Best Winter Vacations in Europe

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Best Winter Vacations in Europe

In winter, Europe transforms into a wonderland of snow-capped mountains, cozy fireplaces, and holiday magic. If you’re looking for a unique winter escape, Blue Ribbon Travel is your trusted companion in tailor-made, luxury vacations.

Our experts have put together a list of destinations to consider for your next winter vacation:

Swiss Alps, Switzerland

Zermatt town with Matterhorn peak in Mattertal, Switzerland, at dawn

The Swiss Alps is a paradise for winter sports enthusiasts, offering unparalleled skiing opportunities. When you’re not shredding the slopes, you can simply immerse yourself in the alpine atmosphere. You’ll almost think you’ve stumbled into a fairytale.

Austrian Christmas Markets, Austria

Christmas market in Vienna

Inhale the scent of mulled wine mingling with gingerbread. Austrian Christmas Markets are a nostalgic journey back in time, rich in holiday tradition. Don’t just listen to others talk about it — experience the magic for yourself by visiting Austria this winter.

Lapland, Finland

White reindeer in the snow.

Witness the spellbinding Northern Lights, take a husky safari, or visit Santa Claus himself! A true winter haven, Lapland is a whimsical experience not to be missed.

Vienna, Austria

Traditional Christmas Market in Vienna

Vienna is a land of classical music and grandeur. Attend captivating concerts or tour historic palaces. Elegant Christmas markets add a festive flair, offering hand-crafted gifts and seasonal treats. 

Prague, Czech Republic

 View of the old town square of Prague, Czech Republic, with the traditional Christmas Market and snowfall

Prague is a city with an age-old charm that only gets better with a winter backdrop. Enjoy the romantic atmosphere of the city while indulging in hearty Czech cuisine like pork roast and dumplings. 

Krakow, Poland

Old city center view in Krakow

Discover the cultural heart of Poland during the holiday season. Krakow’s charming squares and historical buildings become stages for Christmas festivities and traditional Polish customs. 

Scottish Highlands, Scotland

Composite image of red deer stag in Majestic Alpen Glow hitting mountain peaks in Scottish Highlands during stunning Winter landscape sunrise

Ever fancied a cozy retreat, complete with roaring fires? The Scottish Highlands offer this and more. Sample fine Scotch whisky, hike through snowy landscapes, and forget the world exists. This is solitude at its wintry best.

Norwegian Fjords, Norway

Aurora Borealis. Northern Lights. View on the house in the Hamnoy village, Lofoten Islands, Norway. Landscape in winter time. Mountains and water.

Discover the tranquility of the Norwegian Fjords. Indulge in the Nordic culture of comfort and coziness, often referred to as ‘hygge’, and enjoy winter activities like sledding or skiing. Whatever you’re into, Norway will make you fall in love with winter.

Budapest, Hungary

Budapest, Hungary - Aerial view of the snowy Fisherman's Bastion with Szechenyi Chain Bridge and St. Stephen's Basilica at background on a snowy winter morning

Who said you had to be cold in winter? In Budapest, you can relax in the warmth of thermal baths as snowflakes fall around you. When you’re done, you can skate on the city’s majestic ice rinks or delve into Budapest’s rich history. Either way, winter adds an extra layer of mystique to this already enchanting city.


Northern lights in Mount Kirkjufell Iceland with a man passing by

Navigate through ice caves, soak in geothermal pools, and let the Northern Lights take your breath away. Iceland turns into an arctic playground during winter, promising adventures that are truly larger than life.

Brussels, Belgium

Christmas tree in a crowded square surrounded by illuminated historic buildings at night. Brussels, Belgium.

Stroll through bustling Christmas markets and lose yourself in the heavenly aromas of Belgian waffles and chocolates. In Brussels, indulgence is everything.

Bavaria, Germany

Winter landscape in the Franconian Switzerland, Goessweinstein (Gößweinstein) at dusk

Delight your palate with hearty winter dishes like sausages and sauerkraut, sip on mulled wine, and immerse yourself in the bustling Bavarian markets. Did we mention the beer? 


Ready to trade winter blues for winter wonders? Call our travel experts on (718) 550-4065 to book your dream European winter vacation.



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