If you want to get away from the dark UK winter months, why not travel to some of the most beautiful winter wonderland destinations across the globe? Some locations are particularly picturesque during this time, and a trip away with your loved ones can really help to lift spirits. From Munich to Milan, here are some of the places to add to your must-see list.
If you have never explored the side streets off the canals, sipped coffee in one of independent cafes or witnessed the fairy-tale architecture of Amsterdam, there is no better time to do it than in winter. Glowing with festive cheer during the colder months, the Dutch capital is simply stunning in white. When they are dusted in snowflakes, Vondelpark and Westerpark are even more beautiful. Plus, you can even sometimes ice-skate on the frozen canals. Explore the incredible winter markets, sample all the hearty food and get cosy in one of the many pubs by hopping on a flight with VistaJet to see this beautiful location.
Have you ever had the desire to try curling in the open air? If so, you can fulfil your wish in Germany, as the Nymphenburg Palace canal turns into Munich’s longest curling track. Due to the shallowness of the water, an icy cover forms across the 500 metres between Gerner Bridge and Hubertusstraße, meaning that both beginners and experts can hone their skills. Once you have finished that activity, you can begin to take a leisurely stroll around the old town to take in some of the magnificent sights. From the tower of Old St Peter’s Church, you will be able to see the entire city centre – as well as the Alps – which is even more mesmerising covered in snow.
Italy provides the perfect balance of great food, passionate locals and wonderful architecture. If you visit Milan in winter, you can expect cultural events to be in full swing. From The Nutcracker performances at the opera house to winter markets in the main square, there is plenty to do to keep you busy. Wander around the centre of Milan and visit the Duomo, which is considered one of the most imposing masterpieces of Gothic architecture in the world, before stopping by one of the many pizzerias to re-fuel. If you would like to hit the slopes, there is always the option to do that in Milan, too. Head to one of the many ski resorts in the area, some of which are located only a short car ride from the centre.
There are few places – if any – that are more magical than Antarctica. While the majority of the continent is covered in ice, on your visit you can still expect a diverse landscape that includes active volcanoes and blue glaciers. Look out for humpback whales and emperor penguins, and take in the stunning 360-degree views of untouched snow. If you want a truly memorable trip, this winter wonderland destination should definitely be on your list.
Canada – and more specifically, Banff National Park – makes for a perfect winter wonderland destination. Established in the late 1880s, this park is known for its incredible mountain views, relaxing hot springs and amazing geological formations. If you’re a huge fan of outdoor sports, you can also participate in a number of activities such as snowboarding, snowshoeing, ice skating and skiing. For pretty views of the Canadian Rockies, ensure that you take the Banff gondola up to the Sulphur Mountains. From the top, you will be able to see Mount Rundle, The Bow River and the town centre itself.
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