10 best cities for a winter vacation. Happy Holidays!

1  Prague, Czech Republic

Gas street lamps plus stunning architecture under a sheet of snow gives Prague that fairytale look.

“Gas street lamps plus stunning architecture under a sheet of snow gives Prague that fairytale look.”

2  Salzburg, Austria

With its snow-covered fortress and traditional markets, Salzburg is perfect for winter. "Silent Night" was first performed on the outskirts of town in 1818.

“With its snow-covered fortress and traditional markets, Salzburg is perfect for winter. “Silent Night” was first performed on the outskirts of town in 1818.”

3  Tromsø, Norway

Known as the capital of the Arctic, Tromsø is a great base for seeing northern lights. Fascinating attractions include the Polar Museum, which offers an insight into the history of Arctic expedition.

“Known as the capital of the Arctic, Tromsø is a great base for seeing northern lights. Fascinating attractions include the Polar Museum, which offers an insight into the history of Arctic expedition.”

4  Amsterdam

"The Dam" in winter months is relatively tourist free, making museums like the Rijksmuseum and Anne Frank House a peaceful and educational escape from the cold.

“The Dam” in winter months is relatively tourist free, making museums like the Rijksmuseum and Anne Frank House a peaceful and educational escape from the cold.”

5  Nagano, Japan

After skiing, a nearby onsen (natural hot springs) is the place to be.

6  Reykjavik, Iceland

A range of winter sports and outdoor geothermal pools make Reykjavik worth a winter visit.

“A range of winter sports and outdoor geothermal pools make Reykjavik worth a winter visit.”

7  Berlin

If you're lacking ornaments on your Christmas tree, Berlin is a good place to stock up. There are more than 60 Christmas markets.

“If you’re lacking ornaments on your Christmas tree, Berlin is a good place to stock up. There are more than 60 Christmas markets.”

8  Ottawa, Canada

Ottawa has the world's largest natural ice rink -- the Rideau Canal. Crowds of commuters and students skate to work and school during rush hour. Yes, it's a legitimate mode of transit in Canada.

“Ottawa has the world’s largest natural ice rink — the Rideau Canal. Crowds of commuters and students skate to work and school during rush hour. Yes, it’s a legitimate mode of transit in Canada.”

9  Washington, D.C.

Befitting the White House, the Commander in Chief's Christmas tree is impressive. Nearby, Union Station has a beautiful 30-foot tree, a gift from the Embassy of Norway.

“Befitting the White House, the Commander in Chief’s Christmas tree is impressive. Nearby, Union Station has a beautiful 30-foot tree, a gift from the Embassy of Norway.”

10 Edinburgh, Scotland

Princes Street Gardens give the city a thorough Christmas feel with an enormous tree, ice rink and Ferris wheel, all in the shadow of Edinburgh Castle.

“Princes Street Gardens give the city a thorough Christmas feel with an enormous tree, ice rink and Ferris wheel, all in the shadow of Edinburgh Castle.”

Source : CNN

 

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