It may be time to say goodbye to summer, but that doesn’t mean you have to leave your wanderlust behind as well. The weather may be getting cooler, but you can still explore to your heart’s content before winter hits with full force. Did you already blow your travel budget this summer? Don’t worry; there are plenty of gorgeous European cities you can visit this fall that will be kind to your wallet. We’ve rounded up the best and cheapest cities and Europe for you to visit for the perfect fall getaway.
This stunning coastal city is a delightful travel location for even the most jaded tourists (without putting a ton of stress on your wallet). Porto‘s architecture is a feast for the eyes, with plenty of places to explore — particularly for those that enjoy walking tours. The local cuisine is outstanding, and this bustling metropolis (second only to Lisbon in size) means you’ll never lack for activities and adventures. And for the connoisseur, it’s simply essential to sample the local port. After all, where do you think the drink got its name?
The Polish capital city is the perfect location for a fall trip. Combining a complex and richly detailed history in the form of museums and exhibitions with a bustling nightlife, this city has something to satisfy everyone. Stroll through Old Town for a taste of the city’s history, lovingly restored after being bombed during World War II. Finish off a day of seeing the sites of Warsaw by trying out some of the award-winning local craft beers. It’s a true taste of Poland for even the most seasoned traveler.
If you want a European vacation on a majorly reduced budget, Sofia could be the city of your dreams. The capital of Bulgaria is consistently one of the cheapest cities to visit in Europe. That doesn’t mean you have to skimp out on attractions; from jaw-dropping architecture to a thriving theater scene, there’s plenty to explore in this bustling metropolis — at a fraction of what other cities could end up costing you.
While it may be home to perhaps the most famous vampire in literature, Transylvania has much more to offer than a host of gothic horrors. The countryside is perfect for anyone with a love of nature and a desire to hike. There are tons of film and music festivals year round that are sure to pique your interest, and the local folklore is as rich as it is fascinating. And if you do happen to hold a soft spot in your heart for the children of the night, you can always check out Bran Castle (also known as Dracula’s castle) and check out the history firsthand.
It might be easier to list what Berlin doesn’t have to offer the traveler on a budget. From world-famous cuisine that you have to taste to believe (Berlin Food Week is an experience in itself) to a robust and ever-changing cultural scene to countless museums and memorials, Berlin is a city that has it all. Take your time to really plan out the must-see stops on your trip. With a little effort and some careful scheduling, you can have a dream vacation in one of Europe’s most intriguing cities at a refreshingly low cost.
So summer is over but you still haven’t gotten your fill of the beach? Then head over to sunny Paphos; you can soak up the mild tropical temperatures and see some of the most beautiful beaches in the world. If you get bored, there are amazing ancient ruins to explore and a fun local nightlife to cut loose in. Paphos is proof positive that you can live large and travel the world, while still sticking to your budget.
What European city would you love to visit this fall?