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My Fiance and I are getting married a year from now, and neither of us are beach people. We’re trying to figure out fun, interesting destinations for our honeymoon, and have talked a bunch about going to the Alps– Germany, Austria, and Switzerland primarily, and maybe northern Italy.We’ve also talked about doing a big British Isles tour– England, Ireland and Scotland all included.
Has anyone been there this time of year? Has anyone planned a European honeymoon recently and have tips to share? Good travel sites to check out, maybe off-the-beaten-path sites to see?
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Anyone been anywhere in Europe in autumn?
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Ok, here’s my last-ditch effort. Worth a shot, right?
Post # 5
I visited Portugal (Lisbon and Sintra) in the middle of September and loved it. It was still hot in Lisbon, and nice but a bit cooler in Sintra. I would imagine that the weather would still be nice a month later, although probably cooler. We stayed here in Sintra: http://www.saosat.com/. Beautiful, a little bit secluded, definitely romantic! We explored castles, ate lots of grilled fish, drank port, drove along windy, mountain roads, walked around the cliffs at the most western point of Europe, etc.
I’ve been to Prague in October. It’s a really incredible city – gorgeous architecture, a lot of history, jazz clubs, absinthe bars, classical concerts in cathedrals, not too expensive and the weather in October was very nice. We also visited Vienna and Munich on the same trip. I’m sure people will disagree with me, but I personally found these two cities less interesting than Prague. They were also a bit colder and rainy.
I’ve also been to Cinque Terre, which is in Italy, in October and the weather was great. It has beaches, but you might like it anyway. It’s five different towns on the Italian Riviera. You can either hike, drive or take a train between the towns. If you hike, it’s a real work out, since you’re hiking along cliffs! The food is great and the towns are pretty – lots of pastel colors. You can spend your days wandering around the towns and really lose yourself if you want to.
I haven’t been to the Alps in the autumn, but I’ve spent a lot of time in Meribel, which is in the French Alps, during August. If you like to hike and don’t mind things being a little quiet, I think this would still be a good time to visit. The views are incredible! The golf course will still be open, you could go mountain biking and ride horses. My guess is that not all of the restaurants would be open, but there will still be places to eat. If you do end up in or near Meribel, you have to see if a steakhouse called Chez Kiki is open – they have the best steak ever.
Post # 6
Hi Miss Leah,
We are also planning a European honeymoon to France, Austria, Switzerland, and Northern Italy. We haven’t booked any specific places yet, so I can’t help you there. We are also visiting in July, so different season. When in the autumn do you plan on going? On thing to be aware of hiking in the Alps is that the snow will start early – but lower elevation hikes should still be okay. I am getting lots of recommendations from a family friend this Christmas – feel free to message me after the holidays and I will probably have some more helpful info.
Post # 7
Our wedding is October 22 next year (a Friday), so we’d leave within a few days after that. My Fiance is more of a hiker than I am, but I’m always willing to give it a try. We’re both snow people, so if there’s snow anywhere in the region, that’s good news for us!
We’re both HUGE beer fans, so Prague is definitely an option. I’ve heard the CR has a glorious beer history.
Thank you both so much for your input! I’ll definitely check in again 🙂
Post # 8
I spent a fall semester studying in the Austrian Alps and then visited all of those area’s on my weekends. Prague is amazing and so incredibly beautiful! The austrian alps and small villages are so near and dear to my heart. It is an absolutely amazing country, everything is so clean, and for the most part, people are really nice! I think that Austria is cheaper than Switzerland but I’m not sure as it’s been years. I did a full day hike through the Austrian Alps foothills and wow… it was amazing!
From the Austrian Alps
Oh, and Poland in October is chilly but so gorgeous! I love Eastern Europe…
Def. check out Eurail passes (although I don’t think Prague is usually included in them).
Post # 9
Well — I live here, and I’m having my wedding here, of course.
The Alps in late October/early November can be anything from still-green to having decent amounts of snow — it’s really hard to predict! I go to either Switzerland or Austria most years, and one year you won’t have any snow in Innsbruck and only one side of the lake up much higher, while other years in Switzerland the mountains above Montreux and elswhere have had snow (while Bern, Lucerne and elsewhere were still snow-free).
I personally love Austria more — but it really depends on what you want from your honeymoon!
In the UK, you could have anything from gorgeous crisp days to lots (and lots and lots) of rain. Autumn is traditionally pretty damp — but it can also be really beautiful, and much less crowded. Again, it depends on what you want to do while you’re here.
Post # 10
KLP… good Lord, your pictures are gorgeous!! They make me want to leave right this second.
