With most holidays over and vacation destinations still looking like winter wonderlands, January is one of the best months to travel to Europe. Across Europe, there are fewer crowds, cheaper fares, and a quieter nightlife, and we've put together the best places to visit in Europe in January.
1. Korcula, Croatia - Korcula is a small, beautiful island located off Croatia's Adriatic Coast. Comprised of lush green forests, vineyards, olive groves, sandy beaches, and charming villages, the wintertime does nothing to lessen its beauty. The island's main town, Korucla Town, is a historic, walled town with Venetian Renaissance architecture, colorful markets, and plenty of tourist facilities. Be sure to stop and see the Marco Polo Museum, St. Mark's Cathedral, or see the Moreska Sword Dancing. When you're hungry, try Nonno for some delicious seafood with a great view. Check out our Croatia travel videos to learn more about this up-and-coming travel destination!
2. Gdansk, Poland - Also known as Danzig, Gdansk is the largest city in northern Poland and, due to its location on the Baltic Sea, the country's main seaport. Home to St. Mary's Church, the largest brick church in the world, Gdansk was an obvious choice for the best European cities to visit in January list. With beautiful architecture that can still be seen be seen under the snow, why not spend your afternoon in a cozy Polish restaurant, such as Red Spot Café or Café Ferber, with a book and hot cappuccino?
3. Salzburg, Austria - Situated in central Austria, near the German border, Salzburg is probably best known as the birthplace of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. People come to Austria's fourth-largest city from all over the world to view the sights that inspired his unforgettable and ever-popular music. With its hilltop medieval fortress, picturesque old town, and breathtaking alpine scenery, Salzburg is one of the best places to visit in Austria. With over 20 museums pertaining to music, art, and history, there is always plenty to see, so get a Salzburg rental car and never miss a thing!
4. Le Havre, France - Even more stunning in the winter, Le Havre has to be one of the best places to visit in Europe in January. Attractions include one of France's finest art museums, renowned for its collection of impressionist works, the Museum of Modern Art, and four other celebrated museums to check out afterwards. Be sure to take your Le Havre rental car to the Cathédrale Notre-Dame, Château d'Etelan, and the beautiful bell tower Eglise Saint-Martin. Afterwards, relax in the shopping district and have a meal at La Petite Auberge, known for its charming interior and delicious seafood options.
5. Billund, Denmark - Everything is awesome in Billund, and that should come as no surprise, considering it's the headquarters for The Lego Group. The town has bright red roofed homes that line the streets, and in the wintertime, it's stunning to walk around downtown, making it one of the best places to visit in Europe in January. Check out the Lalandia amusement complex, the impressive sculpture park, or the nearby Givskud Zoo, which stays open even during the cold season. Hulset Olhom is the creative art gallery that is a must-see, and afterwards, be sure to stop in at the cozy bakery Billund Bageri.
Whether you are catching a winter festival, hitting the slopes, braving the weather, or keeping warm with some coffee, the best European cities to visit in January won't disappoint.