Ultimate Tasmania Itinerary: 10 Days In Tasmania

Ultimate Tasmania Itinerary: 10 Days In Tasmania

Tasmania, Australia used to be the butt of many Aussie jokes. But it's not quite like that anymore. As people everywhere are learning about the magnificence of this island state, it is blossoming into a tourism, foodie and outdoor adventure mecca. With remote wilderness landscapes, expansive surf beaches, an emerging café scene, and regular music and arts festivals, now is the time to visit Australia's island state (before the secret's well and truly out about Tasmanian holidays).

 

As a Tasmanian myself, I often hear people saying "I have always wanted to go to Tasmania, but never had the chance", or "one day I'll go to Tasmania". It might be the southern-most point in Australia and the edge of the world, but with incredibly cheap and quick flights from the mainland there is no excuse any more. Only 1 hour and $50-$100 by plane from Melbourne and you are transported to another world. A world of tranquility, the freshest air, and the most exciting adventures.

 

You can be forgiven for wondering "what would a Tasmanian holiday actually look like?" Well, here is a Tasmania itinerary I prepared earlier. Jam packed full of the best this beautiful state has to offer.

 


READ MORE: 40 BEST Ways To Spend Your Summer In Tassie


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A subterranean walkway at MONA (photo from Sahra via Flickr)

 

Day 1: Hobart


So you've arrived in Hobart. Welcome to Tasmania's exquisite capital city -- the perfect place to start your journey!

 

After sorting out a rental car (trust me, in Tassie you'll need one) and checking into your accommodation it's time to hit MONA. MONA is the Museum of Old and New Art and it has been getting some serious attention recently. This museum is guaranteed to make an impression with the attention-grabbing art. You can even see an artificial poo machine... now that's something you don't see that every day.

 

A walk around Sullivan's Cove and the wharf is a great way to spend a pleasant evening in Hobart. This area extends into Salamanca so there are plenty of restaurants and bars to keep you occupied. Make sure to try some of Tasmania's well-renowned whiskey, wine, and seafood if you can.

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Saturday markets at Salamanca (photo from Robyn Jay via Flickr)

 

Day 2: Hobart or Bruny Island


Head down to the beautiful sandstone-clad Salamanca Place in the morning. Locals know that Salamanca is the place for brunch. The pick of the bunch would be the Machine Laundry Café or Smolt in Salamanca Square, or head up to nearby Battery Point to eat at Jackman and McRoss or Pollen Tea Room.

 

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If you're in Hobart on Saturday then you should make sure you wander around Salamanca Market. This market is Australia's largest open air market and is full of fantastic stalls. Salamanca Market has oodles of fresh Tasmanian food, local musical talent, and trinkets. The atmosphere is unforgettable!It runs from 8:30am - 3:00pm on Saturdays

 

In the afternoon, pay Mt Wellington a visit for the (uncontested) best view of Hobart. It’s a comfortable 20min drive from the CBD and the road takes you to the summit. All along the mountain there are plenty of places to stop and admire including Secret Falls at the Foothills, having a bite to eat at the Fern Tree Tavern, or walking the Pipeline Track. A full list of walks around the mountain area can be found at Greater Hobart Trails. I would recommend a stop at the Organ Pipes walking track on the drive down. It only takes 20mins walking until you're right up close and personal with the imposing rock spires.

 

If you're heading up in winter there is regularly snow and the road might be closed (plus it's freezing cold eek!), so be prepared!

 

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The view of Hobart from Mount Wellington (photo from Adam Selwood via Flickr)

 

For the best evening vibes head to the suburb of North Hobart. North Hobart boasts a restaurant strip that puts all others to shame and it continues to get better and better. Along the North Hobart strip you can indulge in a drink or two at Room For a Pony, grab some mouth-watering food at Pancho Villa or Capital, or see some live music at the Republic Bar.

 

ALTERNATIVE: If Mount Wellington and Salamanca don't tickle your fancy, a trip to Bruny Island may be a great alternative.

 

Day 3: Tasman Peninsula and Port Arthur


 

It's time to say goodbye to beautiful Hobart and start exploring further from the capital. Where's the best place to venture to first? Well it's gotta be the Tasman Peninsula. This is the epicentre of rugged landscapes and Tassie history. Drive on down to Eaglehawk Neck which will take about an hour and a half. At Eaglehawk Neck you will find extensive views out to Tasman Cape.

 

In the Eaglehawk Neck area there is plenty to see. If you're on Instagram you have most likely already gawked at the geometric patterns of the Tessellated Pavement -- now it's time to see them in real life. Also it is worth seeing Tasman Arch and the Blow Hole. These are all only a couple of minutes away.

 

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The Port Arthur Penitentiary (photo from Andrew Braithwaite via Flickr)

 

Next, head to the former convict settlement of Port Arthur. Here you can uncover Tasmania's fascinating convict past. Many of the sites are well-preserved plus there are plenty of picnic spots to enjoy a packed lunch. If you're feeling a bit spooky then there are ghost tours at night around many of the old prison buildings. This tour gets the nerves going and also provides some more intriguing insight.

