The Best European Cities For A Winter Getaway

A lot of people choose to escape the winter months by jetting off to a tropical beach somewhere, but Winter is a beautiful season in its own right and there are so many places you can visit that don’t involve lazing on the beach and lathering on factor 50!

We’ve put together our list of the best places to head to for a little winter escape – check them out below.

Reykjavik, Iceland

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The months between November and February are your best chance at catching a glimpse at the magnificent Northern Lights (aurora borealis) here. You’ll find snow everywhere you look, and twinkling Christmas lights to light up the day, making up for the lack of daylight at this time of year.

Take a bath in the hot natural springs at the Blue Lagoon, go snowmobiling on top of the glaciers, and enjoy a hiking adventure through caves. And if you’re a Game of Thrones fan, there’s a special tour you can take to visit locations used in the TV sow!

Berlin, Germany

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Berlin is the perfect getaway for anyone who enjoys Christmas as much as Buddy in Elf does! You’ll find a wealth of markets in various towns across the country with plenty of delicious food and drink (gingerbread and warming glühwein), and the cutest hand crafted gifts for all your loved ones.

To avoid the vast crowds of tourists, head for the markets in smaller towns!

Lapland, Finland

lapland

Welcome to Santa Claus’s official place of residence. You can go and visit him for free, and his reindeer too. Better still, you can actually spend the entire holiday in an ice igloo with glass roofs for the most beautiful night under the winter skies.

Temperatures are usually below 0°C at this time, so be sure to pack your thermals!

Budapest, Hungary

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The city’s central park – Városligeti Műjégpálya – has a huge outdoor skating rink during the winter, where you can dance on the ice hand-in-hand, while drinking in the breath-taking views of the city. Budapest is also famous for its ornate thermal baths where you can heat back up again in a matter of minutes!

In the evening, find a ‘ruin pub’ where you can enjoy drinks in a lively once-abandoned building in the city.

Copenhagen, Denmark

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Home of Hans Christian Andersen, this city is famous for its cosy bars and cafes where you can stay warm and enjoy the picturesque snowy scenes outside. Tivoli is a romantic amusement park which is wonderful to visit leading up to Christmas, with plenty of delicious mugs of glögg.

Noma is a restaurant considered to be one of the best in the world, and worth a visit if your budget allows it (but make sure you book well in advance!).

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