Winter city breaks in Europe

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Europe is a haven in the summer with hundreds of blue sky destinations just waiting to be explored or relaxed in. However, when the cold winds start to blow and the winter settles in, holiday season starts again throughout Europe.

So, pull on your coat, grab a scarf and take a look at these three amazing places to visit in Europe this winter.

1. Berlin, Germany

German Christmas Markets are famous, so it’s no surprise that Berlin tops the list. Roam the city streets and explore rows of gorgeous wooden huts lined with unique toys, ornaments and jewellery; there’s no better way to do your Christmas shopping! With a multitude of delicious street foods available and an abundance of mulled wine, Berlin is not to be missed in winter.

2. Vienna, Austria

Vienna gets bitterly cold in winter, there’s no denying it. Temperatures often drop below zero, but don’t let that put you off! Vienna is an optimum choice for a chance of snow, making this already beautiful city glisten and shine.

Vienna is home to some beautiful, boutique hotels, so you can take shelter in style and relax. Finally, you’ll never be short of a cosy coffee shop serving mouthwatering, organic hot chocolates to really warm you up!

3. Paris, France

Despite the cold, Paris is full of life and lit up to expectations throughout winter. As the well-known City of Love, the French capital is perfect for a romantic winter escape…you’ll just have to cuddle up if you’re cold! With freshly cut fir trees lining the roads to the Eiffel Tower, you’ll really get into the festive spirit while enjoying all the famous sites and landmarks, too.

Undoubtedly, then, winter is the perfect time of year for a European city break, but you will need to go prepared. As well as thick woollen gloves be sure to take your European Health Insurance Card, to ensure you have access to free or discounted health care, should you need it on your travels.

For more information about what the EHIC covers, click here, or to apply for an EHIC or your EHIC renewal, visit our site and make sure to submit your application in plenty of time.

Photo: Nuremberg Christmas Market by foxypar4 licensed under Creative commons 2