Plan your last European city break of the year by choosing one of these best places to visit in Europe in November. Christmas markets, sightseeing, and festivals await!
Best European Destinations in November
November might not be an obvious month to take a city break in Europe, but don't totally dismiss the idea. It's actually a great time to visit some of those perennially popular destinations such as Rome and Athens, as visitors are far fewer. Also, the crazy temperatures of the peak summer months make walking around a lot easier!
10 Awesome European Cities to Visit in November
I've chosen 10 of the best cities in Europe to visit in November to take your pick from. Obviously, I'm biased towards my adopted home of Athens, but don't let that put you off considering the rest!
1. Budapest, Hungary.
Budapest in November will offer you one of the most stunning autumn experiences in Europe. While the city is typically on the colder side this time of year, Budapest has more than enough to make the trip worth it.
From thermal baths to warm your bones, to the Budapest Christmas market to raise your holiday spirit, Budapest offers one of the most stunning holiday experiences.
You can walk the old city with a traditional Hungarian Chimney Cake, and after that, a hearty bowl of warm goulash. Better still, Budapest experiences a seasonal low in tourism around November. So visits to the parliament house, castle, and old city will be far less crowded.
Budapest also offers world class cafes, and coffee houses. There are few things better than sitting in the crisp autumn air, enjoying a warm coffee, and the old world feel of Budapest. Budapest has everything you need for a perfect visit to Europe in November.
2. Rome, Italy
Rome offers a lot in the way of live entertainment for visitors in November.
You can go watch a thrilling football match from one of Rome's two teams, AS Roma or S.S Lazio. You could also go see a live concert at the world famous Teatro dell'Opera. Rome is not a city that is short on sport and culture!
In addition, the world famous sights of Rome are beautiful to see year round. With tourism numbers at a low during the month of November, crowded places like the Colosseum or the Borghese Gallery will be much more pleasant to visit during November, than they would be in June.
November is the time where Rome begins to cool off quite rapidly. Temperatures in Rome during the month of November are usually around the 15c – 19c mark.
While you will get plenty of sunshine, make sure to pack an umbrella just in case! November does see a slight increase in rain for Rome. But don't let the cooler weather deter you from seeing this ancient city. Rome will still offer you a once in a lifetime experience, even in autumn.
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3. Gdansk, Poland
While most visitors to Poland would choose to visit Krakow or Warsaw, Gdansk offers plenty for the autumn tourist to enjoy.
Gdansk is a small, and cozy port city located in the north of Poland, on the Baltic sea. This city offers vibrant architecture, wonderful holiday markets, and plenty of Polish delicacies to leave you feeling stuffed to the gills!
You can enjoy beautiful sea side restaurants for a romantic evening, and a bustling nightlife in near by Sopot. While Gdansk may not be the first city that comes to mind for a Polish holiday, it certainly is a great one.
Gdansk is a tri-city area as well. So you will have plenty of things to explore between Gdansk, Sopot, and Gdynia. All three are just a quick train ride from each other! Not to mention, giving traditional Polish vodka a try while you are there. It will surely be the medicine you need to stay warm in this Baltic coastal city in November.
4. Prague, Czech Republic
Prague is truly one of the most stunning cities in all of Europe, year round. In Prague you will find rich culture, breathtaking views, and one of the best night life scenes you will find on this list.
The Czech Republic is known for its world class beers, as well as it's top notch hospitality. The month of November in Prague is chock full of festivals as well. Including the St. Martins's Day Festival on November 11th. This is the celebration of the first wines from the autumn harvest.
You will be able to explore the wineries across the city and taste their amazing selections, in the crisp autumn air. In addition to these festivals, Prague will also offer you plenty in the way of exploration. From the Gothic city of Kutna Hora to the east, to the world famous Charles Bridge. If architecture is what you wish to see, Prague will leave you breathless.
5. Munich, Germany
Munich isn't just known for it's famous Oktoberfest. There is plenty more to this Bavarian capital than just drinking beer!
