Best European Destinations in November – Part 2

Best European Destinations in November – Part 2

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November can be a great month to explore Europe.

 

There’s no doubt that the days are shorter, and the weather chillier.
But in November prices are also lower than in any other month of the year,
and tourists are either gone or waiting for the winter holidays.
Thus, in November you’ll have the places all to yourself and for a good bargain,
wherever you choose to go in Europe!

 

Here are nine places to visit in Europe during autumn.
And discover more European destinations to explore in November in Part 1 and Part 3 of this article.

 

PRAGUE, CZECH REPUBLIC

By Lizzie & Dave from Wanderlust & Life

 

 

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One of the most beautiful places to visit in November has to be Prague. For starters, the temperatures are relatively mild, ranging from 3 to 8 degrees Celsius. But what really makes it the perfect autumn destination has to be the crimson leaves falling from the trees. And with the backdrop of the city’s architectural delights, this creates an enchanting world. The view from Prague Castle for instance is even more magical in autumn, particularly as you gaze down across to the red roofed homes and even redder tree leaves.

 

As you roam the streets with the crisp air hitting your face and a cup of mulled wine in hand, it is hard not to feel like you have stumbled into some sort of a fairy tale. An absolute must at this time of year is to make sure you wake before sunrise and head towards the Charles Bridge. Here, with only a handful of other spectators you will witness the night sky turn from black to a range of pinks, until finally settling on a shade of blue for the day. There is nothing more beautiful, and afterwards you can reflect as you sit in a café warming yourself with a cup of coffee and some fresh pastry. All in all, Prague in November is an incredible experience and we would certainly recommend it to anyone.

SARDINIA, ITALY

By Claudia from My Adventures Across The World

 

 

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A top destination in the summer, Sardinia actually is a fantastic place to visit in any season. If the beaches are best enjoyed when the days are long and the temperatures hot, they are wonderful to see, walk and even to laze on for a few hours in the fall. Indeed, the coast of Sardinia is blessed with mild temperatures throughout the year. If it is cold weather that one is after, the mountains are within easy reach: they get heaps of snow every winter, and the atmosphere there is cozy and special.

 

With such beautiful mountains and nature, one of the top things to do in Sardinia is hiking. This is one of the activities that can be best enjoyed in the fall, during October and November when the days are still pleasant and warm. November is also a great months for cultural and traditional festivals. November 1st is Su Prugadoriu day in Seui: the festival lasts 3 full days, though 1 November is the peak day. It is a very traditional, local way to celebrate the day of the dead with local specialties such as culurgiones (a homemade pasta filled with potatoes, mint and pecorino cheese and served with grated pecorino); local wines; traditional music and costumes.

 

If this was not enough, there is the myriad of archaeological sites scattered around the island. The most famous one is Su Nuraxi of Barumini, the only UNESCO site of Sardinia. There’s also a bunch of Roman and Phoenician sites, such as Nora, at around 45 minutes drive from Cagliari, the island’s main city. Speaking of cities, other than the gorgeous capital Cagliari, it is worth visiting places such as Alghero, Bosa, Castelsardo – with all the tourists gone, they retain their unique character!

INTERLAKEN, SWITZERLAND

By Stephanie from A Global Educator 

 

 

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Interlaken is beautiful at any time of the year. But in autumn it is absolutely stunning! It is perfectly positioned – situated between two brilliant blue lakes (hence the name Interlaken) and amongst world-famous mountains.

 

I fell in love with Switzerland and have travelled there four times in less than a year. It’s a place where you can wander for hours on end and still be in awe of the location you are in. During November, Interlaken is slowly moving between summer heat towards the brilliant winter months, displaying the snow-capped mountains in the near distance. It is the perfect time of year to take hikes and participate in any outdoors activities before they are closed for the winter.

 

If you’re anything like me, although I do love the beauty of the snow, I can’t stand being cold. Interlaken in November gave me that awe-inspiring winter scenery, while still being warm enough in the day time to adventure. Interlaken has a wonderful mixture of outdoor activities for the adrenaline junkies and those wanting a slower paced adventure.

ISTANBUL, TURKEY

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The city of Istanbul in Turkey is the perfect place to spend a weekend in November. First of all it has tons of things to see from the Hagia Sophia church to the blue mosque, from the grand bazaar to the Galata bridge, from the Golden Horn to the Taskim sqare. Not to forget the beautiful areas of Karaköy und Kadiköy, besides all the tourist areas of Sultanahmet.

