Your Guide To The Best Places to Go in Europe in September
Europe, with a variety of culturally diverse countries, has plenty to offer to both its citizens and its tourists. But it’s in the month of September that most of its cities liven up. With the summer coming to an end, the locals are back in the city hustling into their routine, making this an enjoyable time for tourists to really experience what living in those cities feels like. Here are our top picks for where (and why!) you should go to while deciding on a perfect travel destination in September.
14 Best Places to Go in Europe in September
A list of places you can visit in Europe in Septmeber with pleasant weather and beautful views. Get your bags ready to experience Europe.
Best Places to Go in Europe in September
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With the weather starting to cool down slightly and light showers brightening up the city, September is the ideal month for you to come down to Krakow. Walk around the city, munch on some of the fresh produce at their local markets while taking in the beautiful architectural sights around you. Start at the Main Square move onto the medieval Wawel Royal Castle, the Renaissance-style Cloth Hall, and the stunning St. Mary’s Basilica. Don’t forget to stop by at a local cafe for a bite of their world-famous apple pie and a hearty Polish brew.
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September is the grape harvesting season, called Vendemmia, which means that it’s the perfect time to engage in some vineyard tours, participate in wine-tastings and enjoy the exciting atmosphere of the season. It’s also the perfect time to bask in the sun along the coastline. Take a trip to Cinque Terre, a stunning cluster of five villages that overlook the Ligurian coastline and take part in local activities here! Back in Florence, don’t miss out on the Gelato Festival--where the best gelato makers from all over the world come to compete for the award of best gelato and the local sagaras--festivals where the local producers put out their best dishes.
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Loire Valley, France
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This quaint valley town in central France is where locals go to escape the chaos of Paris, so follow suit and head up to Loire Valley for a serene couple of days. Take long walks through its sprawling gardens and romantic châteaux, bring out the wine connoisseur in you at the annual Vines, Wines and Walks festival and admire French art on the Musée des Beaux-Arts de Tours. Whatever you choose to do, this UNESCO listed city promises a relaxing trip.
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With several notable music festivals taking place in Berlin during this time, from Musikfest Berlin to Lollapalooza, concert-lovers are sure to have an enjoyable experience in September. Take one of the many walking tours that take place during this month, taking you around sites such as Checkpoint Charlie, the Berlin Wall, and the Brandenburg Gate. The Oktoberfest, in spite of its name, begins on the 20th of September so saddle and enjoy the finest brews, delicious street food and plenty of games and rides, through the month.
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Take in all the beautiful baroque architecture that Seville has to offer during the pleasant month of September, from the Plaza de España to the Seville Cathedral. There are plenty of fiestas that run during September, the most exciting of which is the Feria de Pedro Romero Bull Fighting fiesta. Celebrating the founder of the sport, people throng the streets dressed in traditional bullfighting costumes and culminates in a bullfight in the main plaza. If that’s not your cup of tea, head to the Cajasol Cultural Center in Plaza San Francisco to check out some of Spain’s top flamenco performances. Finally, make sure to cool off at Agua Mágica, the water park at Isla Mágica amusement complex.
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The picturesque city of Amsterdam has plenty to offer all-year-round. However September marks the shoulder season with thin crowds and cheap crowds thin out, airfare, hotels, and other travel costs If you’re interested in viewing the intricacies of Dutch craftsmanship, the Beeld Festival is where you need to be - with workshops, lectures, performances, masterclasses from experts from around the world. The Open Monument Day takes place this month as well, with public buildings opening doors to tourists--the perfect time to experience Amsterdam’s monuments without an entry fee! Besides this, the Van Gogh Museum, Ann Frank House and the Red Light Districts are not brimming to its beams with tourists, making for a quiet and sedate visit.
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With summer holidays coming to an end, Paris offers pleasant weather and interesting festivals during the month of September. Hop onto a Seine River Cruise and take in most of Paris’s landmarks while enjoying the breezes off the water. Paris also conducts the European Heritage Days (Journées du Patrimoine), where government buildings city halls and monuments open their doors to all--offering an interesting perspective into the everyday functioning of the city. Music fanatics must attend Techno Lovers, a techno parade that takes place at the end of September - with DJs and performers from all over France and Europe, in the company of twenty floats, 150 musicians and dancers.
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If you’re a fan of trekking, crisp mountain air, and outdoor sports, Interlaken is the place to be. Ascend Harder Kulm via a funicular while taking in the scenic, mountainous landscape. Other attractions include the placid and beautiful lakes Brienz and Thun where one can rent a kayak and paddle along the lake. For a less touristy experience, walk around the quieter Unterseen village and binge on some local cuisine and drinks.
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Pick a beach in Barcelona and spend your time lounging here all of SeptemberWith fewer crowds, this is the perfect time for you to work a vacation tan while sipping on your umpteen a glasses of sangria. Visit Gaudi’s Casa Mila for its towering facade and unique architecture, take a sailing trip on the Mediterranean and attend Barcelona’s best festival, La Mercè Festival, to see in action the worldwide famous Catalan traditions such as the human towers or parades of Giants. Not to forget, the Barcelona essentials like Sagrada Familia and Park Guell that are a staple on every itinerary.
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Split offers everything a beach bum needs with the beaches of Bacvice, Firule, and Jezinac promising water-sports and the tan of your dreams.sun-bathing spot. The city is also perfect for a culinary adventure - from the avant-garde dishes in Paradigma to the wine parties and authentic cuisine at Apetit & Tinel. If you’re leaning towards a classic picnic by the beach, hit up the Split Market to pick up some of the delicious local produce from the farmers here.
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Discovering the city’s historic monuments and gorging on all the delicious food aside, Rome in September is an absolute delight. This the best time to visit the Vatican and the Colosseum, allowing you to experience in the museums and churches without rubbing shoulders with other tourists like the months of June, July and August. The football season begins at this time too, and if you’re a fan of the game you cannot let go of this chance to catch a late-night match. Art lovers should attend the Roma Europa Festival which brings together several performing artists and musicians in theatres and auditoriums around Rome.
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Budapest is well known for all the festivals that are hosted throughout the year, and September is no different. From the Jewish Summer Festival that includes movies, music, dance, art, and literature that shine a light on Jewish culture to the Fois Gras Festival, where you can sample delicious foie gras from local producers and the Sweet Days festival for those with a sweet tooth--there’s something for everyone. While exploring the cities of Buda and Pest, sign up for a food tour where you’ll get to try 8 different tastings of authentic Hungarian cuisine. A cruise on River Danube with the gentle September breeze is also an experience you cannot miss.
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From watching popular West End plays (one with Jake Gyllenhaal in it!) to being a part of the cheering crowd at a water race at the Totally Thames festival, there’s plenty to do in London in September. Wander around Greenwich Market to devour some delicious street food or dance the night away at the Woolwich Carnival - a festival that offers an insight into London's cultures and communities. If you’re a bit of a romantic, don’t miss out on a unique and affordable date at The Luna Cinema, as you watch a movie under the stars!
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As fall begins in Granada, get in on of the many walking tours available in the city that will take you around important landmarks such as Plaza de Isabel la Catolica, Catedral de Granada, and others. Spend a whole day at the legendary Alhambra fort and catch the sunset at the very top of the fortress as the scenic city lies mapped out below. Wind down with a flamenco show at a neighboring tapas bar before calling it a day in this quaint Spanish town.