Where is the perfect winter getaway? While some choose to chase the sun, many winter travellers embrace cold weather; from touring crystal cities to trekking the icy tundra. Here are 8 winter wonderlands you need to see:
New York, NY
New York lights up the holidays with bright window displays and the shining Christmas tree at Rockefeller Centre. Walk through a snowy Central Park, or local holiday markets. Or join the crowds gathering for New Year’s Eve in the Square. Whatever your winter plans are, New York will make them magical.
Neuschwanstein Castle, Germany
This palace perched on a snowy mountain may look like a scene out of Beauty and the Beast, but this German castle is a real-life destination. A must-see for any winter tourist in Bavaria.
Quebec City, Quebec
Quebec City is truly a winter wonderland with a hotel made of ice, an annual winter carnival, and an average snowfall of 124 inches/year.
The romantic reputation of Paris is never lost under the cover of snow. Winter festivities take place all across the city. Tourists can enjoy chocolat chaud in a Parisian cafe, skate outdoors, or wander the streets under twinkling lights.
Hallstatt is voted one of the prettiest towns in the world. It’s a wintry shelter for visitors, hidden behind the snow-capped Salzburg mountains.
Jigokudani Monkey Park, Japan
Technically, these guys are some of your closest relatives. So it only makes sense to visit them during the holidays. Visitors to the Jigokudani Monkey Park in Japan can get an up-close look at macaques, or “Snow Monkeys,” taking a hot spring bath.
Prague, Czech Republic
The brooding atmosphere and architecture of Prague is wondrous in winter. Check out the local Christmas markets to see artisans, drink mulled wine, and walk the wintry streets.
Japan makes the list for a second time. This Zen Buddhist temple is one of the many beautiful sites to visit in Kyoto, Japan.
Where in the world are you most excited to go this winter?