Make your own winter bucket list for Europe with our top 10 must-dos
Europe is known for Summer fun but Europe can be just as fun in Winter if you do it right! For many of us that haven’t experienced a true Winter, Europe is the place to go. Plus there are so many budget advantages to travelling in winter. So if the getting more bang for your buck thing doesn’t convince you to visit Europe in Winter, then hopefully this bucket list of Winter in Europe activities will change your mind!
See you in Europe xx
1. Aurora Borealis
This is a true bucket list item on every list. The Northern Lights paint the sky in an eerie green from November to April and as it is elusive and not guaranteed, chasing this enigma like phenomenon is even more fun. We recommend taking a tour that allows you to go as many times as you like until you see the Aurora Borealis.
Our pick | Reykjavik in Iceland
2. Christmas Markets
Definitely our favourite, Christkindlmarkts are a great way to experience a lively atmosphere in Europe during Winter. Plus if you are lucky, the snow will fall and make it feel like all the White Christmases Australians have witnessed only on TV as a myth! Christmas markets also serve up delicious local food at cheaper prices and smaller portions so you can sample a lot in a small time. And one last thing, mulled wine, need we say more?
Our pick | Dresden
The Austrian, Swiss, French, and Italian Alps are all stunning in their own ways and winter in Europe wouldn’t be the same without a visit. There is no better feeling in the world then waking up and looking out the window or walking out onto your balcony and being greeted by snowcapped mountains and snow dusted rooftops. Many of the popular ski resorts also have viewing platforms on top of the mountains that give breathtaking views over glacial valleys and the snowy peaks.
Our pick | Innsbruck
4. Winter sports
For all sports fanatics, hobbyists, or first-timers, Europe is a great place for winter sports. You can ski, snowboard, and cross-country ski at all resorts, with many lessons being given in English as well. If like us you have no sporting ability then you can toboggan or sled (which is so much fun), ice-skate, or partake in our favourite winter sport, Apres-ski.
Our pick | Zermatt, Switzerland
5. Thermal baths
Take advantage of the warm and natural thermal waters during the freezing times in Europe. Most people flock to either the thermal baths in Hungary or the thermal waters of Iceland to relax and enjoy the numerous health benefits and warmth of the water.
Our pick | Budapest, Hungary
6. Stay in a unique ice hotels
Igloo hotels, ice hotels, glass igloo hotels, and the list goes on. These are all the amazing accommodation options that are available only during winter. So if you want a stay that you can brag about for years, we recommend booking well in advance for one of these memorable stay options.
Our pick | Finland
7. Care for huskies
Take a week or even a month to care for the huskies in dog sled ranches around Europe. This makes for a unique and fun working holiday for the animal lover in everyone. Plus, you will get to experience the stunning winter atmosphere of Northern Europe countries.
Our pick | Lapland, Norway
8. Carnevale Venice
So you’ve seen those masks that everyone wears around the world to masquerade themed parties of all kinds. Did you know that they originated from Venice and that every year during February Venice celebrates Carnevale where many residents dress up in these masks and elaborate costumes? It’s a lively time to visit Venice during winter and a must see!
Our pick | Venice must-dos
9. New Year’s Dive
So we don’t know if this one is more of a bucket list or insane item but we do know that it is sure to revive you and jolt you into the new year. Every year, residents and tourists from far and wide flock to the shores of The Netherlands to participate in a New Year’s Dive into the nearby lakes or sea. What a refreshing way to cleanse the soul for a new year to come!
Our pick | Dive into the New Year in The Netherlands
10. Winter food
Hearty European food is best experienced during the freezing temperatures of winter. Warming Gluhwein, Christmas Market treats, fondue, and stew are just a few of the heart warming and stomach filling options. Plus those puffy winter jackets are perfect for hiding a few sneaky extra pounds!
Our pick | Christmas Market Food
We want to know what is on your winter bucket list!
Leave your bucket list items in the comments below xx