Cheaper airfare, low-season hotel deals, fewer crowds, shorter lines at attractions make winter a great time to visit Europe. But these aren't the only reasons.
Theater Seasons are in Full Swing
Traditionally, the seasons of Europe's symphony, opera, ballet and theater companies open in September and run through the winter. You can see performances in grand, beautiful opera houses in cities throughout Europe. Simply visiting one of these gems, which are historic landmarks, is an event in itself.
Special holiday concerts to add to your travel ititinerary are also presented from The Nutcracker ballet or the play A Christmas Carol to Advent concerts.
Festive Holiday Decorations
Galeries Lafayette, a premier department store in Paris stands out as one of the more famous locales for marveling at holiday decorations. The city of Lyon, France holds its Festival of Lights (F?te des Lumi?res) where artists create more than 70 installations of light on buildings, streets, and parks.
During the winter, cities in Europe are brimming with holiday cheer at the the festive Christmas Markets. Visit Christmas Markets in Austria such as Vienna's Sch?nbrunn Palace, Germany or France such as Strasbourg's magical Christkindelsm?rik to enjoy delectable treats, warm spicy drinks and shop for delightful toys and souvenirs to bring home.
The winter also affords the opportunity to eat traditional foods and some that are only served in the winter from mince pie in London, fondue in Switzerland, and mulled wine. A number of restaurants serve special Christmas meals where you can experience local menus tailored specifically for the holiday.
Beautiful Winter Landscapes
Beyond the great winter vacation deals and fewer crowds, traveling to Europe in the winter is simply beautiful. The fog that rolls into Venice or the quiet rain the falls over Paris gives these cities a romantic feel that you'll only find during the winter months. If you dream of visiting a winter wonderland complete with Christmas lights and snow-covered rooftops, Austria Salzburg, Austria is your choice.
Scandinavia is one of the best places in the world to see the Northern Lights. See the phenonmenon from the comfort of a cruise ship or from the art of snow and ice, the ICEHOTEL in Sweden.