Wonderlanded… I guess that means the weather’s similar to what we’d find here in New England around the same time of year. Lucky for us, that’s ok!
I think the new plan is to take a 7-night Western Mediterranean cruise (good to start the honeymoon relaxing, right?) from Barcelona to a few spots in Italy and France, then rent a car in Barcelona and drive to Munich, with stops in France (Montpellier, since we spent lots of time in Montpelier, VT!), Switzerland (Bern, Zurich) and Austria (Innsbruck) in ~7 days. Do you have recommendations of places to stay? Fun things to check out? We’re planning to check out the Olympic sites in Innsbruck, and also plan to stop at Berchtesgaden on our way to Munich, since I heard the views there are absolutely gorgeous.
Post # 11
I live in Germany and we are getting married in the German Alps! It’s so beautiful here and so I recommend one or more of the following:
- a wellness honeymoon at one of the (many!) luxurious alpine wellness retreats, complete with spa, swimming pools with a view, hot tubs, massages, hikes, skiing, local food… the list goes on
- a hiking & gourmet honeymoon with a guided trip through the mountains – there are SO many of these trips and there are myriad options – you could do a part bike ride part hike and stop at local wineries and cheesemakers or you could take a river cruise or helicopter in. SO many amazing experiences
- a luxury mountain cabin just for you – there are amazing cabins to rent in the alps for very reasonable prices – complete with hot tub, amazing kitchen etc etc… If you’re into privacy and nature, this could be for you!
oh boy oh boy i have so many other ideas… if you need more help, I would be glad to oblige!!! it really is so beautiful here
Post # 12
Thanks so much for the ideas!! They all sound absolutely AMAZING. If we can make the budget work, any of those options sound wonderful.
Do you have any tips on getting to and around Germany? Is there one city that’s more affordable to fly into than another?
Post # 13
If you can drive I’d definitely suggest getting a car in mainland Europe, especially if you plan on going to Switzerland, Germany, Austria. I just find that it’s easier that way and you get more freedom in your travel plans. That being said, the trains are excellent, they’ll just limit you a little as to where you can go (ie, you aren’t going to find those cute little villages with the local butchers that make their own sausages for lunch). So it really depends on what you want to do.
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Hey, I too live in Germany and I’m from New England. I can tell you the weather will most likely be exactly the same or slightly colder (due to elevation) as what you have at home. I was in Munich eatly October 2007 and it snowed so there is a possibility of snow.
I wrote a post in the honeymoon board last year about how affordable and nice Prague is as a European destination. Also, the EUR is at a recent low in relation to the dollar due right now due in part to Greece’s financial situation.
Anyway, there’s a lake the boarders Germany, Austria and Switzerland which is supposed to be v. nice except I’ve never been and can’t remember the name right now.
I can tell you there is a direct flight from Boston to Frankfurt operated by Lufthansa (US air and United code share) which takes about 7 hours. Lufthansa is also currently running a sale on flights with October departures. I think there is also a direct flight from BOS to Munich a well. As far as Eurail, I think it really makes the most sense if you are a student, adult prices are not so appealing. I would suggest renting a car instead, especially if one of you has experience with a stick. If you are starting in southern Europe, you can usually get flights within Europe for 100 EUR or so (Paris-Germany is quite easy). Also, booking in advance you can usually get some decent rail deals. The train from Paris to Frankfurt takes about 3.5 hours and you can usually find a one way fare for about 99 EUR. Look into an open jaw flight with arrival and departures in differnt destinations so you don’t have to waste time traveling back.
PM me if you have specific questions and I can be more helpful and/or send photos. Otherwise I would be all over the place with random recommendations.
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Bzbear2, those hotels are absolutely gorgeous. I want to go right now!
Slicey19, Google tells me the lake you’re thinking of is Lake Contstance, and that’s actually a great idea!
I see two votes for Lufthansa and two votes for renting a car– both sound like excellent options! We’d love to have some flexibility so we could explore a whole bunch. We’d like to try to see Germany, Austria, AND Switzerland, so finding a place in a central location is pretty important.
As for what we’re looking to do… we like museums, random history, being outside (hiking or biking or just taking meandering walks/drives), sampling the local food and beverage (especially beer!!), and really soaking it all in. We love to ski, so if it’s snowy at all, we’d probably try to get out on the slopes.
I just started working at a Swiss bakery here in the States (the owners, a husband and wife, are both Swiss-born) and absolutely adore it. Being there and hearing their stories about growing up really makes me want this to work out!
Thank you ladies so much!