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The Best Winter City Breaks

winter city breaks

You all know by now just how much I adore city breaks, in particular winter city breaks.

Whether it’s just a night or two away in a UK city, or if I’m venturing further afield to Europe and beyond, winter city breaks are a great place to start if you’re looking for a little mini break.

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!

winter city breaks

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.

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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.

Swiss Alps

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.

winter city breaks

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.

St Petersburg

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…

Excuse me while I head over to Skyscanner and price up some of these places for my next holiday destination

What are your favourite winter city breaks? Let me know in the comments or on Twitter @imjustagirl_16.


  1. abbeylouisarose
    14th January 2019 / 5:38 pm

    Chloe, you’ve recommended a visit to New York City! I’m shocked! 😉 I would absolutely love to see New York in the winter, I desperately want to go and explore the city with all of its Christmas trees every time I watch Elf the movie! Central Park covered in a thick layer of white snow would be an absolutely incredible sight to behold! I’ve heard so many positive things about Prague as well, the food that you and Matt enjoyed there sounded absolutely incredible and I must check it out for myself soon!

    Abbey xxx

    • 14th January 2019 / 5:47 pm

      Hahaha! Would you really expect anything else from me?! 😉 And yes! Prague is such a fab place to visit, I’m sure you’d love it! xx

  2. 14th January 2019 / 6:17 pm

    I want to plan a city break for my boyfriend, but I didn’t know where to look. This post is so helpful and given me so many ideas, so thank you for sharing xx

    Hannah | luxuryblush

    • 14th January 2019 / 6:32 pm

      I’m glad you found it helpful Hannah! X

  3. 14th January 2019 / 6:36 pm

    This is a great post and perfect timing! My sister and I were actually thinking about a short city break for her 30th birthday in March and this has given me some fab ideas, thank you! I especially like the sound of Prague, Reykjavik and Budapest. I would love to visit New York someday but would want to go for a couple of weeks as there is so much I want to see and do. Thank you for the inspiration Chloe! <3 xx

    Bexa | http://www.hellobexa.com

    • 14th January 2019 / 7:09 pm

      Yay so glad you enjoyed it! I’m excited to see where you go with your sister! Xx

  4. aimsysantics
    14th January 2019 / 7:44 pm

    All of them are being added to my list! I’m generally more of a summer lover, but there is something about a bit of winter travel isn’t there?
    I would love to visit New York at Christmas time, it just looks so magical and Christmasy!

    Brugge is another place that is lovely in winter, especially warming up with a few Belgian hot chocs!

    Great post!

    Aimsy xoxo


    • 14th January 2019 / 7:47 pm

      Ooh yes Brugge is another place I’d love to go to! X

  5. Melissa Kacar
    15th January 2019 / 6:46 am

    New York City during this time of year is the best! I’ve never been to any of the other places you mentioned on this list, but they all sound amazing! Thanks for sharing! 🙂


  6. 16th January 2019 / 6:06 pm

    could not agree more with budapest! such a beautiful city and soooo cheap. i went this year and we stayed in what can only be described as a mansion and it was so affordable. definitely looking to go back this summer!

    katie. xx lacoconoire.com

    • 17th January 2019 / 6:21 pm

      Budapest is such an amazing place, I really couldn’t recommend it enough! Xx

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