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The Most Magical European Places to Visit During Winter

European Places to Visit During Winter

If you’ve ever found yourself staring longingly at a Christmas card that depicts a European village, then this post is definitely for you. Actually, we’ve all done it; we’ve all taken a look at those cards and wondered what it might be like to find ourselves sitting in one of those villages, staring out at the snowcapped roofs and taking a gander at the mountains and strolling down one of those quaint streets.

Don’t worry, many of these cities do exist, and quite a few of them do that that 18th century charm you see on the cards. We’re going to take a look at a few cities that you can visit during the winter, all of which offer some of the greatest experiences and greatest photo opportunities.


Abisko, Sweden

If you want to see some serious winter landscapes, then Abisko is definitely where you want to be. It’s to the far north, and is in fact one of the last stops on the train line. In addition to that you won’t find a better place to see the northern lights, though you should probably avoid this area of the world if you’re afraid of the dark; the sun doesn’t rise for weeks during the winter months.

If you get tired of staring at the northern lights, don’t forget to check out the numerous activities around the city including skiing, hiking, dog sledding (White Fang anyone?) and even ice skating. If you really want to see something cool, make sure you head over to Kiruna and see the world’s first hotel mad entirely of ice. If that doesn’t give you an idea of how Christmasy this place is, nothing will.


European Places abisko sweden northern lights by chad blakley



Copenhagen, Denmark

Copenhagen has that fairytale feel that you’ve been looking for and it becomes even more pronounced in the winter. If you’re looking to relax and make memories unlike any others, then you’re definitely going to want to come here. Copenhagen has some one of a kind sights to see including:

  • Tivoli Amusement Park
  • Rosenborg Castle
  • Chistainsborg Slot
  • And more!

Plus, if you want to catch a concert, there’s always Wondercool, the culture month which showcases all of the food, music, and art that Copenhagen has to offer.


European Places Nyhavn canal Copenhagen, Denmark



Transylvania, Romania 

We’re not sure how romantic of a spot this is, but we had to put it on the list anyone. You undoubtedly recognize the name – who on Earth wouldn’t recognize the homeland of Dracula himself? It’s a little less scary these days and it’s filled with some of the most amazing architecture you’ll ever see. From small medieval towns, to castles, and cathedrals, and you would be hard pressed to find something that didn’t interest you on holiday whether you want to sightsee, enjoy a national park, or go skiing.


European Places hunyad castle transylvania romania



Venice, Italy

You know we couldn’t compile a list of amazing European destinations without mentioning Venice at least once. This is a beautiful, historic city, and it has plenty of things for you to do. While the Carnival is all the rage in the winter, you’re free to travel the rest of the city, soaking up the incredible culture. From the canals, to the amazing architecture, and an atmosphere that reflects the age of the city, you’re sure to be quite happy here.


European Places venice venezia italy



A trip to Europe is something that you are going to remember for the rest of your life. Don’t forget to check out other potential destinations and make sure you pack a coat – European winters are cold!





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