One of my favourite travel writers, David Henderson, is back with another guest post. David is an avid traveler who has been all over Europe, seeking the most unforgettable experiences at every turn. His favourite season to travel is winter and he's an expert when it comes to pre-travel prep and packing.
Winter offers the ideal opportunity for travel that will give you wonderful memories and unprecedented images in an impressive and at the same time romantic winter landscape. The eight best winter destinations are here, to enchant you with their striking beauty and to impress even the most demanding traveller.
Europe is famous for its unique landscapes and the outstanding quality of accommodation it offers. Choose a destination that will provide you with everything you are looking for and will surely reward you with your choice. Many activities such as sledding, skiing, and sleigh rides will take you to an extraordinary world of adrenaline and untold joy. So who said that only in the summer season you could have a dream vacation? Let’s prove them wrong.
1. Rovaniemi - Finland
Rovaniemi, or mostly known as Santa Claus's village, belongs to the Arctic Circle and offers unique experiences and landscapes where the snow and the Christmas icons are the stars of the show. Everything moves to the rhythms of the most special and beloved holidays, making everyone happy and paint a big smile on their face.
2. Italian Alps
An excellent getaway for snow and warm and earthy accommodation lovers, the Italian Alps will offer you a unique winter experience. Magnificent mountains, valleys that captivate the eyes and hotels with high-level facilities. All this composes a spectacular winter trip for everyone. The Italian resorts of Cervinia, Sauze d'Oulx, La Thuile and Cortina d'Ampezzo, are some of the best accommodation options in the country and also for the rest of Europe. With excellent service to guests, offering them all the comforts and complete holiday packages, these resorts are one of the ideal options for your winter vacation. Through Erna Low, you can choose that complete vacation package that meets your needs and will turn your trip into a memorable and personalized experience; all at affordable and accessible prices for everyone interested.
3. Tyrol - Austria
A unique destination that enchants, Tyrol belongs to the majestic Alps and is located in the geographical part of Austria. It has an impressive lake, the Achensee, which is the largest in Tyrol and is located at an altitude of 900 meters. The use of lift - cable cars will leave you with a sweet memory of the area, and the city itself will fascinate you with its colourful buildings and its countless outdoor cafes.
4. Hamburg - Germany
Hamburg is considered a jewel city of Germany. You can cross Lake Ulster on foot, as it freezes every year (it's safe, don't worry) and walk to the old port, the Nicolaifleet, which has stood tall since the 12th century. Also, the Elbe Philharmonic, a glamorous futuristic building that looks like a cruise ship, will certainly not go unnoticed.
5. Copenhagen - Denmark
Copenhagen is the capital of Denmark and is considered an ideal destination for winter travel. Famous for its cycling culture and its beautiful graffiti-coloured alleys, this city evokes youth and joy. The architectural philosophy of the town is the main feature of this remarkable city.
6. Jasna - Slovakia
The ski resort in Jasna is one of the most popular spots for sports fans. Many World Games are held there. It is an excellent choice for those of you who love skiing, as you will find everything you need with snowy landscapes that leave you speechless and many hotels that provide you with quality and comfortable accommodation.
Romania is a unique destination, as Count Dracula's legend starts from there and the landscapes you will see will compensate you for your choice. Medieval cities, impressive gorges and mountains and magnificent, imposing monasteries will take you to a world of wonders and unspeakable beauty that is beyond imaginable.
8. Pamporovo - Bulgaria
Pamporovo is a mountain resort that offers unprecedented moments and experiences to ski lovers. Pamporovo has well-preserved slopes and unique landscapes that will enchant you. The quality of accommodation is excellent, and the winters there tend to be mild, without bothering its residents and visitors for actually enjoying their time.