Each season and each destination have something unique to offer. It all depends on what you are looking for and what activities you are interested in. Winter breaks offer plenty of different travel options. The summer comes with sea, sand and sun and exploration of historic sites but winter in Europe provides different delights. Let’s discover what a winter break in Europe has to offer.
Europe is renowned for winter sports! Many cities in Europe offer a variety of winter sports, primarily skiing. Switzerland is home to Zermatt, Laax, Mürren, Verbier, Davos, St.Moritz; France has Chamonix-Mont-Blanc, Tignes, Les Deux Alpes, Megeve, Courchevel, Meribel, and Belleville. You can enjoy winter sports in Austria at Salzburg, Lech, Zürs, Tirol and Innsbruck, and Bansko in Bulgaria. Or opt for ski centers in Turkey, such as Uludag, and Kartalkaya.
Christmas time in Europe is one of the most magical times of the year. In December the Streets are ornamented with special lights, decorations, giant Christmas trees along with Christmas markets. You can find the most beautiful Christmas markets in Amsterdam, Prague, Vienna, London, Paris, Berlin, Dresden, Brussels, Budapest, and Strasbourg'da. Explore the Christmas markets, get special items and taste the local delicacies. Read our article to find more detailed information about these special Christmas markets.
The number of visiting tourists decreases in the winter in many European cities. Leaving the cities to the natives, the locals. Expect a quieter, calmer Europe during the winter. A winter escape is the best time of year to mingle, chat and perhaps make friends with the locals of the city.
Plenty of concerts, exhibitions and theatre events are held in Europe during the winter when there are less tourists around. Catch the Amsterdam Festival of Lights from November 28-January 19, 2020, the Venice Carnival on 8-25th of February, and don’t miss out on the Ljubljana Dragon Carnival in February, along with many other traditional European events. Go ahead and prepare by booking tickets now.
Thermal villages and towns common in the Central European region today serve as modern SPA centers. These spas are used as alternative method treatments for various ailments. You can opt for Karlovy Vary in the Czech Republic, Budapest in Hungary, Zurich in Switzerland, and Montecatini Terme near Florence in Italy to soothe and restore your mind, body, and soul.
Some particular cities in Northern Europe are the main reasons for travel in Europe; the snowswept landscapes draw in plenty of visitors. Picture Copenhagen with its beautiful design and intertwining streets, Bergen with its vibrant architecture, Stockholm with its 14 magical islands, Oslo surrounded by mountains and seas, and Tallin with its historic buildings all covered in pristine sheets of snow. The breath-taking beauty of these cities will blow you away regardless of the cold weather.
There are fairytale destinations on social media that are home to spectacular views almost every winter. Lake Bled and Ljubljana in Slovenia, Hallstatt, and Salzburg in Austria, Tromsø in Norway and Bern in Switzerland are just a few of them. Take the first step and book a flight. That way you can enjoy the views up close and capture memories of yourself in them!
Another reason to visit Northern Europe especially in winter is the Northern Lights. Plan your holiday from December to February, this is the best time window in which to capture the Northern Lights. You can watch the dancing light show in the sky at Rovaniemi in Finland, Reykjavik in Iceland, Shetland in Scotland, Kiruna in Sweden, Tromsø in Norway. Don't forget to check our article for details of the best locations and times to see the Northern Lights.