October is usually associated with spookiness and happy little children trick-or-treating (Were it not for the movie, making it sad and gloomy.) It is the month that signifies the nearing end of fall and the advent of a winter wonderland.
Many places in Europe really know how to celebrate this occasion. Places that are lit (and lit up) during October while embracing the yellow and orange of dead leaves and happiness.
Munich is a place with festivities during October, the highlight being their classic Oktoberfest (spelled with a K, yes.) And what ensues cannot be put in mere words; it’s a free-for-all drinking fest. It’s a celebration of the local beers that takes place in the first week of October.
After the celebration, you can head to Marienplatz, which is the historic main square of Munich. It is also the house of Europe’s biggest carillons, Glockenspiel, and is dominated by the Neo-Gothic New Town Hall.
The last thing to do in Munich is rent a car and drive to the Bavarian Alps. There’s also a national park there, after which you can gloriously end your trip.
Paris is a beautiful destination no matter what time of the year. It is a very romantic place, but also a city full of the hustle and bustle. However, October is the best time to go there, because the schools open in that month and the tourists can travel freely.
The places of interest include Eiffel Tower, Arc de Triomphe, and Notre Dame. You can watch a beautiful sunset that you’d remember your whole life. You can also rent a car and roam around the beautiful waters of Seine, on which the city was built.
You can also shop to your heart’s content there, in the famous farmer’s market: Marché Biologique Raspail. A perfect trip to France.
Lisbon is a city with very mild weather. The winters are often graced with soft sunlight, and the fall is even more pleasant. It is the capital of Portugal (and the defected police officer in the Money Heist, but don’t confuse the two) and a very open place in autumn. Summers see tourists in troves, but falls are calmer.
Lisbon is known as the city of seven hills, and you’ll need to visit there to know why. The time you’ll save by visiting in autumn is precious too, as you can travel more efficiently. The areas of interest are the castle of Sintra and the vineyards of Alentejo. These are situated on the outskirts of Lisbon. Enjoy your travels!
Florence is one of the best tourist spots in Europe to visit in October, and it’s not just there for the sights. The gardens there are beautiful, breathtaking, to say the least, which is enhanced by the beauty of the galleries placed along with them. The Galleria dell’Accademia is the most famous gallery as it houses the famous painter: Michelangelo’s work.
It’s a city in the countryside with not a moment to waste. It also has a lot of places to shop, if that’s your ‘place’ of interest. It also has places like Boboli and Botanical Gardens, which are filled to the brim (and boundaries) with lush greenery and sculptures. If you’re planning to go to Florence, you’re in for a joyride. Bon Voyage!
Lugano is an underrated tourist spot that feels like a celebration of colors and tastes. The most notable festival is the Lugano autumn festival. This festival is celebrated for three days in the first week of October, where you can enjoy various local cuisines and try the wines present in the city.
You can see food products and handicrafts being sold in autumn, which should not be missed at any cost. And to add a cherry on top of the very delicious cake, there are various folk bands that can liven up any scene.
If you’re a first-time tourist to Lugano, worry not; there will also be a tour guide to show you the architectural beauty that is this city.
October is a good time to visit places where you haven’t been before, so buckle up your travel pants and enjoy the sights the world has to show you.