Autumn journeys across Europe – touring European cities with a rental car23 / 10 / 2023
Autumn journeys across Europe lure us with rich experiences, delicious food, and impressive history. If you’re looking for the most convenient way to explore European metropolises, cover as much ground as possible in a short time, and simultaneously savor all the autumn charms, a rental car seems like the ideal transportation choice for you.
In this guide, we will unveil five magical destinations and why autumn is the perfect season for touring European cities from our list.
Autumn journeys across Europe and the cities synonymous with it
1.Budapest – Golden Autumn Splendor
The first city on our list autumn journeys across Europe is the beautiful Budapest, the capital of Hungary.
Just 4 hours’ drive from Belgrade, this beauty makes for an ideal destination for an extended weekend. In October, this city is bathed in golden hues of autumn sun, and taking a stroll along the Danube while savoring the famous Chimney cake with the impressive Hungarian Parliament building in front of you sounds very enticing, doesn’t it?
Don’t miss visiting the fairytale-like Fisherman’s Bastion, located on the Buda Hill near Buda Castle. In the evening, you can explore some of the many bars and restaurants situated near the famous Jewish Quarter. Here, the nightlife is vibrant year-round, and you can indulge in delicious food and sample some of the local craft beers.
On the other hand, if you’re already stepping into late autumn and planning a trip to Budapest but are concerned about how much you can enjoy it due to the cold weather, don’t worry. As you might already know, Hungary has a rich tradition of thermal baths, so don’t forget to visit one of them to warm your body and soul while relaxing with a swim, enjoying a massage, or taking a thermal bath.
2. Ljubljana – Autumn Fairytale in Slovenia
Next on our list is Ljubljana, the beautiful Slovenian city surrounded by pristine nature. Autumn in Ljubljana brings the fresh scents of nearby forests and colors that cascade across parks and squares. Visit Ljubljana Castle, from which you’ll have a magnificent view of the city surrounded by autumn hues.
After that, you can take a leisurely stroll along the Ljubljanica River and visit the Tromostovje, the city’s symbol. Discover numerous cafes and restaurants serving Slovenian cuisine, where you can enjoy traditional dishes with a glass of selected local wines. Don’t forget to visit the famous Tivoli Park and explore museums and galleries like the Museum of Contemporary Art and the National Gallery. In the alternative Šiška district, often referred to as a city within the city, you can immerse yourself in the vibrant artistic pulse of the city. Here, dozens of studios and exhibition and concert spaces are packed into a relatively small area, so something interesting and noteworthy is happening here every day of the year.
To wrap up your day, we recommend spending the evening on the Ljubljanica River at one of the restaurants with a view, enjoying a beautiful sunset and authentic treats like kremšnita.
Ljubljana in autumn is truly enchanting and provides an unforgettable experience, which you can enhance further by deciding to extend your journey and visit Bled, which is just 54 km away from the Slovenian capital. The untouched Slovenian nature and fresh air will rejuvenate you, and you’ll return home fully refreshed and rejuvenated this autumn.
3. Munich and the Unmissable Oktoberfest
Munich, the capital of Bavaria, turns into a true fairy tale during the autumn. You can’t travel to Munich in early autumn without visiting Oktoberfest, the world’s largest beer festival. Enjoy traditional Bavarian beers, delicious food, and live music as you explore the colorful tents and rides.
If you’re more of a fan of a peaceful retreat and exploring nature, renting a car allows you to explore the Bavarian Alps and enjoy the colorful autumn landscapes.
Munich, the third-largest city in Germany, has plenty to offer for those who prefer exploring city squares and historical landmarks. Don’t miss seeing Marienplatz, the city square, and the Frauenkirche cathedral – a frequent postcard symbol. Exploring medieval castles and visiting the English Garden (Der Englischer Garten), which is even larger than Central Park, is also worth your attention.
No matter which activities you choose, Munich will certainly meet your expectations this autumn.
4. Florence – Renaissance Autumn in the Heart of Italy
Florence, the jewel of Italy, offers a unique autumn experience. During this time of year, tourist crowds are significantly smaller, and the temperature is pleasant for strolling through the famous galleries and streets.
Visit the renowned Uffizi Gallery and Ponte Vecchio, then explore the Pitti Palace and the Piazza della Signoria, which is said to be one of the most beautiful open-air galleries. Be ready for plenty of delicious pasta and pizza, but also for what’s likely the tastiest gelato you’ll ever have. It’s believed that this treat originated in this very city during the Italian Renaissance.
After you’ve explored all the galleries, cafes, and squares, and you no longer have room to take in new scents and tastes, it’s time to head to Tuscany. There, you’ll enjoy incredible autumn landscapes of vineyards, gain insight into the traditional way of life in northern Italy, and sample some of the world’s finest wines.
5. Thessaloniki – Mediterranean Autumn in Greece
Our list concludes in Thessaloniki, on the shores of the Aegean Sea. Autumn in Thessaloniki is mild, and the sea is still warm for swimming, making this autumn journey ideal for those who don’t feel comfortable in scorching heat and during the peak season.
The end of September or October in Thessaloniki will provide you the freedom to move around the city unhindered and relax on the beach. Take a stroll through streets with rich history, visit the White Tower, and savor the distinctive flavors of Greek cuisine. Renting a car also allows you to explore nearby beaches and villages.
These five beautiful European cities are waiting for you to discover them during the autumn. To do so with maximum freedom and comfort, don’t forget to book your rental car in Belgrade with BGDiplomat before embarking on this unforgettable adventure. Autumn travels in Europe have never been more beautiful and convenient!