Even though it is difficult to fight the desire to stay bundled up inside your home as soon as the temperature outside drops, there are many beautiful places to visit and enjoy the charms of winter. From taking part in interesting winter exclusive activities to indulging in luxurious spa resorts, it is certain that every member of the family will find something spellbinding. So, put on your coziest sweater and furry socks, and get planning your latest adventure! To help with the search for the perfect winter getaway, we have compiled a list of the top 4 places that should be on every winter enthusiast’s bucket list.
1. Bavarian Alps, Germany
From touring magical valleys covered with powder snow, to visiting some of the most renowned castles, it seems as the Bavarian Alps in Germany is a timeless favorite of every travelling junkie. Even though at first glance Bavaria might associate people with sausages and good-old German beer, it is certain that this wonderful part of Germany has a lot more to offer. Whether you are into extensive hiking, sleigh riding, snow archery, or skiing, it seems as the Alps have it all. In addition, the Zugspitze, Germany’s highest peak is located on the Bavarian Alps. Even though there are a lot of fun winter activities to choose from, it is evident that skiing remains one of the most popular choices among tourists. Luckily, the ski runs in the area are fitted for both beginners and people of more advanced levels alike, so there is something for everybody. Also, if you need a quick break from the piercing cold, try relaxing in one of the high-end spas located nearby!
2. Nagano, Japan
Home to the iconic Japanese macaques (also dubbed “snow monkeys“) and the next perfect destination option to enjoy the magic of winter, Nagano should certainly be on your “must see” list. Visitors from all around the world come with their families to see the only troop of monkeys in the world famous for bathing in the steaming hot springs. In fact, the iconic monkeys live in the Jigokudani Monkey Park, and the best thing is that there is nothing separating you and the wild animals! So, it is a once in a lifetime experience to observe these interesting mammals. Skiing and snowboarding lovers should be excited by the fact that the area is home to at least thirty top quality ski resorts. Nevertheless, more experienced travelers recommend visiting Shiga Kogen, the largest ski resort in Japan. Worried about how you are going to organize the whole trip and keep your sanity? If you are looking for a convenient and safe way to travel, then consider Japan holiday packages, which offer organized ski holidays for the busy traveler. Besides Hakuba, there are options to visit the magnificent Nozawa Onsen and the breath-taking Naeba.
3. Aspen, Colorado
Moviegoers might remember the gorgeous slopes of Aspen from the blockbuster movie Dumb and Dumberer, but it is certain that this world-class winter destination is more than just a winter getaway. Skiers and snowboarders of all experience levels are welcome to enjoy their stay in any of the high-class resorts nearby. If you find skiing boring, and you want to try out other winter activities in Aspen, then consider snowshoeing or ice skating. After a day’s worth of playing around in the snow and socializing, visitors can try out any of the extravagant spa centers available. Of course, a productive day also comes with an increase in appetite levels. Luckily, the renowned are offers top quality cheeseburgers and amazing smoked-ribs suitable for everyone’s taste palates.
4. Reykjavik, Iceland
From the once in a lifetime chance to witness the gorgeous Northern Lights to enjoying a couple of days fooling around either skiing, snowmobiling, or ice fishing, it seems as Reykjavik in Iceland offers the ultimate winter wonderland experience. Fun fact: Did you know that the stunning scenery of Reykjavik was used as the backdrop multiple times in the famous Game of Thrones show? Besides its Hollywood fame, many tourists from all around the world come to Iceland to hunt the Northern Lights, also called aurora borealis. Even though it can be seen even in the seasons from autumn to spring, the best chance to catch a glimpse of the view is during the cold evening in the winter months. In addition to the Northern Lights, tourists come to Reykjavik to enjoy their stay cross-country skiing and snowboarding. Even though the ski resorts aren’t as popular or big as other options around the world, visitors like it due to the fact that it is almost never overcrowded. At the end of the day, satisfied tourists can retreat from the cold and visit any of the lavish natural hot springs.
In brief, get out of your comfort zone, pack your bags and embark on an icy adventure. Take this time to replenish your energy and have some fun with your closest family members or friends.