Autumn city breaksEscape to city hotspots this autumn
With the warmth of summer a fading memory, and the sleigh-belled festivities of Christmas yet to come a-jingling, autumn is the perfect time to explore some of the world's fairest cities. In many places, tree-lined avenues take on russet and golden tones, the cooler climate is perfect for sightseeing, and there are local festivals and celebrations as far as the eye can see. Better still, as autumn is one of the cheapest times of year to travel, taking a holiday break in autumn offers you a chance to experience some of the world's most exciting cities at a price that won't break the bank.
Of course, wherever you choose to holiday, you'll want comfortable and affordable accommodation. That's where HomeAway comes in. With an impressive collection of properties spanning all budgets, needs and desires, from humble apartments in Little Italy to chic, boutique studios in Paris, you can be sure HomeAway will make your autumn break holiday as cosy as a favourite knit cap and scarf.
HomeAway's top five urban autumn destinations
Autumn city breaks in Berlin
Attention, would-be jet-setters: if you require both style and substance in a holiday destination, look no further than Berlin. Germany's lively capital city is brimming with spectacular architecture, world-famous museums and endless art galleries; and an entire third of it is devoted to green spaces, parks and gardens. And then, of course, there's the nightlife: Berghain, Cookies, Club der Visionaere; the list of world-renowned clubs alone could fill pages. Berlin's night spots share no official closing time, so you'll want to look up each one's hours separately. But you can trust you'll have ample opportunity to dance the night away. And from edgy Wedding to genteel Charlottenburg-Wilmersdorf, wherever you stay in Berlin, HomeAway has you covered.
Autumn city breaks in Rome
Rome perhaps needs no introduction; but yet, there are many more sides to this captivating city than one might first imagine. Famed as a unique fusion of the old and new, it proffers iconic landmarks, remarkable ruins, designer shops and the trendiest of bars. But you don't need a guided tour for a taste of ancient Rome: simply stroll along to Monte Testaccio, and you will find history quite literally under your feet. Translated roughly as Broken Pot Hill, this artificial mountain is made entirely of Roman pots (or in other words, ancient land fill!). Whether you stay in Vatican City, near the Colosseum or right in the Centro Storico, you'll be astounded by the variety you meet at every turn.
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Autumn city breaks in Barcelona
If you haven't sampled the delights of Barcelona before, autumn is the time to do so. Radiating vibrant Catalonian culture, it's an extravagant and eccentric city. For example, you'll find hundreds of artists and merchants plying their myriad trades along Las Ramblas; but walk on and look up, and notice the magnificent Baroque architecture in Barrio Gotico and Gracia. Of course, there will also be delicious food, local Cava, amazing shopping and, after sundown, exciting nightlife vying for your attention. All in all, autumn city breaks just don't get much better than this.
Autumn city breaks in New York City
New York is a perfect destination for autumn city breaks, with a climate not too hot nor too cold, endless cultural activities to enjoy, and the sort of beautiful shows of fiery autumn foliage that you can only find in the American Northeast. For spectacular shopping sprees, consider an apartment in the Upper East Side; but if Broadway beckons, treat yourself to a stay in the Theatre District. You could enjoy one of NYC's world-famous shows, or experiment with some of the city's more unusual, contemporary theatre. Of course, a Big Apple Halloween is also a sight to behold, and the New York Comedy Festival kicks off in November.
Autumn city breaks in Vienna
Vienna is one of the world's best-loved destinations for autumn city breaks. Why? Because culture peeks out at you every corner; sometimes, as at the amazing Stephansdom Cathedral, with the face of a little gargoyle! The Kunthistorisches Museum houses world-famous collections, and renowned palaces like the Hofburg will provide endless photo-ops. Indeed, Vienna's outstanding contribution to European and world culture is evident wherever you go, whether admiring the paintings of Klimt and Schiele or hearing an orchestra play Mozart or Strauss. Sightseeing's at its best on breaks to Vienna, whether you stay near the Opera House or in the heart of the Historic Centre.