Ever since the news broke that it is practically essential for us all to take winter holiday breaks to boost our overall happiness, we’ve been dying to book our next getaway. And considering the fact that we’re currently in the peak time for best travel deals, a holiday makes all the more sense. But with so many options, where does one pick?
The experts at popular travel booking site, lastminute.com, have complied a list of cities around the world that are the most stunning during the autumn season. So if you’re after crisp, picturesque views, here are five destinations to have on your radar for the ultimate autumn break.
1. Berlin, Germany
If you love the colourful changes in nature during autumn, Berlin is the place to be. With over 440,000 trees, there are plenty of parks to visit around the city for beautiful scenery. In fact, Botanical Gardens are a good place to go and see foliage – its the second largest in the world, according to lastminute.com.
2. Bruges, Belgium
Cobbled streets and Gothic architecture give Bruges its autumnal feel. The historic city is famous for handmade chocolates and luxurious hot versions, too. According to lastminute.com, the Grand Place looks particularly lovely in the autumn light. And the Rozenhoedkaai (Quay of the Rosary) is also worth a visit for a perfect picture by the canal.
3. Budapest, Hungary
Autumn is a great time to visit Budapest as it is Hungary’s harvest time. The city hosts its Chimmy Cake festival in October which is a great way to sample some delicious traditional food. You also won’t be short of any parks for breathtaking, bright autumn views and luckily, it won’t be too cold either as temperatures the late teens, early 20s into October according to experts at lastminute.com.
4. Edinburgh, Scotland
Edinburgh is proof that you won’t have to travel far to make your autumn holiday dreams come true. Those who have visited the Scottish capital before will know that it won’t take you long to make your way around the city – so why not enjoy a lovely stroll, especially Princes Street Gardens and the rugged Holyrood Park, for some real autumn atmosphere before parking up a local pub?
5. Kyoto, Japan
Kyoto will make you feel like you’re in a real life fairytale during autumn. Not only is it one of the most gorgeous places in Japan but its maple trees each their peak redness in November making it the most picturesque time of the year. Take some time to wander around the Buddhist temples and their sprawling gardens. And don’t forget to stop by shinto shrines where traditional wooden houses are framed by trees.