Winter is the most beautiful and charming season of the year. If you are planning your winter holiday, consider these great cities. The places combine with urban entertainment, Christmassy atmosphere and even outdoor activities. Towns like Bergen and even India have wonderful natural retreats for the adventurers. So pack your bags and let's go to the most coldest, exciting and beautiful land of the earth. Where would you like to go?
New York, USA
New York City is one of the best cities to visit around the holiday season thanks to the epic amounts of decoration that happens all across the city. The temperature plummets, the sky is electric blue and when it snows, it really snows. You should head to central park for a skate this is probably the most impressive setting for an ice rink on the planet, with the Manhattan skyscrapers towering nearby. Visiting New York City in winter is a truly magical experience. Ice skating under the tree at Rockefeller Center, breathtaking holiday lights throughout the city, shopping at NYC holiday markets and fairs, and the magnificent New York City holiday windows. Enjoy an unforgettable Times Square ball drop on New Year's Eve. See NYC dazzle on the Holiday Lights Motor coach Tour, and a one-and-only Christmas Holiday Walking Tour of Park Avenue!
Queens-town, New Zealand
Queens-town is a great place to visit year-round but during the winter months (May to September) it really comes into its own. Nearby, the remarkable and coronet peak ranges offer some of the finest skiing and snowboarding in New Zealand and the town is particularly lively in June and July when the Queenstown winter festival takes place. The winter months brings snow blanketing soaring mountains in certain parts of the country and clear, crisp days that awaken the senses. Hit the ski slopes, visit a winery or two or head along to one of the many winter festivals. Temperatures range from 1.5 - 15.5 degrees Celsius.
Cesky Krumlov, Czech Republic Europe
Cesky Krumlov is a city in the South Bohemia region of the Czech Republic. It’s one of the most beautiful cities in the Czech Republic with it’s narrow medieval lanes and Renaissance houses which is a great compliment to the huge castle and chateau (which is the second largest in the Czech Republic).The old streets of Cesky Krumlov are lined with gothic, renaissance and baroque houses once belonging to wealthy noblemen. This city is really romantic, perfect for walking with your significant other, and in the winter with a light dusting of snow, it makes this city even more magical. There are very few tourists in the city during the winter so it makes it so much easier to navigate and do the site seeing activities you want to do.You can roam around the fairy-lit wooden huts and pick up christmassy gifts and decorations to your heart’s content. don’t forget to try a klobása (barbequed sausage) washed down with some svařené víno (mulled wine) to complete the full festive experience.
Many people say that winter in Barcelona is actually the best time of year. The locals get their city back from the thousands of tourists that frequent during the summer months, there’s much less noise and is actually more of a time of relaxation for the locals.
In the winter, you’re able to see all of the typical tourist attractions but there isn’t nearly as long of lines as during the warmer weather making it ideal for those who don’t like to wait. You’ll be able to see Gaudi’s unfinished masterpiece; the Sagrada Familia and the Camp Nou football stadium and as an added bonus, the city will be full of beautiful Christmas lights illuminating all of the beautiful historical buildings. If you’re visiting at the right time, you’ll be able to see the parade of the Three Kings. There’s normally a parade in each town in Spain however the biggest and best one is located in Barcelona’s downtown, and the best part is watching the children as they give their letters to each King, the look of amazement on their face is worth it all!
In the winter, Paris lights up and becomes the most magical place on Earth. Winter in Paris can be chilly, but it usually rains less in the winter than in the spring and snow in Paris is rare. The skating rinks usually have a live DJ there playing for the skaters, which is a huge draw in the wintertime. If you’re travelling to Paris, you’ll likely be doing a little bit of shopping while you’re there, so definitely check out the Rue Saint-Honoré, which is a place of totally understated elegance. If you’re visiting Paris for Christmas then good news for you, as most cafes, restaurants and museums are open Christmas day! There is no shortage of museums to visit while you’re there, from Musée Jacquemart-André to Musée National du Moyen-Age.