Munich offers a rich and interesting history, with museums open year round for you to enjoy. In addition, Munich is host to some of the must dazzling circuses you will ever find in Europe, including the Circus Krone.
In addition to these stunning attractions, you can also unwind in world class Saunas. Munich is home to some of the most visited saunas and public baths in the world. Trust me, experiencing the holiday wonder of Germany from a luxuriously warm sauna in November, is not something you want to miss.
Want an off the beaten path town to visit in Germany? Try Ulm.
6. Sofia, Bulgaria
This capital city of Bulgaria traces its roots back over 2,000 years, with influences from Greek, Roman, Ottoman, and even Soviet cultures.
While weather in Sofia can be quite unpredictable in November, the stunning and ancient structures are wonderful to witness no matter what.
Whether with a thin layer of snow, or crisp autumn leaves, sights such as the Medieval Boyana Church, the bustling Vitosha Boulevard. and the National Palace of culture are stunning.
The average temperature in November for Sofia hovers around 10 c during the day. So a nice jacket, a scarf, and a warm cup of coffee will be all you need to enjoy the beautiful Bulgarian city of Sofia.
7. Copenhagen, Denmark
While Scandinavia is known to be extremely cold, a trip to Copenhagen in November is more than worth it. Copenhagen does autumn celebrations as well, or better, than almost any place in the world.
The 175 year old Tivoli Gardens is a must see during a Europe visit in November. Opening in Mid-November, Tivoli is transformed into a Christmas wonderland unlike any you have ever seen. With thousands and thousands of lights, rides, attractions, and a warm spiced wine, Tivoli makes a trip to Copenhagen worth it all by itself.
While Denmark is typically lacking in sunlight during the autumn-winter season. Copenhagen combats this marvelously with it's array of lights, markets, sights and smells to make sure the holiday season is alive and vibrant in Copenhagen.
8. Lisbon, Portugal
The Baixa district of Lisbon, Portugal, is one of the most wonderful places to visit in Europe, and Baixa in November is even more extravagant.
Alight with thousands of twinkling lights, and a giant Santa Clause, this normally warm vacation getaway becomes a true holiday wonderland seemingly over night.
Lisbon also offers a range of festivals to see and experience in the month of November, including the amazingly diverse Super Bock em Stock festival that offers any type of music you could ever want. Or the Lisbon & Sintra Film Festival that showcases films that will appeal to even the most experienced of film goers.
Lisbon is also famous for its delicious autumn street foods, including roasted chestnuts served in a newspaper. You will never run out of treats to try as you explore this amazing city.
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9. Paris, France
Paris is considered by many to be one of the hubs of culture for Europe. If fine art, 5-star dining, and dazzling architecture are what you are seeking, Paris has it all in spades.
While on average, the city of Paris sees rainfall for about half of the month of November, don't let that stop you from going. A pair of rain boots, a jacket and an umbrella are all you need to comfortably experience this city in autumn.
A nice glass of Vin Chaud, (mulled wine) will do wonders to keep you warm and in good spirits. You will want to visit the classic Butte Bergeyre vineyard, and enjoy the late autumn colors. As well as the Salon Du Chocolat in the beginning of November to satisfy your sweet tooth.
In November you will also see decreased lines at the more popular places such as the Louvre Museum, and the Palace of Versailles. So make sure to add Paris to your autumn European trip!
10. Athens, Greece
Last but not least, my home town of Athens! Athens is, arguably, one of the best places in the world to visit during the month of November. Well, I'm happy to argue it anyway.
The temperatures are still pleasant enough, and the cruise ships have stopped arriving. This means places such as the Acropolis are a pleasure to visit in November!
Athens is one of the most visited cities in Europe for tourists, so going in November could be just the right recipe for a less ‘crowded' experience of the city.
You will also find the price of hotels in Athens to be a bit more reasonable in November, rather than in the more busy tourism months. I've got extensive guide to Athens you can access by starting here: Ultimate Guide to Athens.