Fall in Love with Germany
The best things to do when the temperatures drop
As Germany bids auf wiedersehen to a sweltering summer, it welcomes cooler temperatures, cozy sweaters, and an even stronger commitment to hausschuhe (indoor slippers). The nation comes alive when the leaves start to fall (we see you, ).
But the Bavarian festival is just the beginning. Come the end of November, it’s officially Christmas market season — and that’s when the country really sparkles. Read on to discover the best places to visit and the experiences you can't miss while you’re there.
Explore top cities in autumn
Prost your way through Munich
It’s the most wonderful time of year! If you love beer, lederhosen, and crunchy leaves, head to . From September 21 to October 6, millions of thirsty Bavarians and curious travelers will make the pilgrimage to the hallowed tents of Wiesn for beer-fuelled shenanigans.
If you manage to pull yourself away from the festival, you’ll find one of Europe’s most charming cities waiting to be explored. Start by taking in the sights of , Munich’s main square. Alternatively, if you’re nursing a sore head, swap the city center for a laid-back stroll around the ever-elegant .
Explore the best of Berlin
Home to countless snug cafes, quirky bars, and fascinating museums, feels designed for fall. Wrap up warm and take a stroll ’s famous murals. Then pay a visit to top sights like the and . If you’d rather ditch the layers, head indoors to spend an afternoon immersed in one of the city’s renowned museums, like the .
Swing by Dresden
A popular stopping point for those traveling between Berlin and is the riverside city of . Located halfway between the two capitals, the city is famous for its and , which was painstakingly rebuilt after WWII. Crowds thin out in the fall, which makes exploring this underrated gem all the more enjoyable.
Anchor down in Hamburg
Often overlooked (but never underwhelming), more than matches Germany’s more famous cities, especially in the fall. This is something you’ll soon realize when wandering around , home of the . The latter is arguably the funkiest piece of modern architecture in Europe, while the former is a highly ‘grammable network of canals and red brick warehouses.
Experience Christmas market magic
As fall turns into winter, Germany cranks up the charm in the form of magical Christmas markets. Every small town and big city square is transformed into a life-size snow globe. We’re talking festive stands, steaming mugs of glühwein, belt-busting treats, and trendy trinkets. But where to go in a nation overflowing with festive fun?
Visit Nuremberg’s Christkindlesmarkt
First up, head to the charming Bavarian city of , home of one of the . As soon as you take a bite of the city’s famous , you’ll realize why visitors have been flocking to the old town’s labyrinth of stalls since the 17th century.
Get festive at Frankfurt’s Weihnachtsmarkt
Just east of Nuremberg is , Germany’s financial capital and hub of all things festive. The city may be known for its sleek skyscrapers, but it’s the that steals the show in December. The heart of the action is centered around Römerberg, a gorgeous square that’s filled with market stalls and lined with half-timbered houses.
Market hop in Cologne
What are you waiting for?
So there you have it: undeniable proof that Germany is a fun (and magical) place to visit during fall and winter. All that’s left to do is to brush up on your Deutsch, hop aboard the bahn, and get going.
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