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. 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. But it can overwhelming to try and come up with a Europe itinerary when there are so many amazing places to visit! So we’ve created not one, but TWO detailed 2-week itineraries so you can make the most of your winter holidays in Europe. Just call us Santa Blogs! … Get it? The 2-week Northwestern Europe itinerary takes you from Copenhagen to Bremen to Amsterdam to Bruges to Brussels, and The Central Europe itinerary takes you from Vienna to Hallstatt to Cesky Krumlov to Prague. From Christmas Markets to castles, these itineraries have your winter holidays covered.
When we decided to visit Vienna, Austria for Christmas last year, we had one thing in mind: Christmas Markets! We wanted to eat and drink everything. And we did – but we also discovered so much more. We spent 3 full days exploring Vienna at Christmas, falling in love with the winding alleys in Old Town, the glamorous Coffee Cafes, the glittering palaces, and of course, the food! Soooo much food. Here’s your guide to everything you need to know about visiting Vienna at Christmas. Oh, and let us be the first to say: Frohe Weihnachten! That means “Merry Christmas.”
Hallstatt, Austria is a beautiful little village and UNESCO world heritage site nestled in the Austrian Alps. Hallstatt, Austria is a fairytale come to life. I’ve been dreaming of visiting this magical village ever since I first saw a picture of it, and I knew instantly that I wanted to visit in winter. I’m a mountains & snow girl, and there’s nothing more snowy and mountainy than a village on a lake in the Alps, right? We needed an excuse to share all of the stunning photos we took during our visit to Hallstatt in the winter, so we’ve compiled our favorites into one photo-heavy post – plus all the details you need to plan your own trip to Hallstatt, of course! Get ready for some drool-worthy winter wanderlust fuel. Also, swans.
25 Hours Hotel is a carnival themed boutique hotel in the heart of Vienna, Austria. Located in the Museum Quarter, Rathaus, and and Old Town, the location can’t be beat. The rooftop bar is a local favorite hangout, and a restaurant on site serves the most incredible breakfast buffet we’ve EVER had, ever. At incredibly reasonable mid-range prices, 25 Hours Hotel is the best boutique hotel in Vienna!
As budget travelers, we always look for a good hostel in each destination we visit. We’re happy to report that we found a gem in Vienna, Austria. Hostel Ruthensteiner is the oldest hostel in Vienna, and is considered one of the best hostels in Europe.