Travelers searching for the top winter destinations in Europe are spoiled for choice. To help you plan a European vacation in the coming months, we've put together this list of European destinations that will satisfy your every whim and fancy. While summer vacations may be more convenient, city trips can be just as enjoyable in the winter.
Europe's top winter tourist destinations are as follows:
Visiting Paris in the winter, whether for a short city break or a vacation in France, is a relaxing experience. It's not quite as busy as in the spring or summer, but the weather doesn't hurt either, as fewer people are out and about. Unless, of course, you're in town for Valentine's Day, in which case you'll find yourself surrounded by lovers from all over the world in this romantic city.
Visiting Bruges during the winter months is a unique experience. Bruges in winter is a multi-sensory treat at any time of year, but early December is moderate compared to midwinter temps when the temperature hovers around freezing. The aroma of fresh waffles, mulled wine, hot chocolate, and mayo fries wafts through the streets. When Bruges is decked out for the holidays, it's impossible to help but feel the spirit of the season.
Cologne should be on the list if you're looking for a European city to visit in the winter. There's no better place to get into the Christmas spirit than the Yuletide markets that throng the streets in the days leading up to December 25. Get into the spirit of the season on a river cruise, where traditional wooden kiosks wrapped in glittering fairy lights will provide you the opportunity to buy gifts, souvenirs, and tree decorations from traditional wooden stalls.
Visitors flock in their hundreds to Venice during the summer months, which is no wonder given the city's beauty and its surrounding area. Consider visiting Venice in the winter to avoid crowded gondolas and long lines to see the city's most popular attractions and monuments. Even if it's only 8掳C outside in December, St. Mark's Basilica will keep you toasty and dry. Also, the neighboring Doge's Palace and the city's numerous art galleries are great places to idle away the hours.
Prague, Czech Republic
Regardless of when you come, you're bound to fall in love with the lovely Czech capital, which is one of the most walkable towns in Europe. Prague is a must-see no matter what time of year you visit. It's a fascinating place for an escorted trip because of its many churches, spectacular structures of many architectural styles, mazes of cobbled streets, and riveting history.
One of Europe's top winter destinations, Prague is also a great place to eat heavy meals because of the cold weather. If you're in the mood for hearty soups and hearty stews with dumplings, the Czech cuisine has plenty to offer.
You thought you could only enjoy European city getaways in the summer? Taking a winter holiday might be a smart choice for many reasons, as you can see.