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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.

MORE FROM 5 LOST TOGETHER   www.5losttogether.com and instagram.com/5losttogether


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.

MORE FROM DRIFTER PLANET Drifter Planet (+ Things To Do In Germany

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!

MORE FROM GALLIVANT GIRL gallivantgirl.com and facebook.com/GallivantGirl

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.

MORE FROM SURFING THE PLANET Surfing the Planet (+ Pessons Lake, Andorraand facebook.com/surfingtheplanet

 

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.

MORE FROM SHORT HOLIDAYS AND GETAWAYS    Short Holidays and Getaways and facebook.com/shortholidaysandgetaways


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 

travelling with anxiety

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!

MORE FROM MIGRATING MISS migratingmiss.com and facebook.com/migrating miss

 

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. 

MORE FROM INGUARIBILE VIAGGIATORE   Inguaribile Viaggiatore (+ what to see in Brunico) and instagram.com/inguaribile

 

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!

MORE FROM THE LAZY TROTTER  thelazytrotter.com and instagram.com/thelazytrotter

 


READ MORE: Travel Textbook’s Guide To Italy


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.
MORE FROM SIDDHARTH AND SHRUTI:  siddharthandshruti.com and instagram.com/siddharthandshruti

 

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.
MORE FROM THE PORTUGALIST: Portugalist

 

 

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.


READ MORE: Visiting Neuschwanstein Castle From Munich


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!

MORE FROM WANDERER OF THE WORLD: wandereroftheworld.co.uk and facebook.com/worldwanderer 

 

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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29 Responses

  1. Coming from the Netherlands I totally agree with your fave European Winter destinations! 🙂 I personally love Finnish Lapland as well. Totally winter wonder land! And the German Christmas markets of course 🙂 When there is snow, it really adds to the winter vibe of the place 🙂

  2. Fraser
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    Such a great list! Europe in winter is cool

  3. Travelling Dany
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    Prague in Winter (especially Christmas!) is SO beautiful! Yet you missed a place we loved: Krakow, Poland. It’s lovely in Winter, with so much snow and fun activities, and very cheap too, much cheaper than many other EU destinations!

  4. Rachelle
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    I’ve been to a few places on this list, but of course it was during one of the hottest summers on record. I think that anywhere in Germany would be like a fairytale. I think that being able to see Neuschwanstein Castle all covered in snow would be a dream come true, especially for this Disney girl!

  5. Victoria
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    I’ve been to Amsterdam, but Austria is calling my name. I imagine that Milan and its architecture would be amazing to see in the winter! Thanks for including so many different options.

  6. Abigail Sinsona
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    All of these European winter destinations are calling my name. I’ve always wanted to go to Prague and it is good to hear it is a noteworthy destination during winter. And all these Finland towns you’ve listed are also so gorgeous! True winter beauty destinations indeed!

  7. Taylor Johnson
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    I feel like I would choose Finland! Hopefully see Northern Lights

  8. Maxine
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    Such a great list! All of these places look absolutely gorgeous!

  9. Alyson
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    So many to choose! We’ve spent the last 2 winters in Romania and LOVE the snow and ice, it’s wonderful. Prague is a great choice too and I’m glad to see Andorra in there. This winter I think we’ll be sweating it out in Asia and Australia, but I like cold best. Great post!

  10. Nicola
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    Great post with good ideas. I live in Austria, which is beautiful, but winters can be soooo long here. I’d go for Lisbon 😉

  11. European cities are so charming in winter. There are some that are not that cold either (if you go to the south of Spain or any Mediterranean country for that part). But still, what is Christmas without some snow, right! 🙂
    There are few places on your list that I haven’t visited yet, and you made me think about Cologne in Germany. I can only imagine how magical it may be before Christmas! 🙂 Thanks for the idea. 😉

  12. Linda
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    Great list of Europe winter destinations, especially because my home city of Innsbruck in Austria is also on it. If I had to go somewhere else I would choose Utsjoki in Finland.

