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Where Can You Experience The Best Fall Colors In Europe?

Fall colors in the Loire Valley, France
Fall colors in Europe [Image Pxfuel]
As the temperatures drop and the days get shorter, Europe begins to put on an amazing display of fall colors. The oranges, reds, yellows and browns are a great reward after a long, ultra-hot summer, so where are the best countries to visit in Europe for stunning fall foliage? Read on to find out where you can see the best autumnal shades this coming fall to share on Instagram.

Fall colors in Lapland, Finland

Fall colors in Lapland, Finland
Lapland, Finland [Image by Gustav Melin from Pixabay]
For those who love chilly weather, colored by the amazing Northern Lights, Lapland in Finland is also one of the best places to see the fall colors. Meanwhile, Lapland’s capital, Rovaniemi, has many trees with plenty of fall foliage to go around. While it isn’t snowing yet during the fall, make sure to dress up warm.

Autumn shades in the Loire Valley, France

Loire Valley, France in autumn
Fall foliage in a vineyard in the Loire Valley of France [Image Pxfuel]
The Loire Valley in France is famous for its wine and during the fall, its vineyards turn amazing shades of deep red and purple. This makes it the perfect time to enjoy great wine while gazing at the autumnal scenes. One of the best places to be is the Château de Chaumont-sur-Loire, as, besides the fall colors, its grounds are decorated with pumpkins and cucurbits for extra color in a beautiful setting.

Fall colors in Transylvania, Romania

TRansylvania, Romania fall colors
Transylvania, Romania [Image by Csilla Ozsvath from Pixabay]
Most people immediately picture vampires and Count Dracula when thinking of Transylvania in Romania. However, this beautiful part of the world also features some of the best fall colors in Europe. Visit Romania’s oldest woodland, the Mociar Secular Oak Forest, for some 1,400 acres of gorgeous orange, red, yellow and brown shades. Meanwhile, this makes a perfect spot for exploring and kicking up the dry leaves in Transylvania.

Neuschwanstein Castle, Bavaria, Germany

Neuschwanstein Castle, Germany with fall colors
Neuschwanstein Castle, Germany [Image by Julia Budiman from Pixabay]
Imagine a fairytale castle, standing on a hillside and surrounded by rich fall colors. This might sound like a Disney movie, but the fairytale castle is real, while nestled in glorious fall foliage. Meanwhile, the 19th-century Neuschwanstein Castle nestles in the Bavarian Alps and was built for King Ludwig II and is open for guided tours. Alternatively, head to Germany’s Black Forest, full of elms, oaks and beech trees turning all the various autumnal colors you can imagine.

Perthshire, Scotland in fall colors

Autumn views in Perthshire, Scotland
Fall colors at Loch Tummel in Perthshire, Scotland [Image Jacob Martin/Flickr]
With its mountains, hills, lochs and rivers, Scotland always offers stark and beautiful views. However, Perthshire, which lies partly in the Highlands and partly in the Lowlands, puts on one of the best displays of fall colors. It is also worth checking out the famous Meikleour Beech Hedge which holds a Guinness World Record for the tallest hedge in the world. Meanwhile, more beautiful scenes can be found in the Hermitage. This stretch of forest turns beautiful russet and gold shades in the autumn and also hosts pretty ruins and a waterfall for extra effect.

Visit the Lake District, England for fall shades

Fall foliage in the Lake District of England
Lake District, England [Image Wikimedia Commons]
England’s Lake District is one of those places that is stunningly beautiful during any season. This protected area of northern England was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2017. Visit beautiful Coniston Water for a gorgeous mix of deciduous and evergreen trees. Alternatively, head to Buttermere to see the fall foliage reflected in the still waters of the lake.

Autumn shades in Lake Bled, Slovenia

Lake Bled, Slovenia
Lake Bled and Bled Island, Slovenia [Image Wikimedia Commons]
Lake Bled in Slovenia offers glorious views and hosts the only natural island in the country. Meanwhile, a stroll around the lake reveals the beautiful gold and bronze leaves on every side. For a seriously gorgeous fall view, hire a rowing boat to head out to Bled Island and capture some of the most amazing Instragrammable images ever.

Following its hot and busy summer, head to these European destinations for the best fall foliage around.


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