Winter does not have to be a time of hibernation. On the contrary, it may be the ideal time to explore what there is to see in Europe. So pack up your coats and boots and take a journey to one of the following locations for a wonderful winter break getaway. Here are the top winter destinations in Europe.
1. Vienna, Austria
The Austrian capital is a must-see in any season, but the truth is that in winter, its magic increases, making it the ideal destination for colder days. With various markets scattered throughout the city, classical music concerts, and ice rinks for adventures on skates, Vienna is a kind of winter paradise. Lose yourself among the white-washed houses and enjoy some of the city’s historic buildings, such as the Homburg Palace and the Belvedere.
2. Venice, Italy
Venice, Italy, with its immense canals and buildings that transcend history, is one of the most popular getaways for winter break in Europe. Venice is beautiful all year round, but in winter, the city is covered with a mystical fog. The streets empty out a bit during the off season, giving you the chance to explore even the most famous sights free of the masses. Take the opportunity to visit St. Mark’s Basilica and the markets that dot the streets at this time.
3. Budapest, Hungary
With buildings that will leave you breathless, Budapest is a charming city that undoubtedly deserves a visit when the winter cold sets in and the snow begin to fall. There are many Christmas markets that pop up in the city, where it will not be difficult to find delicious food and handicrafts to take home with you. Explore the river on a small boat and, if you dare, experience the famous thermal baths.
5. Abisko, Sweden
Have you ever dreamed of seeing the Northern Lights? Abisko is a small village in Sweden, near the border with Norway, and one of the best – if not the best – sites to witness the unparalleled beauty of the Northern Lights. With sparkling lakes and a huge green mantle, it is the perfect place to escape the buzz of big cities and immerse yourself in nature.
4. Lucerne, Switzerland
Nestled on Lake Lucerne in a breathtaking mountainous setting, this Switzerland town is one of Europe’s best winter gateway as it is during this season that it really comes to life. There are many activities to do once in Lucerne, such as skiing or hiking on the paths that surround the medieval city. But there’s more here than just natural landscapes – lose yourself in its streets and you will see that the architecture is also fascinating.
5. Ljubljana, Slovenia
Ljubljana is a city whose canals contain unparalleled magic. The city is small for a capital, and therefore has a unique, picturesque character which makes it a great destination for a winter getaway. Wander the streets, take a stroll through the Christmas markets, and, if you have the time, take a trip over to Lake Bled, which looks like it’s taken straight from a postcard, especially when the surrounding mountains are covered with snow.