 

You can buy tickets for the Port Arthur Historic Site here

 

Once you've had your dose of convict history, drive down to the start of the Cape Hauy walking track. There is a well maintained camping area at Fortescue Bay located amongst picturesque bushland and beaches. This is a spectacular place to camp (assuming the weather is good) and it at the starting point for one of Tasmania's greatest short walks.

 


READ MORE: Tasmania's Best Short Walks


 

Day 4: Tasman Peninsula and the Capes


 

Today is going to be a big day so start early. It's time to pack up the campsite, put on those hiking boots and start this epic day walk. The Cape Hauy walk is a relatively leisurely 3.5/4 hours return. This hike will show you dramatic and jaw-dropping sea cliff views. Since the Three Capes Track was developed the infrastructure here has improved a lot so the tracks are a lot easier now. Keep your eye on the ocean too because pods of seals and dolphins are commonplace around here!

 

The Cape Hauy walk is the easiest (and quickest) of the cape walks but provides equally spectacular views. If you are looking for something more challenging then Cape Raoul or Cape Pillar might be for you.

 

In the afternoon, settle back into the car and head up to Tasmania’s East Coast. It's now aptly named the "Great Eastern Drive" and you will soon see why. The coastal scenery is spectacular! Aim for Coles Bay which has a huge range of camping and other accommodation options. This is about a 3 hour drive from Cape Hauy so plan accordingly.

 

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Day 5: Freycinet National Park


Now you're in Coles Bay you can access the many amazing day hikes nearby. People come here is primarily to see Wineglass Bay so you should, too. There are several walks which get you to Wineglass Bay or to some amazing views. There is the traditional saddle walk over the Hazards Mountains with a half-way lookout point, or you can climb up Mount Amos for a view with some serious height advantage.

 

If you just feel like quickly seeing Wineglass Bay and then heading back and relaxing then I would recommend doing the lookout walk (1hr return) and then coming back to Honeymoon Bay. Honeymoon Bay is within the borders of Freycinet National Park and is a secluded, peaceful beach. It is the perfect place to kick back and read a book. Sunsets and sunrises anywhere around Freycinet National Park are bold and worth watching.

 

Coles Bay is a great base for kayaking and fishing if you want a break from hikes. For surfers, Friendly Beaches is only a short drive away and gets great waves.

 

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The view of Wineglass Bay from the lookout

 

 

Day 6: East Coast of Tasmania and Bay of Fires


 

Continue making your way up the coast. When going through Bicheno don’t forget to stop for a pie at Blue Edge Bakery - they're pretty famous in Tassie! Bicheno itself is a pleasant seaside town with a beautiful beach. It is worthwhile taking a break from driving and hanging out here for a while.

 

If you are looking for a break from the coast, taking a side trip to Douglas Apsley National Park is a good option. This National Park is packed full of waterfalls and has a famous watering hole. The watering hole is the perfect place for a refreshing dip.

 

The stretch of coastline that steals my heart is the Bay of Fires, just north of the Binalong Bay along the upper sections of the Great Eastern Drive. It is easy to spend hours strolling along the vast empty beaches admiring the striking coastline. Much of the coastline is an orange colour due to the lichen and it gives a spectacular effect.

 

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Day 7: Launceston


 

Today aim for Tasmania’s second biggest city: Launceston. Along the way there is an excellent dairy at Pyengana that produces delicious award-winning cheeses and ice cream. All these joys can be found at their Holy Cow Café.

 

Only a few minutes' drive from the dairy is St Columba Falls, one of the highest water cascades in Tasmania. The waterfall is only a short walk to reach from the carpark. The rolling farming hills around Scottsdale are very picturesque to drive past as you continue on to Launceston.

 

When arriving in Launceston head to the Queen Victoria Museum. This place has some great exhibits on Launceston's railway heritage, blacksmith factories and Tasmanian fauna. For lunch, the café on site has affordable food and seating inside an old railway carriage. If museums are not your thing, driving along the Tamar Valley just north of Launceston is another option. This region is full of rich farmland with many wineries, berry farms and lavender fields. Many businesses sell products right from the farm or cellar door, so stop off at any that take your fancy.

 

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Green surrounds of the Tamar Valley (by dal48 via Flickr) 

 

In the evening grab some BBQ items from a supermarket (along with anything you picked up in the Tamar Valley) and head to the Cataract Gorge. This canyon is only a few minutes drive out of the town centre and is a pleasant picnic spot with free BBQs on site. It's one of Launceston's icons and a great place to spend an evening. You can go swimming in the pool or Gorge itself for free, so pack the swimmers and go for a refreshing dip.

 

 

 

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The Cataract Gorge - a great picnic or BBQ spot (photo by Atsushi Kase via Flickr)

 

Day 8: Cradle Mountain and Liffey Falls


 

Time to head to one of Tasmania's most famous locations: Cradle Mountain. Pay Liffey Falls a visit along the way for a gorgeous pitstop. It's a peaceful waterfall nestled amongst lush Tasmanian rainforest and worth some time.

