I know I know its only JULY!! But me and my boyfriend will be travelling this year and he has just asked me where I want to be at Christmas! Now I have never had a white Christmas so would like it to be snowy We are going to be in Paris at the end of November and travelling through Beligium, Netherlands, Germany, Sweden, Norway, Finland...No idea on how long it will take to get through these places but has anyone spent Christmas in any of them?? Any Advice?
Sorry to even MENTION it!!!! But Im curious.....and EXCITED
Norway/Sweden/Finland are your only 'guaranteed' bet on a white Christmas (and then of course only for snow on the ground, not for falling snow). It's pretty hit and miss in Belgium/Netherlands/Germany with getting snow for Christmas. Usually it's right around freezing, but you need to be pretty lucky to actually have snow lying around.
The only countries in which I've ever had Christmas have been Australia, New Zealand and the Netherlands, so this isn't advice from firsthand experience, but knowing Scandinavian cities, I think Stockholm would be the nicest place to be for Christmas. They have endless cozy little cafes tucked down in the basements of the massive houses on Gamla Stan (the island in the very center of the city), where you can sip endlessly wonderful hot chocolate, safe from the cold, with old style lanterns strung all along the winding cobblestone streets, giving the whole a wonderful atmosphere despite it being dark far and far too early in the afternoon already.
Sander's Stockholm recommendation is good. It's a great city, especially for a couple getaway. I've stayed at a wonderful hotel in the middle of Gamla Stan twice now; it's only got 7 rooms, so you have to book early, but I think it's probably my favourite hotel of all time. And yes, there should be snow there. The only problem with snow in cities is that it's usually shovelled away as soon as it falls. It's also got this blackish colour to it from all the roads, polution and grit on the streets when they shovel. So outside of the cities you'll see the real beauty of it. Snow clinging to bare branches, several feet of snow to wade through to shovel your car out etc Oslo, where I live, isn't quite as 'cozy' as Stockholm, but one benefit is that you can take a tram up the mountain side and put on some skis to explore the countryside. Either try 'langrenn' (cross country) or downhill (slalom). You can rent skis near where the tram stops. It doesn't get much more wintery than that
For Christmas I would go to Salzburg, Austria (right at the German border). Salzburg is a great city and the Christmas market there is stunning (even for me as a German who really has seen her share of Christmas markets). Now Salzburg might not have any snow, but rent a car and drive up into the Alps and you'll be guaranteed snow. I can recommend the village Rauris inside the Tauern National Park, cuddle up in one of the small pensions there and you'll have a great christmas. You can even go on a snowshoe hike (arrange a guided trip with the National Park rangers in advance) or use the toboggan run.
Great suggestions, thanks for the advice! We still haven't made a decision but I think these are on top of the list now Would like to get something sorted though cause I don't want to be out in the cold come Christmas!! We hadn't considered going to Austria but as it is so close to the border, think we will now.