Vienna Christmas Market Panorama

Wonderful Winter Break Ideas

The summer is obviously the peak time that people take holidays, but more and more are beginning to plan a trip at the end of the year as well. Winter breaks can be great for searching out some much-needed sun in perennially warm climes or simply getting into the festive spirit as Christmas approaches.

For anyone wanting to do the latter, we have some exciting winter break options for you to choose from. Here are just a few that might tickle your tinsel.

German Christmas Markets

Berlin Xmas Market

When December rolls around, Christmas markets begin to crop up all over Europe, but nowhere more prolifically than Germany. As the traditional home of St Nick, Germany does Christmas celebrations particularly well and, every year, thousands of people flock to the country's stalls for souvenirs, hand-made gifts and traditional treats.

The major cities such as Munich, Berlin and Cologne will have multiple markets, which is perfect for finding a range of different niche items. However, the smaller towns are well worth a visit too. Places like Aachen, Baden-Baden and Rudesheim all have their own versions of these traditional, pop-up Christmas cheer workshops, each offering local specialities and excellent gift ideas.

Vienna City Break

Vienna In Winter

Vienna is beautiful all year round, but it is one of those cities that transforms in the winter. Museums, parks and the Schönbrunn, Belvedere and Hofburg palaces all look especially resplendent under a light dusting of snow. And the chances are it will snow, especially if you're travelling in January or February. But don't let this hold you back. Instead, you should embrace it, wrap up warm and do as the Viennese do; walk everywhere.

Go before Christmas and you'll be able to wander amongst the stalls at the quaint Vienna Christmas markets. Go in the New Year and you will be in time for Vienna's magical ball season, where anyone and everyone attends or hosts their own evening of dancing. You will also be able to enjoy a skating session at the Wiener Eistraum, which is open between the end of January and the beginning of March. Whatever time you choose to go, a winter trip to Vienna is not complete without warming up with a coffee at a few of the many cafes that grace the city.

Swedish Dogsledding

Dog Sledding

If you are looking for something a bit different this winter then this is perfect; especially if you love to be active during your trips. Fly off to Swedish Lapland, inside the Arctic Circle, and spend a week mushing across the frozen lakes as you drive your own team of huskies. On the first morning, you will be introduced to your dogs and given a short tutorial before the reins are handed over to you for the rest of the trip. Don't worry, it's pretty easy to grasp and there will be experienced mushers guiding you the whole way.

During your fantastic adventure, you will be able to admire the breathtaking scenery, spot wildlife and stay in a range of different types of accommodation. As well as wilderness lodges and cabins, you will also spend one night in a traditional Sami tent where you may be asked to help out with food preparation and wood collecting. Your journey through this winter wonderland will end with a tour of the famous Icehotel in Jukkasjarvi.

Why are we telling you this now? Well, it may be a while yet before winter arrives, but booking early will always provide benefits. Not only will you get a better deal, you'll have more time to look forward to your winter escape. Call us today for more information about our winter breaks.

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