Winter can be a playful, cuddly, and magical experience!
For many of us, summer is when life starts to feel really good. We love to feel the rays hitting our skin, getting a tan, hitting the beach, or simply imbibing the freshness that comes from sheer summer happiness.
But actually, there are a number of cities in Europe that are even more magical in winter than summer. Well, that's not to say that you shouldn't see them in summer! We're just here to shed some light on incredible spots that you may be overlooking when it comes to your winter vacation or trip.
With that, we encourage you to grab your favourite Aphrodite escort and enjoy all that these European cities have to offer.
Vienna, the capital city of Austria, has a long history. In fact, its intellectual legacy was shaped by artists and professionals such as Mozart, Beethoven, and Sigmund Freud. It's a city that's well-known for its imperial palaces, museums, historic and contemporary buildings, and art.
Fact: did you know that Vienna was voted as the best city in Europe by the Readers' Choice Awards? Indeed, it's a city that can and should be frequented, no matter the time of year, as it's got a vibe about it that's absolutely unmatched to its surroundings.
In winter, Austria is nothing but a dream. You can enjoy sachertorte, which is a local chocolate cake and one of the most famous Viennese culinary specialties, go to some of the outdoor simulcasts of the opera, listen to classical holiday concerts, and visit the iconic sites such. as the Schönbrunn Palace and St. Charles Church when it's covered in beautiful snow.
There are also a number of Christmas markets full of sellers with authentic woollen products. These markets are an old tradition dating back to the Middle Ages, and even though they're more modern today, they still have an element of cosiness and romance. Here, you'll see small wooden huts, hear Christmas music, see colourful lights, and of course, taste some of the delicious local food.
Tallinn is the capital city of Estonia and can be found on the Baltic Sea. It's a cultural hub that's managed to maintain its walled, cobblestoned Old Town, and has a slew of cafes and shops to keep everyone entertained, year-round. Some other sights famous in Tallinn is the Kiek in de Kök, a 15th century tower, and the Gothic Town Hall, built in the 13th century.
Picture walking through the city with all of its turreted castles, medieval churches, and a gorgeous layer of snow. Sheer bliss!
The thing about Tallinn however, is that it's often overlooked when thinking of amazing destinations in Europe. And when winter hits, it's possibly even more picturesque. Let's say that it's still the perfect alternative travel destination that may be less touristic than some of the others cities mentioned here today.
Tallinn is winter is also spectacular because of its Christmas markets. These markets are like something straight out of a fairytale, and when you're there, it's hard not to feel the good cheer and sense of authenticity. We also recommend going ice skating at the Old Town Ice Rink with your Aphrodite escort. It's a pop-up rink on Harju Street that comes alive during December and runs all the way through until March. And then, of course, don't forget about cosying up with your chosen high class escort by enjoying a hot cocoa at some of the trendy spots such as Chocolat de Pierre, Maiasmokk Cafe, or SurfCafe.
The capital city of Czech Republic, Prague is well-known for its Old Town Square that's brimming with historic culture. It's a city that comes to life with its colourful baroque buildings, gothic churches, and its medieval Astronomical Clock (which gives its viewers an animated show every hour).
But visiting Prague in the winter time is just something sincerely breathtaking. There are so many activities to enjoy with your Aphrodite escort, that you'll never run out of fun things to do. We recommend exploring the Christmas markets from early December to early January, which fills up the town square with Christmas stalls selling everything from Christmas decorations, gifts, souvenirs, and delicious warm food and drinks. We also love ice skating in Prague during the winter! Visit one of the temporary ice skating rinks that pop up around the city, such as the rink at Victoria Square, which is free of charge (unless you hire skates). You can also enjoy some mulled wine during the wintertime to warm you up!
Aside from that, visiting Prague during winter means a big likelihood of seeing dustings of snow coasts on monumental spots such as St. Charles Bridge and the Old Town's church, it's as if the whole city transforms. It's a place that deserves a visit to really understand how special it is during the colder months.
Bruges is the capital of West Flanders in northwest Belgium and wows its locals and visitors with canals, cobbled streets, medieval buildings, and gorgeous architecture. In fact, in the city centre you will find the 14th century Stadhuis (City Hall), that is decorated with an ornate carved ceiling. There's also a 13th century belfry with a 47-bell carillon and 83m tower with panoramic views.
So while there is plenty to enjoy in Bruges throughout the year, we adore all of the things that seem even more lovely in winter. For example, you could take a romantic carriage ride whilst viewing the Old Bruges, enjoy the deliciousness of Belgian chocolate, go to the Lake of Love which is full of elegant swans, and take in all the festivities with their festivals that fun from late November to early January.
A Great festive activity would be to go to Winter Glow, that's packed with sparkle-filled special moments, light experience trails, ice skating, a winter bar, and two Christmas markets. Or, if you're not one for festivals, why not sip on a Belgian beer by a fire at the Huisbrouwerij De Halve Maan, which is a family-run brewery?
Whatever you decide to do in Bruges during the winter time, you'll be spoilt to light displays of twinkling lights on trees and storefronts, creating a sensationally charming atmosphere.
Sure, Scotland isn't actually apart of the EU anymore, but we couldn't help but mention the wondrous city of Edinburgh, a compact, hilly location that is the capital city. We love it, all-year-round, because of its old world charm, such as the medieval Old Town, and elegant Georgian New Town with gardens, and neoclassical buildings, as well as the Edinburgh Castle which is home to Scotland's crown jewels and the Stone of Destiny (used in the coronation of Scottish rulers). It's simply a city that's adorned with monuments and memorials, and it's an even more spectacular during the winter.
