Autumn is always an exciting time of the year, the transitional season when the leaves start to turn brown, the air is cooler and the nights draw in much earlier. Just because the sun isn’t shining, doesn’t mean you have to halt your travel plans! Autumn is the perfect time to plan a long weekend break with your partner or BFF to escape for a few days and explore somewhere new. If you aren’t sure where to head to next or you’re in need of a little inspiration, check out these top picks for the perfect Autumnal getaway…
Cambridge is a truly beautiful city and definitely one to add to your travel bucket list if you’re yet to visit. The world-famous University buildings certainly don’t disappoint, and punting is an absolute must whilst you’re visiting. Don’t worry, blankets are provided! Enjoy the city’s diverse range of cuisine, from delicious burgers at Butch Annie’s to a mouth-watering Pizza from Aromi, expect a queue here though, it’s always popular with locals and tourists alike! If you want to satisfy your sweet tooth, the city’s Fudge Kitchen is always a popular destination, you can actually watch the fudge being made and treat yourself to one of the many flavours on offer.
Other important activities to mark on your list include a visit to the Fitzwilliam museum, a wander around the Botanic Gardens and be sure to head a few miles outside of the centre to stop by the American Cemetery and Memorial. There’s plenty to cram into a long weekend so you’ll never be short of activities! If you want to save money on accommodation, try and scout out a good deal on Airbnb, or alternatively rest your head in nearby Newmarket! A lovely little town in its own right, the Bedford Lodge Hotel offers a touch of luxury with a stunning spa to also enjoy! Your feet will be tired from all of that walking after all…
If you’re heading to Amsterdam from the UK you’ll enjoy the convenience of a short one hour flight! It’s the perfect destination if you want to head somewhere new but are limited with time. Two nights in the city will give you a great taster of what Amsterdam has to offer. If you want to see as much of the city as possible then a bike tour is a great way to navigate around the canals and learn all about the history from a well-informed tour guide. Anne Frank’s House, the Van Gogh Museum and Vondel Park need to be added to your itinerary.
Amsterdam also has a pretty spectacular food scene with an array of more unusual dining experiences! The Culinary Workshop is well worth a visit if unique design and aesthetics are your thing, the conceptual restaurant brings art to the table and you even get to decide a fair price for your while. In terms of hotels, Amsterdam has some impressive offerings and the Hoxton is always a good shout.
A truly unique city and a must visit for any history buffs out there! Berlin offers everything you might be looking for in your next city break. There is a LOT to try and cover, so pre-planning is fairly essential here. Be sure to book onto one of the Fat Tire bike tours, it’s the most convenient way to view the city, as it’s very spread out and a tour guide comes in extremely handy. You’ll have the chance to visit the Berlin Wall, Checkpoint Charlie, the Brandenburg Gate and the Jewish Memorial as well as other major sights in the city.
If you’re after nightlife then Berlin has plenty of it! That’s often why you’ll see a few stag do’s when you’re exploring the city. As well as a vast range of clubs, Berlin also has a thriving live music scene, so there’s plenty to keep you busy with in the evening. For a good night sleep, Berlin has tonnes of quirky hotels, including the nhow Hotel, Europe’s first music hotel!
There’s never a bad time to visit this ultra-cool Scandi city! Copenhagen is the ideal destination for those who love their fashion, art and cuisine. Grab your best friend for a few days spent gossiping, drinking and spending too much money in the Acne Studios Outlet! It’s not all about the shops though, be sure to visit Nyhavn, it’s just as pretty as you see in the pictures. Other points of interest include The Little Mermaid sculpture, the Tivoli Gardens and Kronborg castle. It’s a city with a fairly relaxed place so take it easy, stop for a beer when you feel necessary and soak up the Scandi-chic vibes.
Copenhagen is bursting with stylish Airbnb’s such as Christel’s place, and it allows you to enjoy use of your own kitchen and amenities. Plus it can work out a lot cheaper than some of the central hotels. Well worth a look into!
The only issue is, where to head to first…