Europe is a relatively tight and cosy continent. Whether you want to explore your neck of the woods, or are planning a short getaway, you’ll find what you’re looking for. Most people tend to travel during the warm months and forget how beautiful it all is during autumn and winter. Autumn and winter escapades aren’t only (for the most part) considerably cheaper, but in most places, you have the added benefit of also having the place almost to yourself. Let’s call it, the perks of off-season travel. My favourite kind of travelling, to be honest. Before, it was due to the fact that I was working in the tourism industry. High season was always a big no-no when it came to taking time off. But after a while, if you’re not very picky when it comes to weather, travelling off-season can be extremely rewarding. And sometimes, you get lucky and the get the best of both worlds! Nice weather and no lines. So, after saying that, if you are considering heading abroad for a short getaway before the festive season starts or already planning on going away but not sure where, continue reading to find out the best European cities to visit in November, in no particular order.
Best European Cities to Visit in November
Vienna is a synonym for elegance, history and Sachertorte! No matter the season you’ll be able to admire the stunning architecture, visit the myriad of museums and let’s not forget the attend one of the many opera shows available. If you are a student under 25, don’t forget to bring your student card along as you may get discounts on many local attractions. Oh, and did I mention that the visits to the neo-gothic breath-taking New Town hall are free of charge? Yes, they are! Don’t forget to check our walking itinerary of central Vienna and our experience eating Wiener Schnitzels close to the Danube, in case you need some inspiration on what to do while in Vienna. And last but not least, in November the Christmas Markets open its doors, one more reason why Vienna is one of the best European cities to visit in November.
Denmark is one of my all-time favourite countries. I love the culture, the style, the creativity of the people, the design, basically everything. Because of my love for this Nordic country, I have been blessed with countless chances of living and visiting throughout the years, including a year in Århus, the second biggest city in Denmark. And after all these years I have to say, Copenhagen is always stunning, but prettiest in autumn. The changing leaves, the chill morning air burning your cheeks, strolling to your favourite cafés in one of the many hip neighbourhoods, or grabbing a cup of Glögg on the go. But if you are staying a bit longer than just a short getaway, day trips from Copenhagen to any of the neighbouring cities and attractions may be a nice idea. And if you stop by Denmark in July, you should check out the Oldest Viking Moot in Europe in Moesgård by Århus.
If you decide to visit the Spanish capital at some point, make it the end of October or November. Not only will the city be much less crowded than it’d be during the summer months but the weather will be considerably milder, thus allowing for an even more enjoyable experience. And if you happen to be around on the 31st of October, you should make sure to check one of the many local representations of “El Don Juán Tenorio”. A ghost story by the romantic period author José Zorrilla that will be represented every year on this night. Another highlight of travelling to Madrid in autumn is the possibility of enjoying the traditional “Chocolate con Churros” (hot thick cocoa with fried-dough pastries) without having to wait for hours to be served or to enjoy one of the many of the cities wonderful museums without having to book weeks in advance. And as the weather will still be relatively nice, don’t hesitate to check one of the heaps of rooftop bars available in the Spanish capital, among many other things that you can do in Madrid. You can check some suggestions on where to stay and how to move around while in Madrid for extra inspiration. And if you’re a fan of smoothies and healthy delicious breakfast, you should definitely check Rawcoco Green Bar out.
The German representative on this list of best European cities to visit in November can’t be other than Berlin. This buzzing creative city is a haven for international startups, creatives, freelancers and curious people of all walks of life alike. With a myriad of cafes, museums, theatres, and all other imaginable things to do available, it just had to be on this list. The weather may not be the warmest around autumn but the changing colours and the bouncy people on the streets of the German capital will make for an exceptionally memorable experience. People-watching here we come! And don’t forget your camera as this city is a photographer’s dream come true, with all sorts of cute corners, photogenic cafés, and impressive graffiti.
Last, but not least, Prague. One of the most popular destinations in this list of the best European cities to visit in November. Super easy to reach from any other European city, it is beloved by absinth fans and foodies alike. This gothic city is a pleasure to walk around. In spite of the masses of people that visit Prague every day, it’s still far from overwhelming if you keep away from the most touristy areas at peak times. While there you can’t leave without a stroll around the old town, a tour of the Town hall, a Trdelník (a rolled dough cake that you can order with a filling of ice cream or as I prefer it, sugar and cinnamon), trying some local beer and of course the Absitherie. If you’re in for a cute entertaining experience, make sure to stop by the Vytopna Railway Restaurant, where your drinks come to you on a model train. However, Prague is not nearly as cheap as it used to be, but still more affordable than other major European capitals. And definitely still an off-season travel gem.
These five off-season travel destinations in Europe are just a few of the many wonderful places you can visit for a short autumn getaway. They are quirky and have a very strong character, which makes them stand out above the rest. If you do go visit one (or all) of them, don’t forget to let me know what you liked the most, and talk to the locals, they are super friendly and know the best places to go to!
I hope this list of the best European cities to visit in November was useful and inspired you to take a short trip somewhere. If so, be so kind as to share with the world so they can also be inspired!