Cities to Enjoy Winter

Destinations to spend the end of the year, this time we want to present a selection of 10 winter cities to visit in the coming cold months. Some of these places are known for being a World Heritage Site, others for their gastronomy and traditions and others simply for being incredible places to do tourism in winter. Discover them, surely more than one city on this list will surprise you. Does anyone have you close?

Durham, United Kingdom

The city of Durham becomes special during the winter season, especially during Christmas, which becomes an idyllic setting, where you can explore the cobbled streets of the city with its elegant boutiques and extravagant craft shops that vie for attention of the public with the big brands. The Dalton Park, is the largest shopping center in the city and also the largest in the region. There is a traditional Christmas Festival that takes place throughout the city, but there are also alternatives for those who wish to escape the Christmas bustle as entering any of the taverns and wait for beer in hand the arrival of Santa Claus.

Typical products: Hot wine and any drink that helps fight the cold
Activities: Outdoor ice skating and the Weardale train, which transforms between the months of November and December and stars in the recreation of the Polar Express train route.
Events: Most of the events in Durham revolve around Christmas, they take it very seriously.
Average temperature: From 3 to 5 degrees in January.

Schwangau, Germany

It is a small town in the German Alps, a beautiful setting as it is surrounded by snow-capped mountains, surrounding lakes and the famous Neuschwanstein Castle. It is ideal for hiking, skiing and cross-country skiing. Schwangau is the final point of the “German Romantic Route”, a very famous route with a lot of landscapes and places of interest between the different cities of southern Germany. It is a good place for people who like nature and the feeling of being part of the image of a postcard. Winter tourism in its purest state.

The famous castle of Neuschwanstein was built by Ludwig II of Bavaria (known as the Mad King) in 1866. If it is already beautiful in summer, it looks even better covered with snow. There is also another lesser-known royal castle of Ludwig II that is also worth visiting: Schloss Hohenschwangau. As if that were not enough, there is also the “Forggensee”, which is a large artificial lake surrounded by mountains. It would not be surprising if we came across one of Milka’s cows, since everything points to grazing in the Forggensee.

Typical products: Rustic and usually heavy meals are typical of the entire Allgäu region. A typical product would be the Kaiserschmarrn, which are large and sugary pancakes that contain more eggs than a normal pancake. Originally it is a dessert but it is served as a main dish because it is very heavy. No doubt the calories are not a concern for our friends in Bavaria.
Activities: The city is a ski center in winter. It has different stations, tracks for all levels and also to practice the exciting cross-country skiing.
Events: Without a doubt the event of the year is the New Year’s fireworks falling on the Hohenschwangau Castle.
Average temperature: Between 3 and -5 degrees in January

Delft, Netherlands

This beautiful city is halfway between Rotterdam and The Hague, very close to both. Delft has a lot of channels and is even more worth a visit during the winter, when the small bridges are covered with snow. When it’s very cold and the canals are frozen, the Dutch love to skate on the river. Delft is a university city, which makes it a vibrant and young place to go to have fun in winter.

Typical products: The Stamppot. It is a typical accompaniment of the Dutch cuisine consisting of mashed potatoes with different vegetables and spices. It is considered as the national dish and in Dutch it means something like “crushed casserole”.
Activities: To spend an exciting and fun time you must go to Bleekemolens Race Planet. It is a karting circuit that is recommended to go with a group of friends.

Switzerland

With its endless slopes of virgin snow, Switzerland is a paradise for lovers of skiing and, in general, for all those seeking a different winter holiday … and height! Reservations to travel to Switzerland from Spain, according to Rumbo, increased by 24% in 2017, so it can be said that it has become one of the ‘trend destinations’ for next year. You can experience such unusual experiences as traveling the highest suspension bridge in Europe or immerse yourself in a glacier. If you have decided to overcome the vertigo in 2018, this may be your destination to start the new year on the right foot.

In Elle.es we have talked about Swiss ski resorts and what to do a Christmas weekend in Zurich.

 

With its endless slopes of virgin snow, Switzerland is a paradise for lovers of skiing and, in general, for all those seeking a different winter holiday … and height! Reservations to travel to Switzerland from Spain, according to Rumbo, increased by 24% in 2017, so it can be said that it has become one of the ‘trend destinations’ for next year. You can experience such unusual experiences as traveling the highest suspension bridge in Europe or immerse yourself in a glacier. If you have decided to overcome the vertigo in 2018, this may be your destination to start the new year on the right foot.

In Elle.es we have talked about Swiss ski resorts and what to do a Christmas weekend in Zurich.

Russia, Kazan

Kazan along with Moscow, St. Petersburg, Sochi and Veliky Ustyug is one of the most popular destinations of this winter, according to ATOR. The largest travel website Tripadvisor last year included Kazan in the top three tourist destinations, placing it after the two capitals. Kazan was ranked 8th in the world and 3rd in Europe among the most promising tourist destinations that are rapidly gaining popularity among tourists. At the same time a day in the city will cost the average traveler cheaper than in other cities of the list.

The capital of Tatarstan has an official guide who will help to combine the journey lasting from a day to a week. The program can be either ready-made routes, or just tips about events in the city.

Turkey, Istanbul

This is Istanbul in winter! Melancholic and at the same time fascinating. Mystical and enchanting like an oriental winter fairy tale.

Outside it is freezing cold, through the winding streets whistles an icy wind and thick raindrops clap on the window pane. Thickly wrapped people walk in rain jackets through puddles that are almost the size of a small lake. The hoods pulled her deep in the face. You can see the clinking cold.

With soaking wet feet (If I had bought but sometimes fed winter boots) and hands just before the freezing point (gloves and a thick winter jacket would not have been bad) I flee from the street in a cuddly café with colorful embroidered seat cushion.

A heat wave welcomes me. After just a few seconds my cheeks begin to glow and my frozen body slowly thaws up. Sweet waterpipe scent is in the air. It smells like apple tangerine.

I warm my hands on a hot Turkish tea served in a playful teacup. It is no bigger than a thimble. In addition there is sticky baklava, a sugar-sweet puff pastry with chopped nuts.

Through the window pane, I watch the hustle and bustle on the street and lose myself in my daydreams …

Thick clouds of mist surround the minarets of the Sultan Ahmed Mosque. The gray, gloomy sky looks dramatic and an icy wind whistles through the streets of the old town. Clattering cold creeps under my clothes. This is Istanbul in winter! Melancholic and at the same time fascinating. Mystical and enchanting like an oriental winter fairy tale.

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