22 December 2016

The European cities to visit this winter

Travels
Author
Francesca

If your desire to travel and discover new places is relentless also in winter, this article is for you. After having recommended the best restaurants in the world, today we want to give you a few tips on the European cities that in our opinion are worth visiting in winter. Let’s discover them!

Brussels

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Seat of the main European institutions, Brussels is a multicultural destination with a wealth of history. What to see in this city? The main attractions are around the Grand Place, a UNESCO Heritage Site since 1998, so to reach them you can easily move around on foot. We advise you to visit the Museum of Fine Arts, the Magritte Museum and the Atomium, a very unusual structure situated in Heysel Park, inaugurated in 1958 on the occasion of the Universal Exhibition, which represents the nine atoms of an iron crystal. To take a walk through the characteristic alleys of the Ilot Sacré is a must; this is a very particular area of central Brussels: in fact, this part of the city is independent and has been self-governed since 1960. During your visit to the city, it will be impossible to resist the temptation of eating a gaufre, the typical hot waffle coated in chocolate: Brussels is the unquestioned capital of chocolate!

Prague

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From Belgium, we now go to the Czech Republic, and more specifically to Prague, which is proud of its thousand-year long history. It is also known as the “city of a hundred towers”, thanks to the beauty of the castles which distinguish it. Something which must absolutely not be missed is Prague Castle, which together with the St Vitus Cathedral represent the real symbol of the city. We suggest strolling slowly across the long Charles Bridge which connects the two oldest districts of the city: Mala Strana and Stare Mesto. While you are crossing the bridge you can admire the works of the many street artists and enjoy the view over the River Moldava. When you get to the Stare Mesto district, you must stop in the famous square which houses the Church of St Nicholas and the astronomic clock. In the Christmas period, Prague will allow you to fully experience its magic thanks to the snow, the lights and the Christmas street markets.

Innsbruck

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Innsbruck, the Capital of the Alps, is an Austrian city full of history, where the charming medieval atmosphere still exists. Walking through the characteristic streets of the historic centre, arrayed from the first days of December with Christmas lights and decorations, you cannot help noticing and admiring the famous Golden Roof, the Triumphal Arch, the City Tower and the Imperial Palace.

However, the winter period makes the capital of the Tyrol even more attractive for two reasons: the fantastic ski slopes, which have hosted no less that two Winter Olympic Games, and the Christmas street markets that attract thousands of tourists every year and offer the possibility of admiring, tasting and buying typical local products.

Berlin

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The capital of Germany, with an excellent transport system, Berlin is a city worth a visit at least once in your life! It is a very young metropolis, rich in fascination and places of historic-cultural interest. One of the main symbols of the city is the Brandenburg Gate which, after the fall of the Berlin Wall, has become the symbol of united Germany. The square in which it is situated is also the venue of many concerts and events. We recommend visiting the East Side Gallery, too, an open air gallery 1.3 km long where you can see the drawings of artists from every corner of the world: 106 murals that exalt optimism and the sense of change.

As soon as your arrive in the city, you will immediately notice the television tower: on a sunny day, you can admire the view over the city from its height of 368 metres.

Paris

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If you are afraid of feeling the cold in the city of the Eiffel Tower and the Louvre, have no fear! Paris offers great opportunities and attractions for tourists all through the year, but in winter the city changes its attitude: it is calmer and more welcoming. The city’s winter atmosphere is magnificent: you can skate on the ice rink of the Hotel de Ville, warm up at a show at the Opera, have tea in one of the typical cafés of Montmartre.

If you visit Paris during the Christmas period, you can walk down the Champs-Élysées immersed in the warmth of the lights, go shopping at one of the many street markets in the city, and admire the Notre Dame Christmas Tree.

Warsaw

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The history of this city certainly makes it more fascinating. But we only want to tempt your curiosity by giving you a few hints about the most interesting attractions to be seen in Warsaw, especially during the winter season.

Certainly, you must not miss a walk through the old city, from the famous Market Square overlooked by the Royal Palace, to the Belvedere Palace, among the coloured buildings and the characteristic stalls that fill the streets in the days before Christmas. And if you feel overcome by the cold, you can find refuge in one of the typical restaurants or cafés, to enjoy the “pierogi”, a traditional Polish dish.

So all you have to do now is to plan your trip!