Winter Destinations. Where to escape? (15 suggestions)

Excelente suggests a range of locations that are great to explore at this time of year.

Escape

The cold is becoming more and more present and the desire to stay at home, in the warmth, tends to influence all the family activities. However, getting to know new cities during winter can also be an enticing experience for some people.

Why not take the opportunity to visit new places and live different experiences at a cooler time of the year? If you don't know where to start, Excelente suggests a range of locations that are great to explore at this time of year.

Andorra

Andorra is located between Spain and France and is made up of small towns. Instead of choosing just a single neighbourhood to enjoy, you can choose to stroll around the country, as you can travel from one end to the other in an hour's drive. To this end, the ideal is to spend more than a week in the country.

If you want to visit the country for the snow, you should choose to make the trip between December and January. With snow covering Andorra, skiing is the best activity to do. In addition to the various snow activities, visitors can also explore the museums, churches, shopping malls and walking routes.

In Andorra, you should visit the Caldea thermal spa, the Pont de Paris, the Casa de La Vall, the Sola Irrigation Canal Trail and the Sant Esteve d'Andorra la Vella church. You should not miss the cities Canillo, Soldeu and Encamp, enjoy the views from the Mirador del Roc del Quer and stroll through the Plaza del Pobe and the Madriu-Perafita-Claror Valley.

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Andorra

Berlin

Berlin, Germany, attracts many tourists all year round. In December, Christmas markets are one of the most visited spots. The city is very rich in terms of museums, so you should explore the Pergamon Museum, the Bode Museum, the Neues Museum and the Altes Museum. On Museum Island, home to the monuments mentioned above, you can also find the Alte Nationalgalerie art gallery and the Berliner Dom cathedral. Go through the city and see the Urania clock and the Neptune Fountain.

Going to Berlin and not visiting the East Side Gallery is almost a sin. Here, you can enjoy the art of 118 artists which enveloped the remaining Berlin Wall. The Brandenburg Gate, the Reichstag Palace, the Holocaust Memorial, Charlottenburg Castle and the Tiergarten are all places to be on your list of places to discover.

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Berlin

Bruges

Bruges belongs to Belgium and is known as the “Venice of the North”, because of the canals that complete the city, and is regarded as one of the most romantic and fantastic places in Europe. Bruges is 97 kilometres from Brussels and the best way to get off from one place to the next is by train.

In Bruges, you should stop and enjoy the surroundings of Grote Mark, the main square. The architectural features of the buildings must be observed in detail and, if you so desire, get to know the Belfry Tower, climbing more than 300 steps. The churches and museums of the city centre should be taken into account in this visit, however, you should also give an opportunity to the fields, mills and the countryside of the urban area of Bruges. For your experience to be complete, you have to try Belgian beer and chocolate.

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Bruges

Budapest

Budapest, the capital of Hungary, emerged from the junction of two cities, Buda and Pest, separated by the Danube River. While Buda is privileged with natural landscapes, monuments and historical buildings, Pest is associated with modernity and greater movement.

The city is known for its famous thermal baths. Therefore, bathing in the warm waters of Budapest, has to be on your list of “things to do”. In Budapest, you have to discover the Castle Hill, the Old Town of Buda, the Chain Bridge, the Budapest Parliament, St. Stephen's Basilica, the Buda Castle, the Shoes on the Danube Memorial, the Jewish Quarter, the Great Synagogue of Budapest, the City Park ( Városliget) and the Széchenyis Baths. If you can, travel to Margaret Island, Budapest's largest park, and immerse yourself in the peacefulness of the place.

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Budapest

Chamonix-Mont-Blanc

If you prefer to escape to a different location just for two or three days, Chamonix is a good option. The city is tiny and can be visited quickly, with some calm. Chamonix is located in the French Alps, 82 kilometres from Geneva and 172 kilometres from Turin.

Chamonix is one of the most popular places in Europe to be visited in winter. Known for its ski slopes, the city should be visited between December and March. The best month to visit Chamonix is January, the month when there is less movement in the city. The Montenvers - Mer de Glace Train, the Mont Blanc, the Brevent Cable Car, the Lac Blanc, the Grotte de Glace are some points of interest you need to visit.