 

There are many styles of accommodation within the Cradle Mountain National Park. You can choose between camping, cabins or lodges. There are many stunning walks for all abilities and capturing the beauty of Cradle Mountain is possible with most of them. Easier walks such as the Dove Lake Circuit are accessible and stunning. If you're game then you can try the Cradle Mountain summit which gets pretty steep towards the end but is comfortably a day walk. Visit the Information Centre on site for a comprehensive list of walks and check the weather before leaving, conditions can change quickly!

 

 

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Many tourists miss Liffey Falls -- don't make that mistake! (Photo by Scott Cresswell via Flickr) 

 

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A spectacular view of Cradle Mountain and Dove Lake (photo by Chris Baxter via Flickr)

 

 

Day 9: Stanley and the North-West


When you feel satisfied with what you've seen at Cradle Mountain you can pack up camp and make your way along the Northwest Coast. There are many great locations to stop and take in the views, such as Table Cape which is a lighthouse-topped landmass with tulip fields bursting into colour during spring.

 

Boat Harbour is another spot worth checking out. This place is a small seaside town with a calm sheltered beach perfect to have a picnic on. Stanley is a unique location to visit made famous by 'The Nut', a large rock landmass towering above the fishing village below. Climbing The Nut is a bit of a Stanley rite of passage.

 

 

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Stanley and 'The Nut' (photo from Eli Duke via Flickr)

 

Day 10: The Hardest Part (Leaving)


 

On Day 10 you will probably have make your way back to wherever you're leaving from and this can be done in several ways.

 

LAUNCESTON

Leaving from Launceston would give you more time to relax and is the best option. Driving to Launceston from Stanley would take about 2:30hrs and can be done via Burnie and Devonport.

HOBART

If you're leaving from Hobart you can drive down directly through the Midlands Highway which would take around 4:45hrs but isn't the most scenic route. Alternatively you can take the longer (around 6:00hrs) and winder option which goes down the western side of Tassie. Here you can pass through rugged Tasmanian destinations such as Queenstown and Derwent Bridge (and possibly pop into Strahan).

 


 

Having grown up in Tasmania it is a place that I will always recommend to family and friends. Tasmania is truly unique and will take your breath away. The Apple Isle is packed full of adventure and 10 days will give you a good sample. With a growing tourism industry, the time to visit Tasmania is now. The infrastructure is in place and the numbers are starting to creep up so get in while you can. If you enjoy good food, an emerging art scene, and rugged natural beauty, then this is the place for you. There is so much more than what is mentioned in this Tasmania Itinerary but it is a good start.

 


 

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Ultimate Europe Winter: BEST European Winter Destinations

Ultimate Europe Winter: BEST European Winter Destinations

Although a Europe winter can be cold, there are plenty of reasons to visit which vastly outweigh the chilly temperatures. With fewer crowds, cheaper prices, and fairytale-esque snowy landscapes, Europe is an undeniable winter wonderland. For us in the Southern hemisphere, our holidays usually mean that European holidays often happen in the wintery months. But never fear! At first many people might not be too stoked with this, but trust me, it is a blessing in disguise.

 

Having just spent a winter in Europe, I am now on board the winter bandwagon (although any season in Europe is awesome). Not all destinations are the same in winter as in summer, and if you are planning a winter itinerary there are considerations that need to be made. A lot of guide books and blogs are written for the summer months which sometimes isn’t too helpful for planning a winter itinerary. So, I have recruited some well-respected travel bloggers to weigh in and share their favourite European winter destinations. These destinations are varied, unique, and truly shine in the winter. So sit back, relax, and get ready for some wintery wanderlust.

 

 

Prague, Czech Republic

Written by 5 Lost Together 

Prague Winter

 

Prague is a beautiful city to visit in the winter months, especially if you visit during the Christmas market season. The city is usually blanketed in a dusting of snow, enhancing the beauty. Much of the Old Town survived the destruction of the 20th century and you can wander endless cobblestone streets and winding laneways. When visiting in winter, you can warm up in Prague‘s ten major museums or better yet, duck into a cafe for some world-renowned beer.

 

The Christmas market in the Old Town Square features quaint red huts selling unique handicrafts, jewellery and toys. The scent of fragrant baking and mulled wine fills the air and warms your spirit even on the coldest days. There is a giant Christmas tree lit up in the Square where carollers gather nightly during the festive season. Another great place to warm up is Vytopna Railway Restaurant where you can sample traditional Czech food, but also have beer delivered to your table via train. Prague truly is a winter wonderland and makes a great European winter destination.

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READ MORE: Travel Textbook’s Quick Guide To Prague


Hamburg, Germany

Written by Drifter Planet

Hamburg Winter

If you live in Europe, then Hamburg in Germany is one of the best places for a winter holiday. Not only will you get to witness the famous German Christmas market (Nov and Dec) here in Hamburg, but also Hamburger Dom Funfair (November). The latter is one of the biggest public festivals in the North of Germany. With canals, pretty houses, historical architecture, a red light district, interesting street art and an amazing party scene, Hamburg offers something for every kind of a traveler. Hamburg also has a lot of interesting attractions that are indoors and can be visited when it’s too cold outside.

