Classic postcard view of famous Hallstatt lakeside town in the Alps on a beautiful cold sunny day with blue sky and clouds at sunrise in winter, Salzkammergut region, Austria

Whether you’re escaping the winter chill or running towards it, there’s always a place that will capture the holiday spirit of your year-end travel plans. Here are the TOP 5 places to visit this winter:


01 Austria

If you like the cold, then do visit the slopes in the European country of Austria. There are plenty of ski resorts to cater for all skill levels and the rugged Alpine terrain is simply stunning, even if you’re not the active type. Instead, chill out in traditional chalets and drink hot cider in the ski bars while you soak up the beautiful snowy surroundings. Hallstatt is an especially cozy place to spend your winter holiday. The breathtaking scenery all around the area only serve to heighten the holiday atmosphere.


02 Iceland

Reykjavik is the capital city and the most popular for those chasing the natural wonder of Iceland. Here, you can stay in the Ice Hotel or a cosy glass igloo beneath the stars. For more active adventures, you can try glacier hiking in Solheimajokull, which is just a few hours’ drive from the capital. Whether you go for short city break or hop around, there’s plenty of winter wonders and natural scenery to discover!


03 Czech Republic

Prague is one of the best winter holiday places for those who love exploring a town rich in culture. With some amazing Gothic Architecture and classic traditional Christmas markets in the square of the Old Town, this quaint city is full of magic and history. Walking tours allow you to explore the city by foot, taking you to both the New and the Old Town, and visiting important landmarks such as Prague Castle and the astronomical clock. It’s cold in winter, but the bustling cafe culture is perfect for relaxing after a long day of walking tour.


04 Australia

Go down under where our winter is their summer and soak up the sun in Sydney! As one of Australia’s largest cities, there’s so much to do and see here. If you’re into surfing, then head to Bondi Beach to catch some waves, or adrenaline junkies should hike up the Sydney Harbour Bridge to watch the sunset over the harbour.


05 Germany

For a truly year-end getaway, Germany is a great place to visit during winter time, especially the Christmas markets. Just a short hop from the UK, Berlin is a city rife with culture, history and festivity. The weather is usually cool and breezy, so you can wrap up warm and enjoy exploring this wonderful capital with some of the free walking tours on offer. You’ll get to explore everything from the Berlin Wall which divided the city during the Cold War, to significant landmarks such as the Brandenburg Gate and the Holocaust Memorial.

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