Best European Cities to Visit in Winter

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A winter break in Europe is always a good way to break up the monotony of winter. It gives you something to look forward to as well as the ability to explore new cities that are brought to life during the winter months.  

Take your pick from the cities below and visit some of the most beautiful and stunning cities in the whole of Europe.

Copenhagen, Denmark

No list of winter city breaks is complete without Copenhagen included in the list. This fairytale-esque city is one of the most stunning places to visit during the winter months. 

 The Danish have a concept known as Hygge, which is their equivalent to cosiness. From the moment you arrive, you will understand what this is all about.  

The locals make the most of the afternoon and evenings by relaxing and embracing the stunning surroundings of this city. Take a wander around the city, visit the Little Mermaid and Nyhavn.  

This city offers everything you could ever need from a winter city break.

Granada, Spain

Sometimes, you simply want to avoid the cold weather. That is what makes Granada such a great choice. A city break to Granada, in the south of Spain, offers you so much during the winter months. You can benefit from warmer temperatures than back at home, and enjoy some winter sun. 

Granada is perfectly located so if you want to wander around the city, taking in the architecture and culture then that is possible. It is less crowded than the summer months and with cooler temperatures, you really can immerse yourself into the city.  

Visit the Alhambra or take one of the many walking tours available to explore the district.

Vienna, Austria

Year after year, Vienna is voted one of the best cities in Europe and as soon as you arrive, you will see exactly why that is the case.  

During winter, Vienna comes alive and it takes on a completely different appearance and character. Embrace the spectacular hot chocolate and sacher torte and take in one of the mane simulcasts of the opera which takes outdoors. Be sure you wrap up warm though because it really will be cold.  

Immerse yourself in the classical holiday concerts. If you need a spot of history, head to Schonbrunn Palace and marvel in its beauty. Follow this by taking a trip to St, Charles Church, which really is a wonderful sight as it stands there covered in a blanket of snow.

Bern, Switzerland

Bern is a stunningly picturesque city in the Summer, but when the winter arrives the city takes on a wonderful charm.  It is of no surprise that Bern is the most Instagrammed city in the winter months.  

The snow powered roofs, and golden lights provide a backdrop like no other. Immerse yourself in the Christmas markets when they arrive in December. The medieval streets simply come alive. 

The smell of gingerbread and mulled wine fills the air, and there are stalls selling a variety of goods from Christmas gifts to jewellery. There are also games for the whole family to enjoy. 

A walking tour is a great way for you to see this UNESCO World Heritage city. Admire the landmarks and quaint streets as you wander through the 800 years of history in Bern.

Budapest, Hungary

If there is ever a time to visit Budapest, then winter is the time you should take it all in.  

The temperature drops, and the city takes on a completely different appearance. Head to the famous Hungarian Parliament building and see it surrounded by the wonderful Danube as ice drifts travel along the picturesque river. 

Embrace the cold and warm up in one of the many cafes as the world passes by. There are so many museums to visit for those of you who love history and culture.  

For those who want to relax, the thermal baths are more than welcome after spending a few chilly days wandering around the city.  

Culture, architecture and modern living give Budapest a real sense of character and an unrivalled beauty.

Ljubljana, Slovenia

If you are looking for a fairy-tale kind of setting, then Ljubljana in Slovenia is the right choice for you.  

Whether you are basking in winter sunshine or surrounded by snow, you will quickly embrace the Baroque architecture and Christmas Lights if you head there in December.  

The Pedestrianised old-town has a lot to offer and is certainly the ideal place for you to take things easy.  Stop off for a coffee in one of the many riverside cafes. 

Be sure to also take a visit to Lake Bled and the Julian Alps. This adds to the experience, making Ljubljana one of the best places to visit during the winter months. 

You can visit Bled for a day trip during your stay in Ljubljana or you may choose to stay in Bled itself. 

Bled, Slovenia

This is a region of complete natural beauty. The peaceful surroundings and stunning alpine areas make Bled a place of absolute wonder. 

Known for its healing climates, you can take a trip to one of the thermal lakes. Here you can relax and unwind in a location that is tucked away from the madness of the world around you.  

It is the ideal location for anyone looking for a simple winter break. You can relax here, but if you also want more then it certainly won’t disappoint. If you are somebody who likes to walk and explore, then there are outside activities such as skiing, ice skating and hiking close by. 

 The stunning Bled Castle is believed to be the oldest castle in Slovenia and is well worth a visit.

These are just a few of the great cities throughout Europe to explore during the cold winter months.  

Which European cities have you visited in the winter, either to escape the cold or to embrace it and take in the picturesque scenery?

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