5 Best Destinations to Enjoy Snowfall in Europe

Visiting Europe in winter, of course, it’s going to be freezing cold but as soon as you wrap yourself up comfortably and acclimatise yourself, you will forget about the chattering of your teeth and will be blown away by the beauty that surrounds you. Rooftops dusted by light powdery snow, twinkling Christmas lights, snow-covered mountains and the fairy-tale-like charm that oozes out in every nook and cranny. There’s something enchanting about historic European cities in winter and below we have named a few for you to check out.

Lapland, Finland

There really is no better place to enjoy the beauty of snow than Lapland. With approximately seven months of snowfall every year, it is one of the best places to visit during the winter months.

Whether you are there to witness the spectacular northern lights, meet the grand old man himself at the Santa Claus Village, try snowmobiling or ice fishing, feed the reindeer or enjoy a husky ride, Lapland is the perfect place for a winter break!  And for all you skiing enthusiasts out there, the “Big Four” of Lapland’s ski resorts – Levi, Ylläs, Pyhä-Luosto and Ruka offers many versatile ski resorts with a much more relaxed and pleasant experience, ranging from kids runs to black slopes and everything in between.

Prague, Czech Republic

It’s easy to say that everyone has a love affair with Prague but as the snow falls, the majestic city becomes much quieter yet more magical becoming extremely photogenic as red roof tiles peek out from beneath the powder of snow.  To capture the pure essence and peaceful ambience of Prague during snowfall you are best to gain some elevation by visiting The Charles Bridge and Towers, Old Town Square Town Hall Tower, St Nicholas Bell Tower or even Letna Park.

Lose yourself amongst the cobblestone streets, lined with charming historical buildings, visit the festive Christmas markets, admire the enchanting snow-covered city, warm up with a Czech beer on a beer tasting tour and glide over ice at the Old Town ice skating rink in a fairytale-like setting for a truly memorable experience.

Innsbruck and Salzberg, Austria

With some of the most beautiful snowfall, Austria is an idyllic place to visit during the winter months in Europe. The opulent architecture of Austria is beautiful and there is something special about visiting a 17th-century castle partially buried in the snow.

With a fairy-tale-like charm, Salzburg, declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site, will lure you in with the magical wintry beauty and the aroma of gluhwein, a warm wine that is typically consumed after a day of skiing. During winter Salzburg looks absolutely remarkable, especially with the streets of old town lit up during Christmas season.

Often referred to as the epicentre for winter sports, Innsbruck comes alive during winter – with the snow-clad mountains as a backdrop, the cosy and cute Christmas markets and the wintry attractions that just call your name. Every year from mid-January to mid-February Kristallwelten (Swarovski Crystal Worlds) hosts a ‘Festival of Lights’ illuminating The Garden for the most magical experience. A visit in the winter will leave you feeling romanced and refreshed.

Lucerne, Switzerland

Lucerne is a quaint little town and surrounded by the Swiss Alps has a charm and beauty all of its own. With sparkling white mountains, this has been an all-time favourite with travellers from all over the world, providing many opportunities for winter sports. Lucerne is the perfect starting point to your winter adventure, with its perfect location you have quick connections to several mountain areas – Mt Titlus, Mt Pilatus and Mt Rigi.

Winter is considered one of the best times to fully enjoy Lucerne due to the relaxing atmosphere, beautiful postcard-worthy buildings sprinkled with snow and for a touch of magic the Christmas markets that adorn Old Town.

Tromso, Norway

Tromso is a real Arctic winter wonderland and although small it is full of life – the perfect place for an Arctic adventure! With snow-capped craggy mountains as a backdrop, soft and powdery snow blanketing the entire city, Tromso looks nothing short of remarkable.  Winter in Tromso is one of the places where you can experience the darkness of the polar night; with daylight only appearing just over the horizon for a few of hours a day, casting beautiful hues of pink and gold across the sky before sinking back down.

Just like Lapland there are many ways to experience this snowy destination – from chasing th northern lights to whale watching, feeding reindeer and enjoying a dog sled to relaxing in a quaint café or trying one of the 72 beers on tap at the oldest pub in Tromso – Ølhallen.

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