Best Places to Visit in Europe This Fall

Fodor's travelers rate Spain, with its temperate climate, vibrant arts scene, and fantastic food and wine, as the top place in Europe to travel in autumn. Along with wine vacations in France and countryside getaways in Italy, these are the top European destinations to visit in September, October, and November.

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    Spain »


    Spain conjures images of flamenco dancers, café-lined plazas, white hillside villages, and soaring cathedrals. Beyond these traditional associations, this modern country offers top-notch art museums, inventive cuisine, and exciting nightlife. From the... Read more

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    Turkey »


    In modern Turkey, the legacy of centuries of history coexists with progressive and contemporary culture. Its exciting capital, Istanbul, spans Europe and Asia: here, upscale eateries and swanky nightclubs are squeezed between Byzantine and Ottoman structures... Read more

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    Italy »


    Italy is the kind of destination that travelers return to over and over. They come for awe-inspiring art and architecture that influenced Western civilization, and stunning historical ruins—as well as for some of the world's best food and wine. Also beckoning... Read more

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    France »


    It is a fabled land of unmatched food and delicious wine that has inspired many to gasp in satisfied contentment—"We all have two countries—our own and France!" But it is not just a country for those who worship at the altar of gastronomy. The sheer beauty... Read more

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    Ireland »


    If you want to get a sense of Irish culture and indulge in some of its pleasures, start by familiarizing yourself with the rituals of daily life. These are a few highlights—things you can take part in with relative ease.... Read more

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    Scotland »


    Scotland has astonishing variety, even within a small area. North Sea to Irish Sea, Highlands to Lowlands, the landscapes of Scotland—lush woodlands, windswept moors, lochs as deep as the imagination—may take your breath away. Edinburgh is a gloriously... Read more

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    Switzerland »


    The paradox of Switzerland pitches rustic friendliness against high-tech urban efficiency. While the crude harmony of cowbells echoes in the velvet mountain pastures of the Berner Oberland, digital screens tick off beef futures in Zurich. Switzerland... Read more

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    Austria »


    A "blast from the past" is how one recent visitor described her journey through Austria. It remains, she explained, a place where children laugh at marionette shows in the parks, couples linger for hours over pastries at gilt-ceiling cafés, and Lipizzan... Read more

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    Croatia »


    With 1,778 km (1,111 mi) of coastline and more than a thousand islands (66 of which are inhabited), Croatia is one of Europe's most beautiful seaside destinations. Backed by undulating green hills to the north and dramatic mountains to the south, the... Read more

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    England »


    From soaring medieval cathedrals to the latest postmodern structures, from prehistoric stones to one-pub villages, England is a spectacular tribute to the strength—and flexibility—of tradition. Alongside the grand mansions and fortified castles, you’ll... Read more

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    Germany »


    From half-timbered medieval towns to cosmopolitan cities, Germany offers a thoroughly engaging mix of tradition and modernity. You can explore Bavaria’s magnificent baroque palaces one day, and immerse yourself in Hamburg’s cool, redeveloped HafenCity... Read more

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    Belgium »


    Belgium has attractions out of proportion to its diminutive size. From medieval cities and abbeys where the monks run their own breweries to forested hills and famous World War I and II battlegrounds for contemplation and remembrance. It's a little country... Read more

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    Luxembourg »


    Tiny Luxembourg, nestled between Germany, France, and Belgium, has been a pawn of world powers for much of its 1,000 years. Today it looms large as a world financial powerhouse and one of Europe's most scenic countries. Come here for rambles through medieval... Read more

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    Northern Ireland »

    Northern Ireland

    Legend has it that a millennium ago a seafaring chieftain caught sight of the green shores of Northern Ireland, and offered the land to whichever of his two sons would be first to lay a hand upon it. As the two rivals rowed toward shore in separate boats... Read more

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    Hungary »


    Budapest, an old-world city with a throbbing urban pulse, is a must-stop on any trip to Central Europe. Szentendre and Eger have their own charms, including majestic hilltop castles and cobblestone streets winding among lovely baroque buildings. All this... Read more

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