15 Best Winter City Breaks In Europe | 2024 Guide

With crisp temperatures and festive ambiance, there is no doubt that Europe is the perfect place to spend your winter.
So where are the best winter city breaks in Europe?

We have picked out the top 15 (including our personal favourites!) to make sure you have absolutely no issue in picking out your ideal trip.

From Christmas markets, to iconic landmarks, even to what you should wear- we have you covered. There should be no doubt that you need to book that flight to Europe, and visit at least 1 (or 2…or 3) of our top 15 winter city breaks in Europe.


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In no particular order, here are our favourite European winter city breaks!


Prague, Czech Republic

Average Temp: -2°C to 4°C (28°F to 39°F), with high chances of snow.

Winter offers the perfect chance to explore the city’s historic sites, like Prague Castle and Charles Bridge, with less distractions due to smaller crowds of tourists. Prague’s Old Town Square and Wenceslas Square transform into festive hubs adorned with twinkling lights. 

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The city’s architecture, with its Gothic and Baroque buildings, looks even more enchanting dusted with snow. The cobblestone streets and gas lamps add to the city’s cosy and romantic ambiance.

You can enjoy ice skating in the heart of the city, with the Ovocný trh ice rink offering a magical experience, especially in the evening when the city lights twinkle around you. You could say Prague is one of the best winter breaks in Europe for couples due to this exact setting. 

Winter is the perfect time to savour hearty Czech dishes like goulash, roast duck, and potato soup. Pair your meal with Czech beer or a glass of mulled wine to keep warm. Consider staying in Prague’s Old Town or Lesser Town (Mala Strana) for easy access to major attractions and a cozy atmosphere. Hotels near the Vltava River offer stunning winter views.

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Additionally, you can attend concerts and performances showcasing Czech folklore and classical music, adding a cultural touch to your winter visit. Prague in winter offers a magical escape, combining history, culture, and seasonal charm, making it a memorable destination for those willing to embrace the cold and revel in the beauty of the season.


Budapest, Hungary

Average Temp: -2°C to 4°C (28°F to 39°F) and occasional snowfall.

Winter is the ideal time to visit Budapest, as it truly embraces the season- making it one of the best winter city breaks in Europe.

Thermal baths like Széchenyi and Gellar become especially enticing, surrounded by serene winter landscapes. The city’s Vörösmarty Square and St. Stephen’s Basilica Square transforms into festive wonderlands with colourful stalls and delicious Hungarian street food. 

Budapest In Winter- Photo Credit: Andoreia

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In the off-peak season, you’ll encounter fewer tourists, allowing for leisurely exploration of attractions like Buda Castle and Fisherman’s Bastion. City Park Ice Rink provides a unique ice skating experience against the backdrop of Vajdahunyad Castle– such a romantic activity to partake in. 

Hungarian cuisine beckons with hearty dishes like goulash and chimney cake, best enjoyed in Budapest’s cosy cafes and restaurants. One of our favourite foods we have ever eaten on our travels is the Hungarian Lángos– a deep fried bread, topped with sour cream and cheese. Such a good comfort dish, and a must when visiting Budapest!

 When selecting accommodations, opting for a central location along the pretty Danube River provides convenient access to Budapest’s attractions, festive markets, and rejuvenating thermal baths.

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Finally, Budapest’s legendary New Year’s Eve celebrations offer vibrant street parties on Vörösmarty Square or romantic dinner cruises on the Danube, complete with fireworks illuminating the night sky.

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Budapest- Photo Credit: Andoreia


Vienna, Austria

Average Temp: -1°C to 4°C (30°F to 39°F), with frequent snowfall.

Vienna truly comes alive during winter with festive lights, Christmas markets, and decorations during the holiday season. The city’s association with classical music makes winter an ideal time to attend world-class concerts, operas, and ballets in historic venues like the Vienna State Opera and Musikverein.

Vienna At Christmas – Photo Credit: Andoreia

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Exploring Vienna’s heritage takes on a special allure in winter, with visits to grand palaces like the Hofburg Palace, Schönbrunn Palace, and Belvedere Palace, where their interiors and gardens exude historical charm. You can take this opportunity to enjoy traditional Austrian dishes such as schnitzel, hearty stews, and Sachertorte, Vienna’s famous chocolate cake, in cosy coffee houses like Café Central.

As with many of our favourite winter destinations, ice skating enthusiasts will relish the seasonal ice rinks, including the one in front of Vienna’s City Hall (Rathaus), offering a magical experience. 

