15 Best Europe destinations in November of 2022

November can be an excellent month to visit Europe as long as you don’t require sunny beaches. The weather actually tends to be fairly mild in most of the continent, and in southern countries such as Spain and Italy it can be very pleasant. Better still, crowds in November tend to be small or non-existent so you can get around quickly and see many more sights that you can in summer. The days do get short and museums tend to close early, so it’s best to start fairly early each morning. Hotel rates are generally very low as well, so you can afford a nicer place than you can in summer and still save money.

The COVID situation (as of July 2022) in Europe has gotten much better and most of the top tourism countries have dropped all restrictions and vaccination requirements. Check our list of European countries with no COVID restrictions for more details. It includes countries such as the UK, Ireland, Italy, Greece, Switzerland, Hungary, Czechia, and all of Scandinavia. Let’s hope the list is even longer by this November, although it’s important to keep up on the news because there’s at least a small chance that things will get worse again.

Important November 2022 Holidays

  • November 1 – All Saints’ Day (major public holiday in most European countries)
  • November 5 – Guy Fawkes Night in England (celebrations)
  • November 11 – Armistice Day in France (major public holiday)
  • November 13 – Sinterklaas arrives in Amsterdam (family celebrations)
  • November 17 – Velvet Revolution Anniversary in Czechia (major public holiday)

Below you’ll find

  1. Europe’s best November beach destination
  2. Europe’s 14 best November city destinations

Europe's only decent November beach destination

Tenerife, Canary Islands, Spain

  • November avg high: 75°F/24°C
  • November avg low: 65°F/18°C
  • November avg precip: 1.1″/2.8cm

By the time November rolls in, the entire European continent is too cold to sit on a beach and that will be the case until April. The good news is that the Canary Islands are technically part of Spain and there are cheap flights to Tenerife and the other islands all year round. November isn’t scorching, but it’s warm and sunny enough to work on your tan, and it’s quite cheap as well.

Tenerife is the largest of the Canary Islands and the best choice for English speakers as well. Head to the resort area in the southwest of Tenerife around the town of Los Cristianos for the most choices of hotels and apartment rentals. In November you’ll be surrounded by northern Europeans and the local workers.

As of July 2022, all visitors to Spain must show proof of vaccination or recovery or a negative COVID test within 72 hours of entry. Hopefully the restrictions will be even lighter or gone completely by November.

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14 Best non-beach destinations in Europe in November

Rome, Italy

  • November avg high: 63°F/17°C
  • November avg low: 47°F/8°C
  • November avg precip: 4.4″/11.0cm

November marks the start of the low season in Rome, but this is a city that is popular all year round so you certainly won’t feel alone. The days are chilly and you might get some rain, but Rome is still a great destination even in the colder months because there is so much to see and do, and much of it is indoors such as the enormous Vatican Museum.

If this is your first visit to Italy you’ll probably want to head north from Rome and visit Florence and Venice (both mentioned below). But if you have more time you might also consider Sorrento, which is a bit south of Naples. It’s a bit warmer in November and it’s the perfect base for day trips of Naples, Pompeii, the Amalfi Coast and the Isle of Capri.

As of July 2022, Italy is one of the European countries that has dropped all COVID and vaccination requirements. Hopefully by November of this year things will be even better in Europe, but of course there is a chance that things will be worse so it’s important to pay attention to the news.

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Florence, Italy

  • November avg high: 59°F/15°C
  • November avg low: 42°F/6°C
  • November avg precip: 4.4″/11.0cm

Similar to Rome, Florence is such an amazing destination that it’s worth visiting any time of year. November is chilly and a bit wet, but even more than Rome and Venice, Florence is an indoor destination. This is one of the world’s great capitals for art and you’ll be indoors most of the day even if the weather is nice.

Florence is smaller than Rome so you can see the most famous sights in only 2 days or so, but you might still want to spend 3 or even 4 nights here because this is the ideal base for day trips to Pisa, Siena, and even the Cinque Terre. There are also several nearby hill towns that are worth a look to experience something uniquely Italian. As the capital and largest city in the famous Tuscany region, Florence is also a great food city. Avoid places with English menus out front for the best quality and value.

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Venice, Italy

  • November avg high: 53°F/12°C
  • November avg low: 40°F/4°C
  • November avg precip: 3.4″/8.5cm

Again, if you are coming to Italy for the first time in November you are going to want to spend at least one day and night in Venice even if it’s a bit cool. There is no other city in the world like Venice and the smaller crowds in November will help you feel less like a herd animal.

