For today’s blogmas post, I thought I’d write about some of the cities I’d visit if I wanted to enjoy a long and snowy winter. I’m not a massive fan of the cold (I’m a 100% certified summer child), but if there’s snow then it suddenly becomes worth the numb fingertips and freezing nose. So here are just a few gems that look even more splendid when covered in a white blanket.
Hallstatt is a small market town in Austria, that sits on the very edge of Lake Hallstatt and was once famous for its salt production. Owing to its compact size, the town can be traversed on foot in ten minutes, but is filled with beautiful architecture and stunning vistas. The Old Town and panoramic lake views would be perfect during a snowy winter.
Monteal is as beautiful as it is cold. On average, temperatures in the city stand between −9 to −10.5 °C during winter, and snow can often cover parts of the ground from December to March. Montreal has some wonderful attractions, such as the Notre-Dame Basilica, the Underground City, and Mount Royal, all of which I’d like to visit in the snow wonderland.
Chamonix (or Chamonix-Mont-Blanc) is a commune in the French Alps. It’s well-known for being one of the oldest ski resorts in France, and I’d definitely be up for a little snow-boarding if I was visiting such a beautiful town. Realistically though, I think I’d spend most of my time on the cable car soaking up the incredible views; I love being up high and the town’s cable car is one of the highest in the world, so it would suit me perfectly.
Reykjavik has a subpolar oceanic climate, which means that it remains cold and often) windy for most of the year, but temperatures rarely fall below −15C in winter, so I’d only need about seven layers of clothing, right? The capital city is famous for it’s colourful houses and rooftops, as well as its dense snowfalls, both of which appeal to me greatly. As a result of its volcanic activity, geothermal heating can be used to heat up to 90% of Reykjavic’s buildings. How about that for eco-friendly energy?
Helsinki has a stunning array of Neoclassical buildings that I would love to see in the snow. As well as the Sibelius monument and central market square, I would love to see the Suomenlinna walking trails all covered in frost and snow.
Sapporo is another area of Japan I’d love to visit. In the winter, the city frequently sees snowfall of up to 5.96m and even has its own annual snow festival. The city also boasts the Hokkaido Museum of Literature, Hokkaido shrine, Nakajima park, as well as plenty of art galleries, temples and warm onsen to keep you cosy in the cold.
Are there cities you’d love to visit for a snowy winter break? Or have you been to any of these countries/cities during another season? Let me know in the comments!