Winter brings out a certain magical atmosphere in many cities and towns across the globe. There’s an incomparable joyous feeling when you’re spending the upcoming days before Christmas browsing your local markets, searching for those last minute stocking fillers. So, where in the world is best to spend your winter? Forget seeking sunshine and embrace the chill with these magical places across the globe for a winter holiday:
Vienna is a beautiful city any time of the year, but it’s also an amazing place to visit during winter. Go and explore the Upper Belvedere palace, a stunning building in front of a magnificent lake, a great place to capture a picture perfect shot. Much like many cities that celebrate Christmas, Vienna has its very own street filled with glistening lights, but it’s done a little differently here. They hang giant chandeliers and thousands of crystals to cover the city from the State Opera building to the Hofburg Palace. If you want to try some typical Austrian cuisine, then get yourself some Weihnachtspunsch, a warming spiced drink served hot.
Renowned for its icy climate and intense winters, Lapland is only for the true winter lovers. You’ll never be stuck for adventures here, with amazing things to do and see including a Forest Husky Trip, visiting Santa in the North Pole and fun at the Snowmobile Safari. Lapland is the best places to bring your children for a magical winter holiday they’ll never forget.
This place is now so famed for its winter magic that there are incredible 5 star hotels for you to make the most of your stay, as well as cosy wooden lodge’s and B&B’s. If you’re after an alternative holiday, then why not stay at one of their many ski resorts? Great for a couple’s getaway or trip with friends.
Manchester is one of the best places in England that you can visit for a winter holiday. The city hosts a variety of Christmas markets dotted around the centre, typically open from November to the end of December. They offer food from across the globe, as well as some local favourites from Manchester restaurants. You could also try out your ice skating skills at the rink in the city centre. The perfect trip for families looking to be inspired this winter.
The winter months are the best time to come and visit Berlin. It’s seen as the central hub of Europe at Christmas. The city is flooded with extravagant markets in winter, including ones with fairground rides like the magical Alexanderplatz Funfair. Roam the lit up streets with some Glühwein (traditional German mulled wine) and take it the beautiful scenery.
Discover the magic of Bruges as it truly comes into its own at winter time. The centre of the city is wonderfully transformed into a Christmas parade, featuring its very own ice rink! Stay warm by wrapping your hands around a deliciously authentic hot chocolate, made with proper Belgian chocolate, as you browse the Grote Markt stalls. Here they offer traditional food and drink as well as gorgeous Christmas trinkets and gifts. If you stay through to New Year’s you’ll be able to enjoy the incredible Snow and Ice Sculpture festival. A must-see when you’re in town.
Where Will You Escape to This Year?
Whether you’re looking for a fun place to whisk your family away for a magical winter break or want to take a trip abroad with your best friends over the Christmas period, there are plenty of spectacular places to visit this year. Get planning now if you want to visit one of these amazing winter destinations as they get booked up fast.
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