You can spend a day at Chocoversum Chocolate factory, the Miniature Wonderland, or check out Elb Tunnel which is the longest underwater river tunnel in the world. Even if you don’t visit any of the famous attractions, you’re going to love walking around in Hamburg because it’s very pretty. Believe it or not, this city has more bridges than Amsterdam and Venice combined.

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Portes du Soleil, French Alps

Written by A World To Travel

Avoriaz Winter

My love for mountains and snowboarding lead me to work on-and-off for five consecutive winters (and a whole Summer) in ski resorts spread across the Alps. I got to know epic resorts like Val Thorens, Saint-François-Longchamp, Risoul-Vars, Pra Loup, Les Deux Alpes, and many others. But my favourite was, indeed, Portes du Soleil. Portes du Soleil is one of the largest resorts in the world. It encompasses thirteen resorts between Mont Blanc in France and Lake Geneva in Switzerland, making a skiable area of 650km with 10 terrain parks. I was often based in Avoriaz while working there.

Although it is not the highest (as the highest you can go skiing is 2400m), Portes du Soleil enjoys lots of powder and attracts every kind of crowd. Fun is not a problem either and Avoriaz has nightclubs to party the night away if bad weather is forecast for the next day. And best of all, you are never waiting too long in the queues due to the massive skiable domain.

Helsinki, Finland

Written by The Crowded Planet

Helsinki Winter

One of the best things about travelling in Northern Europe is that you can visit in different seasons and have completely different experiences. The Finnish capital of Helsinki is one of my favourite destinations ever. If you asked me when to visit, I would definitely recommend visiting in winter. The city is simply magical during the cold season! If you visit in January and February the days are very short, but the light looks so special, as if it were golden hour all day long. You can also enjoy wonderful winter activities like dogsledding and snowmobiling not far from Helsinki, and if you’re brave enough you simply must try ice swimming after a sauna! This picture was taken from a helicopter tour of the city, another highly recommended activity if you’re visiting in winter.

MORE FROM THE CROWDED PLANET  www.thecrowdedplanet.com and Visiting Helsinki In Winter

Lauterbrunnen, Switzerland

Written by Travel Textbook 

Interlaken

Switzerland as an entire country is the perfect winter destination, but no single place sums it up quite like Lauterbrunnen. Nestled in a valley of sheer cliffs, complete with cascading waterfalls, Lauterbrunnen is a postcard-perfect Swiss town. Enjoying some soul-warming fondue whilst overlooking the iconic church towards the Alps as people are skydiving overhead; is there anything more iconically Swiss winter?


READ MORE: Guide To Lauterbrunnen, Grindelwald and Interlaken


The Peaks District, United Kingdom

Written by Gallivant Girl

Peak District Winter

The Peak District National Park is a must-visit for keen hikers. Just 30 minutes by train from Sheffield and Manchester, the Peak District is an accessible getaway from city life. While it is undoubtedly most popular during the summer months, winter days are also ideal for exploring. Not only is it less busy, but it can feel like a true winter wonderland with snowy views for miles over rolling hills on a clear day. The English winds can form unusual and truly stunning ice formations, which makes visiting in winter an entirely different experience to the greener summer months.

The Peak District offers trails for all abilities. There are plenty of options for keen hikers seeking a full-day adventure – Kinder Scout, the highest point (636m) is particularly beautiful on snowy days. Those seeking a more leisurely stroll can enjoy the views of the peaks while walking between pubs in the nearby towns, which serve roast chestnuts, hot spiced cider and mulled wine to weary hikers. Castleton is a great option with an annual Christmas tree festival and Santa’s Grotto. Be sure to wrap up warm, and if it’s snowy – take a sledge!

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Cologne, Germany

Written by From Real People

Cologne Winter

The city of Cologne is most famous for its stunning Gothic Cathedral.   Traditional German efficient did not extend to its construction however, which first started in 1248 but was not completed until over 630 years later in 1880.  The Cathedral sits on the banks of the Rhine River that is another reason to visit this beautiful city.  For the best view of both the river and the Cathedral, take a trip to the top of the Koln Triangle Tower on the other side of the river.

Although it’s a great place to visit at any time of the year, the best time to visit Cologne is in the 4 to 5 weeks before Christmas.  The reason?  It’s amazing Christmas Markets.  Lots of cities around the world have Christmas Markets but in Cologne there are 7 different markets, all with their own theme and style.  From the grand splendour of the Cathedral Market, the cute and cosy feel of the Alt Stadt Market at Heumarkt through to the famous Angel Market at Neumarkt and the Gay Market at Christmas Avenue, there really is something for everyone.  There’s nothing more likely to get you into the Christmas spirit than a hot Gluhwein in this amazing city.

