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. Nav says:

    Hi Roger,

    I am planning trip to europe from 15 to 24 november with my family (2 young kids). I’ll start with Paris and end trip at London. Please advise which other cities to check out in between (considering number of days, cost and weather). Would appreciate if you can best advise full itenary. Thanks!

    1. Roger Wade says:


      If you’ve got 9 or 10 days I’d definitely focus on only 3 cities so you can spend 3 days in each of them. Paris is amazing and a great place to start, and London is a great place to end. The best close city to do in between is Amsterdam, since it’s only a bit over 3 hours by high speed train from Paris and you can take the Eurostar train from there back to London (or fly if you prefer). You can get a bit more information on those on my article about the 5 great European cities to focus on first. I’m sure it’ll be a great trip. Let me know if you have any other questions. -Roger

  2. Shannon Carter says:

    Hi Roger,
    I just found out I have to go to London for work Nov 5-8. I’m going to extend my trip to travel around. I will stay an extra 2 days in London and then i will have 8-9 additional days. I’m traveling alone and would like a mix of fun cities and one place to relax. I’ve already been to Paris, Barcelona, Nice, Florence, Rome, Venice, Vienna, Prague, Amsterdam and Greence. Can you please recommend some places? I’ve wanted to go to Switzerland but your article says some of it is shut down so I’m thinking I may want to wait on that unless you think differently. I’m pretty open. Thank you

    1. Roger Wade says:


      That sounds like a great opportunity. Switzerland could still be an excellent choice. The thing is that the hiking season ends in mid October and the ski/snow season doesn’t start until mid December so some smaller hotels and restaurants close during those two months. But others stay open and the crowds are small so it can still be a nice time to visit. The weather on the peaks can be foggy any time of the year and the summer is actually the rainy season in the Alps, so the November weather isn’t necessarily bad.

      If you have 9 days free I’d recommend choosing 3 places to visit for about 3 days each. Switzerland could still be a great choice, but aside from that it’s probably better to go south because it’s not only a bit chilly in the north but the days that time of year are starting to get short as well. I think my top two choices would be Madrid and Lisbon, as both of them have decent weather that time of year. Both of them are also very different from Barcelona and very different from each other. The only train between them is a night train so taking a cheap flight is usually best. There are many other great choices within Spain that are easier to reach from Madrid by high-speed train, and I discuss many of the best choices on this article about when to go to Spain.

      All of the nearby islands such as Ibiza and Mallorca are really dead in November, except for the Canary Islands, which is mentioned in the article above. I’m happy to help more if you have any other questions. -Roger

  3. Mark Bendeich says:

    Hi Roger,
    Thanks for such an interesting and helpful blog.

    I am not sure if you can help or not, but my wife and I were looking to go to Ljubljana and Lake Bled the first week of November (for about 3 days). Is that a good time to see autumn colours or is that earlier in the season?


    1. Roger Wade says:


      Thank you. I haven’t been to Slovenia in November, but that seems pretty late for autumn colors. I just Googled it and someone mentions mid September to late October as the peak foliage period in the Lake Bled area, so it’s actually not too far off. Europe had a very warm summer this year and it’s possible that that will push the foliage season back a bit, although I’m no expert in that. So if you could go a little earlier it would be better, but if that’s the only time you can go it still might be nice. It will be cold then, though hopefully the scenery is still looking nice. Ljubljana is a really charming city even if the forests are mostly brown by then. Best of luck with whatever you decide. -Roger

  4. Sagar says:

    Hi Roger,

    Thank you for the detailed itinerary with various options.
    We wanted to go with your first choice and booked accordingly to fi d that UK is not covered under the Shengen visa so we had ti drop London.
    The draft plan looks like:
    Land in Rome 3 nights 2 days 9-11 Nov
    2 nighta and 2 days in Florence 12- 13 Nov
    1 day and night in.Venice 14 Nov
    3 days and nights in Paris 15- 17 Nov
    London cancelled 3 day and nights 18 – 20 Nov
    Interlaken 21-23 Nov

    I am not sure what would fit in as London is out of question.
    Also let me know if this plan looks good

  5. Neetz says:

    Hello Roger,
    I have gone through your article a number of times now. we are still confused on where to go for our first anniversary. Out plan is to visit a city in Europe for 3 days from Nov 10 to 13.We visited Paris earlier this month, so its off the list. Also we are looking for a city not very cold and probably couple of hours away from Birmingham. Could you please suggest some names?
    Looking forward to your reply.

    1. Roger Wade says:


      The cities that I feel strongly about for visits in November are all on the list in the article. But since you want something on the warmer side I’d focus on Barcelona, Madrid, or Lisbon. Barcelona has become incredibly crowded in the warmer months, so going in November could be a good strategy. Madrid is very different from Barcelona and still really fun and interesting. Lisbon might be the sleeper choice, as it has the best climate of the three and it’s perfect for a three-day visit. Lisbon is also the cheapest of the three, even though it’s just as nice and clean and safe. Those are my top choices and I’m happy to answer other questions if you have them. -Roger

  6. PJ says:

    Hi Roger,
    You mentioned in one of your comments that you will write an article about you starting an article on family destinations. Is there a way I can access that article?
    We are travelling to Paris in mid November for 12 days. We will travel with our 2 boys – 4 years and 8 years old. We were earlier thinking of going to Paris,Venice,Florence, and Rome. But now I feel that the kids may not find Rome and Venice very interesting. Our kids are full of energy but at the same time do not like too much walking if all that they are doing is looking at the historical architectures. Are there any recommendations that you can make in terms of what cities would be apt at that time of the year with kids?

