Europe can be really cold during the winter, so it makes sense to find a nice, cozy place where you can feel comfortable far away from home. Here are some of the finest cozy, romantic winter getaways in Europe.
Salzburg, AustriaAustria is a beautiful country, summer or winter. And Salzburg is probably the most recognized and visited place in the country. Summer is the main festival season in the city, but winter is not that far behind. Salzburg turns into a romantic fantasy land this time of the year with the mountain peaks and the old stone buildings wreathed in snow. You can browse through the traditional Christmas market if you arrive early, where you will lots of seasonal treats such as hot roasted chestnuts and mulled wine. Look out for the handmade crafts as well. Take the “Sound of Music” bus tour and visit the locations of this renowned movie. It will surely be a very romantic experience.
Budapest, Hungary – Budapest is the perfect city to visit during the winter, and that’s because of the relaxing thermal baths. Get cozy inside even as the weather outside reaches sub-zero. Try some of the natural healing treatments on offer. Many of the baths have stunning architecture inside. Appreciate their beauty even as you and your sweetie get cozy and enjoy the natural therapies.
PraguePrague is among the most romantic cities in Europe, but it’s quite special during the winter. Snow-covered spires and towers turn the city into a fairytale as the skyline is magically transformed into a perfect backdrop. The Prague Castle, with its courtyards, looks more romantic than ever. Get cozy in a café with some dumplings and pork, and of course coffee. You shouldn’t miss Czech beer either.
Barcelona, Spain – You should seriously consider visiting Barcelona if you can’t stand winter all that much. The weather here is much milder than in some other areas of the north, but the city hosts the coolest Christmas market you’ll find anywhere in Europe. And, of course, there are those stunning buildings of Gothic architecture and romantic streets and lanes.
Reykjavik, IcelandThe day is really short in Iceland’s capital during the winter, but there are plenty of romantic sights for you to see and experiences for you to enjoy during the day, as well as at night. Of course, the best of all is outside of Reykjavik. Go out of town to see the Northern Lights. Rarely will you be able to find something so splendorous and romantic as these sparkling lights—the wonder of nature! Within the city, you should check out the galleries and museums.