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Lisbon, Portugal

Written by Breathing Travel

Winter Lisbon
What once used to be a hidden gem of Europe is rapidly becoming a travelling hotspot. Not only is Lisbon gathering popularity throughout the heat of long summer nights, but especially in the colder months of the year. While the rest of Europe is putting on gloves and beanies, even in winter, the temperatures will not drop below 10 degrees in Portugal’s capital city. There truly is some special vibe about this city at anytime of the year, with the Barrio Alto offering cosy bars and cafés with affordable food and drinks, as well as day trips to beautiful seaside towns that are just a stone’s throw away! Not least, the people you meet in the streets of Lisbon are one of the friendliest you will possibly find in Europe! Lisbon is full of cosmopolitan people who happily chat to travellers passing by. These people make incredible local tour guides, and instead of charging money you exchange shared happiness and travel stories.

 

Budapest, Hungary

Written by Getting Stamped

Budapest

One of our favourite European winter trips was a river cruise down the Danube River. Our trip started in Budapest, this was our first trip to Budapest so we added on a week so we can check out all the things to do in Budapest before we headed down the Danube. Winter in Budapest is gorgeous. There are Christmas markets set up throughout the city, the temperature is chilly but not freezing a comfortable 4-10ºC, there aren’t a ton of tourists in town, and the hotel prices are lower. Budapest reminds me a lot of Prague (which I also love) but way fewer people and even cheaper prices (yes this is possible). I loved wandering the streets and stumbling on Christmas markets and warming up with a  cup of hot mulled wine all while getting some Christmas shopping done.

Andorra

Written by Surfing The Planet

Andorra winter

Andorra is a tiny country in Europe, situated in the Pyrenees Mountains between Spain and France. Despite its size, it has its own identity and the principal official language is Catalan. The main reason to visit Andorra is the fantastic mountainous landscape you can enjoy here.

In winter, Andorra is a great and relatively cheap ski destination with some of the major ski stations of the continent. The two main ski areas are Grandvalira and Vallnord. Grandvalira is for braver people and has many black runs, whereas Vallnord, in the Northeast, is known for easier slopes. Of course you don’t have to ski to enjoy winter in Andorra – you can try a lot of other activities such as sledging, ice-skating or snowshoeing. A bonus is that Andorra is known for its great thermal baths, so after a tiresome day, you can relax in one of the country’s great spas.

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Kitzbühel, Austria

Written by Short Holidays and Getaways

Kizbuhel Austria Winter

 

Kitzbühel is a medieval town located in the Tyrol region of Austria, in a valley at the foot of the Kitzbüheler Horn. Kitz is a fashionable ski resort, attracting international visitors to the snow season. The famous downhill Hahnenkamm ski race is also held in Kitzbühel. Not only is the skiing fantastic, but the town is archetypically beautiful, with brightly coloured buildings. There are church steeples, cafés with faux fur rugs adorning chairs, and horse-drawn carriage rides. This is a very cute Tyrolean town and one that is magical in winter.

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READ MORE: Travel Textbook’s Guide To Austria


 

Amsterdam, the Netherlands

Written by Travel Highway

Amsterdam Winter

The name “Amsterdam” may conjure up images of canals, bicycles, and cheese (or even cannabis and the Red Light District). All true. Because of these, this city is bustling with tourists during the summer season, which is an excellent time to visit, weather-wise. But it also the most crowded season and you find people literally everywhere. Amsterdam attracts way more than 7 million tourists per year which is a staggering number compared to other European cities. No wonder the pleasant summers are so crammed.
One other season that is a great option to explore Amsterdam is winter. Sure, there is snow and the temperatures fall less than the freezing point at times, but the twinkling streets of Amsterdam makes it all worth it. The alluring canals, the romantically lit-up bridges, the happening Centraal region, restaurants, eat-outs, and flea markets attract visitors regardless of whether it’s day or night. It is also an excellent time to visit historic landmarks and museums such as Anne Frank’s house, Dam Square, Van Gogh Museum, Rijksmuseum, Vondelpark and many more. Yet another major advantage is the accommodation is way cheaper compared to peak seasons, making it a more affordable time to visit. If you have slightest doubts about visiting Amsterdam during winter, don’t. The most liberal and accommodating city in the world is sure to win you over during coldest of the cold winter days (and nights).

MORE FROM TRAVEL HIGHWAY  Short Holidays and Getaways and facebook.com/shortholidaysandgetaways

 

 

Utsjoki, Finland

Written by Global Brunch

Utsjoki Finnish Lapland

Utsjoki is the perfect winter wonderland. It is the ideal winter destination if you love all things snow and want to experience one of Europe’s last true wildernesses. Utsjoki is the northernmost municipality in the European Union, located 450km North of the Arctic Circle. The breath-taking Arctic landscape surrounding Utsjoki is not just pretty to look at, but is a playground for the best outdoor winter activities. Explore this winter paradise with a snowmobile, snowshoes, cross-country skis or on a husky sled – the choice is yours! One of my personal favourites is taking a snowmobile out into the Arctic Tundra for a fun day of ice fishing and campfires.

Winter is a great time for Northern Light chasing in Utsjoki. Thanks to its location, the success rate of spotting Auroras is incredibly high. However that is not the only natural phenomenon you can witness there. Every year from November until January Utsjoki is dipped in beautiful pastel colours during Polar Night (the 6 week period when the sun doesn’t rise above the horizon).