Sonamarg, Kashmir India
Sonamarg gives rise to The Three Sisters (Kashmir). In its vicinity lies the great Himalayan glaciers of Kashmir Valley namely Kolhoi Glacier and Machoi Glacier with some peaks of above 5000 meters: Sirbal Peak, Kolhoi Peak, Amarnath Peak and Machoi Peak. Sonamarg an alpine valley is situated at the bank of Nallah Sindh, 87 km north-east from Srinagar, it is a popular tourist destination, nestled with in the imposing Himalayan peaks.The drive to Sonamarg is through yet another spectacular facet of country side in Kashmir, this time it is the Nallah Sindh, the largest tributary of the Jehlum River in the valley of Kashmir. It is upwards of sixty miles long valley and deep rock-girt gorge to open grassy meadow land and village-dotted slopes. Therefore Kashmir is called as a paradise on the earth.
It is best known as the windy city, although we think it’s even more beautiful during the winter months when it transforms into the snowy city. come in January or February to witness Chicago at its coldest; temperatures can drop so low that lake Michigan partially freezes over – truly a sight to behold. There are plenty of fun things to see and do around the Windy City in the winter time. From Lincoln Park to the West Loop, you can make the most of your Chicago visit by exploring sites on the lakefront and enjoying holiday activities in the thriving downtown district. One of the best things to do in Chicago in winter with kids is to take a horse drawn carriage ride. Children of all ages will enjoy the ride and adventure immensely. The Christmas around the World and Holidays of Light display is set up at the Museum of Science and Industry each year to celebrate the season. The museum puts up a 45-foot tree in the Rotunda and features dozens of trees decorated with themes from around the world. The venue also hosts live performances.
Iceland is a country that partially covered by eternal snow ice, because of that the country named Iceland(land of Ice). This country that located adjacent to Greenland is located in the north of Atlantic ocean.There’s never a dull day in Reykjavik, even in the winter months! The days may be dark, but you will always be able to gaze at the Northern However, Reykjavik is also full of cultural events in the wintertime! Winter sports fans will love the fact that Reykjavik has monster jeep tours, horseback riding, dog sledding and snowmobiling! The city itself is decorated full of beauty during the Christmas season with many lights, decorations, ornaments and really cute Christmas displays. Reykjavik has one of the best firework displays you’ve ever seen on New Years! In February, they have a Food & Fun festival, which is followed by the Winter Lights Festival, which is a great festival to include for the whole family! Like the other cities, a lot of the usual tourist activity dies down during the winter months making it the perfect time if you really want to get a taste of what the locals do! Travel expenses themselves are also cheaper which is great if you’re looking to save a few dollars during your vacation.
Tokyo becomes a dazzling attraction in the winter months as the Christmas lights and over the top decorations is more sophisticated than anywhere else. During the winter, you can go shopping, skiing or snowboarding in many places, attend a festival and the best part is that you can be in the first city in the entire world to celebrate the New Year. The city has everything you could ask for, a bustling city life or a quiet retreat if that’s what you’re after as well.
Salzburg is an important tourist attraction in the winter months and hotels often raise their prices because of how busy the city gets. If you’re going to visit Salzburg, you are hopefully going to go skiing, as that’s the number one activity to do while you’re there. Some of the finest ski areas in the Alps can be found in the south part of Salzburg. You’ll want to make a point of nibbling on some Lebkuchen and sipping on some Glühwein. Around the Christmas season, people will often bake Christmas cookies (Lebkuchen). Christmas markets and bakeries will offer a ton of different kinds. The same applies to mulled wine (Glühwein), which is for sale often in the markets around the city. The Christmas Markets in Salzburg are famous all over Europe so you’ll want to make sure to set aside time to visit them before you leave. It’s always good to just bundle up and stroll through the beautiful city in the winter when the lights create a sparkle on the snow and the buildings look like they are glowing. The shops are beautifully decorated and Old Town is particularly beautiful during the Christmas season when it’s all decorated.
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Switzerland is a country in central Europe which has beautiful scenery. The country that directly bordered with Germany, France, Italy, and Austria is mostly part of the Alps slopes and famous for its beauty. Therefore no wonder if the Switzerland becomes the most beautiful snowy country in the world.
In winter, everyone is In Love With Switzerland as you can do all you want. You’ll find both action and relaxation on superb pistes, in boutique cities and at gorgeous accommodation. Whatever your winter dreams, Switzerland has experiences to match! Skiing and snowboarding off-piste, away from the marked trails and into the great white wildness of the mountain, is one of winter sports’ greatest thrills and the Alps is one of the best places to do it. When conditions are good, and you sweep seemingly effortlessly down great stretches of snow, fluffy powder flicking up from beneath you, nothing beats off-piste riding.