    1. Roger Wade says:


      Interestingly enough, I just published that very article a few hours before you wrote this comment. Here are my 11 Best Europe destinations for family vacations.

      I actually did include Rome and Florence on the list because there are many impressive sights such as the Trevi Fountain, which are fairly close to each other. But I think the main draw of Italy for children is the food, and specifically the gelato from those little shops that are everywhere. When my parents took me to Italy a long time ago I remember how motivated I was by getting an amazing ice cream each day. That said, there aren’t as many kid-oriented sights even in Rome and Florence compared with most of the other cities on the list. And I agree about Venice, which I didn’t put on the list. It’s a really amazing thing to see, but it’s really crowded and most of the sights are churches and that sort of thing, and there aren’t even as many gelato shops. Hopefully the rest of the list is helpful. Let me know if you have any questions. -Roger

  7. Sagar says:

    Hello Roger,
    You have a wealth of information on your site which is a boon for tourists like me.
    I would like to get your advice on my first trip to Europe along with my wife.
    Vacation duration: 9 Nov – 22 Nov (12 days – Two days minus for the to and fro from Tokyo)
    So we have 12 days and I would like to make it a memorable trip as I would be celebrating my as well as my wife’s birthday which falls within the peiod of this trip.
    Can you suggest how and where should we spend these 12 days to make the most of it.
    I do not want to add my recommendations as it would dilute your suggestions 🙂
    Thank you in advance.

    1. Roger Wade says:


      I’m glad this helps. If this is your first trip to Europe, and especially for a trip with your partner, I highly suggest making Paris one of the stops. In 12 days it’s best to plan for 4 total cities, assuming you want to experience as many places as is practical. It would be rushing to do Paris, London, AND Venice, Florence, and Rome, but it could be done because Venice is small enough to enjoy in about a day and you could do Florence in two days.

      Italy is still fairly nice in November so I think it’s a good choice. So if you are willing to move fairly quickly I’d fly into London and spend 3 nights there and then take the Eurostar to Paris for 3 nights and then fly to Venice for one night and then a train to Florence for two nights and then a train to Rome for your final three nights before your flight back home, or your flight back to London for your flight home.

      If you wanted to take it a bit slower and save Italy for a future trip I’d do London for 4 nights and then Paris for 4 nights and then Amsterdam for 3 or 4 nights, or perhaps a stop in Bruges for 1 night on the way.

      Another option if you didn’t want to include London would be fly into Paris and then take a train to Barcelona and then Madrid and probably one other stop in Spain. Those are my top suggestions for a dramatic introduction to Europe for a couple, in order of preference from top to bottom. Let me know what you had in mind and I’ll be happy to help more if you need it. -Roger

  8. Maura says:

    Hello Roger,
    My husband and I are planning on visiting my son for Thanksgiving Break- he is studying in Rome. He wants to travel somewhere for the week but we are not sure where to go. We have been to Barcelona, Rome, Venice, Tuscany. He was hoping for Greece but I think it may be too cold. We are planning for about a week. My son said today he would like someplace where we can sit and relax too. Any ideas?

    1. Roger Wade says:


      There are some other good options within Italy in case you haven’t ruled that out. The Sorrento area is fantastic for around a week because it’s an ideal place to make day trips to Naples, Pompeii, the Amalfi Coast, and the Isle of Capri. It’s also a really nice town and a good place to sit and relax. English is pretty widely spoken there, so it’s easier than many other places in Italy. Best of all it’s only a few hours by train from Rome, and yet it’s nothing like Rome. It’ll be on the cool side in November, but that is true all over continental Europe.

      Athens would be pretty nice in November, but the Greek islands are nearly shut down from the beginning of November through mid April, so I’d save that for another visit.

      You might consider Madrid and Toledo or Seville or Valencia, as all of those will have decent weather around then. Or you could fly to Lisbon for a few days and then head down to the Algarve area on the southern coast of Portugal. Lisbon has the nicest winter weather in Europe and it’s a really nice place that is easy on the budget and good for relaxing. Those are my top suggestions. Let me know if you have any other questions. -Roger

  9. Sanjay says:

    Hello Roger,
    Thanks a lot for the detailed description and comments.
    I and my wife are planning to visit France and Switzerland during mid of November this year. Due to some prior commitments, we only have 5 days. We will be landing in Paris to start with.
    Would be grateful if you could suggest an itinerary for us.

    1. Roger Wade says:


      Five days is pretty short for two countries, but if that’s all you have here goes. Fly into Paris and spend 3 days there and then take a train to Interlaken for your final two days. You can either take a train back to Paris for your flight home, or probably better to take a train to Zurich and fly from there to Paris, but make sure it’s into the same airport in Paris because getting between them takes time. Here is an article about where to go in Switzerland that should help you plan your time there. -Roger

  10. Rahul says:

    Thanks for the revert Roger. Have been a backpacker always. First time out for such a long haul journey with the kids. Therefore, not really confident of cramming multiple cities, due to the hassle of inter city commute. Thanks for the tip on Cesky Krumlow – certainly seems interesting!