You don’t have to wait until summer to go travelling. Visiting countries in the autumn can give a completely different edge to your trip and provide the most magnificent backdrops of reds, browns and golden hues. Here are the best places for the autumn.
You may not have heard of it but this tiny country tucked in-between Austria and Switzerland is the sixth smallest country in the world and is perfect for those who love nature. The best way to see this small country is by hiking through its 400km of marked trails and nature reserves. One of the main attractions here is the Gutenberg Fortress in Balzers which comes alive in the autumn. Visit Vaduz Castle, perched on top of a hillside this castle gave the capital its name.
A crisp English countryside with fallen leaves is a treat in the autumn. Traditional English gardens in a kaleidoscope of colours provide the perfect setting for an afternoon stroll in crisp air. The UK has so many Autumn spots to explore but the Lake District has got to be one of our favourite places with many trails in the Cumbrian forest to hike or bike your way through.
Then there’s the Cotswolds, a quintessential area of England with cobbled streets and country pubs to call in on or head to Salcey Forest for the wooden walkway of Tree Top Way for the amazing view at the very top. With cathedrals, castles and rivers to explore, visit in the Autumn to enjoy a cosy weekend in an English country cottage.
Although one of Japan’s most popular seasons is the spring when the cherry blossoms start to bloom, a trip here in the autumn is just as stunning and lasts longer than the week-long cherry blossoms. Autumn leaves can be seen from September in the mountains of Hokkaido where they move south and reach Tokyo and Kyoto in November, leaving sensational views of Autumn foliage as gingko trees turn to red. The recommended spot is Koudaiji in Kyoto which offers the most beautiful sunset and is open throughout the evening for amazing views.
It may be synonymous with vampires but Transylvania really isn’t all that scary in the autumn. Bursting with castles, a visit to Peles Castle is even more spectacular surrounded by autumn colours. The valley of Hartibaciu with traditional villages is awash with nature and is one of the unmissable sites in the country. Located on a plateau, the Poenari Fortress is a climb to the top but you pass Romania at its finest or head to Lepsa, at the foot of the Natural Park Putna Vrancea for mountain trails in golden brown forests.
There are even more benefits of travelling in the autumn. Not only will you see amazing nature but you’ll save money with it being outside the peak season too.