MORE FROM GLOBAL BRUNCH  Best Outdoor Activities to Explore Lapland’s Winter Landscape and twitter.com/GlobalBrunch

 

Rothenburg ob der Tauber, Germany

Written by Living La Vida Global

Rothenburg winter

There are things and places that make exploring Europe in winter even more special. If you are visiting during December then exploring Christmas markets is the first bonus, but if that market happens to be in a beautiful fairytale town then you have truly hit the jackpot. A special place like that is Rothenburg ob der Tauber in Germany. Delightful half-timbered houses line the streets and Christmas decorations add to the atmosphere. Gluhwein flows and the famous Schneeballen pastries are everywhere. This town was made for celebrating Christmas.
The scenery around the town is quite magnificent and you should be spending some time both inside and outside the city gates during the short daylight hours. However, it is at nighttime when the real magic starts as the lights sparkle and the feeling of Christmas explodes. Rothenburg ob der Tauber is also the town that inspired the streets in the original Pinocchio story, so strolling down the cobblestone streets makes you feel like you are walking through the pages of a children’s book. There are few places that can match Rothenburg for the quintessential European Winter experience.

MORE FROM LIVING LA VIDA GLOBAL   European Road Trip Food and instagram.com/lavidaglobal/

 


READ MORE: Travel Textbook’s Guide To Germany


Copenhagen, Denmark

Written by Travel Textbook 

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The Danish capital oozes Nordic cool, and is the perfect spot to spend while in the winter. With bustling modern cafés, a trendy art scene, and plenty of beautiful architecture, there is no city that does winter quite like Copenhagen. Spend some time strolling along Nyhavn or marvelling at the gorgeous palaces. Winter feels damn near perfect here (as long as you are not too budget conscious).


READ MORE: The Best Things To Do In Copenhagen


Rovaniemi, Finland

Written by Mind of a Hitchhiker

Adorable Husky Puppers

Santa Claus has many alleged ‘homes’ around the world, but in Rovaniemi they really take the business of Christmas seriously. Located on the Arctic Circle, the Christmas village is open year-round for tourists who want to meet the man behind the holiday. They even hand out (passport) stamps for the collectors. Not a fan of the holiday, the screaming children or displays of late-stage capitalism? There’s plenty of other things to do in Rovaniemi.
Learn about the indigenous peoples of Lapland, the Arctic region and climate change in the gorgeous Arktikum Science Museum. Go dog sledding with excited huskies, reindeer feeding, skiing or ice skating. Most importantly, your chances of seeing the Aurora Borealis (Northern Lights) are higher at this location than most other latitudes. Food-wise, bite into a sautéed reindeer steak, creamy salmon soup or lingonberry porridge. As a last resort, you could head to the one of the northernmost McDonald’s franchises on Earth. Whatever winter activity is on your wish list, they will have it in Rovaniemi.

MORE FROM MIND OF A HITCHHIKER mindofahitchhiker.com and instagram.com/irisveldwijk

Granada, Spain

Written by Migrating Miss

Granada Winter

You may not think of Spain as a great winter destination, but Granada has to be an exception. This beautiful city overlooked by the Alhambra and the Sierra Nevada still sees plenty of sunshine in winter, although the air is definitely cooler. Wander through the whitewashed streets of the Albayzin, the oldest districts of Granada, and watch the sun set behind the Alhambra. You can still eat outside at many of the restaurants and bars, and enjoy traditional Andalusian tapas. Take a day trip to the Sierra Nevada to ski, snowboard, or just experience the snow in Spain, or you can be on the coast in just 1.5 hours. Visiting Granada in winter means less other tourists and still being able to enjoy the same delights the city has to offer in summer, just without the extreme heat and with the opportunity to visit the snow!

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Val Gardena, Italy

Written by Inguaribile Viaggiatore 

Val Gardena Italy

Val Gardena, the snowy paradise of Italian winters, represents the dream of every mountain lover with its wonderful landscapes. The natural beauty of the South Tyrol Dolomites (protected by UNESCO) combined with an enviable skiing infrastructure suited to all needs, make Val Gardena one of the most important resorts in winter tourism.
In Val Gardena you will find the most famous of the Italian ski excursions. Sella Ronda has 26 km of pistes on the majestic Sella Group that we are sure will keep you busy for several hours. If you have decided to spend your week in the wonderful mountains of the Dolomites, you should buy the Skipass Dolomiti Superski which, saving you a lot of money, allows you to access more than 1200 kilometres of slopes. 

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Chamonix, France

Written by Pack The PJs

Chamonix

Chamonix is renowned for being the home of alpine sports, but you don’t have to be a skier to enjoy Chamonix during winter. There are lots of things to see and do, with or without your skis. The beautiful town centre, with lovely churches and traditional buildings, is always open and always busy, whatever the time of year. A small Christmas market turns the town centre into a festive wonderland in December, with restaurants offering outdoor heaters and blankets to those wanting to sit outside surrounded by snow-capped peaks. Restaurants, cafés and patisseries are plentiful, as are premium stores such as Chanel, Benetton and Timberland. Accommodation is abundant and suits all budgets.