The downside to visiting Venice in November is that it’s the peak month for the Acqua Alta, which is the high-tide flooding that the city experiences. It’s still possible to get around and enjoy a Venice visit in November, but it’s also wise to keep track of the Acqua Alta situation and work your schedule around it.

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Paris, France

  • November avg high: 51°F/11°C
  • November avg low: 43°F/6°C
  • November avg precip: 2.2″/5.5cm

Similar to Rome and London, Paris is such an amazing city that you are going to want to visit no matter which month you are visiting. Fortunately, Paris still has reasonably mild temperatures in November and not much rainfall. There will be plenty of business travelers around, but tourist numbers are lower so it can be easier to get around and see the top sights.

As long as you dress properly you can still even enjoy the excellent hop-on, hop-off bus tour of Paris in November. It’s arguably the best city bus tour in Europe and it connects nearly all of the most famous buildings and attractions. It’s included in the Paris Pass, so you might also want to check our review of the Paris Pass.

Needless to say, in 2022 you’ll want to stay on top of the COVID situation in France as your trip approaches. The country is open to vaccinated visitors (as of July 2022) and hopefully they will be fully open by November. Obviously it’s possible that restrictions could get worse.

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London, England

  • November avg high: 51°F/11°C
  • November avg low: 41°F/5°C
  • November avg precip: 2.2″/5.5cm

The good news about London in November is that it tends not to rain very hard when it does rain, so you often don’t even need an umbrella. But of course it will be cool every day in November so you will need to bring some outerwear with you. As with a few others on this list, London is such an amazing city that you’ll want to visit no matter the month of your trip.

London is another example of a mostly indoor city so the weather doesn’t really slow most visitors down. The famous attractions such as the (free) museums and famous cathedrals are welcoming no matter the weather outside. You might even want to look at our London Pass review if you want to see the top attractions in 2 or 3 days.

As of July 2022, the UK is on the list of European countries that have dropped ALL restrictions and vaccination requirements for incoming visitors. Let’s hope it stays this way through November.

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Barcelona, Spain

  • November avg high: 63°F/17°C
  • November avg low: 47°F/8°C
  • November avg precip: 2.3″/5.8cm

Being on the Mediterranean, Barcelona stays warmer than Madrid (see below) during the colder months. So November is still fairly nice and one of the better months to visit partly because the summer months have become so ridiculously crowded here. The main attraction here is the interesting architecture, and you can see all of the most famous buildings on top of the hop-on, hop-off bus tour, which is included with the Barcelona Pass.

If this is your first time to Spain you are going to want to spend 3 or 4 nights in Barcelona but also then take the high-speed train (in 2.5 hours) to Madrid for 3 or 4 nights there. The cities are very different from each other and both are wonderful for tourists with excellent food and nightlife on top of everything else.

Spain is open to vaccinated visitors in 2022 and those who can provide a negative COVID test within 72 hours of entry. Let’s hope that things are even better by November of this year.

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Madrid, Spain

  • November avg high: 56°F/13°C
  • November avg low: 43°F/6°C
  • November avg precip: 2.2″/5.5cm

Madrid does get a bit cool in November, but as mentioned above in the Barcelona section you are going to want to come here anyway. Madrid is of course the capital of Spain so this is where you see the Royal Palace and many other official buildings of note, as well as the Prado Museum.

The high-speed train that connects Madrid and Barcelona is fairly cheap if you book it at least a couple weeks in advance. Spain has a few of its own low-cost airlines, so flights into Madrid are pretty cheap this time of year, although booking early helps here as well.

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Lisbon, Portugal

  • November avg high: 64°F/18°C
  • November avg low: 53°F/12°C
  • November avg precip: 4.2″/10.5cm

If you have ever wondered which city on the European continent has the best year-round weather, you have found it in Lisbon. The breezes off the Atlantic keep this city cool in summer and mild in winter, although it does get a bit of rainfall this time of year.

This otherwise remote city is a real gem for those who go out of their way to get here. It’s a lovely city on 7 hills so views are fantastic in every direction. And the food and culture here are very interesting as well as quite different from Spain. You can take an overnight train from Madrid, but flying is probably the better option for most people.

In 2022 visitors to Portugal must provide either proof of vaccination or proof of a negative COVID test shortly before entry to the country.