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Chamonix-Mont-Blanc

Copenhagen

Copenhagen is the capital and largest city of Denmark. The city is surrounded by the happiness associated with the Danes. The colours, the modern architecture, the castles, the food, the dynamics of the spaces are elements that bring Copenhagen to life and are the aspects that must be explored on a trip.

The sculpture of the Little Mermaid is a very famous point of the city that should not go unnoticed. During the trip, you should visit Christiansborg Palace, Amalienborg Palace, Frederiks Kirke, the colourful houses of Nyhavn, St Albans Church, Tivoli Gardens and Danish Design Centre. In Copenhagen's historic centre, you can find the city's main square, Rådhuspladsen, the Town Hall and the Copenhagen Cathedral, Vor Frue Kirk.

If you don't know when to visit Copenhagen, one of the best times is New Year's Eve. In Denmark, celebrations bring citizens together on the streets and are memorable because of the fireworks.

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Copenhagen

Edinburgh

In Scotland, you can get lost in Edinburgh. Your visit should start at Edinburgh Castle and Holyroodhouse Palace. These monuments are located on The Royal Mile, the centre of Edinburgh's Old Town. Taking a few hours to discover this area is an asset, as you can also explore Mary King's Alley, Dunbar's Close Garde, Camera Obscura and World of Illusions.

The National Museum of Scotland is undoubtedly one of the places you have to explore, but it takes some time. If you like whiskey, you have to stop by The Scotch Whisky Experience. If you prefer something scary, visit Greyfriars Kirkyard Cemetery at night.

After exploring the Old Town, you have to leave for Edinburgh's New Town. Here, you need to discover the Royal Yacht Britannia, the Royal Botanic Gardens, the Dean Village, the National Gallery of Scotland, the Dugald Stewart Monument and the Nelson Monument.

In Edinburgh, you also have to visit a pub and venture into the city's nightlife. If you can, take a trip to Loch Ness and let yourself admire the mountains that accompany you all the way.

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Edinburgh

Grindelwald

In the Swiss Alps, you can find Grindelwald. The village is recommended because of the snow activities such as skiing and snowboarding, which can be carried out during the winter. The city is notable for the nature that surrounds it, the wooden houses that compose it and the climbing and mountaineering that can be practised in the village.

Getting to know the First Mountain is the first task of those who visit Grindelwald, if snow permits. The second task is to ride the cable car and enjoy the First Cliff Walk. After exiting the cable car, you can take a trail and reach Lake Bachalpsee.

If you want to stretch your legs a little more, you can choose to walk along the Jungfraujoch, one of the most famous routes in the Alps, which can be started in Grindelwald. However, if you want to be taken to certain places without having to make great efforts, you can choose to go sledding.

Exploring Glacier Canyon is also one of the highlights of a getaway in this village. If you want to explore towns near the village, you can visit Wengen or Lauterbrunnen.

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Grindelwald

Helsinki

Going to Helsinki involves getting in touch with the culture that marks the capital of Finland. Knowing the Natural History Museum, the National Museum (Kansallismuseo), the Museum of Classical Art (Ateneum) and the Museum of Contemporary Art (Kiasma) is almost mandatory. The Municipal Market, Hakaniemen Kauppahalli, is the place where visitors can most find the gastronomic essence of Helsinki.

Centred in the city, the market is full of very characteristic smells and colours. After touring this space, you should explore the Kulttuurisauna architecture space, the Kaisaniemi botanic garden, Kaisaniemen Kasvitieteellinen Puutarha, and the Helsinki Cathedral.

For a complete getaway, you need to head to Seurasaari Island, visit the Seurasaari Museum, Seurasaaren Ulkomuseo and enjoy nature and the landscapes that embrace the island. If you can, you must discover Porvoo, Loviisa or Fiskars.

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Helsinki

Innsbruck

In Austria, you will find Innsbruck, a city for snow and winter sports lovers. Innsbruck is tiny and can be visited in two or three days, but those who want to appreciate the towns near the city should extend their stay.

If you want to know the history of Innsbruck, you have to explore the Goldenes Dachl museum, a building with a roof filled with gold tiles. The Schloss Ambras palace, the Hofkirche church and the Hofburg palace are other spaces worth visiting. In order to enter various monuments and have travel discounts, you must purchase the Innsbruck Card, a card that can be used for 24 or 72 hours. To get the real feel of Innsbruck you should go to Bergisel or even ride the Nordkettenbahnen cable car.