When choosing accommodations, consider staying in Innere Stadt (Vienna’s historic centre) for proximity to major attractions and festive markets. Leopoldstadt, near Prater Park, is another excellent choice with a charming atmosphere.

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For a refreshing change of scenery, take a day trip to the Vienna Woods (Wienerwald) for picturesque winter walks and take in the serene beauty of the Austrian countryside. A truly stunning day trip, and one of the reasons this is one of the best winter city breaks in Europe.

With fewer tourists compared to the summer months, you’ll have the opportunity to explore Vienna’s treasures with greater ease and immerse yourself in the city’s charm and musical heritage amidst the enchanting winter.

Vienna At Christmas – Photo Credit: Andoreia


Nuremberg, Germany 

Average Temp: -2°C to 4°C (28°F to 39°F) and frequent snowfall.

Nuremberg’s rich history is emphasised during winter. The medieval old town, lined with half-timbered houses, the majestic Nuremberg Castle, and the stunning Pegnitz River, exudes a captivating charm amid the winter chill.

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Bavarian cuisine is a delightful way to ward off the cold. Nuremberg is celebrated for its culinary specialties, such as Nuremberg sausages and Lebkuchen (gingerbread). Quaint taverns and restaurants beckon travellers in with hearty food to warm your insides, often accompanied by local beer.

Perched atop a hill, the castle provides panoramic views of Nuremberg’s old town and the surrounding winter landscape. Exploring its well-preserved structures, such as the Imperial Castle and the Deep Well, offers a glimpse into the city’s history. In winter, the castle takes on a serene and magical aura, making it an ideal addition to your Nuremberg itinerary, combining natural beauty with historical intrigue.

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Choosing accommodations in the Altstadt (Old Town) area allows for convenient access to key attractions and the Christkindlesmarkt. Consider staying in traditional family-run guesthouses to immerse yourself in the Bavarian experience.

For those seeking day trip adventures, neighbouring towns like Rothenberg ob der Tauber, known for its well-preserved medieval architecture, and Bamberg, famous for its charming old town and breweries, are easily accessible.

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Krakow, Poland

Average Temp: -3°C to 2°C (26°F to 36°F), with frequent snowfall.

Krakow’s historic old town, with its medieval architecture and charming streets, takes on a fairytale-like quality when blanketed in snow. The Main Market Square, Rynek Główny, hosts a towering Christmas tree, becomes a focal point for festive activities. 

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With fewer crowds comes shorter lines at popular attractions like Wawel Castle and St. Mary’s Basilica, allowing for more uninterrupted exploration. Auschwitz is best visited during this season, as the brutality of the conditions endured by prisoners is highlighted against the cold backdrop, offering a sobering reminder of history.

Polish cuisine, known for its hearty and comforting flavours, becomes especially inviting during the winter months. Local restaurants offer a warm refuge to enjoy traditional dishes like pierogi, kielbasa (sausage), and barszcz (beetroot soup) while seeking respite from the chilly weather.

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When selecting accommodations in Krakow, we recommend staying in the Kazimierz district, renowned for its lively nightlife and historic ambiance. Alternatively, stay in the Old Town area for convenient proximity to various attractions, ensuring a memorable and convenient stay in this enchanting city.

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Riga, Latvia

Average Temp: -3°C to -7°C (26°F to 19°F), with high chances of snow.

Riga’s medieval Old Town, with its cobbled streets and unique architecture, are a sight to see in winter. The city’s numerous parks and the Daugava River take on a picturesque quality during this season, as the entire city becomes covered in snow. 

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Winter is the off-peak season, which means fewer tourists when exploring Riga’s historic and cultural sites, such as Riga Castle and the Art Nouveau district. For those seeking an active winter getaway, Riga offers opportunities for ice skating, cross-country skiing, and even bobsledding.

Riga’s culinary scene is perfect for the colder months. Warm up in local cafes with a cup of rich Latvian coffee or taste hearty dishes like peas and bacon soup, or potato pancakes in traditional restaurants. 

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Consider accommodations in the heart of the Old Town for easy access to the Christmas markets and major attractions, or stay along the picturesque banks of the Daugava River for serene winter views. 

Enhance your Latvian getaway by embarking on day trips to destinations nearby such as Jurmala, a renowned resort town celebrated for its pristine beaches and rejuvenating spas- still just as amazing in winter. Alternatively, delve into the picturesque winter wonderland of Gauja National Park, where breath-taking landscapes await your exploration.


