Europe's top four for autumn colours
By Jessica Pook – September 2020 – 3 minute read
As summer starts to slip away, the changing seasons present new selling opportunities for agents. Across Europe autumn foliage is appearing and cosy leaf peeping breaks could provide steady bookings well into October.
Never is the Black Forest in southwest Germany more enchanting than in late September, when it’s ablaze with fiery leaves. Walk amongst the trees on a misty morning and it’s easy to see why this region inspired many of the Brothers Grimm fairy tales, from Sleeping Beauty to Hansel and Gretel.
Go in search of Triberg Waterfalls, one of the highest in Germany, and incorporate this as part of a loop to the charming Triberg town to enjoy signature treats like Black Forest ham or Black Forest gateau. Alternatively, Baden-Baden, one of the bigger neighbouring towns, is known for its spas and traditional-style old town, perfect after a day of hiking or biking.
In the autumn months Poland’s capital Krakow has a cosy, warm and fuzzy feel about it. September marks the start of ‘Golden Autumn’, as the locals call it, with apple trees adding to the crimson red displays that line the cityscape. Just north of the city is Ojcówski National Park, which arguably has the best Golden Autumn display in the area.
Polish cuisine is typically warm and comforting, perfect for this time of year when the temperature cools. Soups with bread, hearty meat dishes and apple pie are all staples on any menu and can be enjoyed in the atmospheric Main Square as visitors watch the horse-drawn carriages circle round, or in the Jewish quarter accompanied by the sound of an accordion player.
Sun-soaked leaves offer a final burst of warmth throughout the autumn months in Hungary, with burnt orange and crimson red leaves setting its cities ablaze. Usually mild temperatures make being outdoors in nature a pleasure, with riverside strolls or boat rides a great way to take in the changing colours.
Szeged, known as the ‘city of sunshine’, is a two-hour drive from Budapest and offers warm evenings well into October. Liget Park on the east side of town is adorned with brightly-coloured trees, while the scenic banks of the Tisza River are made for strolling.
Back in the capital city, autumn’s golden evening light reflects off the warm buildings and onto the River Danube. As the summer crowds disperse, it’s also a great time to take advantage of the less crowded thermal pools that Budapest is renowned for.
Sprinkled with castles and cascading waterfalls, the Scottish countryside turns from lush green to golden yellow from September onwards. Visitors are guaranteed a kaleidoscope of colour in the Perthshire area, where towering Douglas Fir trees and sprawling lochs are highlighted with the russet hues of autumn leaves
The thundering sound of the River Brann Falls can be heard across the wooded grove of The Hermitage area, with beavers and red squirrels often spotted in this woodland area. Lady Mary’s Walk is a more gentle and open stroll, in late September, where orange leaves cover the pathway as it winds alongside the River Earn.
Another highlight is the walk to Queens View (pictured) which overlooks Loch Tummel and the Schiehallion Mountain in the distance. The viewpoint is claimed to be one of the most photographed areas in Scotland and offers an unobstructed view of a dazzling autumnal landscape in late September.