So, as like most cities we've mentioned thus far, Edinburgh is a great winter city to visit for its Christmas markets. This spot comes alive with an excellent spirit, has traditional markets as well as German-style markets, and you can find activities, do some shopping, and enjoy the many food and drink options available. Then, of course, there are the Christmas lights! The city is saturated with decorations and light installations, some of which are even turned into events such as the Silent Night interactive light event. Silent Night was a silent disco that happened in 2018, and was a load of fun for all who attended.
Another must-see if you visit Edinburgh with your Aphrodite escort in winter, is the Edinburgh Castle, which we've already briefly mentioned. It sits atop an extinct volcano in the city centre, and is the most recognisable landmark in the city. It's open year-round, and it's easy to spend hours at this incredible location. And inside, you won't just find the crown jewels, but also a 12th century chapel, the Great Hall, and mighty cannons.
What's also fabulous to do in Edinburgh in winter is to witness the New Year celebrations, what the Scotts like to call "Hogmanay". This is a four-day festival which celebrates the changing of the year, and dates back to 1993. It includes a Torchlight Procession, a street party, fireworks, and more. And last but not least, you should definitely go skiing in Pentland Hills Regional Park.
Germany's capital, Berlin is a city that's bursting with culture and history. It dates back to the 13th century, and is well-known for its bustling art scene, modern and historic landmarks, as well as popular landmarks.
So if you're planning to visit Berlin in winter, let's just say that there are so many fun things for you to enjoy with your Aphrodite. For one, you could go to Winterwelt am Potsdamer Platz, which has Europe's largest toboggan slide and is beautifully decorated with fairy lights on linden trees and has an ice skating rink. Or you could see the some of the Christmas markets, like Weihnachtsmarkt auf dem Alexanderplatz that has over 1000 stalls, and Weihnachtszauber at the Gendarmenmarkt that showcases items from all over the world. Then, of course, the Charlottenburg Castle is entirely fairytale-like during the winter time.
We also love the idea of doing some indoor activities to keep you warm during the winter in Berlin. Besides private time, you could visit some of the more alternative museums such as the Computerspielemuseum, which is dedicated to all things video games. Or, if it's a historical plane you're on, visit Asisi Panorama, which showcases an installation called DIE MAUER, and depicts an Autumn day in Berlin when the city was still divided, taking you back in time.
And for an adults-only experience to enjoy with your Aphrodite escort, you could visit the Naughty Kinky Winter Market, with is filled with performances, workshops, exhibitions, x-rated gifts and assorted erotica!
Did you know that Stockholm, the capital city of Sweden, is made up of 14 islands and has more than 50 bridges on an extensive Baltic Sea archipelago? This alone makes Stockholm a fascinating place to visit, but of course, there are many more reasons why we love Stockholm in the winter. This city, filled with cobblestoned streets, has many historical buildings, and many a majestic palace and museum.
The thing about Stockholm in winter however, is that it gets pretty darn cold. So, if you're a winter lover, then this will definitely be a spot for you to lust over with your high class escort. And even if winter isn't your favourite, Stockholm has many outdoor winter sports to keep you warm. We recommend going ice skating at one of the main parks called Kungsträdgården so that you can enjoy some of the other activities there before or after, such as bar hopping, listening to music, or grabbing a bite to eat. Skiing in Stockholm is also an excellent idea. Check out the Hammarbybacken Ski Resort for a full day of fun including skiing, visiting restaurants, and seeing a few of the local bars.
And then, in the heart of the Old Town, you'll be able to feel all the good feels in a cozy cafe enjoying pastries and coffee... aka "fika"! Fika is a term used to describe when one sits down with their family, friends, or colleagues to socialise and enjoy a coffee or tea as well as something sweet on the side.
We'd also like to throw out the idea that there's a small chance you could see the northern lights in Stockholm in winter... this alone is reason to go!
Reykjavik is the largest, and the capital city of Iceland, sitting pretty along the coast. It has a big history with Vikings, wows with volcanic activity, and is a place that offers absolute serenity with its gorgeous views of the sea and nearby hills. And when winter arrives, you'll be even more amazed at how stunning this city really is.
Interestingly, Reykjavik in winter isn't actually as cold as you may think, with the coldest month being January and hitting a low of about -3 degrees Celsius. And if you choose to grace this city, you could be treated to a magnificent northern lights display. This is because Reykjavik is one of the best places to see magical activity. Some other fantastic things to do in Reykjavik in winter would be to visit the Blue Lagoon, which is a big tourist spot... for good reason. It's a world-famous geothermal spa, man-made, and is full of rejuvenating minerals that are known to improve, and even heal, skin. The water itself is a beautiful blue, and is at around 37 - 40 degrees Celsius! A perfect way to warm up with your favourite Aphrodite escort!
Some other winter activities in Reykjavik include exploring a glacier by snowmobile, such as the Langjökull, which is the second largest ice cap in Iceland. It has a surface area of 950 square kilometres and around half a kilometre thick. Enjoy the fresh snow on a snowmobile, sit back, relax, whilst still being in the midst of absolute nature.
If it's a scenic drive you're after, we recommend doing a tour of the Golden Circle, which is 230 kilometres starting and finishing in Reykjavik. Along this ride, you can bare witness to three marvels: Thingvellir National Park, Gullfoss waterfall, and the Geysir and Strokkur hot spring. And for the daredevils and hiking enthusiasts, you could even do a winter hike across a glacier with a guided tour. Another adventurous activity to enjoy in Reykjavik with your Aphrodite would be to take a helicopter tour around the city, seeing it from a completely different angle and perspective. On this type of adventure, you'll get a bird's eye view of the sea, mountains, glaciers, and more!
And if you're looking for a sweet souvenir of your time in Reykjavik, check out the Kolaportid Flea Market to snag yourself a traditional wool Icelandic sweater.
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