Dublin, Ireland

Average Temp:  4°C to 8°C (39°F to 46°F), with low chances of snowfall.

Dublin is a great place to visit in winter months, with its city streets becoming lined with twinkling lights, and the bustling Christmas markets. Winter is considered the off-peak season for tourism in Dublin, which means fewer crowds at popular attractions like Trinity College and Dublin Castle. You can explore these iconic sites with greater ease, opening up endless photo opportunities. 

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Dublin’s renowned pubs are even more inviting in winter, allowing you to stay out of the cold in traditional Irish pubs, where you can enjoy a pint of Guinness by the warm glow of a fireplace. You will also be in for a treat if you visit the Guinness Storehouse and make your way to the Gravity Bar, as the winter skies shadow over the panoramic views of Dublin.

Winter walks along Dublin’s coastal areas, such as Howth or Dun Laoghaire, offer stunning views and a bracing sea breeze. Dublin’s New Year’s Eve celebrations, including fireworks at the iconic Custom House, are renowned, making it an exciting way to ring in the new year.

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Consider staying in the city centre, around Temple Bar or Grafton Street, for easy access to attractions, shopping, and dining. These areas also offer a lively atmosphere during the holiday season. For cheaper accommodation, it is suggested to stay on the outskirts of O’Connell Street. 


Bellinzona, Switzerland

Average Temp:  -1°C to 6°C (30°F to 43°F), with chances of snowfall.

Bellinzona is famous for its three medieval castles – Castelgrande, Montebello, and Sasso Corbaro. In winter, these ancient fortifications take on a captivating aura as they overlook the town, adding a touch of fairy tale magic to the landscape. Personally, Bellinzona is my favourite place I have visited so far as it is just so beautiful. 

The surrounding Swiss Alps and natural landscapes become a winter wonderland, inviting visitors to explore snowy trails, perfect for hiking, snowshoeing, or simply enjoying the tranquil beauty of the season. The nearby Monte Carasso cable car takes you directly up the mountain for fantastic views of Bellinzona and its neighbours.

Swiss cuisine shines in winter, offering hearty dishes like fondue, raclette, and rösti, which provide the perfect warm and comforting meal after a day of outdoor adventures.

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Consider accommodations in the town centre for easy access to the castles, restaurants, and shops. Staying in a cosy chalet in the nearby alpine villages can also provide a unique and tranquil winter experience.

Bellinzona often hosts winter events and festivals, allowing you to immerse yourself in the local culture and traditions, adding a festive touch to your visit. If you are visiting Bellinzona in February, be sure to plan your visit around Rabadan– an annual carnival festival with events taking place over a few days. These include parades, a festival to crown “King of the Carnival”, and many musical performances.

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Venice, Italy

Average Temp: 1°C to 6°C (34°F to 43°F), with snowfall being rare.

Venice comes alive in winter with its famous carnival celebrations held in February, offering a chance to witness the city’s cultural heritage through elaborate masks and costumes. 

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During this season, hotel rates in Venice drop significantly, especially in the San Marco district, making luxurious accommodations more affordable.
Winter is also the perfect time to indulge in Venetian cuisine, featuring hearty dishes like risotto, seafood, and sweet frittelle. 

Explore the city’s art scene with visits to museums like the Gallerie dell’Accademia and Peggy Guggenheim Collection, or catch the Venice Biennale, an international art exhibition. And for a touch of romance, take a gondola ride along quieter canals in the intimate winter ambiance.

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Reykjavik, Iceland

Average Temp:  -3°C to 2°C (27°F to 36°F), with high chances of snowfall.

Iceland’s winter offers many unique experiences, with the prime highlight being the Northern Lights (Aurora Borealis), best appreciated through Reykjavik’s Northern Lights tours. The mesmerising dance of these lights across the Arctic night sky is a truly remarkable and enchanting spectacle, drawing travellers to this unique winter wonderland.

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Reykjavik In Winter- Photo Credit: Jules’ Trails

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Embrace the chill with geothermal pools like the Blue Lagoon and local options, offering soothing relaxation. The winter landscape is a wonderland with frozen waterfalls, glaciers, and snow-covered lava fields—guided tours allow exploration.
Fewer crowds grace popular sites like the Hallgrímskirkja Church and Harpa Concert Hall, enhancing your experience. 

Indulge in the flavours of Iceland with traditional dishes like hearty lamb stew and the delectable richness of smoked fish.

