There’s a chill in the air and it’s time to get somewhere cozy. Christmas is coming, and there’s egg-nogg to be enjoyed, as well as presents and the company of loved ones. So, why not think about the ideal location to spend said time? Here are some of the coziest towns that you can visit this winter, or the next if you want to. Check it out!
25. Bled, Slovenia
Bled was founded in 1004 and considered so beautiful by the Holy Roman Emperor that it was gifted to the Bishop of Brixen. The castle at Bled sits in the center of the enchanting Lake Bled which borders the town, while the town is now notable for having some of the most beautiful health spas in the area.
24. Grise Fjord, Canada
Grise Fjord is the northernmost community in Canada, during winter they experience 104 consecutive days of darkness and the nearest village is more than 200 miles away. If you love the tranquility, this is the way to go.
23. Štramberk, Czech Republic
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Štramberk lies on the slope of a forested hill dominated by a magnificent medieval tower that still looks over the town. The beautiful timbered houses keep the lucky residents toasty during the colder months. Lovely, isn’t it?
22. Shirakawa-go, Japan
Shirakawa-go is a small, traditional village known for its incredibly steep roofs that were made to withstand some of the heaviest snowfall in the world.
21. Damüls, Austria
Damüls receives 30 feet of snowfall every year, making it the snowiest place in Europe. Unsurprisingly, this small town of 300 is a popular winter getaway for sport junkies. I’d just kick back and watch them fly by.
20. Serfaus, Austria
This beautiful area has been inhabited since the Bronze Age, when it was used as a pasture. The town now acts as a stopping point on the road to to the Ski-Area “Serfaus-Fiss-Ladis”.
19. Marlow, England
Marlow is a sleepy parish on the River Thames. While the town is only 30 miles from hectic London, it feels like an entirely different world – especially during winter. Victorian look and atmoshpere, waiting on you.
18. Vyborg, Russia
Vyborg lies on the border between Russia and Finland and is surrounded by the Saimaa Canal, which freezes over in winter. From the castle tower, the entire town is visible in its snow-capped beauty.
17. Bamberg, Germany
The magnificent town center of Bamberg is considered a world heritage site, with the settlement dating back to 902 AD. This incredibly well preserved medieval town and its cobble streets become a treat to stroll around during winter. I’d go there right now.
16. Hallstatt, Austria
One of Austria’s oldest settlements, was originally founded in 5000 BC to exploit the vast salt reserves in the breathtaking mountains that surround the town. You wouldn’t think of that by looking at this picture.
15. Siglufjörður, Iceland
Siglufjörður is a small fishing town along a narrow fjord surrounded by mammoth mountains on the land. This quaint village was inaccessible by land until the 1940s, when a long tunnel was dug through the rock. The things man makes to satisfy his curiosity..
14. Loket, Czech Republic
The town is named this because the town centre and castle are surrounded on three sides by the fierce Ohře River. It looks simply dreamy.
13. Funes, Italy
Surrounded by the Italian Alps, Funes is blanketed by a layer of crystal white snow every winter. God is an artist, isn’t He?
12. Reine, Norway
Reine is a quaint fishing village that can be found on the beautiful arctic island of Moskenesøya. The port has a population of only 329, but was rightfully voted the most beautiful village in all of Norway. Stunning!
11. Calitri, Italy
Calitri is built on the beautiful hills of Campania. The town is a labyrinth of historic houses and cobble streets which become even more interesting to navigate after a snowfall. It looks surprisingly colorful, and compact.
10. Zermatt, Swizerland
Zermatt lies in the picturesque Matter Valley at an elevation of over 5,000 feet in the shadow of Switzerland’s highest peaks. At times, it’s hard to see the roofs amongst the snow, and who would want to?
9. Qaqortoq, Greenland
This area has been inhabited for around 4,300 years, when the Saqqaq first settled the land. The modern town is famous for its multi-colored houses, which contrast rather starkly with the white snow.
8. Chichilianne, France
Chichilianne is dominated by the breathtaking Mont Aiguille, which is nearly 7,000 foot tall and offers amazing views of the French Prealps. Just look at those mountains, guarding the town!
7. Breckenridge, Colorado
Breckenridge is a sleepy rural town in the shadow of the Rocky Mountains. The small houses of this ski town are dominated by their landscape, especially during winter. A climb to the peaks offer an incredible panorama of the town below. This kind of reminds me of a similar town in Germany, where I used to go and just stare into the woods.
6. Ittoqqortoormiit, Greenland
From the capital of Iceland, you’ll need to get on a once-weekly plane to Greenland and then get a helicopter ride to this small, colorful town which sits by the longest glacial river system in the world. You’d better pack up some serious clothes.
5. Langwies, Switzerland
This small town of a few hundred is perched precariously on the edge of the vast Langwies valley. Lucky visitors can take a train ride over the valley and trek among the snow covered trees. Beautiful!
4. Jablonec nad Nisou, Czech Republic
The name of this town roughly translates to ‘Apple Orchard on the River Neisse’ because of its immense beauty. Founded in 1356, this town rose to fame in the 18th century for producing the first piece of artificial jewellery. Who knew, right?
3. Jamnik, Slovenia
Jamnikeastern can be found on the slopes of the Jelovica Platea. The local church is built upon a hill with a breathtaking backdrop of the Julian Alps. That chuch seems lost and out of place, doesn’t it?
2. San Marino, Italy
San Marino is a micro-republic of just 24 square miles in the beautiful landscape of Northern Italy. Founded in 301 AD, it is one of the oldest surviving sovereign states and constitutional republics in the world.
1. Engelberg, Switzerland
Engelberg is a resort town surrounded by the Alps on one side and the crystal clear waters of four lakes on the others. What more could you ask for?