Winter Getaways: what Are The Best Destinations For Winter-Vacation?
There was winter. I had visited Sweden. My spouse had been doing Foreign Exchange in Germany when I made a trip to Stockholm in December 2007. A lot of people like to go someplace warm during winter, but I am instead of the opposite. I love winter getaways, the sheer magic and beauty of a snowcapped landscape during the holiday season. My impressions of the Nordic culture were enchanting indeed. The beautiful Santa Lucia festival, traditional Swedish music, the early nightfall, the conventional cookies, it just all warmed my soul. It seemed like a scene straight out of one of my favorite fantasy novels.
I highly recommend visiting a Nordic country during the winter. Sure it’s going to get colder than cold, but the pristine beauty of winter cultures is so worth savoring the season they know best.
Germany was no less magical during the winter. I suppose it’s a Germanic thing, how this particular group of peoples have a long tradition of heralding the winter season. Of course, you’d be hard-pressed ever to find snow in Germany, or at least in Hamburg where I was. I can’t remember if it was a Germany issue or Hamburg issue. In any case, again, there are so many beautiful winter traditions in Germany. Gluehwein, St. Nikolaustag, Weihnachtsmaerkte, Pfefferkuchen, traditional German music, etc.
Go to the northernmost parts of Europe during winter to experience some real charm.
Oh yeah, and all this coming from a girl who has lived in Michigan her whole life where winter and heavy snowfall and white Christmas and ski resorts are our things… so I completely resonate with the northern European cultures all the way.
Winter Getaways In Europe
Wow! Traveling in Europe in the winter is a fantastic choice, to be honest. We loved every place we went to. However, when I first read your question, I immediately thought of Prague.
If you choose to stay in the city center, you walk everywhere. The streets are beautiful in the snow. It’s also affordable. Charles Bridge is a lovely walk in any weather! Moreover, the food is fantastic. I have nothing wrong to say about that beautiful city!!
On the other hand, Scotland has its beauty in the winter also. You do not have to be the city center in Edinburgh to enjoy the sites. They have a bus that will take you pretty much everywhere. The train goes where the busses do not. No car needed.
The history is excellent in Edinburgh. The shopping is fun. The museums are creative with displays, and the castles are everywhere! We stayed at a bed and breakfast that ensured we would return. We’ve been twice and have already planned our third. Just to keep at that bed and breakfast and follow their suggestions.
I hope that gets you started. I didn’t mention Dublin or Munich or Vienna. Life is good!