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Nadia El Ferdaoussi
21 November 2019
If you’re looking for a budget break this winter, want to browse the Christmas markets in Europe or fancy visiting a new city for a quick weekend away, this is your go-to guide for where to go and why.

Where to go and why?

Stroll through the cobblestone streets, climb Arthur’s Seat, visit Edinburgh Castle and try newly awarded Michelin Bib Gourmand starred restaurant Merienda for great quality food.

Visit the capital of Poland’s Christmas markets during the month of December. There’s one close to the Palace of Culture and Science (well worth a visit to the top for views of the city) and another in Castle Square in front of the Royal Castle. Try traditional pierogies, warm up with a mulled wine and don’t forget to load your An Post Money Currency Card with Polish Zloty to make spending even easier.

Avoid the spring/summer rush and visit the city of romance with its twinkling Eiffel Tower (more hours of darkness equal more opportunities to visit when it’s quieter) during winter when accommodation prices are much cheaper. Go ice skating at La Grande Arche at La Défense or Le Grand Palais des Glaces by night, enjoy hot chocolate in real Parisian cafés (try Angelina), stroll through the marché de Noël or experience a ‘Frozen Celebration’ at Disneyland Paris.

Road trip to a fairy-tale kingdom taking in Bavaria’s Romantic Road and visit magical towns with year-round Christmas villages. Pick up a rental car and visit Neuschwanstein Castle in Fussen, the inspiration behind the Sleeping Beauty in Disneyland with all its towers and turrets. Take in one of the most picturesque towns in Europe - Rothenburg ob der Tauber, ride the cable car up to Germany’s highest peak, Zugspitze, eat in a traditional Alpine lodge and of course visit the home of the traditional Christkindlmarkt.

Milan, Venice and Rome are all much easier to navigate without summer’s crowds.

Milan is world famous for shopping and it’s the perfect activity no matter the weather, but the winter sales make it even more appealing. Take advantage of pre-theatre menus and enjoy an evening at the opera or ballet.

Venice looks even more romantic in low winter sunlight. Enjoy a relatively empty Piazza San Marco and pay much less for a gondola ride on the canals.

See the Colosseum, Spanish Steps and Trevi Fountain in Rome without the crowds. Go wine tasting or take a cookery class, both will keep you warm with a bit of knowledge to take home too.

Some cities look even more magical during winter, twinkly lights, festive window displays and if you’re lucky a light dusting of snow really set the scene. Sometimes it’s nice to just wrap up and enjoy the crisp, fresh air while exploring a new place!

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