Winter, who doesn’t like winter? Well, I could think of a couple of people who don’t like winter but let’s all admit it, wonderland has never looked better than covered in white. For some people like myself there is nothing more magical than the cold season when all nature is asleep and my favourite places are covered in white, glowing snow. Winter is also a cosy moment when you meet with your friends in a coffee shop or simply laying around in your pyjamas all day long. But enough about that; there are some cities in the world that are downright magical during winter for various reasons. Here are ten of them.
A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the old town of Cesky Krumlov in Czech Republic goes back to the 13th century. This city on the Vltava River will absolutely enchant you during winter with its intimate atmosphere. Narrow lanes, little squares, historical monuments and mysterious corners add to the wintery spirit of the place.
Reykjavik is also one of those cities you should consider visiting during winter as it can’t get more romantic and cosy than the Northern Lights. Also, taking a trip to the thermal springs to soak in the hot water doesn’t sound like a bad idea during the cold season.
Santa Fe, New Mexico, is a surprisingly snowy destination and a very popular destination for people across the United States.” On Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve, Canyon Road is ablaze with these festive flames, a homemade display of seasonal cheer such as is rarely encountered in our age when even the inmost sentiments are electrically — and soullessly — expressed.”
Vancouver is a city that looks at its best when covered in snow however it can be quite damp during autumn and winter as the climate is quite mild. However, nearby Cypress, Grouse and Seymour the mountains receive enormous snowfalls during the winter creating perfect conditions for winter sports.
Salzburg, Austria is one of the best preserved cities north of the Alps. The Old Town is famous around the world for its baroque architecture that looks like a fairytale settlement when covered in snow. Strolling around the city, visiting Christmas market or enjoy the parties and the fireworks on New Year’s Eve, the cold season is a pretty ‘hot’ place during the winter holidays.
Milan, Italy is perfectly situated close to gorgeous mountains and although it is often skipped by tourist, this city comes to life during winter. Milan offers winter activities for everyone whether you like the outdoors and you love to spend your time inside. Skiing and other winter sports, shopping or sightseeing, Milan is definitely a magical place during winter.
Malmo is the third largest city in Sweden and one of the earliest settlings of the country. Staying true to its northern reputation, Malmo does not disappoint during the cold season and the gorgeous winter scenery will fascinate even the grumpiest of people.
Another Canadian city on our list is Montreal. The Old Quarter of the city with its French influences make the city comes alive every time the snow decides to make a stop. The cobblestone streets and gabled roofs of the old city are best seen with a powdery glaze.
The capital of Slovenia, Ljubljana is also a magical place during winter and is probably the most enjoyable winter wonderland in Europe. The architecture, the beauty and the relaxed atmosphere add up to the colourful lights covering the city in December. It’s not hard to fall in love with this beautiful European capital.
If you are a fan or harsh winter with heavy snows, winds and frigid temperatures you should head over in Chicago. This city is famous for its brutal winters and the past few years have certainly did not disappoint winter storm-wise. However, if winter is that harsh it will make you appreciate the warm seasons even more so you I guess winter has a positive side in Chicago as well.