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In autumn, colorful leaves dye the mountains, castles, cities, countryside and lakesides of Europe into amazing scenery. hiEurope recommends some unique autumn travel destinations, where you can enjoy the beautiful scenery, and experience unique local culture.

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Croatia: The Pearl of the Adriatic in Autumn

In the golden autumn of October, northern Europe often has cold wind and rain, but still Croatia is warm and pleasant, with average temperatures between 14 and 21 degrees. Unlike in the peak season, you don't have to worry about the crowds. Food, accommodation, and transportation are cheaper. You can enjoy beautiful beaches, stroll in the ancient city, and enjoy the colorful autumn scenery of mountains and forests. Croatia has more than 5,000 kilometers of coastline. It is very convenient to travel between Dubrovnik, Split and Zagreb by train or ferry.

The ancient coastal city of Dubrovnik is your first stop. The scenery here is beautiful and the city is known as the "Pearl of the Adriatic". Dubrovnik was the capital of the Republic of Ragusa in the old days. It has completely preserved city walls and ancient buildings and is a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage site. Climb the city wall or take a cable car up the mountain, overlooking the city up high, the golden canopy, red roofs, beige buildings and the blue sea complement each other. No wonder Game of Thrones and many other movies have been shot here. Fine wine is an indispensable part of Croatian life. Going to the vineyards during harvest season to participate in picking, or tasting fine wines in wine cellars and manors will add to your autumn travel.

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Compared to other seaside resorts in Europe, Dubrovnik is cheap and good, making it a holiday paradise. If you missed the Mediterranean Sea in summer, you can now enjoy the Adriatic temperatures at Banje Beach. You can also take a ferry to visit the nearby Mljet Island National Park, where the beautiful mountain scenery and calm lake will surely enchant you.

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Scotland Will Take Your Breath Away

The Scottish Highlands feature the most beautiful mountain scenery in Europe: mountains, deep canyons, waterfalls and flowing clouds. It seems to be nature’s favorite garden. In autumn, all this nature is turned into gorgeous colors. The steep mountains to the bridges and flowing water become an amazing canvas. From the famous hiking, cycling, and skiing resort Glencoe to the holiday resort Pitlochry, which is famous for its beautiful idyllic scenery, mountains, forests and valleys turn to autumn colors, so beautiful that they take your breath away.

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Glencoe has beautiful mountains and rivers and is next to the beach. It is a filming location for movies such as Brave Heart and Harry Potter. The Bridge of Orchy, not far from Glencoe, is a small village by the river, deep in the highlands. Fortunately, the cottages here are all white, otherwise it would be impossible to notice them in the colorful lakes and mountains. Standing by the ancient stone bridge over the river, you can experience the quietness and serenity of the small bridge and flowing water of ancient paintings. Walking from the village to the north along the river is Loch Tulla, where the rolling hills and ancient castles are reflected in the mirror-like lake water. Walking by the lake in the early morning is like wandering in a fairyland.

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Scotland is sparsely populated, and it's easy to drive yourself here. Glencoe is an ideal destination for family vacation trips. You can also choose bicycles, segways, off-road vehicles, steam trains, speedboats and other vehicles to travel around the mountains or visit the islands. Activities include fishing, rock climbing, bungee jumping and golf. On the way from Glencoe to Pitlochry, you will pass by Lake Tula and Bridgef Osh, every place is worth stopping by.

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Germany's Golden Crown

When speaking of the Black Forest and Baden-Württemberg, many people who have been there will recall the fairytale atmosphere and scenery in the dense forest. However, hiEurope also recommends Burg Hohenzollern, which is only an hour and a half away by car. Here, you can not only enjoy the beautiful autumn scenery, but also feel the long history and rich culture of the local area.

Hohenzollern Castle is one of the five largest castles in Europe, located on a hill 20 kilometers south of Tübingen. This is the birthplace of the Hohenzollern family, and it is still owned by the family. It is also open to the public as a museum. The Hohenzollern family is the royal family of Germany, the most famous of which is King Frederick the Great of Prussia. In the castle you can see the crown of the King of Prussia, the prosperous history of this family and the luxurious life of the time. Compared with the well-known white Neuschwanstein castle, in addition to a richer collection, this ochre yellow castle is more exquisite and beautiful. It is like a golden crown on the colorful mountain forest in autumn.

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There is a free bus from Tubingen Train Station to Hohenzollern Castle. Tubingen is an ancient city with a thousand years of history and is famous for its university built in the Middle Ages. Like many small German cities, there are many historical sites and colorful wooden framed houses. Hohenzollern Castle has a multi-language guide, and the Royal Castle Stroll will be arranged from time to time to facilitate visitors to visit all the rooms. You can check or book online.

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Italy: Legends of the Alps

If you want to enjoy the most beautiful autumn colors on the European continent, come to Lombardy. It is adjacent to Switzerland and shares the beautiful scenery of the Alps with it-the Swiss National Park is located to the northwest of the border, and Italy's Parco Nazionale dello Stelvio is located to the southeast.

Stelvio is one of the best places to enjoy the authentic autumn scenery here. Due to the unique high-altitude mountain climate, the autumn leaves colors here are more vivid. Against the backdrop of the blue sky and mountains, the golden or bright red autumn leaves of the mountains are dazzling under the sunlight. In addition, the park has well-preserved glacier relics and is also a paradise for various wild animals. You can participate in trekking exploration and see deer, squirrels, and eagles.

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There are many hiking trails in the Stelvio National Park. The city of Bolzano, which is next to the park, is also famous for its Alpine scenery and is a famous ski resort. The Bolzano Valley was once a place where European nobles competed to build castles. At most, there were more than 40 castles. A few Renaissance or Gothic castles still remain. The South Tyrol Museum of Archaeology houses the oldest and best-preserved ice man in the world - the Oates Iceman.

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