Post # 16
Don’t go to Brussels go to Bruges instead, much prettier.
There’s lots to do in Yorkshire, have you been to Harrogate? Or the coast? Places like Robin Hoods Bay, Staithes.
I wouldn’t recommend Venice in December, it floods.
Prague is nice, Budapest is lovely. Most places will be very cold though. If you want somewhere a bit milder maybe Lisbon or Porto?
Post # 17
I’ve done Florence and Venice in winter and both were great to see at that time of the year. The gondolier told us not to come back to Venice in summer as it’s so busy and winter is the best time to visit! We had looked at going in the summer, but in winter we could stay on grand canal for the same price as the lido in the summer, and our room got upgraded to a suite. We’d definitely go back in winter!
We did Florence last year and it had the Christmas markets and lights up, it was beautiful. We went at the beginning of the month and it was free entry to the museums, and even then the queues weren’t bad.
Post # 18
Do you ski? If I were going to be in Europe in the winter, I would go to Switzerland and hit the slopes!
Post # 19
If your husband wants to see Venice, why not head there first and make that your one stop in Italy, and then catch a direct flight over to somewhere in Germany you want to see? Flights are only an hour or two, right? Then save the rest of Italy for a time that’s warmer and you can enjoy the outdoors.
Besides Prague I’d also recommend Budapest and Krakow. Krakow, like Germany, has traditional christmas markets. I went last year in Late Nov/early Dec, and while it’s cold in the region, it was so atmospheric and charming! Loved walking around and enjoying the architecture with hot wine in our hands.
Post # 20
The Christmas markets in Germany are meant to be next level
Post # 21
Huge fan of Germany, Austria, Hungary, Poland, Czech Republic loop over Italy, Spain, England, France region (been to both Western and Eastern Europe). I find the former Eastern bloc countries fascinating and worth visiting before the small towns in them modernize as well. Prague in particular, is my heart city….I absolutely adore it. Germany, Hungary and Czech Republic all have lovely Christmas markets. Munich, Berlin, Dresdin, Krakow, Budapest, Prague are all incredibly beautiful cities.
Also, swing by Slovakia if you have time!
I’ve always found cities like Paris and Milan and London kinda over-rated, they’re crowded, grimy and Paris in the winter really smells of pee. >.>
Post # 22
littlemissdimsum : Paris is so gross lol summer or winter
I will end up going there again though since fiance hasn’t been and I have family in St Remy but I’d prefer to only spend a day or two and then move on to somewhere nicer. There are some great sights to see in Paris I just also find it over rated and dirty and would rather spend my time elsewhere. Munich was very clean and beautiful. It was a stark contrast going there straight from Paris last time I was in Europe haha
Post # 23
Most Weihnachtsmarkt close on the 23. eventhough there are some – then often called Wintermarkt for legal reason – stay open a bit longer but you need to research that.
Remeber that they are so full on weekends that it’s hard to breath.
Hmmm. Your question got me thinking. I have been literally every where in Europe but almost never in winter. Winter was reserved for the Alps and Wintersports as the weather isn’t that great for sightseeing. We spent last New Years in Barcelona and we were actually lucky with the weather so I vote for Southern Europe. No need to spent time in the gloom of the middle. I lived a long time in the Düsseldorf/Köln area and the best choice for shoes in most cases was a pair of Hunters… and they it’s always raining in GB 😂
Post # 24
legit italian food is to die for i can guarantee
Post # 25
I think we have decided that we are going to go to Venice! I’ll just have to make sure I take a pair of gumboots with me! 😉 As much as I want to see those beautiful gothic cities like Prague, we both want to go to Italy more. I agree Paris is filthy which is sad because it’s such a beautiful city otherwise.
We don’t ski, but sitting by the fire in a log cabin in the mountains is my idea of heaven!
Alas, we can’t afford to do more than one stop in Europe this time, but we are planning on going back again in Xmas 2019 and will be doing more of France and Stockholm on that trip. So there will always be more opportunities. I intend to have done all of Europe by the time I’m 90! Twice! XD
Thanks for all your input!
Post # 26
whytneynicole : Absolutely Germany. Italy is best done when it’s better weather / actually light and the German Christmas markets are incredible. UK wise – if you can, get the train over for the Manchester Christmas markets. They’re usually open until the 22nd Dec or so and are the best in the UK! Don’t know where you’ll be in Yorkshire but the train from Huddersfield to Manchester literally takes 30 minutes. Maybe Lyme park, Jodrell bank, Trafford centre, Chester & Chester zoo if you’re in this neck of the woods? 🙂
Post # 27
whytneynicole : question is… How long is your trip? Since it’s Christmas season, they are probably hoping you will be hanging out at home.. so you might want to clarify that. If you only have 3 days and definitely want to see a bit of Europe, how about flying to Rome or Venice? Christmas would be super expensive season to travel but there are pockets of cheap flights from the main airports in UK. German Christmas markets are well-known. And there are quite a bit of quaint castles around depending on which region you go to. Have fun!
Post # 28
whytneynicole : take boots but they do put boards out if it does flood. We did Venice mid December 2016 and i was convinced we would get flooded but didn’t.
One of the best things we did was the secret itineraries tour of the doge’s palace. They take you into all the out of bounds areas and tell you all the gruesome history! We also did a gondola ride (because when in Venice…). The rates are fixed during daytime hours and can go up massively at night (I think after 6? Can’t remember now), but because it got dark so early we had the benefit of a twilight ride at daytime prices. Enjoy!
Post # 29
sboom : I have heard so many people describe Paris as dirty and smelly. I’ve always dreamed of going there but I guess lot of people say it’s not that nice!!
Post # 30
whytneynicole : are you only going to Venice or do you plan to see other cities in Italy as well?? I will be in Venice, Florence, Sorrento and Rome in October fir my honeymoon