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TRAVEL: 6 Of The Best Winter City Breaks

 

 

Monday, 16 November 2015

When the nights are dark and stormy and the winter winds are blowing outside, sometimes you'd rather cuddle up on the sofa rather than go travelling. However, if you bundle up and book a flight the winter months can actually be a fantastic time to travel…  

 

You'll usually find fewer crowds, better prices on hotels, flights and a chance to experience a city from a different perspective. In the winter months the snow and ice transforms many locations into atmospheric winter wonderlands. So, what are some of the best cities to visit during the winter months? TRULY Experiences, the UK's leading providers of luxury gifts for men and women, guide us through the top six winter city breaks.

 

 

Tallinn

TALLINN | ESTONIA

When snow and frost covers the cobbled streets and Gothic towers of Tallinn's Old Town, you'll feel like you are walking through a magical fairy-tale. During the winter there is a lot happening here, including a lively Christmas market and a Christmas Jazz Festival. If you visit during February, you will be right in time for the Tallinn Winter Festival, which features several talented musicians from Estonia and around the world.

 

BATH | UK

The city of Bath has a lovely and magical appeal during Christmastime and you'll be enchanted by the Christmas market, set within the Georgian town square. During late November, the Holburne Museum hosts the impressive Lantern Procession and you can also skate on the outdoor ice rink or visit the Apres Ski bar for some cider, mulled wine and Alpine-inspired cuisine. At the end of a chilly winter day exploring Bath, you can warm your bones with a dip in the famous historic Roman Baths.

Hokkaido

ST. PETERSBURG | RUSSIA

In this gorgeous Russian city, winter is cold and beautiful, whilst the frozen rivers and canals create the ideal setting for a romantic walk with your special someone. You can wrap up nice and warm and take a troika ride with your sweetheart through the park. There are many events happening in St. Petersburg in the winter, including concerts, street parties, operas and ballets. Watch a Stravinsky or a Tchaikovsky at the Mariinsky Theatre or go to Palace Square for a concert.

 

HOKKAIDO | JAPAN

Hokkaido is home to the Sapporo Snow Festival, which is the best known winter festival in Japan. It takes place in early February and features gigantic snow sculptures that are truly impressive works of art. The sculptures are illuminated at night, creating a very surreal, dreamlike atmosphere.

Salzburg Winter

SALZBURG | AUSTRIA

This city is ridiculously pretty in the snow and there is a lot of fascinating architecture and history to explore in its UNESCO World Heritage Site Old Centre. Check out Hohensalzburg Fortress, which was built in 1077 and is a landmark of the city. Or, you can visit Mozart Square, which is home to a statue of the famous composer. Don't miss the gorgeous Baroque cathedral, which has many stucco swirls and paintings inside as well as the beautiful Gothic font where Mozart was baptised.

 

ROVANIEMI | FINLAND

This city is known for being the "official" residence of Santa Claus, making it a great destination to visit with children. The man himself can be found in the Arctic Circle grotto and it is free to visit him, although taking photos with Old Saint Nick will cost you. You'll also see plenty of snow and reindeer around. The temperatures will be freezing, so pack plenty of warm clothes!

 

TRULY Experiences curate the world's most extraordinary experiences, from cocktails for two in London, to summiting an active volcano in Italy.

 

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Tallinn, Estonia

Hokkaido, Japan

Salzburg, Austria