12 Places to See Fall Colors in Europe

Though summer has ended, Europe’s most colorful season has just begun. While most people might travel in the summer months and during the holidays, autumn is a favorite time for many Trovers to explore Europe. The shoulder season means fewer tourists, lower airfares, and cheaper hotel rates, but we also love the crisp climate, harvest festivals, and, most importantly, the magnificent explosion of color from the foliage all around. Contemplating a European excursion this fall? Here are our top twelve picks where you can get your fix of the autumn leaves:

1. Schönbrunn Palace in Vienna, Austria

Trover photo by Wing Li

2. Geierlay in Mörsdorf, Germany.

Trover photo by Jelle Canipel

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16 Ways to Explore the Natural Beauty of Slovenia

Slovenia may not be the first place that comes to mind when you think outdoor adventures and scenic landscapes. But this tiny Central European country is packed with dramatic waterfalls, stunning mountain peaks, and sparkling emerald waters around every corner.

With prime spots for hiking, kayaking, and simply taking in that fresh mountain air, Slovenia has something to offer for every kind of traveler. So in addition to taking in its idyllic towns and delicious eats, make sure to check out some of these natural beauties on your next visit:

1. Lake Bled

Trover photo by Jonas Vesterlund

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10 Reasons You Need to Visit Montenegro

Looking for a European escape with all the “wow,” but none of the crowds? It might be time to visit Montenegro.

If the last time you even thought about this small Balkan country was during a geography exam, you’re not alone. Most tourists completely miss the mountains, churches, fortified cities, and beautiful beaches that dot this tiny country on the Adriatic Sea. If a more affordable and less crowded European vacation sounds like a good fit for you, make sure to check out these 10 Reasons You Need to Visit Montenegro:

1. Old Town Kotor is everything you expect from Europe, minus the tourists!

Old Town Kotor, Montenegro

Trover photo by Irina Gureeva

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7 Fake European Towns That Won’t Break the Bank

So you want to go to Europe but don’t quite have the time or money to make it over? Believe it or not, you’re in luck! Hundreds of places around the world have been inspired by the architecture and culture of major European cities. Some have even gone so far as to replicate the original.

If authenticity doesn’t matter to you as much as budget, you may just find the European escape of your dreams right in your own backyard. Here are 7 of our favorite Fake European Towns That Won’t Break the Bank:

1. Solvang, California

Nicknamed the “Danish Capital of America,” this Santa Barbara-area town was founded in 1911 by a group of Danes who wanted to establish a Danish colony outside of the cold Midwest. The town features Danish bakeries, shops and restaurants, and a replica of the famous Little Mermaid Statue in Copenhagen.

Trover photo by The Snowmads

 

2. Thames Valley Khao Yai in Ban Mu Si, Thailand

This unique hotel in the lush Khao Yai region of Thailand was designed to resemble an English countryside village along the River Thames corridor, complete with tea rooms and traditional English pubs.

Trover photo by Nita Gulati

 

3. Frankenmuth, Michigan

Nicknamed “Little Bavaria,” this Michigan town is home to many Bavarian-themed shops and restaurants, as well as Bronner’s Christmas Wonderland, a 7-acre store billed as the “World’s Largest Christmas Store.”

Trover photo by Marisa Heilman

 

4. Leavenworth, Washington

This formerly sleepy railroad town in central Washington was transformed into a mock Bavarian village in 1962 and is now home to a popular Oktoberfest celebration and the Leavenworth Nutcracker Museum, which houses more than 5,000 nutcrackers!

Trover photo by Michelle Finseth

 

5. Québec City, Québec

Okay, Québec City is not exactly a fake European city. But it is heavily influenced by its French heritage. Besides hearing Canadian French spoken around every corner, you can expect to see romantic architecture, sidewalk cafes, and traditional French bakeries all over this beautiful and historic city.

 

6. Helen, Georgia

Modeled to look like a Bavarian alpine village, this small town of 500 keeps it “authentic” with street performers, Oktoberfest celebrations, and a Denny’s that is actually designed to fit the Bavarian architectural style!

Trover photo by Michael Schuier

 

7. Las Vegas, Nevada

Of course, if you’re looking to get the most European flair from a non-European city, there’s no better place than Las Vegas. Where else in the world can you visit the top of the Eiffel Tower and ride in a Venetian gondola within the same hour? Well, maybe in Europe if you hurry. But Vegas is definitely the next best thing.

Trover photo by Lauréanne Pelletier

Trover photo by Adrian Roberts

 

Fake European towns won’t satisfy all of your cravings for a classic European adventure, but they will provide a taste of Europe and will keep your wallet happy at the same time. To see more fake European towns around the world, check out the full list here, and don’t forget to share your own European discoveries (real or otherwise) on Trover this summer!

 

15 Reasons You Need to Visit Romania

If you only know Romania for Count Dracula, it might be time to catch up with the rest of the travel industry. With beautiful castles, historic cities, breathtaking scenery, picturesque towns, and more hiking than your gear can handle, this central European nation is quickly becoming a favorite off-the-beaten-path vacation destination.

To see what you’re missing out on, read on for the 15 Reasons You Need to Visit Romania:

1. Live out your princess dreams at Corvin Castle in Hunedoara

Trover photo by Jonas Vesterlund

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