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Interlaken, Switzerland

  • November avg high: 46°F/8°C
  • November avg low: 33°F/1°C
  • November avg precip: 3.3″/8.3cm

The weather in Interlaken isn’t exactly great in November, but it’s still worth considering on your trip because this is THE place to see the most dramatic Alps views anywhere in Europe. So many people say they just want to visit “Switzerland” that I wrote an article about where to go in Switzerland on a short visit.

On the other hand, Interlaken in November is not ideal because many hotels and businesses close down between mid October when the hiking season ends and mid December when skiing season begins. There are still places open and plenty to see, but you have to plan a bit more. If you want to visit a second place in Switzerland to admire the unusual beauty, Lucerne is your best bet.

Switzerland in 2022 is on the list of European countries that have dropped all COVID and vaccination restrictions for incoming visitors.

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Berlin, Germany

  • November avg high: 45°F/7°C
  • November avg low: 36°F/2°C
  • November avg precip: 1.7″/4.3cm

Berlin has cold winters and in November the weather here is already started to become a bit annoying. Still, this is such an incredible city that it’s worth dressing a bit warmer if a November visit is your best or only choice. The famous nightlife and cultural sights are all going strong all year round, so there is plenty to see and do.

Another great thing about this city is that it’s cheaper than the other large cities in Germany including Munich and Hamburg. Better still, this city has become so popular and international that you can just speak in English to anyone you encounter and you’ll almost always get a polite answer back in English.

Germany is also on the list of countries that have dropped all COVID and vaccination restrictions for incoming visitors. There are some possible restrictions depending on where you are coming from, so read up before you book.

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Amsterdam, Netherlands

  • November avg high: 48°F/9°C
  • November avg low: 39°F/4°C
  • November avg precip: 3.0″/7.5cm

Unfortunately, Amsterdam is another northern European city that typically only has one or two good months of weather each year. In other words, if you wait until it’s warm and sunny in Amsterdam, you’ll be here with a billion other people in mid July. With an excellent public transport system, it’s easy to get around Amsterdam by street car or even just walking.

The stunning architecture is one of the things that brings people to Amsterdam, and as long as you dress properly you’ll be able to soak that all in this month. Aside from that this is a cultural capital with excellent nightlife and a thriving arts scene. That goes all year round, as do the coffeeshops and small pubs all over town.

As of summer 2022, the Netherlands is requiring proof of vaccination to enter the country. Hopefully all restrictions will be lifted by November.

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Prague, Czech Republic

  • November avg high: 44°F/7°C
  • November avg low: 36°F/2°C
  • November avg precip: 1.2″/3.0cm

Prague is a city that is so crowded in summer that many people actually prefer to come when it’s colder like in November, so they don’t have to battle crowds every minute of the day. As you can see, it’s chilly in Prague in November, but it rarely rains much as all so it’s just a matter of wearing another layer.

It will still be crowded in the main squares of Prague in November, but much less so than in warmer months so it’s more pleasant in general. 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. Cesky Krumlov is much more charming than Prague, and it’s cheaper than Prague by quite a bit as well.

Czechia is another European country that has dropped all COVID and vaccination restrictions for visitors. Yay!

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Budapest, Hungary

  • November avg high: 47°F/8°C
  • November avg low: 36°F/2°C
  • November avg precip: 2.4″/6.0cm

This part of Europe gets quite cold in winter so Budapest in November is already on the chilly side. But it doesn’t rain much and this city has so much to see and do that it’s worth a visit even in the cool months, when crowds are much smaller as well.

Budapest has a lot in common with Prague, but the architecture here is on a grander scale for the most part and it feels very different. This city is also one of the cheaper capital cities in Europe, so your travel fund really goes a long way here. The famous nightlife in the ruin pubs should not be missed at any time of year.

Hungary is yet another European country that has dropped all COVID restrictions, making it the cheapest country to do so.

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Istanbul, Turkey

  • November avg high: 60°F/16°C
  • November avg low: 47°F/8°C
  • November avg precip: 3.3″/8.3cm

November still has reasonably warm days in Istanbul so this is worth considering on any trip of eastern Europe this time of year. Istanbul itself is one of the world’s most historic and interesting cities, and it’s quite a travel bargain these days as well because the currency rate has gone down against almost all countries in the last couple years.

Those that have more than a few days might also consider exploring more of Turkey. For one thing, every other city in the country is at least a bit cheaper than Istanbul. And most places have even warmer temperatures in November, so it’s an ideal time to explore Cappadocia or even the southern coast along Antalya.

