Your Winter Travel Guide: 5 Cities Brought to Life Under Blankets of Snow
These Cities Become a Winter Wonderland
When a chill fills the air, the tree branches sparkle with frost and the pale winter sunlight glints off the snowdrifts, some cities take on a truly enchanting atmosphere. Pubs and restaurants feel warmer and more welcoming.
The snow muffles footsteps and makes the city feel more subdued and the entire scene feels like you are walking into a postcard of a winter wonderland. These five cities become incredibly enchanting under blankets of snow, making them some of the best winter vacations.
This fairy tale-esque medieval city is charming at any time of year, but it is especially beautiful in winter. You will feel like you have stepped back in time to the ages of chivalry and elegance, when knights rode in shining armor.
Bundle up tight and go for a walk along the old city walls, bringing your camera to capture the views.
During your winter explorations you can warm yourself up with visits to the local sauna, hot roasted chestnuts and plenty of local wine. The people are friendly and welcoming and you will likely find yourself invited to a winter feast or on a dog sledding trip.
Banff, Alberta, Canada
Tucked into a valley and surrounded on all sides by towering craggy mountain peaks, this scenic Canadian town is a superb destination for a winter vacation. You can stroll through the perfectly peaceful dense pine forests on snowshoes, the only sound the crunching of the snow and the whistling of the wind in the trees.
There are also several world class skiing and snowboarding resorts in the area, as well as opportunities for dog sledding, ice climbing, skating and much more. After a day of exploring you can cozy up with a glass of wine and a venison steak at one of the warm and welcoming restaurants.
Tokyo is a fascinating destination and it becomes even more enchanting during the winter. The Japanese mega-metropolis is lit up with Christmas lights and comes to life with many winter festivals. Plus, when you visit in the winter you can enjoy fewer crowds and better deals on hotels.
Also, Japan has over 500 ski resorts and they receive fantastic snowfall during the winter months, due to the icy winds blowing in from Siberia. After a long chilly winter day of exploring, there is nothing better than soaking in the warm waters of a traditional Japanese onsen.