Many of us missed out on our summer travel plans, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t go on holiday. Although most people tend to travel in the summer, there are still plenty of amazing places to go during the winter. Europe has some amazing cities that really come into their own when the snow starts falling.
Just remember that if you are planning to travel over the next few months, there are likely to be restrictions in place. Many countries require you to prove that you have tested negative for coronavirus before they will allow you in. The good news is, you can get a test and a 24 hour fit to fly certificate before you go, so even if it’s a last-minute trip, you still have time. Make sure that you check all of the restrictions that are in place once you get there as well, so you can make sure that you are able to enjoy your trip.
Regardless of the restrictions that might be in place, these European cities still offer an amazing travel experience during the winter.
Budapest first gained popularity as a party city and you will still find plenty of stag-dos out there. However, there’s a lot more to the city than cheap beer, which is why it is now one of the most popular city break destinations in Europe. It’s great in summer but there is something quite magical about it in winter. It’s a very romantic city with lots of old architecture, which makes you feel like you’re in a Christmas movie once the snow starts to fall. The Christmas light tram is the best way to get around the city and visit some of the incredible museums and art galleries. You can also take a picturesque cruise down the river and get some amazing views of the city, especially Buda castle at the top of the hill. Although there may be restrictions on some things, like the markets and the thermal baths, you can still have an incredible winter travel experience in Budapest.
Innsbruck, Austria, is one of the most popular ski destinations in Europe, making it perfect for a winter break. There are some amazing ski resorts, which have hosted the Winter Olympics twice in the past, so you’ll struggle to find better slopes anywhere else. It’s not just about skiing, though. Innsbruck is a beautiful city with a rich history and some incredible architecture. You can also visit the headquarters of the Swarovski crystal company, which is an incredible but unexpected experience.
Abisko in Sweden isn’t for the faint hearted, but if you can handle the cold temperatures, it’s a once in a lifetime experience. This is the place where you get the very best views of the Northern Lights, but it is the furthest north you can get in Europe and at some times of year, the sun doesn’t rise for weeks. As well as seeing the Northern Lights, you can spend your time hiking, skiing, and ice skating and you can even stay in the world’s first ice hotel.
If you are itching to go away somewhere this winter, these are the best European destinations for a city break.