Is summer not your thing? Or are you looking to head to Europe in the off-season for a cheaper trip. Or are you just wanting to see Europe in a different light as you have already been in the summer?

I’ve got you covered! Here are a few cities that are great to visit during winter.

Amsterdam, The Netherlands

By Ineke Huizing from Alphen aan den Rijn, the Netherlands (Amsterdam_winter-33) [CC BY 2.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons
Just look at the picture off to the side. Doesn’t it look amazing? Now keep in mind Amsterdam is known for being that crazy party city where you can get high and not be on the wrong side of the law but if you visit in winter you will avoid the crowds and be about to explore the city in a different nature.

Snow covered streets, roof tops and house boats just make this city look so inviting in winter. After a wander though the streets you can always stop into a local pub and grab a warm meal and a drink.

Another great thing is that if you are making a quick trip to Europe and including Amsterdam then most of the attractions you can see in summer are still open in winter but they won’t be packs with tourists.

Salzburg, Austria

By Roberto Ferrari (originally posted to Flickr as Panorama #1) [CC BY-SA 2.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons
I don’t think any explanation is really needed here is it!

But if you don’t know about Salzburg then here it is. Salzburg is probably the easiest main city that you can stay in while still having easy access to a mountain to ski or snowboard on. A quick walk or bus ride to the city border will get you to where you need to go so you can get up the mountain.

Not many places in the world have this option. It’s either A you live on the mountain and spend a fortune to do it or you stay an hour away from the mountain.

Salzburg is also an amazing city to stay in with countless restaurant and pubs. The main city attractions stay open in winter like the Burg and the spas and saunas. It’s also a fantastic town to stroll around during the day.

Venice, Italy

Ever thought of Venice without 1000′s of tourists and dirt cheap hotel prices? Impossible you say? Not at all if you visit during winter as long as you stay away during the Christmas and New Years week.

Just like all the other cities I mentioned all the attractions are still open like St. Mark’s Square (Piazza San Marco), St. Mark’s Basilica (Basilica San Marco), the Bell Tower (Campanile), and the Doge’s Palace (Palazzo Ducale).

Restaurants also drop their prices and a gondola ride with the snowy canals is truly something magical.

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