While winter is the off season in Europe and most people prefer traveling the continent during the summer, winter is not such a bad time to travel around Europe after all.
There are many benefits of traveling in low-season; the accommodation is cheaper, the crowds are gone and you get a different insight into what life is like outside of the big tourist season.
Places like Barcelona and Rome, for example, are very different in low season.
Europe Holiday Locations – The Winter Edition
Here are a few great cities to escape to for a short weekend.
Edinburgh is in our opinion one of the most beautiful cities in Europe, and while the weather might not always be the best with the cold winds and rain – there are so many things to see and do there in any type of weather so it doesn’t really matter when you visit.
Some highlights on a trip to Edinburgh is to stroll around the narrow cobbled streets of the old town, visit Greyfriar’s Kirk, check out Mary King’s close and the Edinburgh castle.
But there are many more things to see and do, two good places to warm up in and escape the cold are the Camera Obscura and the Botanic Gardens – the first is both fun and interesting, with the oldest tourist attraction in the city.
The Botanic Gardens has a huge glass house area where you can explore flora and fauna from all over the world, from the desert in Australia to the Amazon jungle.
St Anton, Austria
Why not embrace the cold and go for a ski weekend trip somewhere in the Alps?
There are hundreds of destinations to choose from – over 350 ONLY in Austria – of course it all depends on your skills and likes which one suits you the best.
But one of the best is St Anton – it is a huge ski resort in Austria which is famous for its amazing ski slopes, relaxation and crazy night life.
What better way to relax your shoulders from hunching in the cold outside than soaking into a hot pool with water full of natural healing properties?
Budapest has a lot of beautiful baths, both inside and outside with a long history and tradition.
By enjoying the baths in Budapest you’re also experiencing something very typical for the city, its history and culture.
Sit back, relax and take in the wonderful environment.
Where are a few of your favorite cities in Europe to take a short weekend beak?