The Best European Cities to Visit During Winter

18 Feb, 2022

It's fair to say that winter can be tough to get through - but if you're in the right place, the cold months can be magical. Treat yourself to a holiday away in a wintery wonderland by going to one of these fantastic destinations.


  • Berlin, Germany
  • London, England
  • Edinburgh, Scotland
  • Paris, France

Not many people say winter is their favourite season - cold and icy temperatures, shorter days, and grey skies, winter can be… let's say a 'tricky' time of year.

However, there is much to love too. Snow, cosy bars, and gluhwein come to mind. With that in mind, you can always jet off to some beautiful places to make winter more fun. Below are some top winter cold destinations you should consider for your next holiday…

Berlin, Germany

The Best European Cities to Visit During Winter-Berlin

While Berlin can get pretty cold in the wintertime, and it has short days, it's a lovely wintery city to visit. If you're lucky, you just might see some snowfall during your visit…

Berlin is truly the place you want to be if love festive markets, which makes it ones of the best winter cold destinations around. The market at Charlottenburg Palace is one of the most beautiful ones you'll see.

At the numerous markets across the city, you'll get to browse stall after stall, where you'll find everything from trinkets, as well as mulled wine and traditional foods to warm yourself up with.

Where to stay in the German capital? If you want to treat yourself, book a stay at the Ritz-Carlton. This 5-star Art Deco hotel has over 300 guest rooms and suites. Plus, it's located right next to Potsdamer Platz, which contains the Berlin Mall.

For a more affordable hotel, try Park Plaza Berlin Kudamm. This hotel is just 0.2 miles (300m) away from the Kurfürstendamm shopping area, and has free Wi-Fi, as well as a free tour to learn more about the artist Wolf Vostell.

London, England

The Best European Cities to Visit During Winter-London

The capital of England is beautiful to visit during winter, as the city has plenty of cheerful decorations up for the holidays. While it rarely snows here, a light dusting can make London even prettier - if somewhat more difficult to get around...

A walk along the River Thames offers a fantastic view of not just the water, but also the Palace of Westminster, which is where the Parliament meets. We recommend heading just east of the centre to appreciate the serenity and beauty of Tower Bridge.

Head over to Hyde Park for its natural beauty. Home to the festive Winter Wonderland, the most famous park in the capital (and probably the country) is the perfect winter cold destination to peruse with a warm drink.

Get plenty of shopping done by strolling down Covent Garden, where you can buy wares from local artisans. You can also head over to Regent Street and Oxford Street to purchase the most luxurious gifts.

Where to stay in London? Hub by Premier Inn London Covent Garden puts you right in the heart of the big smoke. At your doorstep are some of the city's best bars, restaurants, and clubs, as well as shops and markets. You'll be right next to 4 tube stations for prime convenience.

The Trafalgar St. James London, Curio Collection by Hilton is located right in Trafalgar Square and has 131 bedrooms, including 15 suites. If you want to splash out in the winter months, then this is the boutique hotel to book.

Edinburgh, Scotland

The Best European Cities to Visit During Winter-Edinburgh

North of the border lies Edinburgh, home to some of the most beautiful sights in the UK. Should you get the opportunity, wander around on the cobbled streets of this winter cold destination - you're sure to be enamoured with Edinburgh's views.

Make your way up to Edinburgh Castle on Castle Rock - the clouds and fog (and let's be honest, that's the likely weather) will make it feel as if you're in the middle of a fairy-tale. And if you visit in the wintery cold months, the occasional falling of snow adds an extra touch of magic.

Those who like challenges will appreciate the hike up to Arthur's Seat. It can be a tough walk, but it's definitely worth it when you reach the top and get stunning views of Edinburgh.

There are many places to stay in historic Edinburgh - Cheval Old Town Chambers has won awards for its accommodations, so you're sure to feel cosy and comfortable here. It offers 75 luxury 5-star apartments located right in Old Town. Right outside is the Royal Mile, which takes you to Edinburgh Castle and the royal Holyrood Palace.

The Holiday Inn Express Edinburgh Royal Mile also places you on this stretch of road in Old Town, but at a fairer price. Start your day off with a complimentary breakfast and relax with free Wi-Fi in your room.

Paris, France

The Best European Cities to Visit During Winter-Paris

Paris is, of course, known as the City of Love - and for good reason. Its beautiful architecture (you may have heard of the Eiffel Tower), lights, food, and atmosphere is iconic. So, it makes sense that it's one of the best winter cold destinations to go to - especially if you're travelling with your partner.

Grab a scarf and take lovely walks through the streets of Paris and sit to take in the sights. This city does get snow occasionally in the wintertime, so you might get lucky with a light dusting that'll make things even more romantic.

Stroll through the Champs-Elysées to gaze at dazzling lights. And head over to Galeries Lafayette to view the grand displays in the windows.

If you want to go up the Eiffel Tower, winter is arguably the best time to do it since there are fewer people. The Louvre also has a much shorter line, so consider spending some time there too.

In terms of accommodation, you can book a luxury stay at Sofitel Paris Arc de Triomphe. It's located right around the corner from landmarks like the Arc de Triomphe and the Champs-Elysées.

Alternatively you can also stay at Le Wit Hotel, which is just 15 minutes away from the Sacré-Cœur Basilica and other popular tourist attractions. This clean hotel offers a buffet breakfast for an extra fee.

With the above winter cold destinations, you'll have plenty of cities to discover and explore when the weather gets cold. You won't have to spend the season miserable at home.


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