Europe in Winter

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1. Posted by Ciaran9419 (Budding Member 2 posts) 1y Star this if you like it!


My wife and I are looking at booking our proper honeymoon this European Winter season (December 2019) and are looking for a few destinations. We have both traveled extensively throughout Europe but always in summer. Unfortunately we've seen most of the cities in all the "Top 10 Cities to visit in Winter" articles and we're looking for something a little different.

Some places we haven't been that we are interested in visiting are Finland, Iceland, Russia, Bruges in Belgium and maybe a few small towns in Germany or France. We've got about a months worth of time and would prefer to fly around as little as possible. We want the true winter experience (as Australians we have plenty of sun and beaches).

As a very brief summary of all the typical top 10 destinations, we've seen:
-Dublin (my wife hasn't been)

Any suggestions or advice would be greatly appreciated.


[ Edit: Edited on 26-Jan-2019, at 08:29 by Ciaran9419 ]

2. Posted by hennaonthetrek (Respected Member 248 posts) 1y Star this if you like it!

In Finland you might want to go in Rovaniemi? Santa Claus lives there so you should get true winter experience ;)
There is also igloos, snow mobiles drives, raindeers, skiing etc.
You might also like to rent a cabin instead of going in hotel?
And you can get direct train from Helsinki to Rovaniemi if you dont mind sitting in train for a one day :)

If you are more of an city than nature person, Tampere is great city which you can also get via train from Helsinki :)

[ Edit: Edited on 26-Jan-2019, at 11:11 by Hensku ]

3. Posted by Beausoleil (Travel Guru 1450 posts) 1y Star this if you like it!

We thoroughly enjoyed Strasbourg, France during the Christmas season. If you are there between the first of Dec. and the middle of January, you might enjoy the Chrismas markets. You can check online for dates. There are different markets all over town and some last longer than others. The city web site will list all the dates. There are lots of beautiful wine villages in the area you could visit. We usually stay in Barr but any of them are picturesque. Obernai is larger than a village but you'd have more choice of accommodation and things to do. Alsace is a great region of France to visit in the winter. Here's the Strasbourg entry of my blog of the Christmas Markets visit. At the bottom, click on the tiny "Next" to see the other Strasbourg Christmas page. Click here for Strasbourg at Christmas by Beausoleil on TravellersPoint

Enjoy your trip.

4. Posted by Ciaran9419 (Budding Member 2 posts) 1y Star this if you like it!

Hey guys,

Thanks for your suggestions. We've had family travel to Finland recently that recommended Saariselkä which is a resort village a bit further to the north than Rovaniemi. I know Rovaniemi is famous for Santa's Village though so I'm not too sure which to choose.

Thats exactly the time we'll be over there :) I'll take a look at your blog, thank you.

Any more suggestions are welcome, we have a lot of time to fill! :) Thank you.


5. Posted by ToonSarah (Travel Guru 1212 posts) 1y Star this if you like it!

We had a great winter break in northern Norway a few years ago. We spent a few nights in Tromso where we did an Aurora spotting tour and were lucky enough to see them, and also enjoyed the various museums focused on Polar exploration and wildlife. Food and drink are expensive but that's true of all of Scandinavia I'm afraid. We then did a Hurtigruten cruise up the coast to the North Cape, the most northerly point of mainland Europe. We were able to do a few shore excursions visiting an ice bar, seeing huskies (we could have gone on a run but made other choices), seeing the North Cape etc.

6. Posted by Oliver_Snow (First Time Poster 1 posts) 1y Star this if you like it!

I would advise you to visit the city of Girona in Spain during this period.

7. Posted by ToddP (Moderator 225 posts) 1y Star this if you like it!

Most of the cities on your list can be reached by a short train ride. Plan accordingly to get the quickest and shortest rides from one city to another. When it comes to to Dublin you will need to fly, but this is only 1hr from Edinburgh so not a bother...

8. Posted by nicfaust (Budding Member 2 posts) 1y Star this if you like it!

Hi there. How about visiting some ski resort. There are some good places in Europe where you can spend really great time and enjoy beautiful views.

9. Posted by toubkaltrail (First Time Poster 1 posts) 1y Star this if you like it!

it gets colder in many countries in Europe in winter! but it is worth it to visit France in winter

10. Posted by markwilliamuk1 (Inactive 8 posts) 1y Star this if you like it!

Prague is a place to enjoy city breaks. A beautiful city break having big monuments and many attractions. Prague is a place where we can visit at any time.