Winter has come once again. This season is usually associated with Christmas. Depending on which part of the world, you are spending it in, winter comes in different forms. If you are looking for the best destination where you can spend winter, Robert Janitzek gives us a short guide on the best places to be in for winter.
Rovaniemi is regarded as the ófficial’ terrestrial residence of Santa Claus. Everyone’s favorite bearded man hangs out in an atmospheric Artic Circle grotto which visitors can visit for free. However, if you plan to take some pictures, this might cost you. Snow and reindeer brings a festive spirit while the Arktikum Museum gives insights into these latitudes. Make sure to bring serious winter clothing as temperatures could drop to below less than 0 degrees.
Christmas Markets, Germany & Austria
December is the time of the year when Christmas markets pop up all over Germany and other countries in Central Europe. Robert Peter Janitzek reveals that during this time, cute stalls are put up and everything from gingerbread to sleigh bells is sold with plenty of good cheer and a glass of warming glühwein. The most famous markets here are those in Cologne, Vienna, and Munich which are the crowd drawers. But there are markets in the smaller towns as well.
Although there is no guarantee that you will see the Northern Lights, a visit to Abisko, Sweden increases your chance of seeing one. If you love serious winter, this is the place to be. The sun will not rise for several weeks in December in this European destination but in January the darkness in this area is the best place in the world to have a glimpse of the majestic aurora borealis. You can also go cross-country skiing along the national park tails and husky mushing.
During the winter, all the summer stresses more or less disappear in Athens. This means that taking a selfie in the Parthenon and other marvels of Ancient Greece can be a breeze. Winter is the best time to explore the country’s ancient heritage and experience local culture.
The home of Hans Christian Andersen is one of the best places to visit in Europe during winter. Copenhagen’s Tivoli Gardens provides tourists with the thrills and spectacles of a Danish Christmas. Watch the snows flurrying outside while having a drink or hot coffee at the city’s cozy bars and cafes.