#1 Innsbruck, Austria
Innsbruck is a classic European destination for winters. Being the host of the Winter Olympics two times it has marked itself a go-to place for skiing and snowboarding around the world. It even allows the tourists to tour the Olympic ski jump and other athletic facilities. Don’t worry it will not disappoint you if you are not interested in sports or skiing as the scenery alone will mesmerize you. Innsbruck, Austria is surrounded by rugged mountains, frozen lakes accompanied by snowy forests and fairytale villages. The city basks in the alluring architecture with medieval colorful building with mountains offering a perfect background. Other than the places to visit, Innsburg also offers a great culture and heritage food to experience to its visitors. Innsbruck was also mentioned in the internationally recognized alpine resorts.
#2 Prague, Czech Republic
The winter covers Prague in a magical white blanket of snow transforming it into a fairytale city. Though the weather can be harsh because of winter the snow-capped steeples, cobbled alleys and the lamps illuminating the dark streets just makes Prague prettier than it has ever been. Winters reveals the beauty of Prague like no other season. If you are a chocolate lover then don’t forget to hit Choco Cafe, a local cafe that serves different types of hot chocolate. Visiting the Prague Castle has also been a tradition for tourists.
#3 Abisko, Sweden
If you want to experience the incredible views of the magical northern lights then you need to visit the Swedish town of Abisko. This is one of the few places where you won’t witness the sunrise for weeks during the harsh winters. Other than gazing at the aurora borealis, Abisko offers a range of activities to its visitors which include dog sledding, ice skating, cross country skiing and explore national parks. While you plan your winter trip to Abisko, don’t forget to add the famous ICEHOTEL to your list – a hotel made out of ice and snow that is worth seeing.
#4 Nagano, Japan
Nagano has much to offer in the winter season. It has been formerly been the host place for Winter Olympic justifying why visitors like to visit this city again and again, especially during the cold season. If you are a ski fan then there cannot be a greater place than Nagano to explore ski resorts and in case you have enough snowboarding the hot spring on the outskirts are a perfect resort to have a relaxing day. Togakuchi Minzoku-kan folklore museum showcases you a fascinating display of ninaga that were once trained there. Jigokudani Monkey Park is the only place where you will witness the beautiful sight of the troops of monkey bathing in hot springs.
#5 Tromso, Norway
Tromso is known as the capital of the Arctic and is considered to be the most beautiful city of Norway that illuminates with the northern lights. The first snow of winter falls in October here, and there onwards it starts getting darker but so it does get more magical as the sun disappears on the horizon. The activities you can enjoy in this polar region include museums, dog sledding, skiing, Sami experience making the urban vibes stronger in the winter with food to cherish and musical festivals with light seeing to enjoy.
#6 Granada, Spain
If you are low on the budget and want to go somewhere cheap and less crowded, then Spain is a perfect choice. You can simply roam around the streets, ski or visit beaches. Though winters are a little chilly, it’s the best time to explore the city when festivities are at their peak. The smell of roasted chestnuts will fill your nostrils as it’s widely consumed.