The little or bigger brother of Munich, that’s Vienna.
Vienna is located between Munich and Budapest, perfect for a city break as well.
The Christmas market is famous all over Europe, so when you are interested in that…here you go!
But even after Christmas, winter times in Vienna can be beautiful. I certainly enjoyed it!
Talking about Germany and Schloss Neuschwanstein, head over to Germany – obviously.
Munich is a beautiful city! Wide, nostalgic buildings and a rich and proud Bavarian culture. As said before, it is just a day trip away from Schloss Neuschwanstein and very well known for its famous Oktoberfest at the end of September and beginning of October.
8. Schloss Neuschwanstein in Füssen
Talking about Germany, do you know Schloss Neuschwanstein?
It’s the real-life Disney Castle.
It is a magical place, both in winter and summer.
Include this as well in your European Winter Itinerary. In winter times, it may be even more fairyland-like. The snow-covered mountains, landscape and castle…that’s a bit of magic there, I can tell you that!
This one is definitely recommended for couples and families.
7. Berlin (Christmas Markets and History)
Germany’s capital, paradise for techno music, alternative lifestyle, major key player to the last 60 years of worlds history.
Yes, this city has to be on your bucket list for your European Winter Journey.
Berlin has many stories to tell. The colder months are a big part of German culture. Visiting Berlin and Germany between December and April only makes sense.
6. Prague (snowy fairyland)
I’ve visited both in summer (September) and winter (December). Both times, I loved it.
And both times, a total different experience.
In winter times the old town is less busy and usually the city is covered in snow and ice. It is a real romantic city break.
Wander along the famous saint James bridge. Join a tour all the way up in Prague’s castle. It’s a beautiful view from here. The castle is part of key moments of Czech history.
5. Barcelona (my beloved home)
Further up north, a bit colder, yet magnificent. This is my home: Barcelona.
You can find all my articles on Barcelona here.
It’s worth it to visit all year long (except New Year’s Eve. New Years Eve is nothing too special in Barcelona, in my opinion).
The temperature at day time is around 10-15 degrees, the coldest months are January and February. It can happen that there will be snow. BUT…that only happens every other year, and it’s just a few snow flakes.
4. Sevilla (Sun, culture, food)
A short train ride away from Granada, in direction Lisbon, this is Sevilla.
The capital of Andalusia is Sevilla. When visiting Granada, include Sevilla in your plans.
The connection is easy, direct and fast via train or bus.
Sevilla is a synonym for bull fights and flamenco. Expect nothing less!
3. Granada – Sweet sun & Alhambra Aura
If you are expecting cold destinations in South Spain, Granada is the place!
Granada in winter is COLD!
However, Granada is sunny all year long. It stands out like a painting. The old town Albaicín climbs up the mountain, the majestic Alhambra rules the panoramic view from every point in the city.
In the background, you see the snow covered peaks of Sierra Nevada.
2. Lisbon, Portugal
et us continue this amazing list with another sunny and warm city.
Lisbon is also a fantastic choice during the colder month.
July and August are the busiest months, it is tourist-packed over summer. In winter you can enjoy the city at a slower pace. Soak in the culture, and get lost in the culinary scene and nightlife.
In the area around Lisbon you can also go surfing all year long. A wet suite is necessary though, but your surf school will share the required details.
1. Canary Island (it is warm here!)
European winter destination is Canary Islands.
Although, geographically speaking, it is Africa, the Canary Islands are part of the kingdom of Spain.
Enjoy warm weather, long beaches and amazing Spanish culture.