10 Popular European Winter Holiday Destinations

06.01.2010 In: Travel destinations

If you are planning a winter trip, it's time to get booking. But first you must decide where you will go. Europe might be good choice for winter holiday destinations. An European tour which you can visit different places and meet different cultures might be a good adventure for you. Check my Popular European Winter Holiday Destinations list, before you decide to go holiday. Here we go.

All employees have for weeks of vacation every year. To go on vacation, while some prefer the winter months, others prefer the summer months. (But generally people summer months.) Each season is good.

When it comes to winter vacations, you have many options from which to choose. You can choose Europe, US, Asia or anywhere. But Europe has most popular winter vacations. Each city has different characteristics. Most important thing you should know is that each city may not be a place you will want to go for a holiday. Here you will find a guide to holiday destinations in Europe.

Florence, Italy

Florence city has powerful symbols of Italian and European culture. This city isn't a huge city, but it is known for its exceptional beauty and historic architecture. The city is an open-air exhibition of art and culture and famous worldwide, the heart of the Renaissance period. It has always captured the imagination of travelers, who have come seeking rooms.With its phenomenal art, Florence fascinates its visitors. Be ready to see some extremely awesome scenery in this city!

Piazzale Michelangelo, the Santa Croce and the Giardino di Boboli are some of the good attractions you won’t want to miss while you’re in the city.

What are there to see? Actually, I can't write here all of the good things in Florence. But if you go to Florence, you should absolutely visit Michelangelo's David, Palazzo Vecchio, The Loggia dei Lanzi, Uffizi Palace (Palazzo degli Uffizi), Uffizi Gallery, Duomo of Florence: Santa Maria del Fiore, Brunelleschi's Dome, Inside Giotto's Bell tower, Baptistery of Florence, Piazza della Signoria (Signoria Square), Accademia Gallery, Ponte Vecchio (Old bridge).

Florence still has the ability to surprise, with trendy bars, modern art and specialty shops. Florence is an amazing and wonderfull city that I can ever recommend for a holiday.

Rome, Italy

Don't you know where you want to go holidayThe capital city of Italy, Rome is one of the best cities to travel. The history of Rome as a city spans over 2.500 years. Rome was the centre of the Roman Empire. I think many people have watched a film which is about the Roman Empire. The place that hosted most of those films was Rome. Modern Rome is a bustling cosmopolitan metropolis, Italy's capital of politics, economy, media and one of the culture city for Italy.

This city is aromantic place and fascinates old stuff on nearly every street corner. For tourists and for shoppers the world over to think of Italy is to think of fashion. Rome will hit fashion lovers. This city has become a fashion capital as well with its haute couture (high-class tailor or alta moda) collections and endless boutiques.

You want to stay in Rome for 5 days or 5 weeks. You always should be prepared to step into the world’s biggest open air museum.

In Rome, there are always a lot of suprises for you. Depending your choices, Rome might be an amazing world for you or just a city to visit. If you decide to follow the typical tourist paths, ROme has good places and event for you. But if you can brave evough to choose other way, Rome may seduce you and this city will hardly leave you indifferent. Rome is one of world's most photogenic cities. Remember what's here: The Vatican, St Peter's Square, Spanish Steps, the Trevi Fountain and Colosseum... Not surprising, if Rome would be your favorite holiday destination.

Istanbul, Turkey

Big city Istanbul was crowned as best third city of Europe by the readers of one of the popular travel magazine "Travel & Leisure" in the year 2007.

Along the shores of the Bosporus, Istanbul is where Asia meets Europe, where East blends to West. Turkey's most populous city Istanbul has served as capital city to Ottoman empires for a long time before years, but now it's a postmodern metropolis of contrasts with several district articles containing sightseeing, restaurant, nightlife and accommodation listings. Istanbul is the cultural and financial center of Turkey. Population of Istanbul is estimated to be between 12 and 19 million people. This huge population makes it also the largest in Europe and one of the largest cities in the world.

It is really necessary to have long time to visit every sightseeing in Istanbul. It is impossible to see this city properly which ahs 2,000-year-old history. Most visitors go straight to the oldest districts of city such as Sultanahmet, Haghia Sophia, Topkapi Palace and the Blue Mosque. Most of visitors don't forget strait tours and eating fish and bread near the Bosphorus.

Vienna, Austria

Vienna is capital of the Republic of Austria. It's by far the largest city in the country as well as its economic, cultural and political centre. Austria's primary city Vienna's population is about 1.7 million.

Vienna was for centuries the main stamping grounds for the Habsburg rulers of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. Few cities in the world glide so effortlessly between the present and the past like Vienna. Grand imperial palaces, bombastic baroque interiors, museums flanking magnificent squares are some of the things that creates Vienna's splendid historical face. The city’s history and the buildings are only a backdrop for the daily culture that can still be found in the concert halls, opera houses, and cafes. Although its historical aspect, we don't forget that Vienna is also one of Europe’s most dynamic urban spaces. Museums, festivals, restaurants and night life infuses new energy into the city.

Vienna is well known worldwide as a city of music. Quality orchestras and ensembles are its seal of excellence. You must be heard the Vienna Concert Orchestra and the Vienna Symphony Orchestra. You should absolutely visit and listen these orchestras.

Athens, Greece

Athens the capital and largest city of Greece and it is one of the world's oldest cities, its history spans about 3,400 years. Athens's population is about 3.7 million.

You must be dream Athens as dream of summer holiday on the beach. Yes, you are right. Athens has beautiful beach and see.But Athens is also an excellent winter time choice as well. In Athens, there are a ton of free things to see, especially if you are a history or architecture buff.

