Winter holidays in Europe can be very different. In the north, at Santa’s residence in Lapland, in the gloomy mountains of Romania or in Greece, where oranges bloom and the sun shines. We will tell you about the most interesting cities in Europe, where you should go this winter.
1. Rovaniemi in Lapland province, Finland
Rovaniemi is the best city to dive into the atmosphere of the New Year, as it is the official capital of Santa Claus. The caves of Mount Korvatunturi are home to Santa’s workshops, the post office and the Santa Park children’s amusement park. Rovaniemi is also the famous winter sports resort of Ounasvaara, where people go skiing, sledding, snowboarding and even reindeer sledding. In the suburbs of Rovaniemi, there is the Ranua Zoo with polar bears, reindeer, lynxes, wild boars and wolverines.
2. Athens, Greece
Winter Athens means wonderful weather (+19 in December and +15 in January), low prices, Acropolis, Parthenon, Temple of Zeus and Athenian agora without long queues and heat. Winter is the best time to explore the ancient heritage of a country and its culture. In the vicinity of Athens, we advise you to visit the Temple of Poseidon at Cape Sounion and Corinth.
Tours from locals in Athens
3. Copenhagen, Denmark
In winter, life in the city is in full swing – the Tivoli amusement park in the city center, the third most popular in Europe, has been visited by tourists since 1843. Tourist boats sail along the snow-covered canals, themed Christmas tours are held in the castles of Rosenborg, Frederiksborg and Kronborg, and the shops delight with winter sales.
4. Budapest, Hungary
Winter Budapest is a huge Christmas market, organ concerts in St. Stephen’s Basilica, a large skating rink next to Vajdahunyad Castle and dozens of world-famous thermal baths. And even in winter, the campaign “Winter Budapest” is held within which hotels, baths and tourist facilities are offered discounts.
Excursions from locals in Budapest
5. Venice, Italy
Venice is beautiful all year round, but it is in winter, in February, that the famous carnival is held in the city and the city is filled with thousands of people in costumes and masks, costume balls and masquerades are held in ancient palazzo, musicians play on faces and magicians and acrobats give performances.
6. Brasov and Sighisoara in Transylvania, RomaniaIn the meantime, there is no need to worry about it. ”
Brasov is a charming medieval town with Gothic churches, a medieval town hall, art and history museums. Poiana Brasov, the best ski resort in Romania, is located 12 kilometers from the city, the fortress of the Teutonic knights Rasnov is 15 kilometers away, and Bran Castle, better known as the castle of Count Dracula, is 30 kilometers away.
Sighisoara is one of the most picturesque medieval cities in Romania, a UNESCO World Heritage Site with a 12th century citadel, a Gothic monastery, a museum of medieval weapons and the house of Vlad Tepes.
7. Bruges, Belgium
Bruges is known for its masterpieces of Gothic architecture, museums, among which there is even a chocolate museum, and beautiful canals, thanks to which it is called the “Venice of the North”. And from November 19 to January 8, the city hosts the International Snow and Ice Sculpture Festival. Belgium is the only country in Western Europe to host such a festival. Due to warm weather and rains in winter, it is held in a huge heat-insulated ball, where hundreds of sculptures are exhibited.