Top 10 Autumn Adventures in Europe

September 29, 2022

Autumn is the golden season for adventurous short breaks and weekends away. The off-peak travel time is the perfect opportunity to enjoy Europe’s local food markets and affordable fun attractions.

Experience the vibrant sunsets shining across the city landscapes or enjoy the burnt amber leaves covering the woodlands. If you’re looking for a short road trip and an affordable autumn adventure, but not sure where to go? We’ve got you!

Here is our top ten list of ‘autumn adventures in Europe’ to help you plan a short and affordable getaway!

1. Explore the fairy tale gardens of the Loire Valley

The Loire Valley is often referred to as the “Garden of France” because of its lush landscapes and abundance of flowers. Located in the heart of the country, it is home to dozens of picturesque towns and villages, as well as several important historical sites. From Fairy tale-like castles to charming towns and exquisite gardens, this is not something to be missed! Click here to see what’s on this autumn.

2. Europe’s largest aquarium in Bologne-Sur-Mer

Immerse yourself in Europe’s largest aquarium and discover the beauty of our aquatic friends. Nausicaá offers many activities, including lagoon fish feeding, sea lion training, educational workshops and a new augmented reality experience with 58,000 creatures to see. This aquarium in Northern France is a must for your bucket list!

3. Little Venice in France!

Visit the charming and well-preserved medieval old town in Colmar, Alsace. With vibrant half-timbered houses and ancient churches, the architectural delights of the town have attracted many travel bloggers and influencers over the years. Colmar is the perfect opportunity to enjoy flamboyant cafés and cheap guided tours!

4. Harvesting season in France

Autumn in France is the perfect opportunity to get the best harvest of the year. The leaves are turning golden and the days are getting shorter. It’s the time of year when the country’s vintners are harvesting their grapes, and the whole of France comes alive with celebrations of food and wine. From grape-stomping festivals to the truffle markets of Provence, there are plenty of opportunities to enjoy the bounty of the season. Make sure to check out some of the local markets and taste the deliciousness that is harvest time.

5. Who doesn’t like a Choco-story?

Immerse yourself in the story of chocolate making this autumn! Choco-Story Brussels offers you the opportunity to learn about the historic culture of cocoa and how it’s made from bean to bar. You can also watch demonstrations on how to make artisanal pralines and taste-test them yourself!

6. Get Spooky in the Historium Brugge Museum

Unlock the history of medieval Bruges in Belgium. With 7 historical-themed rooms, VR machines and a panoramic terrace, there is plenty to get immersed in the spooky season.

Plus, if you come to visit this autumn in your Halloween costume, Historium Brugge is offering a discount!

7. Explore Germany’s autumnal nature of the Black Forest

What better way to get into the autumn spirit than with an escape into nature? This magical place has inspired many stories including Rapunzel, Sleeping Beauty and Hansel & Gretel by the Grimm Brothers. If you fancy yourself as a camper who enjoys family adventures, then head on over to the Black Forest!

8. The Lindt Chocolate Paradise

Don’t miss the chocolate paradise of Lindt in Aachen, Germany. This chocolate supermarket is packed with a sweet variety of chocolates made by Lindt & Sprungli! With so many choices to choose from, and at a cheaper price, it’s the perfect opportunity for the sweet tooth to stock up!

9. Walk with the locals in Amsterdam for free!

Visit the most popular and beautiful places in Amsterdam for free with a walking tour! You can choose between an easy city centre tour, a speciality food market visit or take your pick from various other alternatives. Walking gives you that opportunity to explore the city at your own pace, and more chances of stumbling across some stunning scenery that you may have missed otherwise.

Click here to know more of the tours and schedule!

10. Why not visit an authentic De Gooyer Windmill and Brewery in Amsterdam?

After your walk around the city, why don’t you hop on a bike and cycle to the tallest wooden windmill in the Netherlands?

Travelling with your friends? Why not relax and take a break in the Brouwerj ‘t IJ where you can enjoy a fresh organic beer and enjoy the autumnal atmosphere. Click here to know more about the types of beer they serve.

So, what are you waiting for? Get planning your autumn adventure in Europe! We’ve given you our top ten picks, but there are plenty of other amazing adventures to be had. Click here to book your crossing now and let us help you make the most of this beautiful time of year.

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