The seasons are changing once more; we say farewell to the soothing wake-up call of the sun rising early in the morning, the abundance of sunglasses and throwing on our clothes with no thought of our body temperature. Instead we get to wrap up in our comfiest chunky knitwear, enjoy copious cups of hot chocolate and spend many a night curled in front of a toasty fire. All to be enjoyed as you bear witness to an already beautiful city become transformed into a perfectly picturesque winter wonderland. Winter celebrations brighten up the darkest months of the year all over the world,
Winter Wonderland No.1…Prague, Czech Republic
Whilst Prague is a popular tourist destination in summer, the city seems to radiate a different glow during the winter. Not only do you find the street will become less crowded but accommodation will also become more affordable through the cold seasons. With a variety of festive activities; ice-skating rinks, Christmas delicacies and a Christmas Market make this a great Winter Wonderland destination.
Winter Wonderland No.2…Munich, Germany
Wintertime is especially enjoyable in Munich, as centuries-old traditions are played out for the locals and tourists to enjoy across the city. The Christkindlmarkt in Munich’s famous Marienplatz is the perfect place to grab festive treats for yourself and the whole party to enjoy! Handcrafted mugs filled with delicious spiced mulled wine, elaborate gingerbread houses and artisanal children’s toys are all commonplace at this traditional market.
Winter Wonderland No.3… Salzburg, Austria
Finally, if you are on the hunt for a more active winter wonderland location head to Salzburg; there is skiing, snowboarding and outdoor ice-skating at the Grossarltal Recreation Center. For a more traditional take on a city break, head to the old town to feast your eyes on the baroque architecture that becomes all the more striking thanks to the dusting of Alpine snow. The birthplace of Mozart and a long-time entry point into the Alps for winter sports enthusiasts, a stay in Salzburg is a feast for all the senses. There is little better in terms of warming winter food than the Austrian version of pancakes, Kaiserschmarrn, especially when washed down with a Viennese hot chocolate. We’re hungry just thinking about it!
Holiday Inn Express Folkestone is the closest hotel in the city to the Channel Tunnel; so wherever your road trip takes you, enjoy a comfortable night sleep with us along the way.