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Innsbruck

Prague

The capital of the Czech Republic is seen as a city taken from a fairy tale and as one of the “most beautiful” places in Europe. Ideal for those who like to walk, Prague is full of bridges and very well organised streets. For culture lovers, the city also presents itself as a place to discover, thanks to the arts schools, museums, theatres and libraries that fill Prague.

Prague Castle, Prazsky Hrad, is a rapidly revealing space in Prague and is one that must be explored in the first place. Inside the Castle, you will find two museums, a palace, a cathedral and galleries. Near the Castle, you can also visit St. Vitus Cathedral.

The historical centre of the city is regarded as the heart of Prague. Here you have to unveil the Church of St. Nicholas, the Church of Our Lady of Týn, the Stone Bell House and the Clock Tower. If you want to tour a few more monuments, you can choose the Pinkas Synagogue, the Old Jewish Cemetery, the Spanish Synagogue, the Dancing House, the Strahov Monastery, the Vysehrad Castle or the Petrín Park and Tower.

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Prague

Saint Petersburg

St. Petersburg is the second largest city in Russia and is seen as the most “Westernised” city in the country. In St. Petersburg, you will find the Hermitage Museum, one of the largest art museums in the world, and St. Isaac's Cathedral, the fourth largest cathedral in the world.

The Kazan Cathedral, the Church of the Resurrection of the Saviour on Spilled Blood, the Smolny Convent, the Peter and Paul Fortress, the Yusupov Palace are other monuments to visit in St. Petersburg. For a more captivating experience, you have to ride a boat on the Neva River. If you want to venture beyond the city, a visit to Catherine Palace or Peterhof Palace is recommended.

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Saint Petersburg

Tromsø

Tromsø is a city in Norway, known for the observation of the Northern Lights. First recommendation? Acquire clothes suitable for the cold Norway regardless of the time of the visit. And don't forget: during November, December and January, Tromsø has few hours of sunlight - much of people's day is lived in darkness.

In Tromsø, visitors devote much of their visits to hunting for Northern Lights. Seeing the cetaceans on a boat trip is also an activity you should experience. Visitors to Tromsø also recommend that people take a dog sled ride from Lapland. If you have the opportunity, get to know a reindeer breeding family, through excursions, and stroll through the woods and mountains of the city. The Polar Museum, Polaria, Tromso Museum and Northern Norwegian Science Center are some of Tromsø's attractions.

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Tromso

Tallinn

In Estonia, we find Tallinn. Tallinn is the capital and largest city in the country. If you prefer to visit Tallinn, you should stay in the Old Town. In this part, you'll be able to get around easily. It is recommended that you purchase the Tallinn Card. With this card, you can visit the various cultural spaces free of charge, access public transport and have discounts in shops and restaurants.

In the Old Town, you will find many of Tallinn's sights. Ideally, spend several hours walking through the streets and, if you have the opportunity, sign up for a tour to learn more about the surrounding environment.

Visit Town Hall Square, St. Catherine's Pass, Nunna Tower, Epping Tower, Fat Margaret's Tower, Helleman Tower, Maiden's Tower and Alexander Nevsky Orthodox Cathedral. For a view of the city, you should choose to climb to the top of the Dome Church tower. If you want to explore Tallinn's history a little more, visit the KGB Museum, Linnahall, Seaplane Harbour and Patarei Prison. If you head to Tallinn at Christmas time, you need to contact the Naral market in Town Hall Square and enjoy the lights that illuminate the cold days.

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Tallinn

Vienna

The capital of Austria is not very different from the various European cities, however, its historical-cultural heritage makes the city very appealing. From November to February is when Vienna dresses itself with more refinement and lust and is also filled with the famous Christmas markets.

First of all, you should start your trip with a visit to Schönbrunn Palace. Then you have to visit the Prater Park, St. Stephen's Cathedral, the Hofburg and Belvedere Palace. Lose yourself in the streets of Vienna, roam the Old Town, and venture into the Mumok Museum, the Leopold Museum, the Museum of Ethnology and the Maria-Theresien-Platz garden.

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Vienna
Winter Destinations. Where to escape? (15 suggestions)
Escape
Winter Destinations. Where to escape? (15 suggestions)