The currency in 2022 has plummeted and inflation has been pretty severe. The net result is that Turkey is one of the cheapest countries in the world this year for foreign visitors who bring in other currencies. That said, there has been a bit of unrest (usually very easy to avoid) so keep you eye on the news.

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  1. Raja says:

    We are planning for Italy in first week of November for 9 days, we have shortlisted Rome, Venice, Florence, for completeness of our tour we are also planning for Milan with Lake Como or any parts of Italy from Alps will be visible better. Please suggest, thanks in advance.

    1. Roger Wade says:

      Raja,

      I think spending 3 days in Rome, 3 days in Florence, and 1 day in Venice is a great idea. Lake Como is primarily a place where Italians (and increasing numbers of tourists) go in summer to relax. By November it’s very quiet and less scenic because it’s often cloudy and gray. It’s a lovely area, but nothing like the Swiss or French Alps. If you’ve got 2 more days and want to see the most dramatic views I would take a train from Venice to Interlaken, with a change in Milan. You can read much more information on my Switzerland recommendations in this article.

      Switzerland is expensive though, and it’s also fairly quiet in early November, even though the views are still amazing. If you want to stay closer to Italy you might head to Lugano, which is just across the border and it should be more interesting and less quiet than Como that time of year. Let me know if you have any other questions. -Roger

  2. Rahul says:

    Hello.. its been great reading your article and the queries. I am planning a European vacation with my kids aged 4 and 3 for 5 or 6 days from the end of November to December 3. What would be great choices of destination then? Have been to Italy and Paris – so thats pretty much off the list. Been thinking of Prague especially because its supposedly a small city and the christmas markets might be fun for the kids! And living in Dubai, we are looking forward for some cold weather as well

    1. Roger Wade says:

      Rahul,

      For most people the idea of going to Prague in late November isn’t ideal, but living in Dubai I totally know what you mean about wanting a bit of cool weather once in a while. I think Prague would be a great choice for a trip like that, and you can see the highlights in about 3 days. For another city to visit the closest and best options are Berlin if you want a large (and fun) city, or Salzburg if you want to see some snow and beautiful mountain scenery, or you could go about 3 hours to the small and gorgeous town of Cesky Krumlov. Any of those would be fantastic for what you have in mind. Let me know if you have any other questions. -Roger

  3. Art says:

    Hello Roger,
    We are planning a trip to London in December end. We have to be in London for 3 days from December 29-Jan 2, for family event.
    We are a family of 3 ( 8 year old kid), we planning to do tourist stuff in London, visit Windsor castle & Stone hedge pror to family event. We wanted to visit another city for 3-4 days , which city would you recommend to see with a kid. We were thinking of Scotland- since its close to london. Your thoughts?
    Based on your experience and knowledge, which cities would you recommend and in which order should we organise our itinerary for smooth transits? More than happy for you to suggest other cities instead of the ones we are interested in.
    Thanks

    1. Roger Wade says:

      Art,

      I think Scotland would be a great choice as an add-on, except that in late December the days up there are very short. The days in London that time of year are fairly short as well, but you can still see a lot with the sun setting at 4pm. In Edinburgh the sun sets at 3:40pm and in the Highlands near Inverness it’s more like 3:30pm. Edinburgh is a cool city, but seeing the scenery in Scotland is a big part of the experience, and late December is not ideal.

      I’d instead go to Paris, which can be reached in a bit over 2 hours on the Eurostar train. It’s the easiest other city to reach from London, and it’s also one of the world’s greatest cities. They also have a Ferris wheel and kids also enjoy the boat rides on the Seine, and even the hop-on, hop-off bus tours to some degree. Buy your Eurostar train tickets as far in advance as possible for the lowest fares. I really think it’s your best choice, but if Paris won’t work for you let me know and I’ll try again. -Roger

  4. Meg Farrimond says:

    Hi Roger,
    I’m from Manchester, England and have travelled to all the main cities around Western Europe and was wanting to trip to somewhere in November. I was wondering if you have any suggestions of cities to visit around this time that are less touristy but also quite cheap! Sorry for the vague comment!
    -Meg

    1. Roger Wade says:

      Meg,

      As a Karl Pilkington fan, it’s always nice to hear from someone from Madchester. My first thought on this is Split, Croatia, although it’s possible you’ve been there. They have pretty good weather in November (for Europe) and that time of year you can get a very good deal on a hotel or apartment. I’ve you’ve been to Dubrovnik then Split is similar in some ways in that the historic center is the same limestone and white marble and it’s really gorgeous. The main difference is that Split is a proper city with locals going about their days, compared to Dubrovnik that feels like an amusement park because 95% of everything within the city walls is touristy (and overpriced). Everything in Split is cheaper than in Dubrovnik, including food and drinks and such. And you can go to the islands nearby and maybe even head to Plitvice Falls National Park, although you’d want to do it on a clear day.

