*This European winter destinations post is a collaboration
Now you guys know I’m more of a summer baby, but Europe has so much to offer during winter as well. There’s something magical about a Christmas market, mulled wine and snowflakes falling. The best European winter destinations have some incredible sights you won’t want to miss out on. From enjoying that aprés ski life in the mountains, to watching the Aurora Borealis. There’s so much to choose from – whether you prefer the snow of the polar north, the mild climate of the Mediterranean south. Or central Europe’s cosy cafes, incredible museums, and great architecture.
From the thriving, busy metropolises to the tiny, picturesque villages hidden behind mountain peaks. There really is a side to Europe that will win the heart of any traveller. One huge bonus of travelling during winter is skipping the queues and crowds that flock to the continent during the summer, plus the prices are much cheaper. Through Europe’s incredible railway network, you can explore the countries at your own pac. This is a great way to travel, especially if you’re travelling solo.
- Read: Inspiration for planning adventure-filled winter getaways
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Four European winter destinations to visit:
Visit Santa Claus in Rovaniemi, Finland
The first destination of our long journey to the top European winter destinations is the home of Santa Claus. If you were wondering which address to send your letter to Father Christmas, this is the place! The Rovaniemi area in icy Finland is a magnificent landscape that the beloved Santa Claus calls home. The snowy landscape features tall firs and is illuminated with thousands of small lanterns to bathe the land in a soft, warm glow. It’s a place that will warm the hearts of young and old alike (at least metaphorically). Those who choose to visit should know that the Finnish thermometers remain firmly below 0 degrees Celsius.
- Read: Lapland On A Budget – The Most Affordable Way to Visit Santa
- First pic cred: Tony Armstrong-Sly
See the Northern Lights in Abisko, Sweden
Abisko in Lapland is the most distant train destination in the continent of Europe and is an absolute favourite of those who love winter landscapes. During December and January, the sun does not rise for several weeks, and this darkness makes it one of the best places in the world to see the enchanting Aurora Borealis. Other attractions include cross-country skiing along with its national parks. Remember to have a stop in nearby Kiruna to see the famous Icehotel.
Live a winter fairytale in Copenhagen, Denmark
If you are looking for a fairytale experience, then Hans Christian Andersen’s house should be your destination. Leave the famous Little Mermaid and head to Copenhagen’s wonderful bars and cafes to watch the snow cover the entire town through their shiny little windows. At its centre, you will find the 19th century Tivoli Amusement Park, which in the Christmas season is being transformed into a romantic, kitsch spectacle with moving lighting and glögg mugs to keep you warm! Try to eat at Noma – it is considered the best restaurant in the world although you will have to make your reservation several months in advance.
Go skiing in Zermatt, Switzerland
Combining a charming, car-free village with an extensive network of slopes connected to Italy’s Cervinia region, the stunning scenery and fine restaurants make Zermatt an ideal destination. The village is a mix of old chalets with sizeable 19th-century hotels and modern buildings. The ski resort extends into four interconnected areas, and the slopes are suitable for experienced skiers. Wherever you are on the slopes, the stunning Matterhorn mountain dominates the view.
The attached Cervinia slopes are milder for those who want less risk when practising. This fantastic winter resort offers outstanding accommodation and additional activities through the complete vacation packages on offer. Through Erna Low company, you can book a complete holiday package in Zermatt without worrying about all the basic details of your trip. So you can be more carefree, and all this most economically and affordably. What could be better?
Have you visited any of these top Europe destinations for winter fun? Would you like to?