 

To get an idea of Istanbul, you will need at least 3 days. Why in November you ask? That’s for several reasons. The end of the year is also the end of high season, which means that you will have most of the big sights all to yourself. Another good reason is that it’s not as hot as during the summer period, when sometimes it’s too hot to move. My recommendation: bring a light jacket and jump on a ferry boat (to Kadiköy) for example. You will be rewarded with the best views of the city.

TUSCANY, ITALY

By Faye and David from Travel with little one

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Tuscany is amazing to visit at any time of the year. But if you’ve come to see its classic landscapes, autumn is probably the best time to visit the region.

 

Late October and early November are when the best of the autumn colours emerge, and early morning mists fill the valleys of Tuscany. One of the best areas to see the classic Tuscan landscapes is around the Val d’Orcia to the southeast of Siena, especially around the town of San Quirico d’Orcia. This in particular is a photographer’s dream.

 

October and November are a great time to visit Tuscany also because of the seasonal harvests. This is the time of the olive harvest, and also truffle-hunting season. And the best time of the year to eat fresh porcini.

 

Autumn is also a great time to visit much of Tuscany because the crowds tend to fall away by October, not returning until the spring. Accommodation prices tend to fall, except close to events like the Truffle Festival in San Miniato. The weather still tends to be warm as well, still holding up around 15°C in the daytime.

EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND

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When people plan a visit to Edinburgh, they generally tend to opt for a trip during the world famous August Fringe Festival or the renowned Hogmanay celebrations (New Year). However, I can tell you that a trip during the month of November is a great option.

 

For a start, the city is less crowded, you can get much better deals on accommodation and there’s a surprising number of events on. Enjoy the fantastic Bonfire night celebrations around the 5th November and we strongly recommend the fireworks display at Hopetoun House. Get into the festive spirit with a visit to the Christmas market which starts mid-November (and runs for 6 weeks!). You can also time your visit for the big Christmas light switch on ‘Light Night’ where the town comes to life with lights, choirs and fireworks – a must-see. There is an amazing Winter Light Trail on at the Royal Botanic Gardens where you’ll be mesmerized by the decorations, lights and magical atmosphere.

 

And of course, round off the month on the 30th November with a celebration of St Andrews Day, Scotland’s national holiday! Historic Scotland usually offer free tickets to many of their attractions across Scotland – this is handy if you’re planning a trip to Edinburgh Castle!

MADEIRA, PORTUGAL

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Most people have their holiday in Madeira during the summer months. However, if you can take some time off in autumn I suggest you visit the island in November instead. The temperature is pleasant and you can avoid the crowds by going in the less popular autumn months. This will not only save you time not standing in long queues but money as well. Prices are generally lower off-season.

 

There isn’t much rain in autumn, so it is perfect for outdoor enthusiasts. Madeira is a hiker’s paradise. There are many levada walks you can choose from. Levadas are the island’s irrigation system that became popular among hikers during the years. The temperature in November will be perfect for going hiking, as you won’t be too hot or too cold. You will most likely have the trails all to yourself, which is important especially on a hike like the 25 Fontes, where the path next to the levada is really narrow, making it difficult for people to pass next to each other when they are heading to different directions.

 

Don’t miss the hike from Pico do Arieiro to Pico Ruivo, as it has gorgeous views along the way, and you can experience what it is like walking above the clouds. After an exhausting day of hiking, you can head to Funchal and treat yourself to some roasted chestnuts from a street vendor. It is a popular snack in the autumn months.

KRAKOW, POLAND

By Julia from Small World This Is

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Krakow, Poland Photo by Small World This Is

 

November in Krakow is a great time to visit the city, because it is right before the Christmas rush and it’s usually not snowing yet, especially in the early part of the month. The fall foliage in the Planty, the park that surrounds the Main Square, is stunning and makes for a great backdrop for scenic walks in this historic part of town.

 

The colder weather of November means plenty of opportunities to duck inside a café for a hot chocolate or a fruit tea and embrace local café culture where you can linger a few hours and not feel rushed. On November 1st and 2nd, the entire city celebrates All Saints’ Day and All Souls Day, where cemeteries like Cmentarz Rakowicki (the final resting spot of a number of famous Poles) are illuminated with hundreds of candles placed on the graves of loved ones and is definitely a sight to see.