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Stay in the city centre or glass-roofed igloos for an optimal Northern Lights experience. Reykjavik’s winter festivals, from concerts to film festivals, add cultural depth to your visit. This is also an amazing time to join one of Iceland’s many Whale watching boat tours.

Reykjavik In Winter- Photo Credit: Jules’ Trails


Wroclaw, Poland

Average Temp:  -2°C to 2°C (28°F to 36°F), with chance of snowfall.

Wroclaw’s Old Town, with its colourful market square and beautiful buildings, takes on a magical quality when dusted with snow. The Oder River adds to the enchantment, as its bridges and islands create a picturesque winter scene.

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The city comes alive with the spirit of the holidays, as Christmas markets, particularly in the Market Square, fill the air with festive cheer.
Winter is the perfect time to explore Wroclaw’s landmarks, such as Wroclaw Cathedral, Ostrow Tumski (Cathedral Island), and the impressive Centennial Hall, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

For those seeking active adventures, ice skating at the temporary rinks, including the one on the Rynek (Market Square), is a popular winter activity. You can also take a relaxing stroll along the Oder River’s waterfront or explore the city’s vibrant cultural scene, with museums, galleries, and theatres.

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We suggest staying in the heart of the Old Town for easy access to the city’s major attractions and the festive markets. Accommodation is incredibly cost effective here, and you can stay in one of Wroclaw’s beautiful houses that surround Rynek for very little money.


Copenhagen, Denmark

Average Temp: -2°C to 3°C (28°F to 37°F), with a slight chance of snow.

Copenhagen in winter offers a warm and welcoming atmosphere, where you can immerse yourself in Danish traditions, enjoy the festive season, and explore the city’s cultural treasures with fewer crowds. Whether you’re strolling through historic neighbourhoods or sipping hot cocoa in a cosy café, Copenhagen’s winter charm is undeniable.

Winter is the perfect time to enjoy tasty Danish dishes like smørrebrød (open-faced sandwiches), æbleskiver (pancake puffs), and stegt flæsk med persillesovs (fried pork with parsley sauce). Copenhagen’s cafes and restaurants offer a warm and inviting atmosphere for dining.

Explore Copenhagen’s vibrant art and design scene with visits to museums like the Designmuseum Denmark and Louisiana Museum of Modern Art. You can also catch performances at the Royal Danish Theatre.

Embrace the Danish concept of “hygge” by cozying up in candlelit cafes, enjoying spa treatments, or taking leisurely walks along Copenhagen’s charming canals.

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Due to winter being off-peak season, attractions such as the Little Mermaid statue and Rosenborg Castle can be enjoyed with less crowds.
While Tivoli Gardens is a year-round attraction, it is particularly special in winter when it’s beautifully illuminated with holiday lights and hosts ice skating rinks. It’s a true winter wonderland, and one of the best things to due during a winter city break in Europe.

Consider accommodations in the city centre near popular districts like Indre By and Vesterbro, offering easy access to attractions, restaurants, and nightlife. Staying in a waterfront hotel along the picturesque Nyhavn canal is also a memorable option.

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London, England

Average Temp:  2°C to 8°C (36°F to 46°F), with occasional snowfall.

London embraces the holiday season with an array of dazzling lights, Christmas markets, and decorations. The city’s iconic landmarks like Oxford Street and Covent Garden come alive with festive displays, and you can enjoy ice skating at venues like Somerset House and the Natural History Museum.

London’s renowned museums, such as the British Museum, the National Gallery, and the Victoria and Albert Museum, offer warmth and cultural activities on colder days. Smaller crowds in winter make it the ideal time for art and history enthusiasts to explore.
London’s West End is famous for its theatre productions. Enjoy world-class performances of musicals, dramas, and ballets. The annual pantomime shows are a cherished holiday tradition for families.

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London’s New Year’s Eve celebrations, including the iconic fireworks display along the River Thames, draw visitors from around the world for a memorable countdown to the new year.

Warm up in traditional English pubs with hearty pub grub, mulled wine, and real ales. The ambiance of a family-feel pub on a chilly day is a quintessential London experience.
Hyde Park’s Winter Wonderland is a must-visit attraction, featuring an ice skating rink, Christmas markets, fairground rides, and festive shows, creating a true winter wonderland.

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Consider accommodations in the heart of London, such as Covent Garden, Soho, or Southbank, for easy access to major attractions and the city’s festive ambiance. Boutique hotels and charming bed-and-breakfasts offer romantic retreats.


Paris, France

Average Temp: 3°C to 7°C (37°F to 45°F), with occasional light snowfall.

