In Europe, winter always comes in many guises, the polar north is characterized by serious now and sunless days while in the mild Mediterranean, lingering sunshine alongside a safe and cozy café culture is what welcomes the Christmas spirit. Winter however is the most inspiring time to get to grand metropolises and charming villages as there are no queues and the low cost accommodation packages make traveling appealing. You might consider to us Europe’s train network to explore great destinations of your leisure, here are some Europe greatest winter destinations.
Rovaniemi in Finland
Pack heavy clothing’s before you get to the “official” terrestrial Santa Claus residence. You will love to interact with everyone’s favorite father of Christmas who stays up in Arctic Circle in Grotto and it’s free to check him out. Get to the rein deer and flow with the festive spirit, where you can also consider to get to the Arktum museums which best give insight into magical life at zero degrees altitudes.(image by Helran).
Christmas markets in Germany & Austria
December marks the sprouting of historic markets all over Germany as well as other central European nations. You will get everything from cute stalls that sell everything ranging from sleigh bells to gingerbread as well as good cheer that are toasted with gluhwein warming glass. We recommend you however avoid large and famous markets like Munich, Vienna and Cologne that draw large crowds, instead try out smaller markets in other smaller towns which are quite cheap, affordable and rewarding.
Abisko is located in the far north and is almost the furthest place you can get on a European train. Abisko is in Lapland and for lovers it’s the ideal place in winter. The sun usually does not rise in several weeks during the month of December and January, this makes it unique and the darkness creates a perfect time for one to see the majestic aurora borelias. Other significant and famous attractions include the cross country skiing that’s done in national park trails as well as husky mushing. You can stop of at Kiruna where you can see the amazing Ice Hotel.
Athens is just a perfect and peaceful destination especially in winter seasons, its streets are less crowded, tourist pricing is also conducive, there’s no the intense heating, long queues and air pollution. You will love to explore the country’s most ancient heritages and also their local cultures. You can consider doing some island hopping but remembering that most accommodations close for winters so book in advance or enquire in advance to avoid last minute surprises.(image by Panagis Chartouliaris).
Copenhagen in Denmark
Denmark is home to the hyped little mermaid as well as Hans Christian Andersen, forget them and go to the cozy cafes and bars where you can watch the snow flurrying outside. You can also consider getting to Tivoli amusement park which is romantic and kitsch delight with heartwarming illuminations as well as body warming glogg mugs. Remember to go for a splashing meal at Noma which is considered as one of the world’s best restaurant.
You may also consider getting to other destinations after trying out these which are even ideal for families. Accommodation and food prices are also quite affordable. Make your reservations early as most budget hotels are known to fill very quickly.
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