From the centre of Chamonix you can take a cable car to Le Brevant, the highest peak on the western side of the valley. From here you get amazing views of the Mont Blanc massif. Some choose to paraglide back down to town from here. The scenic cog train du Montenvers leaves the centre of Chamonix and climbs to the Mer de Glace, the largest remaining glacier in France.

Other popular activities in Chamonix include alpine and valley walking, white water rafting and canyoning, and ice climbing. But for many, Chamonix is simply a lovely place to shop, eat and socialise.

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Milan, Italy

Written by The Lazy Trotter

Milan Winter

Ever thought about visiting the Italian fashion capital city during winter? After Expo 2015 Milan has changed its face, ranking straight to the top of the best destinations in Europe. The city has so much to offer with dozens of bars, restaurants, shops, and clubs popping up all over, and winter os definitely the time to make the most out of it.

If you don’t mind a little bit of cold weather, then there is plenty to look forward to. You will love the scent of roasted chestnuts wafting in the air as you stroll around the narrow streets listening to the music of street artists playing away as you are fascinated by the colourful winter coats moving up and down the main shopping street.

Winter is also a great time to enjoy the numerous Christmas markets taking place both at Duomo Cathedral and Sempione Park. Not to mention the so many hipster and design markets organised inside old, urban buildings that you would never expect. And – don’t forget – winter is the best time of the year to eat the Italian panettone, a typical Milanese sweet bread loaf. You will just love it!

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Akureyri, Iceland

Written by Siddharth and Shruti

Akyreyri Winter
Iceland is an amazing winter destination and we have a special place in our heart for it, because we chose it for our honeymoon. We drove across the country in the winter and absolutely loved it. One of our favourite places in Iceland was the charming town of Akureyri. The biggest advantage of visiting Iceland in winter is, of course, the Northern Lights, and Akureyri is a great location for your viewing pleasure.
A winter holiday without skiing would surely be incomplete.The slopes of Hlíðarfjall in Akureyri are fun for both beginners (like us) and experts alike. Another activity which we would have never have thought of in winter was swimming. The Akureyri thermal pool temperature ranged from a comfortable 27°C to a sultry 42°C! If that’s not enough, you can also visit the arctic circle from the the island Grímsey where the arctic circle crosses Iceland.
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Porto, Portugal

Written by Portugalist

Porto Winter

When most people think of winter destinations, cities in Portugal rarely spring to mind – unless you’re chasing some winter sunshine, that is. But Porto, Portugal’s second city, makes for a surprisingly good winter destination.
Porto has a very different climate to the rest of Portugal, particularly when compared to places like the Algarve, Alentejo, or even Lisbon. While winters in the Algarve are warmer than some summer days in the North of Europe, Porto’s winter climate is similar to what you might find in Ireland or England. It’s cold and it has a real wintery feel to it – perfect weather for enjoying a glass of Port at the many Port houses that dot the Douro.
After that, you can wander through the streets of Porto. Look out for stalls selling hot chestnuts, or duck into a café for a pastel de nata and a warming Galão.
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Neuschwanstein, Germany

Written by Travel Textbook 

Neuschwanstein

If you’re thinking of an iconic fairytale winter in Europe then you have to include a trip to Neuschwanstein Castle in Germany. Partially the inspiration for the Disney Castle, this castle is pretty much perfect. Visiting Neuschwanstein in winter comes with many bonuses including: way fewer crowds (meaning you won’t have to compete for this view), and the out-of-this world dusting of snow. Visiting Neuschwanstein from Münich is easy and it is a fantastic Bavarian day trip.


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Ruka, Finland

Written by Wanderer of the World

Ruka Finland Winter

Ruka in the North of Finland is a perfect winter destination for a number of reasons. For a start, this time of year sees it turn into the perfect winter wonderland, complete with fluffy, deep snow, inky blue skies and snow-topped fir trees.

Ruka itself is home to a great ski resort. It’s not the best for beginners, but if you’re an Intermediate or Advanced level skier, then there are some thrilling runs here to keep you entertained. It also doesn’t get overly busy during ski season here, which is a bonus.

Furthermore, a vacation in Finland should most definitely involve some of their varied winter sports! Why not try husky sledding? Snowmobiling? Reindeer sleigh rides? You name it, the possibilities for fun (and unique) winter sports are endless!

Whilst you’re in Finland, I’d recommend booking your stay in a traditional log cabin, which usually come with log fires and private saunas. Add Glögi (a type of Finnish mulled wine) to your evenings and your winter will be truly cosy and spectacular!

