Winter Vacations, that time of the year when everyone in the family gets an off from schools and work, thus are in search of a well-needed holiday destination. Families like spending this blissful time, away from all their routine hassles, at places that are cozy, beautiful and welcoming.
Cities you are bound to fall for!
Planning your winter vacations already? Can’t decide on which place to opt for? Not aware of the perfect winter holiday destination? We have answers to all your queries, down below are the 7 Cities, with each being equally impossible to ignore!
Most people avoid going to Budapest, thinking that there isn’t much to do during winters, but what they don’t know is it truly is a great city for vacations. Budapest is famous for its thermal baths, such as Gellert and Szechenyi, or Veli Bej for a more local experience.
Seeing a ballet or an opera is another interesting activity. Their culinary traditions are simply irresistible, you must have Fisherman’s Soup, Fried Fish, Potato Salad in Vinegar, Stuffed Cabbage, Beigli and Lentil Soup. City lightens up at night, with its Christmas Markets and their pretty lights, for Christmas presents.
Ice skating on the City Ice Rink is a very popular activity there. Warm, legendary coffee houses welcome you with their tasteful coffee and delicious cakes.
Nagano is famously known for being one of the best ski destinations in the world. This city caught everyone’s attention after hosting the Winter Olympics. Shibu Onsen, with a history of 1300 years, is a hot spring resort in Yamanouchi Town, with traditional wooden inns called ‘ryokan’.
Taking you back to the past is, Kisko Valley, a sought-after destination in Nagano. Located in Southwestern part, it runs alongside mountains of Central Alps. Iiyama City, north of Nagano, holds an annual Snow Festival hosting over 50,000 visitors.
Prague, Czech Republic
Prague itself is considered to be magical, let alone winters there, are nothing less than extra added charm! With an architecture that displays eight centuries of European history, Prague perfectly blends East and West together. Central Prague will charm you with its history on display.
Prague Christmas Market, St. Nicholas Day, Nativity scenes and the Procession of Three Kings, Christmas Holiday Exhibition, New Year’s Eve – an all-night event, Masopust, Ice skating, Concerts and performances, Museums, Prague Cafes, Saunas and Traditional Cuisine will leave you speechless.
At the higher side of Kashmir Valley, India, Gulmarg is without a doubt heaven on earth. It experiences some of the heaviest snow falls. This beautiful snow will definitely get you skiing, whether a professional or a beginner, this experience will be unforgettable!
Can’t ski? No worries, sledging and snow boarding are equally breathtaking. Besides these, trekking through the magnificent mountain lakes, isn’t any less of an adventure! Cable Car rides, Hot Air Balloons and heli-skiing, this all-inclusive fun package is ready to get you to drool over it.
Known as the city of Mozart, Salzburg in Austria is top notch in winters, all the picture-perfect sceneries and lovely roof tops covered in snow make it an ideal winter destination. Going skiing, eating Lebkuchen that are Christmas cookies and pastries baked traditionally, taste delicious with a variety to choose from.
Other activities include Christmas Markets and Saunas and Spas. Perchtenlauf – Celtic, pagan traditions, where men dress up showcasing Alpine heritage in the mountainous areas. Exploring the Old Town to get some local exposure and ‘Silent Night’ – caroling through the winding streets.
Norway has got to be the first place that comes to your mind when talking about winter vacations. Tromso, the popular capital of Arctic, that turns uber-stunning during winter months, is one of Norway’s most attractive cities. One of the main reasons of this trip has to be seeing the Northern Lights.
Fjellheisen Cable Car will take your heart away by giving you Tromso’s best view. Fjord Cruise, most famous day trip, mesmerizing scenery, with eagles, dolphins and seals to adore. Reindeer Sledding, Ice Domes, Museums, Libraries, Cathedrals and tons of special food are other major attractions.
Round the year, at any point in time, Munich is considered to be an amazing vacation place. This city is simply hypnotizing in winters with its numerous cultural and historic attractions. Wintertime in Munich calls for a snowy sport named ‘Curling’ and Nymphenburg Palace Canal becomes its longest track.
Be it travelling through Christmas Tram or strolling through the Christmas markets around the city, an indoor pool or sauna, experiencing nature in botanical gardens, Hellbrunn Zoo, Museums, highly concentrated Cinemas or Tower of Old St. Peter’s Church, you’re certainly in for vacation of the year!
Can’t decide because now all of these cities seem to knock your socks off? Each with its distinct beauty are going to make your winter vacation a true delight!