Best destinations for autumn travel
Discover the culture and charm of a city during the Fall Travel.
1) Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzegovina
The Gazi Husrev Beg Mosque in Sarajevo is the star of the stunning Ottoman city and the best example of sixteenth century Ottoman architecture. Identified by its dome, minaret and clock tower, the mosque is open to the public during a visit to the city. Its interior is decorated with rich carpets and intricate stonework, and in the grounds there is a real feeling of peace amongst the baths, tombs and canopy covered fountain. The real charm to Sarajevo is its cultural diversity with Muslim, Serbian Orthodox, Roman Catholic and Jewish influences reflected in the religious architecture. The Avaz Twist Tower is a more modern addition to the city but no less beautiful than the historical buildings it towers over. It is the tallest sky scraper in the Balkans and its identifiable twist gives it a definitive eastern edge. Sarajevo is known as a centre for culture and education with a rich tradition of poetry and philosophy, thus it is no surprise to find a wide range of museums, galleries and other cultural offerings.
2) Gdansk, Poland
Gdansk is a fairy-tale city basking in the Baltic sunshine, whilst the streets buzz with street performers during the spring months. Take a cruise on the Motlawa River to enjoy beautiful views of the Old Town and the shipyards. Not to be missed is the grand and imposing town hall. Damaged during the war, it has been repaired true to its Gothic-Renaissance architectural splendour and now houses the Gdansk History Museum.
3) Zagreb, Croatia
Zagreb is a hub of cultural and architectural heritage where you can explore hidden streets paved with historical delights. Austro-Hungarian architecture adorns the wide boulevards with an impressive array of colonnades and domes. Zagreb is steeped in history dating back to Roman times; the Zagreb Cathedral, adorned by a Madonna and a clutch of golden angels, has luckily survived the city’s troubled past. Zagreb has a very cosmopolitan feel, as students, businessmen and tourists jostle for space in the many pavement cafés creating a feeling of energy and creativity, which is enhanced by its impressive yellow Art Pavilion and the city’s extensive collection of works of art housed in the Mimara Museum.
4) Liège, Belgium
With high speed rail links to Europe’s major cities Liège has become an easily accessible cultural gem. Built on the banks of the river Meuse, Liège nestles amongst a stunning hilly landscape. A host of museums house everything from art to archaeology and have establish the city as an arts centre. The newly built railway station adds a futuristic element to the beautiful historic architecture of the city. Liège is a joy to discover on foot; the streets are lined with cafés and there is a vibrant shopping district. Intriguing alleyways and passages create a feeling of discovery and there is plenty to discover. When you tire of walking, take in one of the many concerts or indulge in some of the excellent cuisine which boasts influences from France served a local twist.
Having recently undergone a cultural revolution, Vilnius is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Recent investment has led to large scale redevelopment and many new buildings including the Museum of Modern Art have been built. The old city which dates back to the Middle Ages, has a wealth of architectural styles, predominately baroque but with a mixture of Classical, Renaissance and Gothic. This blend of stunning architecture curves around the cobbled streets and alleys, which then open onto stunning squares. There is a multitude of beautiful churches and cathedrals to visit: the beautiful St. Anne’s church and the Cathedral Basilica are not to be missed, and form an important part of the city’s cultural heritage. Alongside the many religious buildings are galleries, museums, parks and even a statue of Frank Zappa. For something livelier there are plenty of street cafés, concerts and theatres. Vilnius is also famous for amber, so visit the Amber Museum or pick up a souvenir from one of the many local shops.