Here are the top 10 destinations to visit in Europe this winter
December is knocking at the door, and “I Need Tours” has prepared a list with 10 destinations which you should visit this winter in Europe. The list has places from the polar north, where the ‘serious’ winter and sunless weeks are, to the lighter cold of Mediterranean with Christmas spirit. Europe is gorgeous all year long, but the point is to know where and when to go.
Definitely Rovaniemi in Finland is a must, because it is considered the “official” land residence of Santa Claus. Snow and reindeer add festive spirit, while the Arktikum museum gives insights into life at these latitudes. Finnish thermometers have more numbers below 0°C than above, so pack serious winter clothing.
The romantic historic markets “reborn” all over Germany, Austria and some other nations in center of Europe. These come with the month of December to celebrate Christmas and New Year.
For those who are totally in love with winter and it’s characteristics, ‘I Need Tours’ suggest you Abisko in Sweden. The sun doesn’t rise for several weeks in December and the constant darkness makes it one of the world’s best places to see the majestic aurora borealis. Other attractions include cross-country skiing along national park trails and husky mushing.
For fairytale European winter, it is hard to beat the home of Hans Christian Andersen. Head to the city’s cosy bars and cafes to watch snow flurrying outside. In the heart of town, the 19th-century Tivoli amusement park is a romantic, kitsch delight around Christmastime, with heartwarming illuminations and body-warming mugs of glögg (mulled wine).
Couples skating hand-in-hand, breath cloudy in the frosty air – there’s nowhere better for it than the Hungarian capital’s picturesque central park Városligeti Műjégpálya, with its enormous outdoor rink. Feeling chilly afterwards? Budapest is famous for its ornate thermal baths.
Prague is the snowy fairyland. In winter times the old town is less busy and usually the city is covered by snow and ice. It is a real romantic city break. Join a tour all the way up in Prague’s Castle and be inspired by a wonderful city view from here. The castle is part of key moments of Czech history.
Amsterdam is a real must and can not be missed from any suggestion in any season you want to travel. If you are a party person, the parties there don’t stop all night long. You can go there as well to enjoy a long day of rich culture.From art, museums, history, architecture….
Strasbourg is like a hidden gem located in the Eastern part of France, right at the border with Germany. The most beautiful area here is “La Petit France”. It is an area with old buildings and canals wandering through the old town.
Parts of Andalucía are further south than the African coast so expect mild temperatures in winter. Accommodation is cheap, and crowds are smaller at standout attractions like Granada’s Alhambra or Seville’s Cathedral. Plus, tapas and nightlife in the cities are as enticing as ever.
If you want to avoid the cold of the season, you can enjoy winter differently. Although, speaking about latitudes, it is Africa, the Canary Islands are part of the kingdom of Spain. Enjoy warm weather, long beaches and amazing Spanish culture. Fuerteventura and Tenerife are the most popular ones.