Are you ready to get convinced to book your October holiday to one of these Autumn destinations in Germany? Summer is now officially over, and autumn temperatures are returning. The trees turn colourful, it gets dark earlier, and we look forward to our couch and a warm blanket. Autumn is the time of year when we can all recharge our batteries and relax a little more. But that shouldn't stop you from enjoying the last rays of sunshine, and warmer days and taking a holiday in Germany. In this blog, we'll showcase the best Autumn destinations in Germany, from city breaks, quaint German seaside towns and country escapes.

Why you should experience the Autumn season in Germany

Autumn in the Bavarian Alps, Neuschwanstein Castle
For travel enthusiasts, the autumn season in Germany is an invitation to embark on a captivating journey. As the summer heat mellows and the leaves begin to blush with vibrant hues of red and gold, this country transforms into a picturesque wonderland. The mild weather sets the stage for outdoor adventures, whether you're wandering through quaint villages, hiking in enchanting forests, or exploring historic cities.

The charm of Germany in autumn lies in its diversity. You can revel in the cultural richness of traditional Oktoberfest celebrations, where the spirit of camaraderie and the aroma of hearty cuisine fill the air. Alternatively, wander through vineyard-covered hillsides during the wine harvest, savouring the rich flavours of local wines. It's a season when smaller crowds allow for unhurried exploration of historic landmarks, while the crisp autumn air adds a touch of romance to every stroll. Germany in autumn promises not only a visual feast of vibrant landscapes but also a warm embrace of culture, culinary delights, and unforgettable experiences for the travel lover's soul.

The Best Autumn Destinations In Germany

City Breaks for Autumn season in Germany

View on Regensburg in autumn season in Germany
The big and most famous cities like Berlin, Hamburg, Munich and Cologne are of course great for a city break, but for the colourful autumn months, it's also worth visiting a few smaller cities. Here are our five suggestions.

Freiburg im Breisgau, Baden-Württemberg

Located in the middle of the Black Forest, Freiburg is a medium-sized city characterised by its beautiful houses in the old town. Typical for the region, you will find small brooks that babble pleasantly in the background. Here you can stroll through the streets covered with colourful leaves.
Stay at the Holiday Inn Express Freiburg City Centre and you'll be within walking distance of all the city's must-see places.

Regensburg, Bavaria

The Danube city, with its old town's historic buildings, shines especially well in autumn. Walk across the Stone Bridge over the Danube, one of the city's landmarks, and enjoy the view of Regensburg from here. Located at the cathedral, we recommend staying at the ACHAT Hotel Regensburg Herzog am Dom.

Bremen, Bremen

Even though it can often rain in Bremen in autumn, this city is definitely worth a visit. The town hall will take your breath away, and the trees in the Bürgerpark look like they've been spray-painted orange. You'll find plenty of places to walk in the Hanseatic city. Whether it's one of the many parks or along the Weser, it's a great place to stretch your legs. Don't forget to visit the Bremen Town Musicians.
Enjoy your stay at the Aparthotel Adagio Bremen.

Münster, North Rhine-Westphalia

If you want to discover a colourful place in Münster, you should visit the Schlossgarten. Apart from the orange foliage, you can find a beautiful moat, a botanical garden and, of course, the historic castle. Here you can find all the ingredients for a snack after an eventful day.
Make the best out of your city break by staying at the Kolping Stadthotel Münster.

Magdeburg, Saxony-Anhalt

Magdeburg is also an ideal destination for some time out in autumn. Stroll through the cathedral quarter and admire the colourful ivy on the walls of Magdeburg Cathedral, or rent a bike and ride along the Elbe for a breathtaking atmosphere.
You'll feel like you're walking on air when you spend your evenings in the hotel bed of the Maritim Hotel Magdeburg.

Holidays in the Mountains for Autumn in Germany

Mountain range in sunset
A holiday in the mountains is especially recommended in autumn because the mountain groups are usually surrounded by extensive forests, which shine in beautiful colours at this time of year.

