Brrr. It might be a bit cold. But during my trip to Helsinki and Tallinn a few weeks ago I noticed that there are many good reasons to travel in Europe during winter.
Here are some of them…
1. Fewer tourists
Whenever I have travelled in Europe during the summer-time it has been crowded by tourists. When I travelled to Prague and Budapest right after the summer, it was big tourist groups at every corner. All train and bus tickets from Prague to Bratislava was even sold out. I do not even want to think about how it is during the summer vacations!
However, during the winter there are far from as many tourists, which is something I enjoy.
2. Cheaper rates
The flight tickets and hotel rates are usually cheaper during the winter compared to in the summer. As the demand is higher during the summer-time, the prices go up.
3. The atmosphere
It is a different and cozy atmosphere in Europe during the winter. Snow falling down and the streets covered with snow. It is truly beautiful.
If you travel around the Christmas season in most cities around Europe you will experience Christmas markets, and I love going to them, and I think you will as well!
5. Winter sports
I just love winter sport. If you do as well, are there any better place than Europe in the winter to travel to? As a kid we travelled to the Alps several times for do skiing. The last years I have been doing it in the Norwegian mountain. Europe in winter-time is just perfect for winter sports.
6. Indoor attractions
In Helsinki on my last trip we visited the rock church. Being 15 minus degrees outside it was really nice to come in to a warm church. I think the experience visiting the church would be far from the same if we had visited when it was 20 warm degrees outside.
7. Northern lights
I have to admit that I have not seen this myself yet. Embarrassing when being a Norwegian, I know! However I would love to see the Northeren lights – and if you would as well it is in the winter and the winter only you can spot it. Of course just in very Northern parts of Europe.
8. Winter cuisine and drinks
Often during the winter there are special cuisine that you will not get during the summer time. In Tallinn – they for example served warm Gløggi in the street. As well as warm nuts. Really good! While in Hungary they eat the Kürtőskalács, which taste best when it is cold outside.
What do you think is the best with travelling in Europe during winter?