Winter in Europe: The 6 Most Beautiful Places

Throughout the year, no matter what the season, Europe is a joy to be in. With winter just around the corner, we’ve rounded up 6 of the most beautiful European places in winter that look their best once the snow starts to fall. If you are thinking of planning a winter escape and need a little inspiration, these destinations are perfect!

1. Amsterdam, Netherlands

Take me to Amsterdam

The cosy cafes, the Glühwein beside an open fire and the scrumptious poffertjes make Amsterdam in winter an experience not to be missed. If you’d prefer to wrap up and head outside, be sure to wander the gorgeous icy canals, window shop as the snow falls or treat yourself to a cone of hot chips with mayo.

Large ice rink in front of Museumplein in Amsterdam during the winter

In winter months, Museumplein in Amsterdam features a large ice rink | © Roman Boed/Flickr

2. Budapest, Hungary

Take me to Budapest

Famous for its thermal baths, Budapest is a perfect place to warm up during the winter. After basking in the mineral-infused natural springs, you can soak up some culture at one of Budapest’s many museums, before feasting on goulash, cabbage rolls and dumplings. Sounds like a perfect way to spend the day while the snow sprinkles outside.

Nightfall in Budapest, with a view of chain bridge over the river danube

Chain Bridge’s twinkling lights at night over the Danube River in Budapest

3. Paris, France

Take me to Paris

Pastries, paintings and pungent cheese can only mean one thing: Paris. Say oui to the City of Lights in winter and you won’t be disappointed. Don your chicest scarf and hat and stroll the beautifully decorated storefronts on the Champs-Elysees, explore the Catacombs, or taste the hot chestnuts sold in the street. This winter wonderland will enchant you, keeping your belly warm and your heart full.

Eiffel tower from a distance in winter

What could be more romantic than Parisian winter? | ⓒ Alexandre Prévot/Flickr

4. Swiss Alps, Switzerland

Although not a city exactly, the Swiss Alps are such a must see that we couldn’t leave them out. These enormous beauties will blow your mind, and in the best way possible. After you’ve stopped staring, finish up your hot chocolate and head outside to make snow angels, go tobogganing or even skydive. Also while you’re there, be sure to visit Jungfraujoch, the highest railway station in Europe and check. out. that. view. Phewww.

The Matterhorn in Switzerland, Swiss Alps

The Matterhorn in Switzerland | ⓒ Falk Lademann/Flickr

5. Venice, Italy

Take me to Venice

Venice in winter is something different. Colder of course, but quieter, in a hauntingly beautiful kind of way. Lose yourself in its backstreets and hidden alleyways, stopping for a break to eat some delicious Italian food. Ride a gondola past historic monuments and hidden treasures, and listen for the creepy stories of the past. If you’re lucky enough to be there February, check out the spooky masks and extravagant costumes of the Venice Carnival.

Venice-Italy

No matter what time of year it is, Venice is always stunning

6. Prague, Czech Republic

Take me to Prague

Winter turns Prague into a magical city, with its red rooftops sprinkled with snow and its cosy cafes beckoning you in from the cobblestone streets. Treat yourself to a Czech beer in a warm cellar, take in the goblins above you in the streets, or visit the largest ancient castle in the world. Be sure to take a river cruise on the Vltava, and relax in a dark smoky jazz bar in the evening to absorb every moment this romantic city has to offer.

Charles-Bridge-Prague-Czech-Republic

Sunset over Charles Bridge, Prague | Roman Boed/Flickr

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