Pure relaxation is not only offered by the classic beach holiday in summer. A holiday in winter, in the mountains and in the snow, is also a perfect way to leave everyday life behind you. In addition, a winter holiday is incredibly multifaceted: whether skiing, snowboarding, winter hiking or tobogganing – here, everyone will find an activity that they enjoy. But where to go on a winter holiday? Austria? France? Or maybe even down to Italy? SnowTrex has compiled the top winter travel destinations in Europe.
Winter holidays in Austria
The classic winter travel destination is still Austria. No wonder! The winter sports paradise has something for everyone: Whether young or old, family or single, beginner or advanced, generous or limited travel budget – the number of holiday resorts for a successful winter holiday is almost infinite. The best-known holiday resorts are certainly those in the heart of the Tyrolean Alps: Kitzbühel, Sölden, Ischgl, St. Anton or Mayrhofen, but you can also spend a wonderful winter holiday in the Salzburger Land, in East Tyrol, Vorarlberg or Carinthia. How about Zell am See-Kaprun, the legendary ski resorts of Lech and Zürs or the Mölltaler Glacier? If you don’t feel like skiing or snowboarding, you’ll also find a wide range of alternatives: snow touring, dog sledding, tobogganing – Austria has it all.
Winter holidays in France
Miles and miles of ski areas and white, white, white as far as the eye can see – this is what winter holidaymakers will especially find in France. Here, one often resides right next to the piste, so that in the mornings, one practically only has to fall out of bed in order to be able to enjoy the winter sports pleasures. Chamrousse, Les 3 Vallées and Val Thorens/Les Menuires are some of the most famous French winter resorts, and Les 2 Alpes, where SnowTrex organises its legendary PowderWeek every year, is also well worth a visit. If you don’t want to ski in France, you should have a look at the offers for glacier hikes. This is definitely an experience in a class of its own!
Winter holidays in Italy
Dolce Vita in the snow – this can be found in the numerous ski resorts of the Italian Alps. The popular South Tyrolean giant ski area Dolomiti Superski is surely particularly outstanding: 1,200 kilometres of pistes await winter sports fans of all levels. Don’t miss the world-famous Sellaronda – a descent including lifts that takes an entire day and connects all four Dolomite passes. Pure skiing pleasure is also available in Trentino and in Lombardy in the famous ski resorts of Cavalese and Livigno, and for those who don’t feel like a classic skiing holiday, sun-drenched Italy is just the place to be: Italy’s breathtaking mountain world is worth it even without skis under your feet.
Winter holidays in Germany
In order to spend a relaxing winter holiday, one does not have to travel that far. Germany also offers numerous opportunities to forget everyday life in a winter wonderland. Of course, you can take a classic holiday in southern Germany, for example in Garmisch-Partenkirchen on the famous Zugspitze, in Berchtesgaden or in Oberstdorf in the Allgäu. Winter travellers can also spend their winter holidays in Germany outside the Alps: for example on the Feldberg in the Black Forest, in Hinterzarten or in Titisee-Neustadt. Here, too, you can enjoy skiing or – for those who don’t want to go skiing – snow fun in the form of winter hikes, tobogganing or snowshoe hikes.
Winter holidays in Switzerland
In Switzerland, winter holidaymakers can expect numerous four-thousand-metre peaks: the world-famous Matterhorn, for example, or the Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau trio. In addition, you will find exclusive offers for a winter holiday in a class of its own. Ski resorts such as St. Moritz, Davos and Laax attract not only with their names, but also with great ski areas. It is up to you whether you want to book a family-friendly accommodation or go deeper into your pockets and enjoy a luxury winter holiday. What is certain is that there is something for every budget and taste in Switzerland, too.
Winter holidays in the Czech Republic
The Czech Republic is particularly attractive due to its good accessibility from the eastern German federal states and its good price-service ratioIn the ski areas in the Czech Ore Mountains, Giant Mountains and Bohemian Forest, including Lipno and Pec pod Snezkou, winter sports enthusiasts will find perfectly groomed slopes and cross-country trails at an absolutely affordable price. If you don’t want to get on your skis or snowboard, you can enjoy the landscape on a winter walk or toboggan. There are also some great wellness offers in Czech ski resorts.
Winter holidays in Poland
Poland is also easy to reach, especially from the eastern German statesIn the Polish ski resorts on the Giant Mountains or the High Tatras, such as Schreiberhau and Zakopane, winter sports fans will find snow fun at an absolutely affordable price. In addition, excursion destinations such as Krakow and Breslau tempt you to take an absolutely worthwhile city trip, even in winter weather.
Winter holidays in Slovakia
In Slovakia, you can go skiing or snowboarding during the winter in almost every region! For a top price-service ratio, head to places like Starý Smokovec oder Jasná, for example, during your winter holiday. The Tatra and Fatra ski areas offer slopes for winter sports fans of all levels. Alternatively, you can go on one of the numerous winter hiking trails or on a toboggan run.