While some Europeans may still associate their winter vacation with warm snuggly nights inside and away from the cold, Europe is, in fact, one of the best places for a fun winter weekend getaway. Many holidaymakers choose Europe for their adventurous winter skiing and hiking weekends, while others prefer to sip on mulled wine and take in the culture and glamor of some of Europe’s most beautiful cities and villages.
If you are considering a holiday abroad this winter then we can assure you that there’s no place like Europe. But to help you decide where to go, here’s our top eight winter weekend getaways in Europe:
1. For the beach – Dubrovnik, Croatia
Europe may not be your first thought when it comes to beaches during the winter months – but think again. Get away from the grey days of winter and head to the Dalmatian Coast and the city of Dubrovnik in Croatia for sunny skies and a warm climate. Surf, swim and relax on the beautiful beaches, which manage to stay warm and tourist-free during the winter months. Dubrovnik is also home to a historic city full of ancient monasteries, palaces and spectacular baroque churches just waiting to be explored.
2. For the city – Budapest, Hungary
For a weekend of excitement, culture, and relaxation head to the Hungarian city of Budapest. Often a lot quieter during the winter months, you can spend your days exploring the city’s ruins, incredible museums and stunning river, before an evening of relaxation at one of the city’s many outdoor and indoor hot springs. And if you want to party, then Budapest is also the city for you; every street in the historic part of the town has an old “ruin pub”, with a lively atmosphere and cheap beer.
3. For the great outdoors – Smolyan, Bulgaria
If you want a winter wonderland for your seasonal getaway then there is nowhere more beautiful than Smolyan, Bulgaria. Explore snow-covered mountains, reservoirs, caves and gorges before spending a relaxing evening on one of the town’s stunning hotels, set on lakes and natural wilderness. You will literally be walking in a winter wonderland…
4. For natural wonder – Tromso, Norway
If you are keen to catch a glimpse of something special on your winter vacation, then the Norwegian town of Tromso could be for you. Not only is the town filled with adventure activities such as husky safari, ice fishing, or kicksledding, but you can also hope to see one of nature’s most magical displays – the aurora borealis, also known as the Northern Lights. While it’s never a guarantee that you will catch a glimpse of this wonderful sight, the best time to try is between November and April – so choosing Tromso as your winter destination could make it a vacation you will never forget.
5. For shopping – Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Every year during winter The Netherlands and the metropolis city of Amsterdam comes alive with Christmas markets and shop-window displays that are always extremely inviting. Treat yourself to a weekend indulging in some of Europe’s most unique boutiques and markets specializing in everything from lingerie, beer, and chocolate, to handmade toys and traditional clogs. And when you are tired of shopping you can always take a ride on the canal with some mulled wine and a blanket for warmth.
6. For a stress-free weekend – Cornwall, England
Renting a cottage on the southerly English coastline of Cornwall is the perfect relaxing weekend getaway. Get warm and cozy next to the fire after spending your days taking coastal walks, and enjoying local cuisine from traditional English pubs to tasty seafood restaurants and quaint cafes. And if a cottage stay isn’t for you, Cornwall also has a number of luxury and boutique hotels that offer you the ultimate in relaxation.
7. For glamour – Vienna, Austria
If the idea of escaping to a gloriously majestic city in Europe is your idea of the perfect winter weekend getaway, then Vienna is most definitely the place for you. Famous for its cultural history and stunning architecture, Vienna is a place full of magic and excitement during winter. Get dressed up and head to the opera or ballet, or for something more laid back spend evenings in the city’s famous coffee houses sipping on mulled wine or hot chocolate and watching the world go by.
8. For skiing – Jasna, Slovakia
While you may not consider Slovakia as a European ski destination, it is, in fact, one of the most affordable and accepting for weekend holidaymakers to Europe looking to get in a few days of skiing or snowboarding. Jasna has some incredibly beautiful resorts set in the Tatras Mountains, with snow-covered trees and pretty Eastern European architecture. And if you can, try to fly in and out of a neighboring country to bring the cost of your trip down, as direct flights to Slovakia can sometimes be a little more pricey.
Holiday Weekends Well-Spent with Auto Europe
When you’re ready to experience the best winter weekend getaways in Europe, give Auto Europe a call, at 1-888-223-5555, to take care of all your travel needs. Whether you’re looking for the best price on international airfare, luxury car rentals in Europe, or even a long-term rental for an extended vacation, Auto Europe has you covered with the best rates in the industry, and award-winning customer service.