Our favorite time of the year to travel in Europe is during the winter. As the weather gets colder, the Christmas markets come to life, snow begins to fall, and it’s the perfect time to throw on cozy sweaters, puffy coats, and winter boots and wander through cobblestoned back alleys. With just two weeks of travel time, you can fully experience and immerse yourself in some of the best winter destinations in Europe. It’s developed into a bit of a habit, actually: after just a few trips, the idea of Christmas without Christmas Markets just feels empty, meaningless, and devoid of calories.
Europe in the winter isn’t high season, which means fewer crowds and cheaper prices. But it’s also not low season, so you can expect most tourist attractions to remain open to visitors. Plus, you’ll get to try activities that the summer crowds won’t get to experience, like Christmas markets, holiday decorations, traditional winter foods, and ice skating!
There are SO many countries in Europe and can be overwhelming to try and come up with an itinerary. So in this post, we’ve compiled not one, but TWO detailed 2-week itineraries so you can make the most of your winter holidays in Europe. Just call us Itinerary Santa. Blog Santa? Ooh, Santa Blogs! Get it? Cuz it rhymes with Santa Clause! … I’ll stop.
Fair warning: This is a MASSIVE post. Like… nearly 10,000 words long. We just want you to be prepared. So grab a glass of wine or a cup of coffee or whatever your preferred in-depth-travel-research beverage of choice is, and settle in! Here’s what we’re covering in this our winter Europe itinerary:
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Psst: Looking for even more resources for planning your trip to Europe in the winter? We link to a bunch of our related posts throughout this one, but here are some of the most popular ones:
- Europe in Winter Packing List: 32 Backpacking Essentials for Him & Her
- 12 Charming Things to Do in Copenhagen in Winter
- 12 Delightful Things to Do in Prague in December & January
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Printable Europe in Winter Packing List
This FREE printable packing list will help make sure you don't forget anything for your trip to Europe this winter. Enter your email & we'll send you the PDF, plus our favorite travel tips for visiting Europe in the winter.
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