One of the significant advantages of visiting Paris in winter is the decreased tourist crowds. This means shorter lines at famous attractions like the Louvre, Eiffel Tower, and Notre-Dame Cathedral, allowing for a quieter experience of these iconic landmarks.

Paris is synonymous with romance, and winter accentuates this charm. Stroll along the Seine River, enjoy candlelit dinners in quaint bistros, and take romantic walks through the city’s beautifully lit streets.

Paris transforms into a winter haven during the holiday season. The Champs-Élysées is adorned with lights, and Christmas markets pop up throughout the city. Paris boasts world-class museums, and winter is an excellent time to immerse yourself in art and culture. The Musée d’Orsay and the Centre Pompidou are perfect for indoor exploration.

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French cuisine, including classic dishes like coq au vin, cassoulet, and galette des rois (King Cake), are delicious to eat, especially during winter-time. You should also take the opportunity to warm up in cafes with croissants and hot chocolate. 

Consider accommodations in central neighbourhoods like Le Marais, Saint-Germain-des-Prés, or the Latin Quarter for easy access to attractions and a true Parisian experience. Boutique hotels offer an intimate retreat, and are a must when booking a winter city break in Europe.

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Experience ice skating at iconic venues such as the Eiffel Tower and the Grand Palais, adding a touch of winter fun to your Parisian adventure. Paris in winter captures the essence of the city’s romance and culture, providing an opportunity for a very intimate trip. Whether you’re sipping wine in a charming café or admiring world-class art in a museum, Paris’s winter allure is sure to take a hold of you.


Milan, Italy 

Average Temp: 1°C to 7°C (34°F to 45°F), with occasional snowfall.

Milan’s winter is filled with elaborate decorations, dazzling lights, and vibrant Christmas markets like the one at Piazza del Duomo, where you can shop for gifts, savour Italian delicacies, and enjoy the merry ambiance. Winter is a great time to explore museums such as the Pinacoteca di Brera and Leonardo da Vinci’s ‘The Last Supper’ at Santa Maria delle Grazie with fewer crowds for a more immersive experience.

Staying in the city centre is recommended, particularly around the Duomo area, for easy access to major attractions, shopping districts, and dining options. Brera and Navigli are also popular choices for their vibrant neighbourhoods and easy access to the city.

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As a global fashion capital, Milan offers excellent winter shopping opportunities. Explore the upscale boutiques of the Quadrilatero della Moda and enjoy winter sales. Shop ‘til you drop, then indulge in traditional Italian dishes like risotto alla milanese, ossobuco, and panettone at trattorias and restaurants.
Milan is renowned for its opera and theatre performances, with world-class shows at La Scala Opera House adding cultural depth to your winter visit.

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Use Milan as a base for day trips to nearby destinations like Lake Como and the Swiss Alps, where you can embrace winter sports and enjoy breath-taking landscapes. 


Where Are the best Christmas markets in Europe?

Europe is famous for hosting so many amazing Christmas markets, but we have picked out the best for you. These are all from our list to really help you narrow down where you want to spend your winter. 

Prague has two renowned Christmas markets, located in its Old Town Square and Wenceslas Square. These markets are celebrated for their festive atmosphere, beautiful decorations, and the availability of traditional Czech crafts and treats. 

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Prague Christmas Market – Photo Credit: A Social Nomad

Vienna is a haven for Christmas market enthusiasts, boasting several enchanting options. Among them, the Rathausplatz and Schönbrunn Palace markets stand out for their grandeur and cultural offerings, providing visitors with a truly magical and immersive holiday experience.

At the heart of Nuremberg’s lies the iconic Christkindlesmarkt. Situated in the Hauptmarkt square, this renowned Christmas market lures visitors with its enticing offerings, including gingerbread cookies, mulled wine, and traditional crafts. The entire square comes alive with dazzling lights and the presence of the iconic Christkind, creating a magical winter wonderland.

Krakow offers a charming Christmas market in its Main Square, featuring live performances and a wide variety of Polish Christmas traditions. Wroclaw’s Christmas market is also gaining popularity for its picturesque Christmas market with an ice skating rink and local delicacies. 

Krakow Main Square- Photo Credit: Northumberlands Best

Riga boasts some of Europe’s most enchanting Christmas markets, particularly in Dome Square and Livu Square. These markets are a festive extravaganza, featuring beautifully decorated stalls selling local crafts, delicious Latvian food, and warm mulled wine. 
Similarly, Budapest is famous for its Christmas markets, especially the one in Vorosmarty Square, offering artisan gifts, Hungarian cuisine, and cultural performances. 

