There are those who flee from winter, flocking to warmer climates where they can shed the layers of clothing and relax in the sun. There’s certainly nothing wrong with this at all. But then are other people: those who embrace winter head-on and love it for everything it offers. The cozy atmosphere, the snow-covered trees and sidewalks, the lights, the feeling that the holidays are here and it’s time to be with family. These are all wonderful things that winter brings. If you belong to the later group and are looking for the best places to do winter in Europe than you’ve come to the right place.
There’s no better place for winter-lovers than Innsbruck. Known as the ski and snowboard capital of the world, this charming city in the Austrian Alps is filled with an abundance of ski resorts and wintertime attractions. Having housed the Winter Olympics twice, there are also famous remnants like the ski jump. Olympia SkiWorld Innsbruck offers all-inclusive packages that will make your trip the ultimate of skiing bliss and relaxation. You can also tour the headquarters of the Swarovski Crystals.
One of the coldest European winter destinations, Reykjavik makes the list because of the wonderful northern lights and the amazing landscape filled with countless geothermal pools. Nothing is quite as relaxing as warm natural water outdoor in the cold winter air. The Winter Lights Festival in February is also one of the best events in all of Europe. The city comes alive with an abundance of winter sports, museums events, and lively restaurants.
Like Iceland, while you might not see the light of day during your vacation, the breathtaking northern lights will more than make up for it. Abisko is one of the best places in the world to see this. Don’t miss the chance to visit the world’s first hotel made of ice either, the creatively named Icehotel in nearby Kiruna.
Prague, Czech Republic
Prague’s medieval architecture is never better than in the winter. It’s at if the city was designed with the intention of being observed in the winter. What’s better is that visiting Prague in winter will steer you clear of the tourist crowds. You’ll get to enjoy this beautiful city and its beloved Christmas markets and concerts all at your own leisure.
Zurich’s proximity to the Swiss Alps and the surrounding lakes make it an ideal winter vacation. As you walk down the cobblestone street covered in snow, you’ll admire the architecture and feel the spirit of winter for everything it’s worth. Not only is the environment amazing, but what’s better than mouth-watering Swiss chocolate in the winter?
There are countless option to have a wonderful winter in Europe without heading to the Mediterranean. Embrace the the cold and snow and holiday spirit!
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