Autumn City Slickers: 4 Last Minute European Getaway Destinations
Summer might be drawing to a close but it’s not too late to book a last minute getaway with amazing deals to fantastic european destinations flying direct from Birmingham Airport.
Berlin is one of the coolest and most exciting cities in Europe, renowned for its edgy street art and diverse history. The best way to see the city is by joining a guided walking tour from the iconic Brandenburg Gate to discover sites such as the Berlin Wall with vibrant graffiti demonstrating messages of peace and freedom. Take in other historic sites such as the imposing Reichstag and the Berliner Dom.
Visit Check-Point Charlie, the spot that once divided the East from the West side of the city during the Cold War, then pay your respects at the sobering Jewish Memorial in memory to the victims of the Holocaust. Enjoy a river cruise to Museum Island and pass beautiful architectural buildings such as Charlottenburg Palace. For lunch stop by the local farmer’s market in Boxhagener Platz for a German
brätwurst. Spend an evening at the atmospheric Das Hotel basement restaurant playing live music. Experience thrilling nightlife in Berlin’s central Mitte district. Autumn in Berlin hosts a number of festivals including the famous Bavarian Ockoberfest.
The Festival of Lights is another spectacular free event where the city’s famous landmarks are illuminated in colour taking place from 7 to 16 October.
Paris is always a good idea but autumn really is one of the best seasons to visit. With the locals returning to work the city feels less crowded and queues for top attractions are shorter than in the summer
months. The cooler temperatures are a perfect excuse to browse one of the city’s museums and art galleries. Entry is often free to people aged under 26 or discounted for those with a Paris City Pass. The Musee du Louvre is a must for art lovers, hosting an expansive collection of sculptures and famous paintings. For modern and contemporary works of art the colourful Pompidou Centre is also worth a visit.
The parks look lovelier than ever, decorated with a backdrop of rich autumnal reds and oranges. Spend a leisurely morning at the Jardin des Tuileries filled with fountains and sculptures; bring a picnic for lunch or sit back and relax with a good book. Walk down quaint cobbled streets then stop by a local patisserie for a warm almond croissant. Then burn off the calories by climbing the 387 steps of Notre Dame; see
Quasimodo’s bell tower and meet the Gargoyles who keep watch over the city. In the afternoon, take a trip back in time by walking through the once bohemian district of Montmartre with its magnificent
white Basilica The Sacré-Coeur which sits at the top of the hill and overlooks the city below.
Visit the Eiffel Tower at sunset or late evening when the city of lights really comes to life. In the evening dine at the Latin Quarter in St Germain serving traditional French three course meals for as little as 20 euros. The city hosts a number of popular free outdoor events in autumn like the annual Festival d’Automne à Paris, celebrating the contemporary arts at various venues across the city between
September to December.
With balmy temperatures still reaching into the late twenties, autumn is an excellent time to visit
Barcelona. Bask in the remains of the summer sun by heading to the beach or sit back and relax with
cocktails and tapas overlooking the picturesque harbour. Join a free walking tour from Plaça Reial and walk down the famous Las Ramblas where the air is filled with the sweet wafts of warm roasting chestnuts.
Marvel at the distinctive architecture by Goya or visit Gaudi’s iconic gothic cathedral, La Segrada Familia. Unwind in one of the city’s many open green spaces like the Parc de la Ciutadella with its stunning boating lake and zoological gardens. In the evening, head to the Old Town and find
restaurants serving delicious paella and calabaza pumpkin soup. For dessert sample crispy churros dipped in warm melted chocolate. The Festes de la Mercè takes place in September in honour of the patron saint of Barcelona and finishes with a spectacular fireworks display. If you visit in November get your spooky costume ready for the La Castanyada, the Spanish version of Halloween.
Fly direct from Birmingham Airport to these European destinations with a variety of airlines including Vueling, and Flybe. These destinations are perfect for a last minute, mini getaway with flight durations from as short as 1 hour and 25 minutes from Birmingham.