Winter Holidays

Winter Holidays

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10 ways to enjoy a winter vacation without skis

Taking vacations during the winter has many advantages, since we not only avoid the crowds of people or typical summer traffic. It is also very interesting to see how other cultures celebrate pre-Christmas (see the best Christmas markets in Europe), Christmas and the New Year's Eve or Three Kings' Night parties. If our goal is to take a winter trip avoiding the favorite destinations of ski fans, here are some suggestions from the Travel section of The Telegraph:

1. Lapland: The silent plains of Finnish Lapland are one of the fabulous winter landscapes. And we will have many chances to see the Northern Lights. You can visit it as a skier (although the resorts are small and quite limited), but it is more fun to try the sleigh rides pulled by huskies or reindeer or, if we do not mind the noise of the engine, the snowmobile safaris. Normally, the temperature ranges between -8º and -12ºC), but it can even reach -25ºC.

2. Vienna: Few cultures build more welcoming interiors than the Viennese. There is nothing better than the warm air that welcomes us to a traditional café upon arrival from outside. Another strong point of Vienna is its compact size: you can walk quickly from one side to another without getting too cold. The Christmas markets in December also give it a special atmosphere. Generally, in January, temperatures barely exceed freezing during the day and at night they tend to be around -4ºC. Although there may be much more intense cold spells.

3. Berlin: Central Europe's other major capital is much less compact, but has a great public transport system with good heating and some of the best auditoriums, museums and cultural centers in the world. In winter, you can enjoy the luxury of seeing the Gemäldegalerie, Pergamon or the Neues Museum, without the crowds. The average maximum temperature is 2ºC, and the average minimum is -2ºC. But it is often much colder.

4.The Netherlands: Times have changed in Belgium and Holland, but several historic cities like Bruges, Ghent or Haarlem have hardly changed since the 16th and 17th centuries; and when there is a cold snap they can be especially beautiful and timeless. To find cities at their best, see when the temperatures will drop, and book at the last minute. Temperatures reach a maximum of 6ºC during the day and 0ºC at night.

5.New York: The streets of Manhattan are at their best in winter, when it is really cold, but at the same time the city is sunny. Snow falls regularly, and there are few cityscapes that can compare to Central Park after a blanket of snow fell the night before. Temperatures tend to be around 3ºC, dropping to -4ºC at night (see: A day in New York and Traveling to the USA).

6. Saint Petersburg: the ice on the Neva River and in the canals, the golden domes gleaming in the indirect light, the Russians settled in traditional winter garb and, unlike in summer, not a single mosquito. The temperature is usually -5ºC during the day and -11ºC at night from December to February. In general it is quite dry, so it is very rare to have deep snow (see: Tips for traveling to Russia)

7. Iceland: to enjoy an extraordinary landscape shaped by extreme cold and volcanic heat, and the opportunity to see the Northern Lights and bathe in the hot springs in the open air. You can organize a winter trip to Reykjavik on a short bridge, and take day trips to places like the Blue Lagoon and Strokkur Geyser. In Reykjavik, the maritime influence often keeps the temperatures just above freezing (-4ºC at night), but inland, it is much colder (see: Travel to Iceland).

8. Aberdeenshire: Braemar is the coldest low-lying town in Britain, close to two Scottish ski resorts, Lecht and Glenshee and with plenty of Munros in the vicinity. It is the home of Speyside whiskey. the Balmoral estate is usually closed in winter, but there are guided tours of the grounds and gardens on some Saturdays ( January is the coldest (and snowiest) month, with a daily maximum average of 4ºC, usually falling to -2ºC at night (see: Travel to Scotland and Scotland Guide).

9. Beijing: There is usually a dark blue sky over the Chinese capital in winter. The days are bitterly cold, but generally clear. However, there is hardly any rainfall from December to February, so it is very rare to see snow. The days in Beijing are not too cold - around 2ºC in the sun, but at night the temperature drops to -10ºC (tips for traveling to China).

10 Siberia: Siberia is really cold and gloomy, to the point that the branches of the trees break and fall. But it is this extreme cold that characterizes eastern Russia and there is a way of looking at it from comfort: on the Trans-Siberian railway. Watching the seemingly endless birch forests go by from the comfort of a heated carriage can be hypnotically beautiful. The Moscow-Beijing train (instead of the Moscow-Vladivostok) can also take us through the frozen and desolate plains of Mongolia, another spectacular winter sight. In Irkutsk, one of the last stops, the daily maximum average temperature is -14ºC, and drops to -24ºC at night (travel to Russia). Source: Enjoy Winter without skis

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