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10 Reasons To See Europe In The Winter

Posted by Kayla McGill on 4/26/16 9:00 AM


Europe is pretty amazing. Seriously, the food, the sights, history. Once you go there you will probably never want to leave. Because Europe has all four seasons, you're going to get a different experience depending on what time of year you go and one really unique time is during the winter!

Here are 10 reasons why Europe is the best place in the winter!

1. Christmas markets

Europe is so magical around Christmas. I mean, a lot of people travel to Europe specifically around the holidays for the markets. They really know how to make it look like something you could only read about in a book. We especially love the markets in Germany.

2. Winter fashion

If you visit places like London, Amsterdam, Prague, Milan, or Paris (we could add to this list forever honestly....) there are gorgeous winter coats and hats. And awesome crazy styles you never would see in the USA. Keep your eye out for the new fashion trends!


3. Skiing/snowboarding in the alps

Need we say more? Go on that ski trip! Again, we love Germany.

4. Winter is the LOW SEASON for tourists

Can life get any better? We submit that it cannot! Low season means that you can wander around the city to your heart's desire and not worry about the crazy tourists hanging around! It also means less lines. Less people in the background of your photos.  It's just all around a traveler's dream.

5. Lower prices

Because it's the low season, you'll find cheaper flights/hotels/car rentals/trains/buses, etc. If a cheap flight isn't enough incentive for you to go to Europe in the winter, I don't know what is!


6. Ice hotels

There is such a thing as an ice hotel. Could you ever have dreamed it? Go to Sweden and book a stay or a visit at an ice hotel! So unique. They take care of everything (from a sleeping bag that keeps you nice and warm to a sauna) and it's definitely a cool experience. See what I did there?

7. Winter food

Mulled grape cider is a staple at almost every market or festival you will see and it's delicious. Pair that with some roasted chestnuts from Germany, or winter crepes in France and you are set!


8. Make the most of indoor activities

This gives you an excuse to go visit all those museums you wanted to see anyways! You can get out of the winter air and relax in a museum before you run off to grab some hot cocoa.

9. The beauty of it all

Can we talk about how gorgeous small villages/towns are covered in snow? OH MY GOSH. The answer is pretty magical, even the cemeteries look peaceful and quiet (not creepy). You just need to go to Europe during the winter already!

Outside in Stuttgart

10. Thermal spas

Finally, if we haven't convinced you enough already, thermal spas are all the rage in Europe....especially in the winter. After a long day skiing on the slopes, or taking in the beautiful cold and wonderful city, you can stop in one of the many natural thermal baths (which are usually some type of resort place) and relax in the warm water. We love this one in Budapest, Hungary.

So seriously, what are you waiting for!? Grab your ticket and head to Europe this winter!


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