Did you explore somewhere new this summer? If not, there are plenty of reasons to take advantage of cheaper winter flights to head off on a city break with a difference. What’s the difference you ask? Some of the most beautiful sights in Europe covered in snow, or at least easier explored with lower numbers of tourists in the area!
So why should you head off on a winter city break? Well firstly you’ll be glad to see that prices are usually cheaper to fly to Europe (as long as you aren’t heading somewhere notorious for its ski breaks!). With more people saving their cash to travel in summer, the winter months often see airlines putting sales on flights and hotels expecting to be quieter will also drop rates in order to encourage tourism in the area.
With Christmas adverts already at large on TV and radio, and the Christmas markets sweeping into UK cities very soon, it’s sensible to think that you should be saving money for presents and your work dinner. However, if you’re stuck for what to buy your loved one this year, then why not treat them to a break somewhere new in the New Year where you can spend some quality time together? Alternatively, you can choose to spend New Year in one of these cities, whether you want to take in a spectacular cultural experience at the opera in Vienna, or just explore a city at your leisure and then enjoy their celebrations, New Year’s Eve is always a night to remember! With New Year’s Eve falling on a Saturday this year, you might not even have to worry about taking too many holidays at work in order to make the most of the long weekend.
For those who love the Christmas spirit, visiting markets around Europe at this time of year can be extra special and something which they will delight in. Our Prague Christmas market weekend city break gives you a warm treat of a hot drink at Wenceslas Square where all the festive folly will be taking place. From choirs and the nativity to decorated wooden huts where you can get some unique Christmas gifts, you’ll find it hard not to feel that childlike wonder at the time of year.
As well as these obvious examples, there are other sights around Europe that can only truly be best appreciated in the winter. The greatest example of this is of course the aurora borealis, or the Northern Lights. While sometimes these can be witnessed from northern parts of the UK, for the truly untainted view, a visit to Reykjavik’s snowy landscapes is a must! Similarly, an experience that on a weekend city break you’ll never forget could be seeing the Golden Circle in Iceland by snowmobile – definitely something we don’t see here!