Have you ever heard of the Acropolis of Athens? Acropolis is crowned by the iconic Parthenon temple, rises above the city. You can watch the sprawling modern metropolis. Conspicuously wealthier Athens is now more sophisticated cosmopolitan city. Athens fescinates its visitors with its vibrant street life and relaxed lifestyle.

Millions of tourists visit every year to Athens. If you plan to be one of them, you may need to pick up a good guidebook. Becausehere are many things to see.

London, United Kingdom

You must be heard that people say London wheather stinks and it is generally rainly and no one smiles. That may be true, but there must be something great, because poeple like this city very much.

London is the capital of England. London's population is about 8 million, but it is one of the largest metropolis in Europe and its prominence in the fields of commerce, finance, retail, politics, entertainment, and fashion. The city spreads across an area of more than 620 square miles from its core on the River Thames. London city is not an easy city for the visitors. You can lose yourself in London like in no other cities. Although London is a huge city, it is still the fastest-growing European city, which means the only certainty is that it will not stay still.

This city is filled with culture, history, shopping and entertainment. Maybe, it is one of the places that should be visited at least once in your life. I can't say that London is cheap, but there is always some ways to find bargains and affordable places to stay, have fun and stay.

The areas which located between the City of Westminster and the City of London host to most of the tourist attractions and entertainment areas.You can find there a number of world-class art galleries and museums. The National Gallery in Trafalgar Square , Leicester Square and The British Museum are good places to visit. The Tower Bridge is one of the other famous icon of London. Hyde Park is also worth checking out. It is a famous park in London, its largest, and is often the scene of major music events, concerts, and various recreational activities. There are the largest cinemas, restaurants, and cafes and is in London’s busiest areas. Afternoon Tea at Capital Restaurant would be great. St. James Park, Regent's Park, St. Pauls Cathedral, Buckingham Palace are other good places to visit.

Paris, France

Paris is the capital of France and the country's most populous city. It is the most glamorous city in Europe that well known with its romantic looks. From the Eiffel Tower to the Mona Lisa, all over the places and things in Paris smell magic, romance, and history.

Visit to Paris in Summer or Winter. Your visiting should include visiting, the saucy Pigalle district, climbing the steps to the Sacré Coeur in Montmartre, a strolling around the Place du Tertre, walking around Boulevard St. Michel, the Latin quarter - St. Germain, a climb to the top of Notre Dame Cathedral and the top of the Eiffel Tower. These daytrips make perfect time.

If you decieded to go to Paris, you should know that you discover a very special destination with warm and welcoming people, a place with fascinating history, architecture, and landscape. This city is one of the best travel destinations.

Prague, Czech Republic

Zlatá Praha, Golden Prague... Are these names familiar to you? Maybe. Prague which is capital and largest city of the Czech Republic has been known with these name for centuries. Prague is like a glittering jewel of art and architecture nestling snugly at the heart of Europe. I think it wouldn't be wrong when I that Prague is the home of emperors, kings, artists and astronomers. Some of famous musicians and writer such as Mozart, Dvorak and Kafka make Prague a magical city.

Most of people who visit to Prague take The Old town Square, Municipal House, Museum of Czech Cubism, Museum of Decorative Arts, Josefov, Astronomical Clock, Wenceslas Square, Lucerna Palace, Mucha Museum, National Theatre, National Museum, River Vltava and Prague City Museum into their list. These are a summary of the main attractions in Prague. But this city is far more than just another pretty city. Spending a night at the opera, visiting an art gallery, participating in open mic poetry performances, taking in and dancing to your favourite genre of music must stay in your holiday plan, if you go to Prague. Walking tour of Prague Castle, visiting Petrin Tower (Little Eiffel Tower), walking over Charles Bridge, taking a guided tour of the Jewish Quarter including the Old Jewish Cemetery could stay in your list.

Barcelona, Spain

Planning to travel to Barcelona, Spain? Good idea. Barcelona is the second largest city in Spain in both size and population. This city offers to its visitors a lot of interesting sights.

If you take a look to the history of Barcelona, you see that this city contains 4th century remnants of the Roman Empire, Romanesque churches, and a whole Gothic neighborhood replete with Cathedral, plazas, streets and churches from the 13th – 15th centuries. That means there must be a a lot of structures to visit. Museums, theatres, and art galleries and more are always there if you plan to go to Barcelona.

If you love architecture, Barcelona is the city indeed. Roman walls, Museu d´historia de la ciutat, Santa Maria del Mar (best gothic church), Museu Picasso, Museu Nacional d´Art de Catalunya and more than I can write will be staying in Barcelona. Las Ramblas is one of the best place to watch people, stroll or just relax. Sagrada Familia is an amazing structure that you really should see.

Barcelona is a Mediterranean city. Not only because of its geographic location. Its history, tradition and cultural influences make this city a Mediterranean city.

Barcelona (generally all of Spain) has a different atmosphere. One of the most important part of Spain is Flamenco. (It is my best style that you may like.) You can visit some plenty bars and restaurants around Placa Reial. This city is like a carnaval.

Munich, Germany

Think about a city covered with black and golden colors. This city is Munich. It is the capital city of Bavaria and one of the largest city of Germany with a population of more than 2.4 million people. It is located on the River Isar north of the Bavarian Alps. Wonderfully charming 800-year-old Munich is the home of the world-famous Oktoberfest.

Munich has many famous buildings for you to visit such as Rathaus (the new Town Hall), Altes Rathaus (old Town Hall), Karlstor Stachus, Olympiaturm (Olympic Tower), Nymphenburg Castle.

The English Garden is among favourite places to spend your time in Summer. Cycling tours along the Isar are loved by many people. Munich has something to offer to everyone, be it culture, beer gardens, hi-tech, night-life, shopping, parks and greenery, architecture or the skiing and sailing close by.