Europe is a magical place to visit. As the snow blankets the region, some cities come alive and truly sparkle throughout the winter season.

Winter presents itself in very different forms throughout Europe, in the North, you may experience sunless, snow-covered days, however, in the south sunny days and snowless streets are a common seasonal trend. One common thread throughout many European cities is the magical winter ambiance created by Christmas markets, sparkling smiles, and warm, hearty local meals.

If bundling up, being cozy, and sipping mulled wine after a day of exploring is your kind of vacation, these cities should top your bucket list.

Abisko, Sweden

Abisko is as far north as any train in Europe will take you. It’s known for its spectacular northern lights, that easily present themselves in the sunless days throughout the winter season. In Abisko you are guaranteed snow and cold temperatures making it perfect conditions for skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing and other outdoor activities.

If your adventurous spirit brings you to Abisko be sure to check out the world-famous ice hotel, we are sure it’s an experience that you won’t soon forget.

Innsbruck, Austria

Innsbruck has been the host of two winter Olympic Games due to its world-class skiing and snowboarding.

By many, it is considered #1 ski conditions in the world. Because of this title, Innsbruck knows how to do winter well, boasting multiple Christmas Markets, festivals, magical lights and a wide assortment of traditional, satisfying cuisine.

If skiing or snowboarding is not your thing, enjoy strolling through the quaint streets window shopping or cozying up in one of the many local coffee roasters.

Copenhagen, Denmark

Copenhagen is often voted one of the happiest places on earth. Similarly, the Danes have earned the award of being the happiest people on earth many years over.

Now image the happiest place on earth covered in snow, magical right?! That is Copenhagen – fun, friendly, clean, eco-conscious, and winter obsessed. Enjoy some of the best restaurants in the world, paired with beautiful scenery and architecture.

A trip to Copenhagen in the winter is like a vacation inside a fairytale. Something for everyone and guaranteed happy memories.

Vienna, Austria

Vienna is a fantastic place for the art/theater enthusiast. This City loves its productions such as the Nutcracker or the famous New Year’s Concert which began in the late 1930’s.

Fine dining is Vienna’s signature accompaniment to any night out. World famous restaurants flood the city and when it’s cold outside it’s sure to be bustling inside.

If you like art, theater and staying busy Vienna will provide a beautiful spot for you to explore this winter season.

Prague, Czech Republic

If you are looking for a city with fewer tourists, head to beautiful Prague in the winter.

As the cobblestone streets become blanketed in snow, the magic of this charismatic town really starts to blossom. Enjoy shopping, cozy cafes and beautiful architecture all around town.

Christmas markets are also in full swing and guarantee local cuisine and handmade souvenirs. Snow is not guarantee, but cold temperatures are, so be sure to bundle up for the season.

Ready for your winter wonderland getaway?

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