Winter is scorned by those who live in cold climates and revered by those who live in equatorial regions. No-one can deny however that some places are just magical when there is Snow on the ground. Where should you go when “Winter is Coming”?
Banff, Alberta, Canada
Banff is considered the ultimate winter destination. It is a snowboarder’s paradise and with three major ski resorts to choose from, skiing and snowboarding are the most popular activities in Banff. Other winter activities include snowshoeing, dog sledding, ice climbing, hiking, and snow tubing.
Another reason to visit Banff during winter is to enjoy its magnificent scenery, with huge mountains as far as the eye can see. Banff boasts a wide range of winter activities to keep you busy, also to keep you relaxed and has views that will take your breath away every time; it’s the most perfect winter destination.
If you are lucky enough with the weather, Ireland is just stunning in the winter. Rolling hills in every shade of green, clear blue skies, snow-capped mountains, and frozen lakes and at times you may not see or hear another soul for miles. The Powerscourt Gardens are the epitome of a winter wonderland when it snows. Winter is one of the best times to visit the Emerald Isle.
Budapest is famous for its thermal baths, and what better time to go than in the middle of winter. Soaking in a hot pool of water, steam rising and watching the snow fall or even do something that’ll get your heart racing like going skating in Városliget. When it snows, there is nothing better than watching the city turn white while sipping on a hot cup of warmed wine.
Norway has everything it takes to be the best winter destination. Cool, trendy and chic cities plus outstanding skiing conditions. Whether you are an art lover, a foodie or a music fan, Bergen and Oslo will make you happy.
Fresh fish is at its best in the winter, and many restaurants in Norway offer cod, halibut, salmon and trout of the highest quality in the Winter Season. The Northern lights are a delight to the eyes and is a phenomenal event that should be on everybody’s bucket list.
If you love winter sports, serious adventure, little villages and/or fairytale views you must go to Flam and Hemsedal!
Shimla, Himachal Pradesh India
Also known as the queen of hills, Shimla is nestled at the foothills of the Himalayas. Its beauty peaks during winter months with its pleasant weather, snow-clad mountains, deep valleys, and pine-deodar forests.
The hot teas served in the cold weather are an absolute delight. The popular Kalka Shimla toy train ride is a wonderful experience. The mesmerizing views of the snow-covered peaks and gorgeous landscapes are priceless.
These places are simply gorgeous in Winter. Google away for the views, but the reality will definitely blow your mind.