London’s Winter Wonderland is one of the best things to do in London during Winter. Situated in Hyde Park, it is full of games, food, and activities to enjoy. 

Each of these markets has its distinctive charm and traditions, making it a matter of personal preference when choosing the best one for your holiday experience.

Budapest Christmas Market- Photo Credit: Andoreia


What to wear in Europe during winter

When packing for a winter trip to Europe, it’s very easy to strike a balance between staying warm and looking stylish. 

Layering is a necessity when it comes to packing for Winter in Europe, as the weather can constantly change. Start with thermal undergarments to provide insulation and comfort. On top of these, add sweaters, long-sleeved shirts, and comfortable, moisture-wicking fabrics. A versatile, insulated, and preferably waterproof jacket is crucial to protect against rain, snow, and cold winds.

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For your bottom half, opt for warm trousers, such as jeans or thermal-lined trousers, and consider thermal leggings for added warmth. Don’t forget warm, comfortable socks, and waterproof and insulated boots to keep your feet dry and cosy. Accessorise with a big scarf, gloves, and a beanie or hat to keep extra warm.

In fashion-conscious cities like Paris and Milan, you can maintain your style with a stylish coat, leather gloves, and fashionable boots. However, in regions with severe winters, like Scandinavia, prioritise function over fashion, as not doing so threatens to ruin your trip.


Frequently Asked Questions

Where Is The Cheapest Place To Go In Europe During Winter?

Eastern European countries such as Latvia and Poland are often the cheapest place to visit during winter. 

These countries have a lower cost of living than Western Europe, resulting in more affordable accommodations, dining, and transportation options. Additionally, Eastern European cities like Krakow, Wroclaw, and Riga offer extensive experiences with historic architecture, museums, and vibrant local scenes without the premium price tag. 

The winter climate tends to deter some tourists, leading to lower demand and reduced prices- providing an excellent opportunity for budget-conscious travellers to explore many destinations without breaking the bank.

Which months are winter in Europe?

Winter in Europe typically spans from November to February. However, the onset and duration of winter can vary across the continent due to its diverse climate. 

Northern regions like Scandinavia and Russia experience longer and colder winters, often starting in November and extending into March, while Mediterranean countries have milder winters, with temperatures rarely dropping below freezing. 

The specific timing of winter can also differ slightly from year to year.

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Where Are Some Warm Places To Visit In Europe During Winter?

When winter’s chill sets in, escaping to warmer destinations becomes a tempting idea. Two Mediterranean gems, Ibiza and Malta, offer perfect havens for sun-seekers during the colder months.

Ibiza transforms into a serene paradise during winter. With temperatures averaging around 15-20°C (59-68°F), it’s an ideal time to explore its quaint villages, and pristine beaches without the party crowds. You’ll find empty beaches, mild weather for hiking, and a chance to enjoy local cuisine in a warm, relaxed atmosphere.

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Malta is similar, in that its mild Mediterranean climate is also enticing. Winter temperatures hover around 15-18°C (59-64°F), making it perfect for sightseeing without the scorching summer sun. Explore historic Valletta, visit ancient temples, and enjoy the coastal beauty of Gozo and Comino, all while savoring the local delicacies.

Both Ibiza and Malta provide warm winter escapes, ensuring a rejuvenating break from the winter blues.

Is it worth visiting Europe in winter?

Absolutely! Though the temperature in Europe generally drops significantly during the winter months, the charm of Europe seems to be heightened! Cities adorned with twinkling lights, Christmas markets offering warm mulled wine and artisanal crafts, and picturesque landscapes blanketed in snow all contribute to a cosy and festive atmosphere. 

The usual crowds that flock to Europe in the summer begin to die down, allowing for a less stressful exploration of renowned landmarks like the Eiffel Tower. Indoor activities such as museums and theatres will also be less busy, meaning you won’t feel rushed to explore. Due to the decrease in crowds accommodation prices will begin to drop, meaning for a budget-friendly trip. 

Moreover, winter offers excellent opportunities for winter sports enthusiasts, with destinations like the Swiss Alps, the Austrian Tyrol, and the French Pyrenees providing world-class skiing and snowboarding experiences. 

In conclusion, visiting Europe in winter is definitely worth it for those who appreciate a quieter, more intimate, and budget-friendly European adventure, combined with the enchantment of a winter wonderland setting.

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