Where should you spend your winter Holiday?
By FFE EU News Staff
In this season of rain, gray skies and unpleasant cold, these spots across Europe can bring a dash of warmth to the heart.
Prague is relatively free of tourists come wintertime. Snow adds a fairytale ambiance to the spires and cobbled streets of this city of stunning architecture. Gas lamps at the city centre bring a romantic feeling to quiet evenings. Cafes like the Choco Café in OldTown can also serve winter-weary travellers the unique comfort only cozy chairs paired with thick hot chocolate drinks can give.
Where to eat: Lokál Dlouhá in Dlouhá 33, Prague 1 is known for its beef tenderloin with cream sauce.
Where to sleep: Five-star hotel The Alchymist Grand Hotel & Spa in OldTown will complete the fairytale-like vacation.
What to do: Travellers can visit Christmas markets and the Estates Theatre at Ovocný trh/Železná Street, Prague 1.
Foodies will find a delicious treat awaiting them in Mirabell Square. The traditional halusky or dumpling with fried bacon is one such treat. Christmas carols and traditional markets will also fuel the holiday cheer.
Where to eat: Located at an old stables in Getreidegasse 37, Goldener Hirsch on Getreidegasse offers traditional Austrian fare with a modern twist.
Where to sleep: Four-star hotel The Statkrug in Linzergasse 20 has one of the city’s best roof terraces.
What to do: Travellers can attend the Christmas manger exhibition at the PanoramaMuseum on Residenzplatz 9. The exhibition runs from 29 November to 12 January.
This capital of the Arctic will offer travellers front row seats to the most beautiful natural event to hit winter: the northern lights. The PolarMuseum with its history of Arctic expeditions and the TromsoMuseum with its Sami exhibitions are just some museums to visit.
Where to eat: Arcantandria at Strandtorget 1 is a great choice for shellfish lovers.
Where to sleep: Four-star Clarion Post Bryggen on Sjøgata 19-21 has floor-to-ceiling windows framing beautiful views of the city.
What to do: The Perspektivet Museum in Storgata 95 will expose travellers to fascinating Norwegian art.
Museums are relatively crowd-free during the winter, making them a great destination for those who want to ruminate about art in peace. The Rijksmuseum and the Anne Frank House are just some choice places to visit. Performances by the Royal Carré Theatre will bring delight to kids and kids-at-heart.
Where to eat: Restaurant Greetje at Peperstraat 23-25 offers traditional Dutch menu.
Where to sleep: Five-star boutique hotel Prinsegracht on Prinsengracht 717 sits in a former sugar trader’s home.
What to do: Smaller shopping areas like Haarlemmerstraat in the Jordaan, the Spiegelkwartier and the Negen Straatjes offer a better shopping experience than department stores.
Natural hot springs and geothermal warming pools will warm up visitors who plan to visit this city. February’s annual Winter Lights Festival can also cap off the season with a glorious show. The adventurous travellers can try winter sports or skate on the Tjörnin pond. Coffee houses also have the dark, sweet bread rúgbrauð, a must-have for first time Iceland visitors.
Where to eat: Fresh food from the Dill restaurant in the Nordic House Cultural Centre at Sturlugötu will give the Iceland experience a delicious touch.
Where to sleep: The Hotel Marina at one the city’s trendiest districts is a quirky hotel with a very memorable design.
What to do: The concert hall Harpa at Austurbakki 2 has great shows and equally amazing architecture.
With more than 60 Christmas markets, Berlin is ideal for winter shoppers. Mitte at the Rote Rathaus has a market that will be especially ideal for kids. Handcrafted goods are available at the Gendarmenmarkt. The giant Käthe Wohlfahrt Christmas store on Kurfürstendamm is the perfect place for foodies.
Where to eat: Cheap currywurst and beer can be bought at the famous Die Berliner Republik on Schiffbauerdamm 8.
Where to sleep: Quiet nights are best found by staying in Hotel Otto on Knesebeckstraße 10.
What to do: Travellers must try Dr Pong on Eberswalder Strasse 21 if they want to drink their beer and play ping pong at the same time.
Breathtaking winters can be experienced in this Scottish city. Public gardens like the PrincesStreetGardens transform into a winter wonderland with ice skating rink, Ferris wheel and a Christmas tree. Arthur’s Seat is also a great venue for quiet strolls, and the view at the top is not to be missed.
Where to eat: Choose from among 52 types of gin while dining with style at the One Square restaurant and bar at the Sheraton Grand on Festival Square.
Where to sleep: Jurys Inn at 43 Jeffrey street is accessible from the city’s main destinations.
What to do: Explore the history of the city by joining a tour around Edinburgh’s underground vaults in PrincesStreetGardens.