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Autumn city breaks


Published: 12 October 2017

Author: Sheena Simaria

If your post summer blues have kicked in, why not take an autumn city break before the busy Christmas period starts! Whether it’s for a week or just a long weekend, there are so many wonderful places to visit and here are three that are on my list, particularly for this time of year!


Whilst this is a great city to explore all year round, Copenhagen boats a cosiness in autumn, unlike any other. There are so many pretty gardens and parks to stroll in, all boasting vibrant colours of golds and reds. Wrap up in a big sweater and a warm coat and soak in the autumn sun before heading to a cute café for tea or coffee. The famous Tivoli Gardens in mid to late October completely transforms into a Halloween Wonderland. With activities such as dance shows, a haunted hotel and a pantomime theatre, there’s heaps to do for all the family and certainly worth a visit. And if you fancy taking a trip out of the city, head north to Dyrehaven ‘the deer park’ and enjoy a ride in a horse drawn carriage. This wonderful woodland resort with forests and lakes and beautiful landscapes has over 2,000 free range deer!


Whilst this French speaking city attracts visitors all year round, The Fall, between the months of September and November is a particularly great time to visit; with mild temperatures, a burst of colour, lots to do and lower prices, it’s an attractive destination for all the family. Green spaces are transformed thanks to the vibrant autumnal colours and hotels lower their rates too. Explore the city’s wonderful architecture, famous cultural spots and indulge in the thriving foodie scene. Remember to visit the famous Schwartz’s deli which has been serving hot meat sandwiches for over 80 years – delicious! Enjoy strolling through the Botanical gardens, walking up Mount Royal and buying fresh produce at one of the many public markets (Jean-Talon, Atwater, Maisonneuve and Lachine markets are particularly great during the fall harvest seasons).


As one of the leafiest cities in Europe, Amsterdam is a truly magical sight in the autumn. The city’s historic canals and parks lined with bursts of red, yellows and golds is truly a picture you don’t want to miss! For cultural junkies, Amsterdam is your city to visit at this time! There are plenty of exhibitions taking places in various museums, with some even open until 2am, as well as musicians return to touring with some great nights out to be had. If you happen to be visiting for Halloween, be sure to dress up, it’s a wonderful evening with parties happening all over the city. Its autumn film festival season too which attracts movies and makers from around the world so be sure to check schedules and agendas ahead of your arrival!

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