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Western Europe

From the Highlands of Scotland to the peaks of the Alps, there are plenty of snowy destinations to enjoy in Western Europe in winter. However, it isn’t all snow – other parts of this region have towns and cities with a moderately milder climate, and plenty of Christmas markets. There’s loads to explore in Western Europe in the cooler months – take a look!

United kingdom

Wooden stile and stone wall with Lake Windermere in background with sun rising above horizon.

The United Kingdom isn’t the snowiest destination in Europe in the winter, but that doesn’t mean it can’t be a winter wonderland. From festive celebrations in London to wintery walks in the Scottish Highlands, there is so much to enjoy here.

The weather in the UK can be a bit temperamental over the winter – but it can also be temperamental any time of year, so we’ve got plenty of all-weather attractions to enjoy!

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ireland

From hanging out in Dublin, the home of Guinness, to exploring the epic castles and national parks of this Celtic land, there’s a lot on offer in Ireland in winter.

It might be cold, but there are plenty of pubs and gorgeous hotels to cosy up in, where you can enjoy traditional food and drink. When you have a clear brisk day, you can explore the length and breadth of Ireland.

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France

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France is one of the most diverse places to visit in winter in Europe.

Walk around the streets of Paris as they are frosty and maybe even snowy, then head to the alps for mountain peaks covered in white and snowsports opportunities.

If you don’t like the snow, the south of France has a warmer climate, perfect for hiking, sightseeing and eating alfresco – without all the tourists of the summer months.

The Netherlands

Parts of the Netherlands can be very touristy during the summer months, but in the winter time you might find the area quieter and much more serene.

Amsterdam, in particular, is a great winter weekend break, with lots of museums and indoor attractions. You could also visit any of the Netherland’s other cities, like Rotterdam or Leiden.

Plus, there’s scenic countryside that looks dreamy in the winter too!

Germany

Traditional christmas market in Frankfurt, Germany

Germany – the home of Christmas markets – is one of the best places to visit in Western Europe in winter. From Berlin to Nuemberg, most of the country’s cities have impressive festive markets where you can go gift shopping while enjoying a glass of gluhwein.

Other things to do in Germany in winter are to enjoy the winter landscapes of Bavaria, visit iconic attractions with few other tourists, and have a wintery beach break at the North Sea!