Autumn brings opposite feelings. It starts getting colder, you must exchange blazers with coats, and you end up staying at home in front of the fireplace with a hot herbal tea in your hand. For those who don’t want to abandon the dear old traveling habits, for those who always like to get out, and for those who can’t live without a beautiful colourful landscape, autumn contemporarily provides excellent opportunities to catch the first flight and go. The autumn foliage is a phenomenon that cheers up the spirit; it animates cities and suburbs with intense tones, something that you want to capture with photo shoots in romantic or dreamy poses. Here are the best autumn landscapes in the world, places where you can find the most spectacular foliage.
BRUGES – Belgium
A fairytale town in the heart of Belgium, declared World Heritage Site since 2000. Bruges feels like a little Venice, with medieval walls that plunge into the channels. The wonder of falling leaves on spires and gargoyles is a must see.
NARA – Japan
Nara is an old capital on Hokkaido island, and it can be reached from Kyoto by train. In opposition to the spring cherry blossom season, in autumn it’s covered in deep red, for the leaves of the trees enclose temples and lakes.
LONDON – Great Britain
For those who love the British capital, Hyde Park is a place where you should have walked at least once. While in the city center, you may also perfectly breathe the autumn weather in Kensington Gardens. And for an alternative route in contact with nature, in Gloucestershire you’ll find an ancient forest of oak and birch trees. The Forest of Dean shines with golden shades, and it can be crossed on foot or by bicycle.
WARSAW – Poland
The city is rich in history, art, museums and universities. It hides a romantic charm and absolute peace. The glimpse of ancient buildings and the panorama of the Vistula, Poland’s longest river, framed by warm colours, makes the trip to this city particularly pleasant and relaxing.
MUNICH – Germany
During the first month of autumn Munich hosts the famous Oktoberfest, which populates the city with thousands of visitors. Between a toast and the other, you can visit the Neuschwanstein castle, to experience an enchanted landscape. The castle, in fact, appears on a hill in the midst of immense forests, painted in the warmest colours.
QUEBEC & ONTARIO – Canada
Canada has the quintessential autumnal scene, full of those maple trees that are the symbol of the nation itself. The colours of Quebec are unique, but they have to be seen before the great cold settles in.
The city of Montreal also hosts a cozy mood: you’ll be wrapped by the vegetation that blends with the buildings in the center.
Interesting views can also be found in Ontario, such as Lake St. Peter, with its kaleidoscopic reflections due to the movements of water.
LOIRE VALLEY – France
Closer to a Mediterranean climate, along the Loire river you can admire the vineyards and flower patches that adorn the many castles of the region. You can also watch the harvest and sample local products, plunged into the autumn nature.
KYOTO – Japan
Maple trees also predominates in the eastern environments, around bridges and Zen gardens, transforming roads and sidewalks. Red, already in use in Japanese symbolism, is a warm caress to the spirit, and makes it even more mystical to stroll around the city or to sit down and enjoy a cup of traditional tea.
PITLOCHRY – Scotland
During the fall, among the woods outside the city, a music festival takes place inside one of Europe’s most beautiful autumn landscapes. Beyond forests and parks, the capital Edinburgh also offers its charm made of churches, lakes and legends. The vivid shades of the Highlands are equally amazing.
VERMONT – USA
Every state in North America is worth mentioning for its beauty; but Vermont is definitely the star of special environments, worthy of movie shoots. Its Green Mountains, close to Canada, are transformed in the fall into colourful heights painted like a Macchiaioli picture. Definitely a must see!