Best of the European cities for “Winter Break”
Europe is impeccable in winter and summer, all year long. The ideas and tricks on how to visit and where to visit. We’ll provide you perfect guidance regarding the best European cities to visit in the winter season.
This is my list of the best European Cities to visit in coming winter 2019/20. We also included the total cost of accommodation, transport, how to get here as well as ideas for itineraries.
- Lisbon, Portugal
- Amsterdam, Netherlands
- Copenhagen, Denmark
- Barcelona, Spain
- Berlin, Germany
- Vienna, Austria
- Venice, Italy
- Zagreb, Croatia
- Stockholm, Sweden
- Prague, Czech Republic
Lisbon is the fantastic choice during the winter season to visit Portugal. July and August are quiet busiest, it is fully packed over summer. In winter you can enjoy this city, especially from December to March. There are many surf areas around Lisbon. You should keep in mind that some of them are closed in the winter months.
Things to do in Lisbon
- Visit Sao Jorge Castle
- Journey To Belem
- Wandering the old town
- Listen to Fado Music
- Go for the Street art
- Take day trips
- Have a drink in a former brothel, the Pensão Amor
Where to stay in Lisbon
You can find several hotels in the Lisbon City Centre which will provide you homey experience.
- Casa do Barao
- Hotel Dom Afonso Henriques
- Teatro B& B
- Hotels ibis Lisboa Jose Maloha
Wintertime, and if you planning to visit Amsterdam, then it will be an amazing trip for you. Although the temperatures are colder and it might be windy, and rainy, there is a lot to do and see.
Things to do in winter time in Amsterdam
- Go for an ice skating
- Get free access to major museums
- Take a break at a coffee shop with a friendly fireplace
- Take a walk in Vondelpark
- Take a trip to the Red Light District
- Take a photograph of the historic architecture
Where to stay in Amsterdam
- Amsterdam Marriot Hotel
- Hotel Okura Amsterdam
- Park Plaza Victoria
- Park Hotel Amsterdam
- American Hotel Amsterdam
The capital city of Denmark, Copenhagen is one of the best European tourist destinations to visit in winter. This is the birthplace of hygge (basically the Danish concept of “coziness”). Upon coming here, you cannot stay indoors, from pastry shops to Michelen-starred restaurants, Tivoli Gardens, and canal views certainly worth coming up here.
Things to do in Copenhagen
- Visit Tivoli Gardens
- Take a classic food tour
- Explore a Food hall
- Try Danish pastries anda cakes
- Wandering around the city with Bycycle
- Enjoy art & atmosphere at Glyptoket
- Enjoying Christmas at Nyhavn
Accommodations & Hotels at Copenhagen
- Copenhagen Island Hotel
- Clarion Hotel
- Hotel Osterport
- Quality Airport Hotel DAN
- Ocean Hotel & Conference
- Hotel Ansgar
Barcelona (sun, culture & food)
Bit colder, yet outstanding, Barcelona is the best place to visit in winter. It is worth to visit all year long. During winter, the temperature is around 10-15 degrees, and January and February are the coldest months.
In the months of winter, the city is less crowded, less tourist and lower prices. If you are lucky enough then you can also find flights to Barcelona for less than 15€.
What to do in Barcelona during the winter?
- Visit La Pedrera
- Shop and Snack at La Boqueira
- Join a walking tour
- Wander through Barri Gotic
- Discover Picasso early works at Museu(Museum) Picasso
- Spend an afternoon at Park Guell
- Catch a football game at Baecelona FC Stadium
Where to stay in Barcelona
Here are some budget hotels and holiday rentals in Barcelona whether you are with your family, couple, or as solo-travelers
- Casa Bonay
- Be Hostels Rambals
- Barcelona City Centre
- easyHotel Barcelona
- Hotel Brummell
- Holiday Inn Express Barcelona – City
Berlin, Germany (Christmas Markets & History)
Germany’s capital, Berlin has its own cultural importance and history. If you are planning for the European winter journey, then this has to be on your bucket list. Berlin has countless stories to tell. Visiting Berlin, between Decembers to April make sense.
What to do in Berlin during the winter?
