We examined Europe’s fairy-tale winter destinations so that you can experience winter in places covered with snow and looking postcards.
We brought together the winter destinations that warm your heart with its shining and snow-covered streets and the Christmas markets set up at the start of the new year. Check out the guide that will maybe drive you into dreams or give you direction for your next trip. Everything you wonder about where to go and what to eat in fairy-tale winter cities is in this guide..
Fairytale winter destinations
Dresden is an ideal choice for those who want to try different routes in their European travels and make trips consisting of nature, history, art and delicious food. The city, which is known as the Florence of Germany, takes on a fairy-tale atmosphere, especially with the frequent snowfall in winter.
The Christmas Market, which dates back to 1434, is one of the important reasons to visit Dresden in December. Kempinski Hotel Taschenbergpalais and Bülow Palais, located right next to Dresden Castle, are the first ones that come to our minds as alternatives that can be preferred for accommodation. The State Art Collection, the Royal Palace, the Historic Green Cellar and the Baroque Quarter are among the must-see places in the city.
With the influence of its close neighbors such as Poland and the Czech Republic, Dresden is a city where you can taste dishes from different countries in addition to German cuisine. Be sure to try the sausage potato soup or the cheesecake known as Eierschecke. There are many Michelin-starred restaurants in the city such as Carousel, Elements and Bean & Beluga. In addition, Pulverturm and La Viletta are other popular flavor stops.
Tallinn is the largest city and capital of Estonia. Tallinn, which is peaceful and very popular due to the natural beauty of the meeting of blue and green among the Baltic countries, was selected as the European Capital of Culture in 2011. The Tallinn Old Town district also offers medieval influences with its central location and historical buildings in terms of accommodation. Hotel Telegraaf, Schlössle Hotel and St Petersbourg stand out with their 5-star comfort and restaurants.
F-hoone caters to vegetarians and meat eaters alike, while Lido is famous for its local sweets. You can taste the best pancakes in the city at Kompressor and dine in a medieval atmosphere at Draakon. Oleviste Church is one of Tallinn’s most famous works, believed to have been built in the 12th century. The church, which is recorded as the largest building in the world, draws attention with its view that tramples the entire city of Tallinn.
Alexander Nevsky Cathedral is the largest Orthodox church in Tallinn and bears the traces of Russian architecture. Other must-see places in the city include Toompea Hill, Kiek’s Root Tower and Zodiac Gates, KGB Museum, Estonian Open Air Museum, Fat Margaret Tower and Ülemiste Lake.
Photographs of the dream town Hallstatt have definitely come your way. Hallstatt is a wonderful town on the shore of Lake Hallstätter in Austria, with a quiet lake and stunning mountain views. The majestic mountains and the ice-blue Hallstatt Lake are simply stunning.
If you can tear yourself away from the view, you can rent an electric boat and tour the lake, and then spend time in cafes, restaurants and souvenir shops in Market Square, the heart of the town. Our advice is to sit in one of the cafes in the square, with the colorful houses in front of you and enjoy the moment. Because this is one of the most beautiful towns in the world..
When the town is by a lake, the recommended dishes are usually fish-based. Gasthof Simony, located by Lake Hallstatt, is a very romantic and enjoyable restaurant. Experience the coffee, service and desserts of Cafe Derbl. As in most parts of Austria, there are small, charming family businesses that provide quality accommodation in Hallstatt. Loft am See, W&S Executive Apartments and Ferienhaus Salzberg are some of them.
Lapland, the most magical land of the Northern Hemisphere with its Northern Lights, snow landscapes, midnight sun, reindeer and husky sleighs, Santa Claus stories and natural life. Lapland, Finland’s largest region, is located at the northernmost point of the country, Northern It is located next to the Pole Line. The region, where the polar climate prevails, takes on an extraordinary appearance, especially in the winter months.
Lapland is one of the most pristine regions in the world, while the western part is mountainous and the eastern part is covered with tundra areas, lakes, rivers and swamps. Some of the Lapland people, most of whom live in villages and farms, lead a nomadic life, moving with herds of reindeer on the plains in winter and in the mountains in summer.
In the region where the climate determines the living conditions and the living conditions determine the activities, you can go on a snow safari with huskies and reindeer, fish in frozen lakes, and explore the mountainous regions with snowmobiles.
Bergen is Norway’s second largest city after the capital Oslo, and one of the country’s most important tourism centers. Bergen, which means “Plain Built on Seven Hills” in Norwegian, has experienced four fires throughout history, so wooden house construction is prohibited in the city.
Bergen, which has been an important port throughout history, invites its visitors to a historical journey with its narrow streets decorated with flowers. In addition, Norway’s famous fjords on the Bergen coast are important with their place in the UNESCO World Heritage List.
There are many options for accommodation in Bergen, especially Clarion Hotel Admiral, Scandic Bergen City and Thon Hotel. You can taste flavors such as milky brown cheese, especially seafood, which is indispensable in Norwegian cuisine, at popular places such as Godt Brod, Rembrandt Laan Zee, Baker Burn and Lie Nielsen.
The houses lined up along the port of Bryggen, which has been the liveliest and most important part of the city for centuries, are the oldest known houses in Norway and are on the UNESCO World Heritage List.
Lake Bled is located approximately 55-60 kilometers from the center of Ljubljana, in the region close to the Austrian border and is the most tourist attraction in Slovenia. The view of the wooden houses in the forest reflected in the lake is wonderful. The island in the middle of the lake was once the summer residence of the emperors and Marshal Tito. The bird’s eye view of the lake from Bled Castle is magnificent. Located on the island in the middle of the lake, St. Mary Assumption Church is frequented by those who come to Bled on their honeymoon.
Grand Hotel Toplice and Vila Mila are the first names that stand out for accommodation in Bled. Beautiful restaurants with a view of Lake Bled and Bled Island, against the castle, offer delicious delicacies. The reflection of the snowy mountains, the small island and the church, the deep blue clouds, the green trees in the lake is magnificent. Spazja, Restaurant 1906 and Gostilna Na Gradu are the flavor spots that should not be missed without trying them.
With its wonderful snow-covered streets and magnificent parks where you can breathe, Lviv is a cultural city where you can see the traces of Poland, Vienna and most recently Ukraine for centuries. The historical region of Lviv, which was founded in 1256, was taken under protection by UNESCO in 1998. The city is a destination not to be missed with its squares, parks, churches, buildings, streets, food and museums bearing the traces of German-Austrian architecture.
You can stay at Leopolis Hotel, Panorama Lviv Hotel, Swiss Hotel or Vintage Boutique Hotel and taste Ukrainian cuisine, one of the richest cuisines in the world. While Taron comes first for Caucasian dishes, Mons Pius Restaurant, which has the 2012-2013 Tripadvisor and Astroguide award, and Lviv Fashion Club, which is famous for its delicious food and night entertainment, can be preferred.
Rynok Square, which is on the UNESCO World Heritage List, is the most famous square in the city. In the square where the heart of Lviv beats, you can feel the historical texture and visit the museum located almost everywhere in the square. Dormition Cathedral and Potocki Palace, located in the Old Town in the area where the oldest buildings of the city are located, are also places not to be missed.