MÜLLERTHAL REGION, LUXEMBOURG

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Our favourite autumn activity in Luxembourg is to wander through the Mullerthal Region – or Mëllerdall in Luxembourgish. This region, also called Luxembourg’s Little Switzerland because of its unique sandstone rock formations, hilly landscape and picturesque waterfalls, offers more than 110 km of hiking trails and cycling routes.

 

On an autumnal day, there’s nothing more magical than getting up at dawn to watch the sun rising amid the morning mist and revealing the hilly landscape of the Mullerthal. The hiking paths often lead us through colourful woods where we pick up chestnuts and catch falling leaves. Afterwards, we ideally wander to one of the several quaint old towns of the region, such as Beaufort, Larochette or Bourglinster where we discover medieval castles hidden behind fall foliage.

 

In November, when the tourists are all gone, we also love to spend some time in Echternach, the oldest city of Luxembourg. When strolling through the narrow cobblestone streets, we’re always surprised by the abbey’s lovely chimes which take us back to the city’s past. To explore more of Echternach’s history, we visit the museum of prehistory, the Gallo-Roman villa, the Romanesque basilica, or just sit around the marketplace to explore the spectacular facade of the former Denzelt courthouse.

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18 Responses

  1. Nick Wheatley
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    Nice post! We have traveled around Europe a bit in the fall and it does tend to get a bit cold and rainy but I agree that visiting in shoulder season is generally the best time. And of course the Christmas markets are reason enough to visit all by themselves. Prague and Tuscany sound particularly pleasant especially if you can time it right to catch the leave changing colors. I had never even thought about visiting Poland that late in the year but maybe I’ll give Krakow a shot as well. Cheers!

    • Mei and Kerstin
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      Thank you Nick! And please let us know about Poland at this time of the year when you go there. 😊

  2. Kate
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    I totally agree with Prague, especially when it comes to the fall color views from Prague Castle and the St. Charles bridge. I haven’t been to any of these other places though, so time to update my passport!

    • Mei and Kerstin
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      Oh we’re glad to add so many European places to your bucket list, Kate! ☺️

  3. Lisa
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    I would love to hike in Sardinia and Madeira! Thanks for sharing that November would be an amazing time to do so! And I absolutely love Luxembourg! Overall, this is a great list 🙂

    • Mei and Kerstin
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      Thanks Lisa! Sardinia and Madeira are great destinations at any time of the year, but in November it’s certainly less crowded and the weather not too hot for hiking!

  4. Tom
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    These are some great places to travel in Europe during November. I don’t think I have been to may of them either. Definitely need to add a few to my list and visit! I liked the look of the Mullerthal region in Luxembourg. As somewhere that I don’t know much about, it seems like a cool spot to go!

    • Mei and Kerstin
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      Tom, you definitely have to come to Luxembourg someday! Let us know when you do, and we’ll tell you about the best spots in the Mullerthal region! 😉

  5. Carissa
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    I especially love Prague, Switzerland and Luxembourg to visit in November. I think autumn is great for hiking, sightseeing or just simply walking. You can marvel the stunning and colorful view of nature in front of you so I think these places would be a perfect fit for me.

    • Mei and Kerstin
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      Let us know when you come to Luxembourg! We’ll be glad to send you tips and addresses! 😉

  6. Danik
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    For me who does a lot of European traveling, I think anywhere in Europe which is pretty and scenic gets my vote but I have to admit, I am a sucker for Switzerland before the harsh winters come in. With the Autumn leaves, this place is amazing. I do love the photos on this post. Cant wait to see what Greece is like in the fall next week 🙂

  7. Vasu Devan
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    This is indeed an awesome list. I have been to some of these cities and I fully agree with you. I would probably add Vienna to this list too. 🙂

    • Mei and Kerstin
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      Oh yes Vienna! Although would it not be better to visit Vienna in winter?

  8. SherianneKay
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    Istanbul in November sounds like a great plan! I’ve been wanting to visit for a long time and it just never makes the list. Love that November is end of high season and cooler temperatures… sold!

    • Mei and Kerstin
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      We’ve also been wanting to visit Istanbul for so long! If you go there in the near future, let us know about your experience! 😉

  9. Jitaditya
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    Superb vistas. I think this period of November, just before extreme winter is really delightful to roam around. Tuscany & Madeira will be my picks I think.

    • Mei and Kerstin
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      Great choice! Let us know how you’ll like it if you get to visit Madeira and Tuscany in November!

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