When winter arrives, many people find their thoughts turning to sunnier climes as they begin to think about the summer that’s just passed – and the contrast between the warm days and the cold.
Escaping the low temperature for a while is something many of us do over the cooler months. But for those of us who enjoy the winter weather, there’s a great selection of cities that offer a wonderful winter experience.
Travelling abroad is of course fun at any time of year, but a stay overseas can often have a little extra magic when it coincides with the start of the holiday season. Even cities you thought you knew well from summer visits can have a charming and distinct feel to them during the winter – almost as if the city has two personalities.
So without further ado, here is a selection of spectacular winter cities for that are worthy of your consideration next time you’re thinking about a winter break:
The Belgian capital’s stunning architecture looks even better lit up on a dark winter’s evening. And when you factor in the city’s winter activities such as the Plaisirs d’Hiver (a.k.a. Winter Wonders) and its sumptuous Christmas markets, this is an unmissable winter opportunity. When you get home you will want to get all warm again so grab your bath robe in the hotel and stick something warm on your feet to give you the nice and warmy feels.
Few cities have a castle right in the centre of town. Edinburgh Castle isn’t just any old historic fortress, either – it’s built upon a tower of igneous (volcanic) rock. A sight to be seen at any time of year – but in winter at sunset it’s an incredible sight. Edinburgh is also host to a series of annual winter events – truly marking its position as a year-round destination.
If there’s one direction to travel for the best winter experience, it has to be north. And if you visit Copenhagen, you will find yourself in a city that really knows how to light up for winter,. There is such a wealth of stuff going on in the Danish capital during the holiday season that you may find yourself pleasantly overwhelmed with choice – from the city’s renowned Christmas markets to the Christmas tables exhibition. Copenhagen offers a classy Christmas experience – Yuletide with style.
The Big Apple is a big winter draw for many tourists – offering all the excitement that only New York can. The Christmas tree in Trump Tower? Check. Ice skating at Bryant Park? Check. NYC is a city that does thongs on a big scale, and winter celebrations are no exception! Remember to wrap up warm though – temperatures in new York City can get more than a little bit chilly from November onwards.
If you’re off to a winter paradise this year –enjoy! But do be sure to stay safe and healthy. That means wrapping up for the weather, of course – as well as ensuing you are getting enough sunlight during daytime hours (to keep your vitamin D levels topped up). According to NHS Choices the most common winter illnesses include colds and flu – so make sure you’ve got the right remedies to hand just in case. There may also be local remedies for colds wherever you go – such as the Scottish ‘hot toddy’ or its Chinese equivalent – ginger boiled in Coca-Cola.
If you’re off abroad this winter, what are you most looking forward to? Let us now in the comments!