Mumbai: Brace yourselves, winter has arrived already! As we near the end of 2016, it has become more important for us to utilise the winter holidays. So, are you guys planning to visit a chilly place? Well, then European countries come out as a clear winner.
European winters are considered among the coldest winters. If you are willing to embrace the thrilling cold and avoid the hustle bustle of cities then undoubtedly European countryside, villages and towns are the best options for you.
Here are a few destinations in Europe that you can consider this winter:
1) Salzburg and Innsbruck, Austria
Salzburg: a musical place which is known for its Baroque buildings and Romanesque archways. Innsbruck is famous for its old Tyrolese styled architecture. The old town in Innsbruck - comprises of Renaissance building surrounded by the Alps - becomes a visual treat. These two popular tourist destinations are situated in the world-famous panoramic Alps region. Famous for its winter sports, these two destinations are a must visit for its scenic mountain ranges, medieval century gothic castles, beautiful rivers and lakes.
2) Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Bavaria, Germany
Located on the border areas between Germany and Austria, Garmisch-Partenkirchen boasts of its old Alpine village vibes. Zugspitze, Germany’s highest mountain peak, is the most visited destination in Germany during the winters. On your visit there, you can experience skiing across 68 miles of cross-country trails. This GaPa town has two different personalities. The Partenkirchen is a roman styled place consisting of ancient buildings while Garmisch is more après-ski oriented.
3) Reine, Norway
This village is located on the island of Moskenesoya, northern side of Norway. Reine is popularly known as the best fishing place in the world. When you visit the place, it is highly recommended that you stay in rorbuer, old fishermen's cottages that have been converted to accommodations for visitors. It is in winter that one can experience the epic Northern lights (Aurora Borealis).
4) Colmar, France
To explore the ancient European heritage, this place is a must visit. With its flourished pedestrian, canals, gigantic vineyards and the romantic district of Little Venice, this place is just like a movie set, only that it is real! Interestingly, the father of Statue of Liberty, New York, sculptor Bartholdi was born here.
5) Albarracín, Spain
The most unconventional place in Spain, this small town is a perfect reflection of Old Spain. The entire town has a uniform paint scheme with red or orange clay. With less than 1000 inhabitants, the place is located on a cliff and has been recognised as a World Heritage site by UNESCO. For a breathtaking view, one must visit the Torre del Andador or Walkway tower. The village becomes a beautiful place for its 3 Cs- Cathedrals, churches and castles.
6) Pusica, Croatia
Known for its stone masonry, this city was built from stones. Being a seaside village, you can indulge in sports like cycling, scuba diving or water-skiing. This scenic beauty has Mediterranean characteristics- white rooftops and stone houses. Beaches, castles and productions of olive oil, wine, and figs make the place a paradise.
7) Gruyere, Switzerland
Every chocolate and cheese lover’s dream destination! Visit the cheese factories and taste the authentic Swiss cheese. The chocolate factory tour will show you the process of making chocolates. Gruyere comprises of Alpine pastures, locally made wines, black- and- white Fribourg cows, wood-built hamlets and Lake Geneva. Remember DDLJ’s famous cow bell? Well here’s your chance to buy it!