      Or you could go to the Algarve, which has even nicer weather. I spent a few days in a small (fairly touristy) town called Tavira and I loved it. It’s pretty crowded in summer, but I think in November it should have few other tourists. And of course if you go to pretty much any other town in that area it will be less touristy. You should be able to get a cheap hotel there in November, and food and drinks are pretty cheap in Portugal as well.

      If you really want a place that is cheap once you get there you might consider Serbia or Bulgaria. I actually lived in a town in Serbia called Nis for 5 months a few years ago and things there are VERY cheap and there are almost no tourists because there are few worthwhile attractions. But it does have a busy university so there are lots of young people, and there are city walls and a few other things to see. Sofia has more things to see and it’s very cheap without too many tourists. One problem with those is that a flight from Manchester might not be too cheap, although if the right low-cost carrier is flying there it might be very cheap. I hope some of those suggestions are interesting. Let me know if you have any other questions. -Roger

  5. Drew Robson says:

    Thank you so much for your response. I will check out the article you reference here.

  6. Drew Robson says:

    I am planning a 2 month trip to Europe starting the last week in October. The only place I have ever been is Prague. I’d love to see it all, if possible! Can you send me a suggested itenerary. My starting point is NY. I am 22 years old and on a budget but not bare bones. Thanks

    1. Roger Wade says:

      Drew,

      I don’t have time to type out a 2-month itinerary for you, but I will help in other ways. First off you might have a look at my main article on suggested Europe itineraries for first-time visitors. Those itineraries are meant for 1, 2, or 3 week trips with destinations grouped in logical orders so you can get from place to place pretty quickly. I think if you look at some of those you can choose 2 or 3 of the itineraries that interest you and then combine them together and then see where else you might go to connect them.

      If you are starting in October I would start in northern Europe (or at least as far north as you’ll go) and then mostly head south and west from there. The mid-December weather in Copenhagen or even Krakow is pretty chilly and the daylight hours are short, but that time of year in Spain and Portugal is still pretty nice. Let me know if you have any other questions. -Roger

  7. Mary says:

    Hi Roger,

    My husband, toddler and I are travelling around Europe on 21st of October for 24 days. We will fly in and out of Paris from Australia. These are the cities we’re interested in seeing but we know based on time we won’t be able all of them:
    France – Paris, Lyon, Nice or just Toulouse
    Spain – Barcelona, San Sebastian, Seville?
    Portugal – Lisbon, Porto, Lagos?

    We plan on using high speed trains to get around if the max time is 3 hrs, otherwise we will fly if we can. We don’t plan on doing too much sight seeing, it will be a more leisurely holiday, strolling around taking in the views and eating lots of delicious food. We’ve been to France and just in Paris to visit friends.

    Based on your experience and knowlegde, which cities would you recommend and in which order should we organise our itinerary for smooth transits? More than happy for you to suggest other cities instead of the ones we are interested in.

    Thanks

    1. Roger Wade says:

      Mary,

      My strong recommendation for trips like this where you want to move quickly without moving TOO quickly is to stay three night in each city you visit. The travel day between cities always ends up taking most of the day from the time you pack to leave one hotel until you are moved into a hotel in the next city, so you won’t get much sightseeing done on those days. To travel every third day gives you a nice balance of two full days in each place and then the transit day. So with a 24-day trip I think you should choose 8 total cities to visit. You’ve only got 10 cities on your list, so saving two of them for a future trip shouldn’t be too tough.

      I haven’t spent any time in Lyon, and that’s mostly because it’s not really considered a tourist city. I’ve seen a few travel shows on it and it looks interesting, but there aren’t many notable sights compared to many other smaller cities and towns in France. But if you are mostly planning on strolling and eating and such, it could be a good stop and I’ve heard the food is very good. Nice is actually pretty out of the way for your trip, and those trains that go along the southern coast are pretty slow. So getting from Nice to your next stop would take a long time. Speaking of that, my rule of thumb is that if a train journey takes 5 hours or less then it’s definitely preferred over flying. If you are going to take a one-hour flight in Europe it will take you at least 5 hours from the time you leave the city center until you reach the city center in the next place. You have to factor in airport transportation times (and costs) and of course security and waiting times before your flights, and then transportation back into the city from the next airport.