  13. Lynne Nieman
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    What a great collaboration post with some fab ideas!

  14. Emily Hines
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    This is an awesome list! I’m thinking of doing a wintery getaway this year instead of a beach. Will be saving this.

  15. Danie
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    This is excellent, as I will be in the Neatherlands for New Year’s and want to stay in Europe afterwards! Definitely a few possibilities here – I had been thinking about returning to Spain – but staying somewhere cold had not even occurred to me! Finland and parts of Switzerland look so cozy!

  16. Helena
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    What a great compilation! Really grown to love European winter holidays, they’re always a tad magical. Riga is another great one!

  17. Eryn MacGillivray
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    I’ve never even thought about going to Europe in the winter! But it looks so gorgeous!!

  18. Nick Wheatleys
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    Coming from the USA I have always visited Europe in the summer, but I would love to one day snowboard the Alps – it’s on my bucket list! This articles gives me some new inspiration for other awesome destinations and activites to make a winter Europe trip a must! Helsinki sound particularly enchanting and I would love to see the Northern Lights in Iceland (but boy does it sound cold!) Thanks for putting this list together!

  19. Kate
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    All of these cities look lovely, but I think that all of the ones in Germany look the most magical. Something about the architecture makes it look like the towns and cities have been plucked straight out of a fairytale. I hope that I can make it to Europe in winter one day so I can finally experience snow.

  20. Drew
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    So many great selections! I love German cities like Cologne around the holiday seasons especially. Nothing better to get you in the festive spirit than a German Christmas Market. There is something about the combination of mulled wine, sweet treats, and some German sausages with spicy mustard!

  21. Suruchi
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    We love travelling in the offseason because the places are less congested and not too pricey. But for Europe, the fear is how we will be able to tackle so much of cold. All the places you have mentioned look beautiful and awesome in winters. So, let’s hope we get that strength to it this year

  22. Elisa
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    I am not a “winter travel”: I hate cold temperatures and I hate Christmas, lol. In the end I would choose Lisbon, after Christmas of course. But you piqued my curiosity with that picture of Helsinki and its light in winter time. I would like to see by myself a landscape like that !

  23. Megan Jerrard
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    Amazing collaboration, yes, while I love Europe in summer, it takes on a whole different persona come winter, and is much more authentic once the summer crowds dissapate. My favorite was Helsinki, I visited in February a couple of years ago, so it was nice to see it made your list – such a stunning wonderland, and while cold, everything quite literally glistened, the air even glittered it was so cold! It was like being in the set of Frozen – I loved every moment!

  24. Anna Johnston
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    I live in the Whitsundays in Australia, just had my first winter here where the lowest temps were around 15c, ohhhhh the complaining that went down about that. Haha. So, I am really not a winter person, but would love to be a winter lover tho, all that snow is gorgeous, and all the clothing layers, hats and beanies, how fantastic is it that you dont have to worry about brushing your hair. BUT… Sign me up for a day at Chocoversum Chocolate factory in Hamburg, Germany. 🙂

  25. Kay Marie
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    The pictures, the details, the entire blog post! I loved everything. Although we are starting our adventures in SE Asia, I’ve already bookmarked this page to help decide where to go next year in the winter. I’m looking for the best skiing and prettiest scenery around. Your pictures were definitely eye porn!

  26. Sarah
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    So many to choose from! I’ve only every travelled to a few on this list (Prague and Amsterdam) in the summer time, but would love to head over to a few of the Christmas markets!

  27. Karolina
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    Amazing list! Thanks! pinned and saved for future reference 😀 I’ve seen part of the listed places, but the whole post concept is awesome – congrats!

  28. Amy
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    Europe is AMAZING in winter. My personal fave city is Edinburgh, Scotland. But every place is great in its own way. Excellent list!

  29. Kelly
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    Great info! Will be in Europe next month and will definitely use your tips!

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