You all know by now just how much I adore city breaks, in particular winter city breaks.
Today’s post is all about the best winter city breaks that you can enjoy at the start of this year. Just because Christmas is over, doesn’t mean that winter is (in fact, it only officially became winter on the 21st December!).
Here are the top 12 winter city breaks that you should embark upon!
12 Best Winter City Breaks
Budapest is one of the best cities I’ve ever been to and somewhere that I’d love to go back to one day. It’s made its way onto the list of the best winter city breaks because I truly believe that it’s a place that really comes to life in the winter.
Matt and I visited Budapest at the end of February so it was pretty chilly, albeit there was no snow in sight. We spent most of our time walking around the spectacular scenery and stunning architecture; from the Hungarian Parliament building, to the thermal baths, to the Fisherman’s Bastion, there really is so much to see and do in Budapest.
It’s ideal for a winter city break as flights from the UK are remarkably cheap, Hungarian food is so perfect for the winter months and the thermal baths are a luxury indulgence after a day spent walking around in the cold.
The beatific capital city of Sweden is somewhere that’s been on my travel bucket list for quite some time now. Stockholm comprises of 14 islands and more than 50 bridges and is home to stunning streets and brightly coloured houses.
There’s an abundance of things to enjoy while in Stockholm; from visiting the many islands, to sampling some of the country’s most famed dishes; including meatballs and pancakes.
You can also spend hours exploring all the history and culture that Stockholm has to offer, especially in the Old Town Square where there’s many bars and cafes to enjoy.
Bucharest is a place that seems to be increasing in popularity over the last few years, and I think a lot of that is due to the rise of the ‘Instagram generation‘.
It seems that almost every time I go on Instagram now, I see yet another person visiting the Romanian capital and it appears to be a perfect place for a winter city break.
The Palace of Parliament is arguably the city’s most famed landmark but there’s also many other churches and palaces to enjoy. The architecture and culture of Bucharest give it a truly romanticised feel, making it idyllic for a winter city break.
Tallinn is another place that I’d never really thought about until I’d seen its pretty streets, houses and churches on Instagram.
The capital city of Estonia is famed for its brightly coloured buildings, Gothic churches and ancient museums.
It’s a cultural hub for lovers of history and architecture and would make the perfect place for a couple of days away in the winter.
I visited Prague for the first time last November and it quickly became somewhere that holds a very special place in my heart.
While in Prague, Matt and I ate some of the best food of our entire lives; we enjoyed everything the city had to offer including the largest castle complex in the world and the famous Charles Bridge.
Not only is everything surprisingly affordable in Prague, but it’s also home to so many incredible sights, activities and history. If you’re looking for an affordable city break where you’re guaranteed to find some of Europe’s most delicious food, then Prague should definitely be at the top of your list.
We’re actually heading to Oslo at the beginning of February and I’m so excited to enjoy the capital of Norway in the winter.
It’s well-known for its culture and history, as well as its vast green spaces and I think it’ll make the perfect winter city break for a couple of days.
Oslo is also the ideal place to visit for island hopping, which means you can see and experience as much as possible.
I’m a huge fan of the snow and the colder months anyway, so I think that the Swiss Alps definitely deserve a place on the list of the best winter city breaks.
Switzerland is somewhere that I’d love to spend more time anyway, having only very briefly passed through it on my way to Morzine last summer.
The snow, the skiing and the sledging all massively appeal to me, and combined with delicious hot food and the customary glass (or bottle) of wine in between ski sessions, I think I’d really get along with the Swiss Alps…
Lapland has been on my travel bucket list for a long time now, and I’ve also worked with a few freelance clients on a number of Lapland related posts, which has only reinforced my desire to go there even further!
The magic of the snow and the scenery, combined with the possibility of seeing the Northern Lights and a visit to Santa, really does make Lapland ideal for a winter city break.
Whether you go with children to experience the magic of Christmas, or you just want to experience the remoteness of it; Lapland seems like as good a place as any to visit for a winter break.
New York City
I’m sure you’re all more than aware of my total and utter adoration (read: obsession) with New York City by now.
However, despite my slight bias with regards to the Big Apple, it really is the perfect place for a winter city break.
Whether you visit before/at Christmas time to experience the magic of the Rockefeller Tree, the bountiful Christmas window displays and the many Christmas markets, or you decide to visit in the New Year, New York City is such an incredible place to visit in winter.
When I think of St Petersburg, my immediate thought is that it looks like such a romantic and beautiful place to visit in the winter.
Temperatures do creep down into the minuses during the winter but as long as you wrap up warm, you’re sure to have an amazing time exploring everything that the impressive city has to offer.
The city is also full of ice rinks, cosy Christmas markets and exquisite food to enjoy in the winter, making your trip there even more enjoyable and worthwhile.
Reykjavik is somewhere that’s been on my travel bucket list for many years now, and yet I still haven’t got around to visiting!
Despite it being one of the most expensive cities in Europe, it’s also one of the most beautiful.
Home to the Blue Lagoon thermal spa, as well as many cultural sights and pieces of architecture, Reykjavik makes for a truly wonderful winter city break.
The Austrian city is yet another place that seems to be becoming more popular in recent years.
Its stunning cathedrals, museums, castles and palaces all make Salzburg a place that millions of people flock to each year.
I’d love to see Salzburg in the snow; imagine heading out into the city as snow falls around you, accompanied by a hot chocolate and a delicious, decadent dessert…
What are your favourite winter city breaks? Let me know in the comments or on Twitter @imjustagirl_16.