Best places to visit in Europe in October

 

October is one of the best months of the year to visit the cultural capitals in Europe, and there are still a few beach destinations that are warm enough in the first half of the month. This is the first month since March when you will start getting some really good hotel rates, even in the most famous cities.

Airfares to Europe are less expensive in October than they are in summer as well, so those who can wait until mid Autumn like this will be rewarded with smaller crowds and noticeably lower prices on flights and accommodation. If this is your first trip to Europe you may also be interested in our recommendations for the cheapest way to travel Europe in 2019.

 

Istanbul, Turkey 

 

 

  • October avg high: 68°F/20°C
  • October avg low: 54°F/12°C
  • October avg precip: 2.8″/7.0cm

Istanbul is one of the world’s most historic and fascinating cities, and thanks to a currency situation, it’s also very cheap these days as well. The October weather is almost perfect as the days are warm and the nights are still comfortable.

After a few days in Istanbul you might even want to head somewhere else in Turkey, where things are even cheaper. The Cappadocia area is a short flight or reasonable bus ride from Istanbul, and the sights there are like nowhere else on earth. The coastal towns of Antalya (mentioned above) are still warm enough in October to get in some tanning time.

  • Good 3-star hotels in October from €19 for two people
  • Good 4-star hotels in October from €25 for two people
  • Hostel dorm beds in October from €9 per person

Read more: 7 Amazing places to visit in turkey

 

Budapest, Hungary 

 

  • October avg high: 61°F/16°C
  • October avg low: 44°F/7°C
  • October avg precip: 1.8″/4.5cm

Budapest has a lot in common with Prague (above), but it’s different enough that it’s worth visiting both of them if you have at least 2 or 3 days to dedicate to each. The October weather is a bit warmer and most things are cheaper in Budapest than in Prague as well.

October might be too cold to spend time in one of the city’s famous mineral spas, but there is still plenty to do all the same. Hotels and restaurants right along the river can seem pricey, but if you go a bit inland you will get much better value and also more authentic food.

  • Good 3-star hotels in October from €39 for two people
  • Good 4-star hotels in October from €62 for two people
  • Hostel dorm beds in October from €9 per person

 

Prague, Czech republic

 

  • October avg high: 58°F/14°C
  • October avg low: 43°F/6°C
  • October avg precip: 1.3″/3.3cm

Prague is one of those famously crowded European cities that is so nice that you have to come anyway. October is a good month because crowds are a bit smaller and the weather is still nice enough that a light jacket or sweater will keep you comfortable. You’ll also probably get no rain at all.

The architecture here is an amazing mix of many styles, and the castle overlooking the river is a major highlight as well. Hotels are a bit pricey, but food and especially beer is quite cheap here. If you want to spend a bit more time in Czechia, head to Cesky Krumlov, which is 3 hours away on a scenic bus ride or train. It’s lovely, quiet, and even cheaper than Prague.

  • Good 3-star hotels in October from €44 for two people
  • Good 4-star hotels in October from €52 for two people
  • Hostel dorm beds in October from €16 per person

 

Krakow, Poland

 

  • October avg high: 56°F/13°C
  • October avg low: 41°F/5°C
  • October avg precip: 1.7″/4.3cm

Krakow is honestly on the borderline in October because it does get a bit chilly here this time of year. The reason it still makes the list this month is that it’s arguably Europe’s best travel bargain in general. The historic center is gorgeous and fun, and the prices here are shockingly cheap considering how nice and interesting it is.

You’ll want to do a half-day bus trip to Auschwitz, and there is a nearby salt mine attraction that is worth a look as well. Aside from those you’ll probably spend most of your time in the historic center, which is circled by an extremely pleasant and photogenic park.

  • Good 3-star hotels in October from €30 for two people
  • Good 4-star hotels in October from €57 for two people
  • Hostel dorm beds in October from €10 per person
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Amsterdam, Netherlands

 

  • October avg high: 57°F/14°C
  • October avg low: 46°F/8°C
  • October avg precip: 4.1″/10.3cm

London is more famous for kind of crappy weather all year round, but Amsterdam might even have them beat. October is nice enough that you won’t have to bundle up, but you might get a rainstorm or two in any given few days of a visit. Still, this is one of the world’s most beautiful cities, and most of the famous attractions are indoor ones, so the weather usually isn’t much of an issue.

You can reach Amsterdam from Paris in a bit over 3 hours by high-speed train, and from London in only a little longer using the Eurostar train and then a change in Brussels. Hotels in the main canal ring area are expensive, but it’s worth paying a bit more for the better location here. Book early for the best hotels at reasonable prices.

  • Good 3-star hotels in October from €92 for two people
  • Good 4-star hotels in October from €115 for two people
  • Hostel dorm beds in October from €30 per person

Read more: Things you must do when visiting Amsterdam

 

Berlin, Germany

 

  • October avg high: 56°F/13°C
  • October avg low: 44°F/7°C
  • October avg precip: 1.5″/3.8cm

Berlin has arguably been Europe’s trendiest tourist city for a decade or more now, so it’s now the most popular stop in Germany. It lives up to the hype for most people, and it’s refreshingly cheap as well. You can get 4-star hotels here for what you’d pay for a 2-star in Rome or London.

The October weather is decent and you probably won’t get any rain. The former East Berlin is cheaper and more interesting than the former West Berlin, but the West does have better high-end shopping if that interests you. Berlin is cheap even compared to Munich or Hamburg. Another bonus is that everyone you encounter will speak enough English (or fluent English) so you don’t even have to ask before speaking to them.

  • Good 3-star hotels in October from €81 for two people
  • Good 4-star hotels in October from €92 for two people
  • Hostel dorm beds in October from €23 per person

Read more: What to do in Munich in 2 days

 

Interlaken, Switzerland

 

  • October avg high: 58°F/14°C
  • October avg low: 42°F/6°C
  • October avg precip: 3.1″/7.8cm

It seems that almost everyone wants to “visit Switzerland” but most of them don’t know exactly where to go.

The October weather isn’t ideal, but it’s still nice enough that you’ll be able to see the main sights without much delay. The Alps can be rainy in summer, and by October you are less likely to get those quick storms, although it can be cloudy or foggy any day of the year. If you want to visit a second place in Switzerland to admire the unusual beauty, Lucerne is your best bet.

 

Florence, Italy

 

  • October avg high: 70°F/21°C
  • October avg low: 50°F/10°C
  • October avg precip: 3.5″/8.8cm

Since we are heading north from Rome you can expect that things are a bit cooler in Florence, but it’s still very pleasant, especially for those who are walking between sights all day. Florence is the heart of Tuscany and it’s also one of the world’s great art capitals, which are two great reasons to visit.

As with Rome, the hotel prices and crowds in Florence are much more manageable than during the hotter months. Florence is also a good base for day trips to nearby Pisa, Siena, and even the Cinque Terre.

  • Good 3-star hotels in October from €59 for two people
  • Good 4-star hotels in October from €86 for two people
  • Hostel dorm beds in October from €29 per person

Related post: 10 delicious foods to eat in Italy.

 

 

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