Top 5 Winter City Breaks
With its long nights, cold weather and the stresses and strains of the party season, winter is the perfect time to plan a getaway, with city breaks proving popular at this time of year.
If you are thinking of heading off to explore a new urban environment this winter then why not consider one of the following five top winter city break destinations.
Its stunning setting makes Vienna a great choice of break if you are looking for the ultimate in chocolate box winter experiences. With a range of Christmas markets offering traditional seasonal fare such as mulled wine and roast chestnuts, this is a great place to go to get in the mood for the festive season. If you fancy shopping head for the markets of the Biedermeier Quarter and pick up some great artisanal pieces, or if you are looking for a little culture tour the offerings in the museum quarter before heading to a traditional tea room for a winter warmer.
New York is wonderful in winter. Think ice-skating in Central Park, Carols round the tree at the Rockefeller Centre and seasonal shopping on Fifth Avenue at Bloomingdales and Saks. Take a trip to the top of the Empire State Building and see the city lit up for the season, or a carriage ride through Central Park snuggled up under a warm blanket – if it snows you may even get to go on a sleigh.
The Estonian capital is a relatively new introduction to the city tour itinerary but one that is well worth visiting – especially in the winter months. Wrap up warm as it is likely to be snowy here if you come in the off-season. Enjoy the amazing Christmas markets that run from November to January, soak up the local atmosphere on the great cafe scene or head for one of the many museums, galleries and concerts that offer entertainment in the winter.
If you want your winter break to take you somewhere warm then Morocco is the place to go! Head for Marrakech for a truly authentic North African experience. Tour the stalls of the city’s famous souk and pick up some pressies to take home for friends and family. Marvel at Marrakech’s amazing eastern inspired architecture and enjoy the mouth-watering Moroccan cuisine – with dishes such as the local tagines going down well whatever the weather!
When you go to Budapest you get two cities for the price of one. Sitting astride the Danube, the original cities of Buda and Pest retain their own individual characters with lots of entertainment on offer at this time of year. Head here in late winter for the Mohacs carnival, which celebrates the end of the season with great song and dance.
Wherever you are heading for your winter getaway, you will need to ensure that all papers are in order before you depart so check online for visa regulations for non-EU destinations and make sure your travel insurance is sorted before you leave.
Check weather forecasts and pack accordingly – nothing ruins a winter break worse than finding yourself out in the cold without adequate clothing.