If you read my previous post, you know that I’m feeling a deep need of wanderlust lately. My all-time strategy to overcome those thoughts, is to make a list of places that are reachable, affordable hence perfect for short winter breaks.
To get the best deals on flights and accommodation you should plan ahead, if possible. Also it can’t hurt to look on Airbnb to find great rooms or entire houses/flats. Get 35 € off your first trip with this Link! Don’t be afraid to try it out, trust me you’ll never wanna stay anywhere else again (:
Now pack your weekender and get ready for a nice little getaway that will make life more bearable during the cold season.
Castle Neuschwanstein (and Rothenburg ob der Tauber Christmas Market)
If you’re familiar with famous German sights, you must have been heard of the postcard-perfect Cinderella Castle ,,Neuschwanstein’’. It’s located way down in the south of Germany and totally worth a visit if you’re looking for the real Disney experience. Did you know that this fairytale castle did inspire Walt Disney for his movies?
If you’re in the area you might as well drive another 2 hours to have some mulled wine in Rothenburg ob der Tauber. With it’s cozy and intimate atmosphere it is known as one of the most popular Christmas markets in Germany. Sounds like a plan, aye?
Escape to a cute village in the uk
How about a small winter break in the UK? British towns are full of historical buildings, cozy pubs and little cottages – perfect for a long weekend getaway. Here are some amazing towns, you should check out:
- Bakewell in Derbyshire
- Bratford on Avon in Wiltshire
- Wells in Somerset
- Oban, Argyll and Bute (Scotland)
- Rye, East Sussex, England
There are several reasons to visit Budapest in winter. First of all, compared to other cities it’s relatively cheap. Apart from its amazing baths and delicious holiday food, Budapest has a number of great Christmas markets and ice rinks to skate on. Mulled Wine is a must in Budapest during wintertime so don’t miss out on it! Besides Budapest has some legendary coffee houses and artsy coffee shops as well as cozy outdoor pubs to keep you warm and comfortable.
For more information on what to do in Budapest, visit WeloveBudapest!
Brussels and Antwerp
Belgium towns are way too underrated and certainly not the most obvious choice for a wild weekend getaway. Another reason to make a story of your own and give Brussels or any other Belgian city a try. Brussels seems to be perfect for a Friday to Sunday trip with its rich cuisine, Art Nouveau buildings, flea markets and beer selection. Don’t worry, it’s always beer o’clock in Belgium!
Antwerp is another gorgeous Belgian city with a vibrant, youthful vibe. It’s also a shoppers’ paradise with a center that’s filled with trendy stores and designer boutiques. The best thing is, round trip flights from Berlin to Brussels already start at 50 EUR.
Saxon Switzerland National Park
Located close to the German-Czech border and a 40-minute drive from Dresden, the park is truly a paradise for hiking and climbing lovers. The famous and biggest attraction is the Bastei Bridge, it really does remind you of a fairytale, especially during the golden hour. From there you have a stunning view over the river ,,Elbe’’ and the best thing, there is no entrance fee. Overall the park offers around 400 km of beautiful hiking trails and various opportunities to venture off the beaten track. If you want to camp and spend the night surrounded by wonderful nature, you are free to “boofen” (sleep under cave-like cliffs). Although, this is only allowed outside the central part of the park.
There are lots of tours starting from either Prague or Dresden. For more information on how to get there and tickets click here. For my German fellas, you can always take the car up to the Bastei via the village Lohmen or go by train to Bad Schandau. More infos here.