Winter is indeed here but, despite the cold and grey weather, you want to pack your suitcases more than ever? Very good idea, there is no season to travel! In just a few hours by train or plane, it is very easy to reach many European cities over the weekend. To enjoy the sun, head for Rome or Lisbon. If you prefer a romantic getaway, Venice is always a must! From the Netherlands to Spain and Italy, we have selected the ten best European destinations to discover in winter, to get the year off to a good start!
Paris, the city of light
If you are looking for culture, a weekend in Paris is always welcome: concerts, theater, operas, you'll be spoilt for choice! You can also discover or rediscover its museums (we're sure you'll still have plenty of works to see in the Louvre!) before visiting its mythical districts such as Montmartre or the Marais or its internationally renowned monuments such as the Eiffel Tower or Notre-Dame
Rome, the eternal
To visit Rome is to plunge into millennia of history and to stroll through the narrow streets of an open-air museum with a unique atmosphere. From the Colosseum to the Trevi Fountain, our imagination is filled with images of the Eternal City. A stay in Rome is also an opportunity to learn about the local cuisine, stuffing yourself with supplì (tasty fried rice balls topped with mozzarella) and pasta alla carbonara!
London, the must-see
London, during the winter holidays, adorns itself with its most beautiful illuminations: from Covent Garden to Oxford Street, it is a real eye-catcher! Whether it's for a shopping weekend during the sales or to enjoy its many museums such as the British Museum, the Tate Gallery or the famous Madame Tussaud's Museum, London is a destination not to be missed. Always fascinating, its atmosphere is unique in each of its neighbourhoods, from the City to Camden Town
Lisbon of a thousand colours
If you're depressed by the grey weather, why don't you go to Lisbon to cheer yourself up? From one of its many viewpoints, admire the Tagus estuary spanned by the endless Vasco de Gama bridge and the orange and white panorama of the city. The district of Alfama and its maze of typical alleys is also to be discovered and why not the sandy beaches of the surroundings, deserted and so charming in winter?
Amsterdam, through the canals
A real postcard, this city in the Netherlands is enchanting in all seasons. In winter, when the mist covers its canals, its charm is undeniable. And, even if it's a bit cold, don't hesitate to rent a bike to get around the city like the locals! Amsterdam is a culturally dynamic city, as evidenced by its various museums of international renown such as the Rijskmuseum or the Van Gogh Museum
Madrid, the effervescent
The Spanish capital is always on the move. In both summer and winter, the nerve centre of the city is the Puerta del Sol, where all the main streets meet. On the cultural side, the Prado, the Thyssen-Bornemisza and the Reina Sofía focus on the Paseo del Arte. Among the works to be discovered are Picasso's famous Guernica and paintings by Velázquez or Goya, of course. At nightfall, enjoy the Madrid movida!
Prague, the bewitching
Prague is one of the most visited cities in Eastern Europe. And for good reason, its Charles Bridge and its Mala Strana district, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, are true wonders! Its astronomical clock is also well known to travellers who marvel at the parade of characters at every hour. In winter, when snow covers the historic centre, the atmosphere in the capital of the Czech Republic is magical.
Budapest, the timeless
The capital of Hungary has a unique heritage. From the banks of the Danube, classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, to the Basilica of St. Stephen's and the Buda Castle, there are countless wonders to be found here, testimony to a rich past. Budapest is also the ideal city for a relaxing stay, its hundreds of hot springs, symbolized by the famous Szechenyi Baths, are pleasant even in winter!
Venice, the Serenissima
Winter in Venice is of course marked by the traditional carnival! World-renowned, it welcomes every year countless visitors who come to admire the typical Venetian costumes and masks during the parades. Although very touristy, Venice is an unmissable destination where the dream meets reality during a stay by the lagoon... The romantic city par excellence!
Brussels, at the heart of Europe
The capital of Belgium is also the capital of Europe: the Parliament and the Commission are enthroned here, making it a dynamic and multicultural city. Brussels is the city of gourmets: beers, chocolates and waffles are among the local specialities! The Manneken-Pis - the little man who pisses - is a must see, as are the Magritte Museum and the famous Grand-Place