When we think about our vacation, our mind always goes during the summertime. But what happens when we decide to take our leave in the winter? Are there any quality choices we can make to live unforgettable experiences that will accompany us for a lifetime? The answer to these questions lies in the continuation of this article, in which we will explore some of the most remarkable European destinations that every traveller during his winter vacation should visit.
We travel to the Austrian Alps and to an earth skiing paradise. Skiing is the No. 1 reason travellers usually flock to Innsbruck during the winter months. With a long tradition in the sport – Innsbruck hosted the 1976 Winter Olympics – and an incredible variety of ski resorts, hotels and facilities that attract all ski fans from all over the world. In case we have not made it clear enough, skiing is a prominent protagonist in Innsbruck. But what about all those who are not interested in skiing?
Innsbruck is a charming city with a great deal of interest and a wealth of attractions and activities for all of its visitors. Indicatively, you start from the Old Town (Altstadt), continue with a full tour of the Hofburg Royal Palace and end up with a hearty meal or hot coffee and walks in the Maria-Theresien-Straße. Do you have any children; Then you should definitely visit the Alpenzoo Zoo. You don’t have any; Again, you have to go. In addition to its hosted animals that you will have the opportunity to see up close, it is also worth mentioning that Alpenzoo is a pioneer in European endangered species protection programs. Which is kind of a big deal.
No matter how many times you have been to Vienna, you will always want to go back again. It is this feeling of warmth that fills your heart when you remember the walks in Rathausplatz with a glass of mulled wine in your hand, the mound you’re trying to skate a little further on ice, while next to you 5-year-olds were moving with the grace of a champion.
The strudels you swallowed at the historic Café Central and Café Landtmann, where celebrities like Sigmund Freud once roamed. The walks in Stephansplatz and the imperial palaces and the cool beer that you drank like water in the evenings in the city are all things that will be carved in your memory forever.
Walk the magnificent Innere Stadt, discover museums and galleries, wander through imperial palaces and admire the dazzling luxury of the time. From the house of Freud and the courts of Sissi to the stunning Haus der Musik and the museums of the MuseumsQuartier in Vienna, the sights are innumerable, the beauties endless and the mood for exploration immeasurable!
Courchevel, Les Trois Vallees, France
The famous Courchevel is the ideal resort for festive and travel getaways. Courchevel is an exceptional ski resort located in a complex of three valleys in the French Alps where five villages are united with the most famous hotels in the world. The first village is at an altitude of 1,100m and the last at 1,850m which altogether bear the name Courchevel. Here the expression “a la carte service” procures its full meaning, and the insistence on quality is common to all levels of the resort. The last village is the homonymous Courchevel, located at an altitude of 1850m and is widely considered the resort’s real jewel. Its reputation has made it the centre of interest of all celebrities and its luxurious facilities make it radiate in the eyes of every visitor.
The five resorts’ connection is high-speed since it takes 4-8 minutes to move from one village to another. The whole area has 600km of ski slopes and all kinds of winter sports that can accommodate a total of more than 60,000 people with complete safety. Access to the slopes is made with the innovative ski in and ski out system, which means that you leave the hotel on foot and in a few minutes you’re right at the slope. This is an easy way for skiers to move around easily in resort’s areas.
The villages are beautiful and picturesque and ideal for accommodation and families as they even have particular slopes for children. The towns also offer accommodation for people with special needs as well as ski holidays adapted to them. All this and more can be found in the truly gifted area of Courchevel.
At the base of the Carpathian Mountains, Brasov is a favorite destination for tourists in wintertime. The charming medieval city has colourful townhouses with towering mountains in the background. The city is beautifully decorated and mulled wine with warm pastries are served on every corner. Romanians love the winter holidays and they’re eager to celebrate them.
Look for tours in Brasov if you want to visit famous attractions nearby such as Bran (Dracula) Castle or Sighisoara Citadel. If you’re adequately equipped you could also go hiking in Piatra Craiului or Bucegi Mts. And for those who love winter sports, Poiana Brasov with the longest ski slopes in the country is just 5 km away. Bonus – you could also go freeriding or backcountry skiing.