      Another factor to consider is that trains are MUCH more comfortable than planes, even in Second Class, and you get pretty good scenery in most cases. One of my favorite things about traveling around Europe is to be able to check out of my hotel at 10am and then walk 10 minutes to the train station to jump on a 10:20am train, and then hop off that train a few hours later and already be in the center of the next city.

      So I think saving Nice for later probably makes the most sense, and then saving Porto or Lagos for later as well. Those Portuguese cities are close enough together that you could probably enjoy them in about two days each, although Lisbon is pretty big so I still think three nights is better. One last thing is that Madrid really is a fantastic city and it’s very different from Barcelona, so you might consider it in place of San Sebastian or Seville. I think starting in Paris and then going to the next closest city by train makes the most sense, and then fly back from Lisbon to Paris for your flight home. Let me know if you have any other questions. -Roger

  8. liza santos says:

    our agency is suggesting a travel date: Nov 9 to 25, 2018.
    Places to see for Berlin, Prague,
    salzburg,Ljubljana-Postojna cave Vienna, Broastos;ava. Budapest, Krakow, and Warsaw. Its our first tour in Europe based on a package tour, where there is daily itinerary of places to see and hotels are already arranged. I just want to know if i will still be seeing the place as beautiful as they are as i Know that November is already winter and my family might not see anything as places will be covered by snow (winter months).

    I want your honest opinion on the travel dates.

    1. Roger Wade says:

      Liza,

      It will be chilly in mid November in those cities, but it’s unlikely you’ll get any snow in those cities and it might not ever go below freezing. January and February are typically the coldest months in most of Europe, although large snow storms are rare in any of those cities, believe it or not. Actually, if it does happen to snow it will be really beautiful for the first day or so, and the streets will be cleared before you can take enough photos.

      Personally I really enjoy traveling around Europe in November (although I’m not crazy about January and February in northern Europe) so I think you’ll really enjoy it. I’m sure that tour is cheaper than it would be in summer, but another advantage is that those cities will be far less crowded with tourists when you are there than in summer. It can really be exhausting when you are touring, say, a palace in Vienna, and there are 500 people right in front of you the whole time.

      The mountains, including those above Salzburg and in Slovenia, will have snow on them, and they will look really beautiful. I’m not saying that it’s the best time of year to go, but I am saying that there is plenty to enjoy and a few big advantages to going in the autumn like that. Have a great trip. -Roger

  9. NavyaSree says:

    Thanks a lot for your advice . Appreciate it 🙂 Have a great day

  10. P says:

    Hello Roger

    I have been reading through your responses and wondering if you could give me a few suggestions/inputs.

    We family of 6 (4+2 children) from India; planning to visit Austria in the 1st week November (4th Nov to 8th Nov).

    As per Accuweather it will rain occasionally on these dates so wondering how we are going to manage with kids.
    Please advise if its OK to visit Salzburg (2 nights) and Innsbruck (2 nights). And how we can plan our visit there?

    Our basic plan is:

    @ Salzburg: 1.5 day Hop-on / orientation tour
    @ Innsbruck : 1 day at Stubai , half day at Swarovski and rest of the time orientation tour.

    Please advise

    1. Roger Wade says:

      P,

      If you are skiing then Innsbruck is great, but otherwise I find it to be kind of a dud as a tourist destination. Salzburg, on the other hand, is really lovely and interesting, so I might even spend more time there.

      As for weather forecasts, it’s usually not as bad as it looks that far ahead. In India and many other places you have a “rainy season” where it can sometime rain for days on end. Europe has rain spread around the year and if you get very unlucky it will be raining pretty hard for 4 or 6 hours on a couple of those days. But often it doesn’t rain at all, or just overnight, or it just sprinkles so lightly that you don’t even need an umbrella. If it is raining steadily you can always buy an umbrella for €5 or so from a shop or person who appears on the street with a box of them.

      In Salzburg the main things to do are to explore the historic old town and the castle above it, as well as hopefully taking a sightseeing bus around the countryside to see the amazing scenery. You should be able to keep going just fine if it’s raining for any of those things, and hopefully it won’t be raining at all. If you are skiing in Innsbruck then it shouldn’t matter and hopefully you get light snowfall instead of rain. If you are going to Swarovski Crystal Worlds then hopefully you can find a time when it’s not raining. I’m not sure what else to say other than it can rain any day of the year in Europe and the cities are quite good at dealing with it and offering shelter and indoor options. -Roger