Europe offers plenty of magical experiences in the fall and many feel that it’s the best time of the year to go. Take a look at the unparalleled beauty of these autumnal gems and see if you feel the same…
Switzerland is the place to go for autumnal bliss – one gem to visit is the Basel Pfalz. At the foot of the Basel Münster, you can marvel at the view over the Rhine, the old town and the Roche tower – the highest building in Switzerland. After taking in the crisp air and the countless shades of gold, head to the Grand Hotel Les Trois Rois for the night. With a rich history in the heart of Basel, the hotel offers exquisite delicacies, top-class hospitality and pure luxury.
Gleaming lakes, rugged mountains and a sea of burnt orange leaves; Sils-Maria is an autumn dream. The fairytale castle that sits here, otherwise known as Hotel Waldhaus Sils, is made even more magical in the harmonious light of fall. Book in for a break here and enjoy the brisk air while walking and hiking around the crystal lake Silsersee – and with a little of luck, see if you can find the famous ‘Silserkugeln’.
One of the best things about Italy during fall? Harvest season. Head to a small farming village in Bedizzole, just minutes from Lake Garda and its orange-tipped scenery, for a stay at the oldest house in the hamlet of Macesina, L’Unicorno. With the approach of this year’s grape harvest, the charming hotel offers a true gastronomic journey, leading you to discover the wine excellences of the Gardesano territory.
St. Moritz, Switzerland
The best luxe escape for your time here is the stunning 5-star Badrutt’s Palace Hotel. With three mountains of 3,000 meter peaks surrounding the hotel – the Piz Nair, Corvatsch and Diavolezza – it’s the perfect spot for hiking and mountaineering. Then there’s Corviglia and Muottas Muragl, where you can soak up unrivalled views of the Upper Engadine lakes – the source of inspiration for many celebrities.
Located in the northern part of eastern Slovakia, Saris is another mountainous beauty. You’ll find this region brimming with historical towns, unique monuments, and an impressive amount of old wooden churches. Standing in the middle of a gorgeous three-hectare English park is Péchy Castle and its hunting lodge, where you can live like a Lady or Lord for the night, cosying up by an open fire after a day spent exploring the brisk autumnal countryside.
Tatranská Lomnica, Slovakia
The High Tatras are at their prettiest in Autumn. The mountain air is at its clearest, the mild temperatures are most pleasant for activities and Mother Nature’s colours are almost preternatural. Based in Tatranská Lomnica, a town in the Slovakian part of the High Tatras, the elegant Grandhotel Praha sits soaking up the golden autumnal sun. Built in 1905, the hotel brings the healing effects of Tatra nature into its luxury spa treatments. Relax in the infinity pool while taking in postcard-worthy views of the stunning Slovak slopes or get your hiking shoes on and explore them for yourself.