- Brightens things up at the Christmas Markets
- Get in your spa time
- See one of the Midnight Films at Babylon
- Bring up the heat with the ice skating
- Enjoy all you can eat and drink
Hotels & rentals at Berlin
- All in Hostel
- Hotel Plus
- Smart Stay Hotel
- Ibis Budget Hotel
- Die Fabrik Hotel
- Check in Hotel
The city Vienna is as sandwiched between Hungary and Budapest, perfect city for winter break as well. The Christmas market of Vienna is famous all over Europe, so you are interested then, here we go. But if you miss the Christmas time, not a problem, winter times in Vienna is just amazing. You will certainly enjoy it.
Things to do in Vienna in winter
- Visit the Vienna Christmas Markets
- Eat Mozart Kugel
- Visit a Palace
- Go for Skating at Vienna Ice World
- Visit Museums
- Visit the traditional coffee shop
- Explore the City
Where to stay in Vienna? (Luxury & budget hotels)
- Hotel Sacher Wien
- Park Hyatt Vienna
- Grand Hotel Wein
- Vienna Marriot Hotel
- Hotel Johann Strauss
- Hotel Beethoven Wien
- Pension Walzerstadt
Even in the colder month, Venice is worth to visit.
Seriously, I mean it
You will fall in love with and have unforgettable experiences.
What to do in Venice?
- Visit museum, Palace, & galleries
- Enrolled yourself in the winter fog
- Go for the Christmas concerts
- Celebrate New Year’s Eve
- Go for an Ice skating
Where to stay in Venice during winter?
- Hotel Ai Cavalieri di Venezia
- Aqua Palace
- All Ponte Mocenigo
- Ca’ Zose
- Venice Certosa Hotel
- Rosa Salva
Zagreb is the capital city of Croatia. Actually, Croatia is a famous city for thousands of islands, and those are the best destinations in summer.
During winter, you can enjoy with all cafes, street art and culture, and busy night life, it is a kind of unexpected joy you will get here.
Things to do during winter
- Get festive at advent
- Go for the frozen waterfalls at Plitvice
- Visit a break-up museum
- Try some classy Croatian food
- Drink rakia
- Catch an Ice Hockey Game
- Visit a thermal spa
- Catch a gig
Where to stay in Zagreb, Croatia
- Hotel Croatia
- Hotel Calypso
- Hotel Jagerhorn
- Best Western Hotel Stella
- Hotel Rebro
- Hotel Jarun
If you are planning to visit Stockholm, the most popular time for a winter trip to Stockholm is just before Christmas. You’ll find the festive markets across the city. There are cafes, restaurants going to offer you the traditional Swedish buffet
What to do in Stockholm in winter?
- Eat a Julbord
- Go ice skating
- Check out Christmas Markets
- Visit Skansen
- Visit an indoor waterpark
- Try a Swedish Sauna
- Go skiing at Hammarbybacken
- Fika with the locals
Where to stay in Stockholm during winter?
- Holiday home Alvsjo 35
- Hotel & Hostel 4U
- Hotel Gyllene Geten
- Skanstulls Hotel
Prague (snowy Fairland)
Prague is really admirable in all the yearlong, whether it is summer or winter both times you have total different experience. During winter the town is less busy and usually the city is indulged in snow and ice.
Things to do in Prague
- Visit Christmas Markets
- Visit Letna Park, Charles Bridge and Prague Clock Tower
- Try Prague Ice Skating
- Indulge in Traditional food stands of Prague
- Celebrate New Year’s Eve
- Enjoy Concert and Performance
- Sip on Beer and Mulled Wine
Where to stay in Prague?
- Hotel Garden Court
- Cosmopolitan Hotel
- Hotel Royal Prague
- Panorama Hotel Prague
- Hotel Valcha
- Urban Creme
Getting around in European cities:
There are seven ways to get around Europe: plane, bus, train, car share, backpacker tours, Eurail pass, and hitchhiking
Traveling Europe by Megabus: Megabus is the cheapest way to get around Europe. Tickets rates depend on your routes and traveling distances
Traveling Europe by Flix Bus: Over the last few years, a new company has entered and totally changed the bus system in Europe. German-based Flix Bus has routes in more than 20 European countries and thousands of cities, with prices starting from 3-5 euros. The buses have the facilities of Wi-Fi, electrical outlets, three free bags, and comfy seats.
Traveling Europe by Budget Airline: There are several budget airline which include
- Wow Air
- Wizz Air
- Norwegian Air
Traveling Europe with a Eurail Pass: Traveling Europe by train is more comfortable than a bus and much less stressful than air travel. And the European rail service is the best and most extensive in the world.
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