Who doesn’t love winters? Well, I do, of course, the winter season brings out a new me. New vibes come along this time of the year. Well, and you know what’s more exciting? Traveling to the best places to visit in winter doesn’t matter alone or with someone else.
While you travel across the best winter destinations in the year-end, you witness several more unreal landscapes that just catches your attention at first damn sight! Speaking personally, I’m a big fan of winters, and traveling in winters is just like looking at a way more upgraded version of landscapes and cities. I embrace the snow and enjoy the chilled weather much more than the sweaty summers.
So for you, I’m gonna mention the 10 most splendid places to visit in winter in the world this year.
You may or may not be a winter admirer but I’m sure traveling in winter somehow gives you the vibes that are not similar to the summers(in positive terms).
Tell us in comments, which winter destination you would love to visit from these ones 🙂
So here are the best travel destinations for you to visit in winters this year:
1. Hallstatt, Austria
Located in the district of Gmunden in Austria, Hallstatt is a perfect little paradise for those who are convinced by the beauty of snow and its charm. Doesn’t matter if you want to see wooden houses or a mirror-lake surrounded by mountains, Hallstatt has got all those for you. Well, it is one of the picks that I would prioritize while picking up my winter bucket list. That’s the reason why it is my first recommendation for you too.
Things To Do in Hallstatt, Austria: Lake Hallstatt Stroll, Dachstein Ice Cave, Hallstatt Salt mine*, Market Square, 5 Fingers lookout point.
* Price for Hallstatt Salt Mine (in EUR):
Language Spoken: German
Travel Tip: Try to speak in the Native German Language as little as you can, this way the natives will be glad to connect with you.
2. Lapland, Finland
Things to do in Lapland, Finland: Aurora Borealis, Skiing, Levi Ice Gallery, Sauna, Raindeer Experience.
Languages Spoken: Finnish and Sami
Currency: The Euro
Travel Tip: Do not Forget Bodywarmers, Thermal underwear, etc. Outside can be minus 30 degrees, if you don’t want to ruin your trip by shivering in chilled weather then make sure to get yourself enough warm clothes and accessories.
3. Auli, Uttarakhand, India
From December to March, Auli becomes a paradise for snow lovers and sports enthusiasts. Major Tourists attraction include skiing and numerous other snow activities which brings joy. Find the Himalayas surrounding while getting completely indulged in the charisma of this hill station in Uttarakhand. Auli is one of the best destinations in India for ski Lovers. Auli skiing often goes together for the natives for the reason that has gained such huge popularity among the tourists as winters paradise.
Things to do in Auli, Uttarakhand: Skiing, Auli Artificial Lake, Kuari Pass Trek, Chenab Lake, Nanda Devi National Park.
Languages Spoken: Hindi, Garhwali, English
Currency: INR(Indian National Rupee)
4. Schloss Neuschwanstein, Germany
This Fairytale lookalike castle looks fully unreal, and it is said that it had inspired one of the Disney castles too. Located on a hill above the village of Hohenschwangau in South-west Bavaria, Schloss Neuschwanstein’s beauty enhances, even more, when the surrounding forest gets covered in snow during the winters. (just like in the above picture..)
Things to do near Schloss Neuschwanstein: Hike Along Pollat Gorge, Paragliding
Languages Spoken: German
Travel Tip: Children under the age of 18 can visit the castle without any ticket fee. While the adults have to pay an amount of 13 Euros(with guided tours)
Fact For You: The Neuschwanstein Castle is built for Kind Ludwig II who didn’t want any other to visit this castle but he slept only 11 days here and died before its completion.
5. Queenstown, New Zealand
Queenstown is an amazing destination to visit during the year-end. Located at the shore of the beautiful Lake Wakatipu, this astonishing place is the ultimate home to the adventure bucket list. Activities like Bungee Jumping, Sky Diving, Skiing, Jet boating go all year round. This is quite a well-known destination among tourists so chances are you can witness a good amount of tourists in Queenstown.
Things to do in Queenstown, New Zealand: Climb Queenstown Hill, Moke Lake, Adventure Sports.
Language Spoken: English, Maori
Currency: New Zealand Dollar
Travel Tip: Book your Accommodation in advance, regardless of the numerous accommodations available, Queenstown gets booked up quickly in winters and summers.
6. Northern Lights, Iceland
Iceland is one of the best places in the world to see these northern lights which are also known as Aurora Borealis. It is said that the best time to spot these northern lights is during solar maximum when the sun is at the most active point in the 11 year cycle.
Well, it is a cliche’ item in the bucket list of every traveler i.e. To Gaze at the Northern Lights and winters is the season to spot these so why not fulfill the fantasy this winters! Head over to Iceland to experience some of the best sights of Aurora Borealis. Some of the places where you can spot these: Near Reykjavik, Near Hella, Near
Snæfellsjökull National Park, Rauðasandur Beach, Blue Lagoon, Walk on the Black Sand.
in winters like no one can ever imagine. There are some of the other places in Europe too that are pretty much amazing but what separates the Prague city from the rest of the places in Europe are the snow-covered architectures that cannot be seen like this anywhere else.
You’ll find less expensive accommodation in Prague, and the low crowd which is a good thing, personally saying.
Things to do in Prague, Czech Republic: Visit the Christmas Market, Drink Czech Beer, Ice Skating.
Languages Spoken: Czech and some English
Currency: Czech Koruna
Travel Tips: Avoid Cabs and Taxis as they scam the tourists, Book a Uber instead!
In Prague, Bear is Cheaper than water. This city has highest consumption of Beer in the world.
8. New York City, USA
Things to do in New York City, USA: Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree, Lookout on Holiday windows, Christmas Chinatown Visit.
Languages Spoken: English
Travel Tip: Give a good time to explore the new york city. For me, around 5-6 days is good to go to have a great experience in this amazing place.
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9. Alberta, Canada
In the winter season, Alberta becomes a complete winter adventure spot for tourists. Natural Beauty will be like you haven’t seen anywhere before in your lifetime. Home to 6 UNESCO World Heritage sites, Alberta is a place to spot some of the amazing lake views. Go for ice skating on Lake Louise, I’m sure you’re gonna love it 🙂
Things to do in Alberta, Canada: Banff, Ice Climbing, Canyon Ice Walk.
Languages Spoken: Majorly English
Travel Tip: Bring your own food items before visiting Lake Louise as you’ll find the food expensive.
10. Shirakawa, Japan
Shirakawa, Japan is really cold in winter but is the best season to visit this place. Snow starts falling around Mid-December and the whole place turns into a magical winter beauty. To make this experience even more amazing the village organizes special light-up events on selected Sunday and Monday evenings in January and February that attracts numerous tourists from all around the world.
Things to do in Shirakawa-go, Japan: Sleep in a gassho house, Gokayama, Bath in Shirakawa-go no Yu.
Languages Spoken: Japanese and some English
Currency: Japanese Yen