From Scotland to Germany, Europe’s top places to capture autumn colours

It’s that time of the year when the nights are getting longer and the temperature drops, and pumpkin spiced lattes are in the air. Autumn will bring some relief from the extreme heatwaves that summer brought, but it will also give us stunning fall colours.

Why not pack your favorite sweater and go on a romantic European vacation to enjoy the best autumn foliage?

These are our top seven fall destinations to stomp through the crunchy leaves.

7. Lake Bled, Slovenia

Lake Bled offers some of the most stunning views in Slovenia. It is also home to the only natural island. It takes about 1.5 hours to walk around the lake, which gives you plenty of time to take in the stunning bronze and golden leaves.

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Although the water is too cold to swim during autumn, you can rent a rowingboat to glide across the island of Bled. Remember to charge your phone! The Instagram Gold photos are here.

6. The Lake District, England

You will be captivated by the stunning views of the Lake District when you visit it. This protected area of northern England was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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Buttermere is a beautiful lake that reflects the fall foliage. You can visit it early in the morning to enjoy still, clear weather. Continue onwards to Coniston Water for its mix of evergreen and deciduous tree.

5. Scotland, Perthshire

Scotland is the best place to find autumn, and Perthshire boasts some stunning views. Perthshire has two distinct landscapes: one in the Highlands, one in the Lowlands. The Meikleour Beech Hedge is the tallest hedge in all of the UK.

The National Trust’s stunning forest stretch, The Hermitage turns deep golden and russet in autumn. It is also home to romantic ruins, and a waterfall.

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Book tickets to the Enchanted Forest in Pitlochry if you don’t think nature’s stunning visuals are enough. The spectacle of light & sound adds magic to Perthshire’s autumnal woods from late September through October.

4. Neuschwanstein Castle, Bavaria, Germany

You’ll find Neuschwanstein if you search for real life fairytale castles. The turreted castle looks straight out of a Disney movie. It is surrounded by hills covered in fall trees, which adds to the atmosphere.

The palace is located in the Bavarian Alps. It was built in late 19th-century for King Ludwig II. You can only visit it by guided tour.

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car for visiting? Take the five-hour drive to Germany’s magnificent Black Forest. This forest is full of oaks, beech and elms in stark contrast to the evergreens.

3. Transylvania, Romania

Transylvania is still associated with gothic architecture and vampires, but it’s also one of Europe’s best places to witness stunning fall colours. The Mociar Forest, Romania’s oldest forest, covers 1,400 acres of Transylvania. It is perfect for exploring in the crisp autumn days.

Transfagarasan connects Transylvania to Wallachia at an elevation of 2,042m.

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Romania has many high-altitude roads that allow you to take in the beautiful fall scenery. Transfagarasan, a 90km road connecting Transylvania and Wallachia, reaches an elevation of 2,042m. It is the second-highest road to Romania.

2. Loire Valley, France

The Loire Valley is world-famous for its wine. It sparkles in autumn. You can also watch the wine turn deep reds or purples at the chateaux.

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Chateau de Chaumont sur-Loire is a favorite fall spot because of its autumn decorations. It has pumpkins, cucurbits and other seasonal foliage.

1. Finland, Lapland

Although it is often associated with autumn rather than winter, Lapland really comes alive in fall. The Northern Lights are at their strongest this time of the year. Rovaniemi, the capital of Lapland, is also filled with beautiful trees.

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Although it is not snowing, the temperature drops to a frosty 2degC so make sure to keep warm.