It’s easy to miss out on authentic travel experiences if your knowledge of a destination is limited, which is often the case with tourists travelling to foreign cities.
Here are three travel destinations for winter escapes:
Vienna is known for its winter charm, when almost every street corner is draped with festive lights. Starting from mid-November to the end of December, inter markets start popping up in the city’s main and smaller squares, selling everything from handcrafted gifts to culinary treats.
The capital of the world’s second happiest country is also a great spot for a winter holiday, described by many as something out of a fictional fairy-tale. Copenhagen’s snow-capped bridges and spires are easy on the eyes, but they’re also filled with numerous luxury retreats, Michelin star restaurants and local designer boutiques.
The vibrant city of Budapest is nicknamed The Paris of the East, and this is best witnessed during winter, when it gleams with opulent baths, majestic buildings with fin-de-siècle façades, vintage cafés and festive markets.
Running through the heart of the capital is the Danube, Europe’s second longest river, splitting Budapest into two cities – traditional Buda and cosmopolitan Pest.