Autumn is one of the most beautiful seasons for travelling. Not too warm, not too cold. In many places it’s a lot quieter than during the summer.And, with a little luck, you’ll get treated to some beautiful autumn colours. iFly KLM Magazine has gone in search of the best autumn destinations for you.
Japanese autumn beauty
Autumn in Japan is a special experience. The fiery red, orange, and yellow hues of the trees in harmony with the serene temples is a spectacle that you can’t experience anywhere else in the world. If you want to follow the autumn colours, it’s best to start in Hokkaido, Japan’s northernmost province. The change of colours starts here in September and finishes by transforming Kyoto into a true fairy tale in mid-November. Now let’s take you along the most beautiful places.
A fairy tale on the “Romantic Road”
The Romantische Strasse is Germany at its most charming – fairy-tale castles, pastel-coloured cities, vineyards. Time seems to have stood still along this special route, which is particularly enchanting in autumn. The Romantische Strasse is based on a mediaeval trade route, and runs from Würzburg to Füssen, treating you to Germany’s numerous historical and cultural highlights along the way. The highlight is Neuschwanstein Castle. Walt Disney based his design for the castle in Sleeping Beauty on this structure. You’ll certainly notice the resemblance. Read the article to see the complete route.
Hunting for truffles in Italy
But the autumn isn’t only about colours. You can taste it in Italy. The hills of Piedmont (Piemonte) is the country’s region. Black truffles are found here almost all year round. But, from mid-September until the second week of November, white truffles – some of the tastiest truffles in the country – also grow here. During this period almost all restaurants have white and black truffles on the menu. In addition, stalls at the many truffle fairs offer delicacies such as chocolate truffles and truffle pie. And with a bit of luck you’ll find a truffle hunter who will take you on a truffle hunt.
The five days of Diwali
Do you enjoy special events? Then head to India in November. The smell of incense hangs in the streets, cries of joy resound, and fireworks crack in the air. During Diwali, the festival of light, darkness disappears everywhere in India and every corner of the country is illuminated. The word diwali means “row of lamps” and, during the festival, many people put deepa (clay lamps) outside their homes and shops. They symbolise the inner light that protects against spiritual darkness. Diwali is one of the most important feasts in Hinduism and it is well worth planning your trip to India around it. We’ll give you tips on where you can best celebrate.
Curious to see the complete autumn selection?
You can find the collection of autumn travel stories at https://www.iflymagazine.com/fall.
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