Dreamy European destinations to visit during winter

Dreamy European destinations to visit during winter

Northern Lights in Iceland

Must-do at the top of most travelers' lists is to see the Northern Lights. It is a miracle and one in the blue moon that everybody wishes to experience. Winter is the greatest season to see Northern Light as the trick here is the sky needs to be dark enough for the light to be visible. In Iceland from September to April, when the night is long and dark, it is a peak time to see the bright, dancing colors of the Aurora borealis. With shades of red, blue, green, yellow, and violet seen in the night sky, it is an iconic photograph to capture.

A man camping in wild northern mountains with an illuminated tent viewing a spectacular green northern lights aurora display. Photo composition. 

Soak in Budapest’s Thermal Baths

At the end of the year, nothing can compare to an experience that can soothe your soul and put you at ease after a busy year. In this case, taking a dip in a steamy hot bath in Budapest will win the title as it offers a sensory experience to both your body and mental health. Szechenyi Thermal Bath is the most famous one with its gigantic open-air swimming bath. 

Steam rising around a woman in a thermal bath in Budapest during winter in Europe

Sunbathe in Cyprus

If you do not fall in love with snowy winter days and miss sunshine, Cryptus is a great place for you to escape the cold winter months. Cyprus is located in the South of Turkey and has a pleasant climate with spectacular beaches. Larnaca, Ayia Napa, Limassol, and Paphos are the most visited destinations. Most of the cities are inhabited by locals and ex-pats; hence, you will not feel lonely when coming there. The cuisine is worth a try besides the wonderful beaches.

Cyprus ocean and rock formations during winter in Europe

Visit the Christmas market in Cologne

Christmas Market is a signature place to visit when traveling to Europe in winter. Though there are many pretty markets, The Cologne Christmas market is the biggest one and attracts both local and international visitors. You can wander around the market and find some handicrafts. A must-try drink in this market is fragrant mulled wine and a local beer called kölsch. If you wish to try something more special, the zimtbrezeln, a fusion between a cinnamon roll and a salty pretzel will not let you down.

Santa statues and toys at a Christmas market

Join a Swiss Balloon Festival

In the festive season, the greatest thing is to take part in festivals and enjoy the festive atmosphere. Rather than drinking beer or hanging out at a party, the hot air balloon festival in the small village of Chateau-d’Oex, Switzerland will bring you a lifetime memory. At the festival, you can watch colorful hot air balloons covering the sky. An incredible experience is to ride a balloon and you can drift across the spectacular valley of Château-d’Oex. From the balloon, you can see the sun and the majestic mountains. 

Brightly colored balloons floating above snowy mountain peaks in Chateau d'Oeux

There are many destinations to visit in Europe during winter but we can not capture all. The above places are considered to be the spots that you can not miss. Which one have you chosen to visit this winter?