I am landing in London mid October this year and will be spending several months there.
I want to know whats worth visiting in the colder, wintery, snowed in months within Europe??
I've tried snowboarding once, and sucked majorly, however I guess I'm willing to give it another go . Is there anything else to do other than visiting all the ski fields about?
I have one relative in the UK, however they live in the suburbs so I need some advice on where to live.
If you know Sydney, then I want to live in a place similar to Newtown/Petersham or of those who have been to Melbourne, Fitzroy type of areas...
HELP, HELP, HELP
Well... go skiing in the Alps would come to mind, but since you apparently didn't enjoy yourself when trying it...
Best stick to cities; the countryside is a miserable place in winter. Many cities are too, but there at least you can go indoors. St. Petersburg is said to be amazing in winter, same for Copenhagen, and someone once told me good stories about Edinburgh, too. Amsterdam is just cold and rainy, unless we're very fortunate and get some snow, which hardly ever happens. Further south, the weather is rainy, but the temperature is a bit more agreeable.
Well, you have the option of going on a hike on snow shoes. It is just like regular walking only through the snow. You can rent the snow shoes from the company that offers the tour. There are several in the mountain areas in southern Germany.
And I saw a pic of Venice in winter - looked absolutely magical covered in snow!
The farther south you go the longer your days are when Christmas draws nearer.
BTW, I think you need to pick a country to stay! Europe is big and London expensive so if you want to make your money last you need to head into Eastern Europe.
in october: mushroom time! you can walk in woods looking for mushroom and chestnuts.(southern europe) in south Europe weather is usually still good during this month.
end nov/ dic: christmas markets are definetely something nice to see in winter..in italian sud tirol, (Bozen Meran), in Austria and Germany (and also in other parts of europe)
feb: carnival: many city all around europe are famous for their carnival (in italy: venice, Viareggio)
from nov to feb. weather is cold almost everywhere, and almost everywhere it could snow or rain.
LONDON- important where you live, do not get stuck in awful suburbia. If I were you, I'd stay in a hostal for a week, explore the city, then move on to
AMSTERDAM - if you smoke ganja, you're in heaven, if not, see the city for a week (stay in hostal) and then move on to
PARIS - another nasty city in my opinion, but you got to have seen it, again, hostal (will save you ALOT) and then move on after a few days. Let me mention, the hostals are usually the best located at the best price, anything else is just crazy expensive, plus you'll always meet people to travel with at hostals. Move south to
SPAIN - weather is more pleasant, an overnight train from Paris and you're there. BARCELONA is great and you can take a ferry over to Ibiza. Travel along coast to
FRANCE - south of France is nice, follow the coast and discover little cute towns, and bigger ones. Continue to
ITALY - get a lonly planet guide, go wild, follow your instinct. By now you should have met enough people to travel with and go to different places with... you might end up in PRAGUE, or CROATIA, maybe even NORWAY...but it's all about following your path. I personally would avoid the north because I can't stand cold weather (I'm Swedish, but live in Miami Beach now) and would stay in the south. There is much to see in Europe and everything is cloese by, why stay in one place? Just travel for a few weeks atleast, then decide where you want to stay, depending on what YOU like.
Thanks for all of the info provided.
I am applying for a UK working visa, so I guess thats why I was planning on spending some time in London, I would however like to work in the suburbs so it's not as expensive as inner London (or am I still kidding myself?).
I really want to get to Prague and Croatia, I have heard loads of good things about these places, especially Prague in Winter. I also here that you can sometimes get cheap deals there too
kicka, thanks heaps for all your suggestions (as well as everyone else). You have suggested a few places that I have visited previously (I really need to update my profile so people know where I have been, forgetful!), and I'm glad you did cause I wasn't sure if they would be any good to see in the winter months.
I loved Paris, I don't know why but I think cause there was soo much packed into one city to see, and the view from the eiffel tower was pretty amazing.
I'm getting itchy feet to get going now.
Good luck on your trip!
[ Edit: Edited at Jun 24, 2006 4:51 AM by Rish_n_Ben ]