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Innsbruck, Austria

Written by Travel Tyrol 

Innsbruck Winter

The Tyrolean capital of Innsbruck is one of the best winter destinations in Europe for people who like to combine skiing with the pleasures of city life. You can literally be on a ski slope on the Nordkette mountain chain within 40 minutes of leaving the city center. Several other ski resorts are less than an hour away from Innsbruck, including the popular Stubai glacier. Even if you don’t like skiing, Innsbruck has lots to offer in the form of arts and culture during winter. It’s Golden Roof, Imperial Palace, Ambras Castle, and Bergisel Ski Jump with Panorama Museum are just some of the attractions that remain popular year-round. Winter also lends a special charm to the Swarovski Crystal Worlds in nearby Wattens. Snow-covered mountain peaks, a medieval old town, magical Christmas markets if you are lucky to visit in December – what else do you need in a great winter destination?

 

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Gyeongbokgung: Visual Guide To A Palace

Gyeongbokgung: Visual Guide To A Palace

Gyeongbokgung Palace stands as one of Seoul’s premiere and most iconic attractions. The Palace itself has existed on these grounds for thousands of years, however it tragically burned down in the 16th century. What remains today is the exact replication built in the 19th century of what used to stand (and trust me, you wouldn’t know it was a replica unless you were told).

 

If you are a lover of architecture, history, or culture, you will enjoy a trip to Gyeongbokgung. The affordable entry price makes it accessible to all travellers, and there is enough to see here to warrant at least a half day. Many people walk around in the traditional hanbok dress which adds even more to the atmosphere.

 

I absolutely fell in love with this palace and its gorgeous grounds. It was quintessentially Korean and the perfect place to spend an afternoon with your camera. Below is a photo gallery of Gyeongbokgung Palace which will hopefully show you some of the special things to be found in the complex. It is hard to do a place like Gyeongbokgung justice because the architecture is so intricate, but this should provide an insight into the true wonder of the palace.

 

 

The Basics


Entry: 3000 Korean won

Opening hours: January-February 09:00-17:00, March-May 09:00-18:00, June-August 09:00-18:30, September-October 09:00-18:00, November-December 09:00-17:00

Subway station: Gyeongbokgung

 

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Amazing Short Walks In Tasmania

Amazing Short Walks In Tasmania

I might be a little bit biased, but Tasmania is an amazing island and somewhere that everyone should come and visit! Although the weather is subject to quick changes, the pristine and clean surrounds can be appreciated at any time of the year. Aside from fresh air and fantastic food, Tasmania is best known for its natural beauty. The stunning scenery means there are plenty of epic hikes to enjoy.

 

Although there are stacks of extensive hikes, the most popular walks are the shorter ones. After living in Tasmania for most of my life, I have had the chance to try a fair few and here are the recommendations.

 

 

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Russell Falls – 20 mins return


Russell Falls

 

 

Hartz Peak – 4 hours return


 

Cape Hauy – 4 hours return


 

Cape Raoul – 5 hours return


Cape Raoul

 


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Mt Wellington Organ Pipes – 3 hours return


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Pandani Grove – 40 mins return


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The Nut Plateau and Circuit – 1.5 hours return


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Dove Lake Circuit – 2 hours return



Crater Lake Circuit – 2 hours return


 

 

Cradle Mountain Summit – 7 hours return


 

 

Lake St Clair – 1 hour


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Wineglass Bay and Hazards Beach – 4.5 hours return (or 1 hour return to the look out)


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For further information and details for the hikes, check out TasTrails or Parks and Wildlife. These websites are reputable and have fantastic information about hiking in Tasmania.

 

Travel Plans: Travel Textbook’s January Plan

Travel Plans: Travel Textbook’s January Plan

After months of responding to “where is your next destination?” with mumbling and random plans, the time has come where I have a concrete answer. With stunning landscapes and my all-time-favourite food, it is a country I have always wanted to visit but have never managed to tie in. This nation is also the most-searched for term on Travel Textbook, so hopefully I will be able to write some articles which can be helpful to you guys.

 

So, which country is my next destination?

 

Japan!

 

After bringing in the New Year at Falls Festival Marion Bay, I will be jetting off to Japan with my family. Having never there before, there are some loose plans in place but I would love to hear what you guys recommend! I am so excited to be spending some time with my family after hardly being able to see them this year because of placement, so it will be great to hang out together again.

 

So far the idea is to fly into Osaka and spend a while exploring Osaka and Kyoto. Also heading to Nara, Himeji, and Hiroshima. After that, we will going up to Tokyo via Hakone and doing *something* involving Mt. Fuji. To finalise the trip, we are hitting the slopes at Nozawa Onsen. I have never ever gone skiing or snowboarding before (and am hugely uncoordinated), so we’ll see how it goes but I imagine it’ll look like a less cute version of Bambi on ice! Nevertheless, it is really exciting and I cannot wait to try it. Who knows, maybe it’ll be my calling 

 

Once the trip is done, the fam will stay on to see more of the country, and I’ll be jumping on the plane and heading back to fourth year placement. Fourth year is touted as the hardest year of medicine at Monash and is some big, mythical, scary thing which hangs over our heads as we go through. So with that in mind, this break will definitely be enjoyed before knuckling down!

 

I would love to hear from you guys about your Japan recommendations as I know many of you have visited before. You can comment here or get in touch via any social media channels or at [email protected] — any advice would seriously be appreciated!

 

 

 

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