10 cities in Europe to visit in winter

Why wait until summer to travel? The winter months offer the opportunity to discover destinations which are unexpectedly appealing when covered in snow and frost. Here are our top 10 European cities to visit in winter.

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1. StrasbourgVisit one of the most beautiful Christmas markets in France, go shopping and sample some typical Alsatian delicacies. A treat for the taste buds!2. AbiskoAbisko, found in the far north of Sweden, is a unique place to see the Northern Lights. Wrap up warm and set off for an unforgettable winter stay!3. BudapestThe beautiful Hungarian capital is known for its thousand-year-old thermal baths. Bathe in the hot springs and enjoy a spa break in the middle of winter.4. ParisThe City of Light is a must-visit destination in any season! In winter, take in the illuminations and, if snow falls, the splendid landscape of Montmartre hill covered in a beautiful white blanket.5. SalzburgWith its castles, fortress and picturesque old town, the birthplace of Mozart is an even more magical fairytale setting in the snow!6. Saint PetersburgHead for St Petersburg if you aren't afraid of the cold. The frozen canals and famous snow-covered churches and museums are a feast for the eyes.7. AnnecyClose to the largest alpine winter sports resorts, Annecy's charming alleyways and its famous lake show another side in the calm of winter.8. GranadaDo you want to escape the wintry weather in the UK? Fly to Granada, and discover the Alhambra and its breathtaking view of the snow-covered Sierra Nevada, far from the hordes of tourists.9. RovaniemiMeet Father Christmas at his home in Finnish Lapland! Located in the Arctic Circle, visit Santa's famous village and take a reindeer-drawn sleigh ride: a truly unique experience!10. TallinnYour stay in Tallinn is a cultural experience! Stroll through the snow-covered streets of the medieval old town and take a musical break at one of the many festivals and concerts that take place in winter.