Watzmann, Berchtesgaden

About two hours from Munich lies Berchtesgaden and with it the Watzmann. This region is one of the most beautiful mountain regions in southern Germany, and you will have a breathtaking view of the mountain and its castle from Königssee.

Brocken, Heringerode

The Brocken is known for witches and magical legends, making it just the right destination for October. It is the highest mountain in the Harz and is popular with winter sports enthusiasts and hikers. You can take the Harz narrow-gauge railway from Wernigerode directly to the summit. Enjoy the beautiful view from the top, and for an extra magical kick, you can walk along the Wernigerode Fairytale Trail.

Fichtelberg, Oberwiesenthal

The spa town of Oberwiesenthal is very popular with German travellers. As part of the Ore Mountains, the Fichtelberg is one of the most famous winter sports areas in Germany, but the area is also paradisiacal in autumn and always suitable for a hike. If you don't want to walk all the way, you can also take the cable car. It is the oldest in Germany and takes you directly to the top of the mountain.

Nebelhorn, Oberstdorf

The Nebelhorn cable car takes you quickly from Oberstdorf to the summit of the Nebelhorn, but this mountain is also one of the most popular destinations for hikers. Enjoy the view of natural mountain lakes and the vastness of the countryside from the top. In Oberstdorf, you can also discover the Bergschau natural history centre, the St. Johannes parish church and many other places.

Sandstone rocks in Saxon Switzerland

View on the mountains of the Sächsische Schweiz in Germany
We rarely see such a fascinating place, and certainly not in Germany. Saxon Switzerland is characterised by colossal stone and sand landscapes that could remind you of the national parks in the USA. Germany's only rocky national park consists of an Elbe sandstone mountain range and will take your breath away.
Want to discover even more mountain regions? Check out our article on holidays in Bavaria and get inspired.

Coastal Destinations for Enjoying Autumn in Germany

View on the Baltic Sea - an autumn destination in germany
While Germany may not be the first destination that comes to mind for an autumn seaside escape, it holds delightful surprises for those willing to explore its coastal treasures during this season. Autumn by the coast in Germany offers a unique and pleasantly surprising experience. As the summer crowds disperse, a tranquil charm settles over the seaside towns, creating an inviting atmosphere for relaxation and exploration. This may not be the most obvious choice, but it is, undoubtedly, a delightful one.

Sylt, Schleswig-Holstein

one of the best autumn destinations in germany
Located in the North Sea, Sylt is Germany's largest North Frisian Island and a perfect autumn retreat. Its rugged coastline, dunes, and picturesque villages create a stunning backdrop for autumn strolls. Embrace the crisp sea breeze, indulge in fresh seafood at local restaurants, and explore the island's vibrant art scene. Sylt is a haven for nature lovers and a tranquil escape for those seeking seaside serenity in autumn.

Rügen, Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania

The island of Rügen in the Baltic Sea is a hidden gem for autumn travellers. Its charming coastal towns, dramatic cliffs, and serene beaches offer a serene backdrop for relaxation. Don't miss a visit to the iconic chalk cliffs at Jasmund National Park, which are particularly enchanting in the soft autumn light. Rügen's mild climate and beautiful landscapes make it an ideal destination for hiking and exploring the natural beauty of the Baltic coast.

Stralsund, Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania

While not a traditional seaside resort, the historic town of Stralsund is an excellent base for exploring the Baltic coast in autumn. This UNESCO World Heritage-listed town boasts stunning Gothic architecture and a rich maritime history. Take leisurely walks along the harbour, visit the Ozeaneum (Baltic Sea Aquarium), and enjoy the atmospheric charm of Stralsund's Old Town. From here, you can easily access the nearby islands and beaches, making it a great starting point for coastal adventures in the autumn months.

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Cochem - one of the best places to enjoy the autumn season in germany
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