Just because it's cold doesn't mean you can't travel! There's no point sitting at home dreaming of summer holidays when you can take a European city break in winter too. The offseason is actually one of the best times to travel in Europe, with so many great winter destinations to choose from.
I've compiled a list of my favourite places to travel to for a city break in winter in Europe, so all you have to do is sit and ponder, Budapest or Prague? Or Paris, or Bergen ...or Reykjavik... let's just get to the list! I haven't even included some places that are well worth visiting in winter because they are much less busy than in summer, like the Lake District, Ireland or the Scottish Highlands. Basically, the options for travelling Europe in winter are endless, so get planning!
Prague, Czech Republic. Prague's Old Town Square is so colourful and pretty it feels a little unreal. Add the magic of Christmas Markets and crisp mornings walking across the Charles Bridge and Prague has to be one of my favourite winter destinations in Eastern Europe. Prague is a romantic city, and in winter it seems even more so. The fog and sometimes light dusting of snow make the cobbled streets seem like another world, and the cafes cosier somehow.
Paris, France. Paris in the winter, really? The answer is yes. If you want to wander along the Sienne and enter the Notre Dame and the Louvre without waiting in insanely ridiculous lines then winter is the perfect time to visit Paris. What better time to duck into a cosy restaurant and enjoy rich French cuisine, or have an amazing hot chocolate and croissant at one of the many cafes. I visited Paris in early January and although it was chilly we wrapped up and strolled the streets, taking in all of the sites from one end of Paris to the other.
Budapest, Hungary. There are so many fun things to do in Budapest! The Szechenyi Baths are the largest medicinal baths in Europe, and relaxing in their soothing waters is reason enough to visit Budapest. There’s something magical about enjoying a hot pool outside in the crisp air. Not so much the getting in and out of the pool... but as a whole the experience is worth it! When you can drag yourself away head for the ruins pubs and bars, previously abandoned buildings turned into quirky and unique places to have a night out.