5 Winter Destinations in Europe You Need to Visit
Vacation isn’t just reserved for the summertime and there is nothing quite like wrapping up warm and jetting off on an exciting winter break. A new study found that over 112 million Americans will go on holiday between December 23 to January 2. Most major cities are crowd-free and brimming full with winter-time traditions that can unlock new experiences and potential.
Think Christmas markets, mulled wine, snowy landscapes, and more when you book a winter break trip away to these 5 must-visit getaway destinations in Europe.
The epitome of a winter wonderland, Rovaniemi is known worldwide for being the official home of Santa Claus. The capital of Finnish Lapland, this magical city is packed full of enchanted snowy fun including husky rides, admiring the Northern Lights, or visiting a real reindeer farm.
A perfect getaway for families with little ones, you can take the kids to Santa’s Village and tour the famous Post Office and souvenir shops.
Skiing, hiking, fine dining, and mountain biking await when you visit this charming Swiss town. Located at the base of the Matterhorn, Zermatt is best suited to those looking to bask in stunning mountain scenery and get stuck into the hub of outdoor activities that this town has to offer.
Its rich cultural heritage makes Zermatt abundant with magnificent architecture, including traditional Swiss chalets and historic churches. Sample that famous Swiss cuisine, from gourmet fondue to local specialties.
This hidden gem is the capital city of Estonia and is famous for being one of the most beautiful tours in Europe. Coming with a flavourful Viking history, you can stroll through the cobbled streets to take in some of the continent’s best-preserved medieval architecture.
Jump onto a walking tour to get acquainted with the city’s best bits, including the remains of the Walls of Tallinn and Freedom Square. Enjoy a drink in the town square and grab a bite to eat on your exploration.
Bergen is a tourist hotspot all year round and is the ideal entry point into Norwegian culture and nature. Surrounded by water and numerous rugged peaks, you can hop on a boat trip or try your hand at hiking from Mount Fløyen to experience the unspoiled landscape. Ride the Fløibanen funicular railway or cable car to immerse yourself in the breathtaking views.
With a history dating back more than 7,000 years, the fairy tale town of Hallstatt is well worth the visit. Located in the district of Gmunden, the enchanting views left by the natural beauty of the Northern Limestone Alps and nearby UNESCO heritage sites will leave you entranced.
Take a ride up Stone Mountain and hike to find the magical Giant Ice Cave nearby.