Post # 1
Has anybody been to Europe in Jan-Mar? Gone in another season because you were warned against winter?
I’m worried that’s going to be freezing cold, and we’ll miss out on the experience if you’re running from indoors to indoors to avoid freezing to death. We definitely want to visit Italy and France, but will probably do a sampler tour, and aren’t planning to ski.
Post # 3
I’m from London and I would say it depends where you go in Europe… France will probably be quite wet/cold (but not freezing) and Italy will be the same but probably a little less cold. I would probably recommend visiting one of the really cold countries like Sweden or Finland or Scotland because then at least it will be snowing and very cold and be a “proper winter” instead of just having slightly miserable weather.
The thing is, even if you go to Europe in the summer, you never really know what the weather will be like… it’s very changeable and very hard to predict. Last winter was very cold with lots of snow but that is unusual. I think Europe is beautiful in the winter though… incredible countryside, Scotland I would really recommend. Iit won’t be so cold that you’ll be ‘running indoors’ but definitely wrap up warm and take an unbrella!
Post # 4
Yes, Europe will be cold and possibly wet, but you won’t miss out if you plan accordingly. I went to Paris in Novemeber and just dressed appropropriately. We visited all the museum, galleries and churches and walked everywhere. it didn’t rain at all, but it was cold.
We mini-mooned in Scotland in January, that was really cold but again it didn’t rain so we saw everything we wanted to, it was great! I’ve been to Norway in October and it was the earliest snowfall they’ve ever had, it was lovely.
I reckon Germany, Austria, Switzerland would be amazing, they’re geared up for long cold winters.
Remember in Europe we have unpredictable weather all-year round, and long winters so there will be as much to do in winter as summer.
Post # 5
I went to France and Italy in January, and it wasn’t unbearably cold–this is coming from a Texan used to warm winters! We wore layers and gloves and winter boots. We really enjoyed it! We did take photos in our wedding clothes and at those times I froze, but who wears strapless dresses in the winter in Europe??
It snowed one day in Paris, but not too bad. Our weather was otherwise clear. Venice, the waters had recently receded so we didn’t need rain boots. That’s one thing to look into because the town tends to flood.
I’ve been to Europe twice in the summer and our trip in the winter was by far my favorite. It was the off season, so there were much less people around.
Post # 6
Haha, we’re Canadian, so I’m used to cold winters. I just always think of going somewhere warm to escape that when I think about vacations.
Thanks for the input!
Post # 7
I went to Italy in March. Most days were sunny and in the 60s, this was very pleasant for sight-seeing, only a couple bad ones. I went to Spain, France and London in September. Most of the days were sunny, warm and pleasant. However, the icky days in London in Sept were worse than the icky days in Italy in March. I would go ahead–the off season savings and lack of crowds more than makes up for the possibility of bad weather.
Post # 8
- Wedding: June 2011 - Sydney, Australia
I’m all for travelling Europe in Winter. For me, the best part is the lack of tourists. The crowds are much smaller, the tourist entry lines are shorter.. which is awesome. To be honest, seeing the sights with snow or with scarves and gloves, it just makes the trip that little bit special. My last big tour of Europe was winter – and we’re heading off soon for a few more weeks of Autumn/Winter there too. Bliss! You’ll have a ball. 🙂
Post # 9
I’ve been over the holidays before and yes, in France, Belgium, Holland and England it was freezing, but we just bundled up and while in Belgium, had some delicious chocolate shots to help warm up 😉 I’ve lived in Madrid during the winter and visited Italy and it was much warmer. It just depends on where you go, like anywhere else, but you live in BC so I assume you’re used to some cold weather. There are beautiful lights and decorations up in every city during the holidays and it’s just so magical. Don’t let the weather stop you –have a wonderful time!
Post # 10
Europe is so charming and romantic in Europe in the winter…especially if you have snow…europe is really beautiful at any time…i was in venice for carnivale and it was cold but so magical!
Post # 11
I live in Germany and have done a bit of traveling Europe in the winter. It can be cold and wet. However, aside from the weather, not much is going on in the time from Jan. to March. It seems there are many more public celebrations in the other seasons. For example in Germany we have lots of festivals and outdoor concerts in the summer, wine fests in the late summer/early fall, Christmas markets at the begining of the winter and then not much out door activity until Easter. If you plan to visit a lot of museums you may not care what’s going on outside but I always find it nice to experience some local interaction when I travel. If you are far enough away from the Alps you won’t get much snow but the Alps are really pretty. It really all depends what you want. Think about your goals for the trip and when y ou next plan to visit Europe. I guess it all comes down to personal preferernce in the end, I would rather visit when the temperatures will be warmer.
Post # 12
I lived in Florence, Italy from January until May. Winter is cold, damp and wet, it really chills you to the bone. But by May it’s 85 every day.. crazy.
Pack a lot of layers, get some great thermals & warm boots. A winter jacket with a liner will help as well. We drank a lot of tea… a lot of tea 🙂
Post # 13
I went to London and Paris in February. I’m from the east coast and it was def not as cold in Europe. It did sprinkle rain here and there and even snowed a little one night (so pretty!) and we were fine. We just wore long winter coats, cute hats/gloves and boots. I went 5 years ago before the knee high boots with jeans tucked in were in style, that kind of outfit would be perfect now! We walked everywhere and even rode in the open top of those tour buses!