.
Discover the top 6 European cities for that perfectly picturesque Autumn city break.
A city that beats with nightlife as much as it does with history, Berlin is easily one of the most loved and fascinating cities in Europe, and charms visitors even more during Autumn. This is the time for major events and art exhibitions, such as El Siglo de Oro: The Age of Velázquez and the Berlin Art Week, both happening on September. And of course not forgetting the Oktoberfest which kicks of September 23rd.
But out of all of this, it’s Berlin’s 2500+ parks and gardens to be explored, and what better way than in autumn, and using it as an excuse to walk on a carpet of yellows, oranges and red? Just to name a few ideas, there is the Unter den Linden, Berlin’s historic tree-lined boulevard, close to our NH Collection Berlin Mitte Friedrichstrasse, and the Volkspark Friedrichshain, the oldest public park in the city, only few minutes’ walk from our NH Berlin Alexanderplatz. If you want to go further afield, the majestic Spree River provides a different sight of the city, and also here you’ll find Graffiti and Street Art named East Side Gallery. As you can tell, Berlin is a city that implores you to be outdoors, even when the weather’s fresh.
Fairytale or wonderland? Horses, swans, gothic cathedrals, medieval streets, vast greenery and boating canals makes this UNESCO listed city a perfect Autumn destination. During this season, the city transforms with colour, which can be taken in on foot or by boat along the quiet canals and medieval walls. Outstanding bursts of colour compliment the picturesque neo-gothic, Flemish facades and gothic peaks.
Known as the “Venice of the North”, the warm, cooling weather will make you want to do all kind of activities, but best choice is definitely gaze at clear skies of autumn, taking in the surroundings, eating local, handmade chocolate (if you’re a chocolate-lover you should definitely visit Choco-Story while in the city) and taking a stroll through Oud St Jan, close to our NH Brugge. Discover one of Belgium’s most precious hidden jewels!
Named Europe’s top city break destination at last year’s World Travel Awards, Lisbon is full of culture, offers vibrant lifestyles, and, of course, the beaches close to the city center. The famed winding and undulating streets are filled with the indescribably wonderful smell of roasted chestnuts, as the leaves turn and the sun cools. September-November is the perfect time to visit Lisbon, a place made for every kind of traveler.
An interesting fact is that during the Autumn, many of the city’s loved museums and galleries, like the Chiado and the National Museum of Ancient Art, offer special events, and music lovers are invited to the Out Jazz Festival, which takes place in September. Our NH Campo Grande is 15 minutes by bus to Parque das Nações, with shopping center, aquarium and Vasco da Gama Tower. Get ready to soak up the Autumn sun with the spectacular light adding new colours to the beauty of Lisbon.
You know what they say, all roads lead to Rome! Well, it’s true what they say, and those roads lead to a historical city that’s paved with modern culture. This European Metropolis, teeming with Italian and local tradition, is perfect for an autumn break, to visit the festivals and art events happening, like the one and only Festa del Cinema and the very particular Chesnut festival. But trust us, there are many more to be found.
Obviously, as the weather and the hot summer ebbs away, a walk around the city is an obligatory activity; visit the Coliseum and the Pantheon, close to our NH Collection Palazzo Cinquecento. No visit to Rome is complete without tasting their culinary traditions and the fall season fits perfectly for lovers of wine, olive oil, broccoli, zucchini and chestnuts. Of course, that’s just the tip of the iceberg (lettuce), as once you’re in the city, you’re sure to stumble upon many more culinary treats. After all, this is where the dolce vita is.
A tour of colors! Even if you have been in Prague before, you haven’t really been there if you haven’t visited during Autumn. The days in this city are wonderfully chilly, with soft golden sunshine decorating Prague, fitting its title as Golden Prague perfectly.
First thing you’ll notice when going to the city is the majestic Charles Bridge, for incredible views of the castle and town, where you’ll see a collection of structures and historic buildings built between the 10th and the 20th centuries. Close to all of this is our NH Prague City, perfect to explore the city and find hidden treasures. In Autumn you can experience the most extraordinary panoramic of this historic city. Just don’t forget to pack long sleeves and jackets.
After the long, humid summer, Autumn brings Barcelona to life again, with local stores and many restaurant owners returning from their holidays. The city kicks back into action, with the locals flooding the streets with that vibe that makes Barcelona one the world’s most popular tourist destinations. The weather during September-November in the city is warm, sunny days, complimented by cooler nights. But don’t worry! Just because it’s autumn, doesn’t mean you can’t go and relax on the beach; the sun still on the sky, the water remains warm and the city is lit by a deep yellow.
The city is known for football, festivals and free tourist attractions. Well, this Autumn is the best season to enjoy all three of them; La Liga season starts and Barcelona fans live it up at the Camp Nou, just a 10 minutes walks away from our NH Barcelona Stadium. There are also the events and festivals, Festes de la Mercè and the International Jazz Music Festival, to highlight a couple. Barcelona definitely comes to life at this time and should not be missed.