As you start planning your post-holiday trips for the rest of the winter, there are plenty of great destinations to choose from. Some of the best places to travel during the winter are various destinations around Europe. You get a glimpse into the rich history and culture of the country or city you choose to visit. Many places have festivities all winter long, but some are great to visit before the holiday season, like in late November or early December. No matter where you choose to go, there are plenty of great activities and sites to see.

Prague, Czech Republic

A beautiful city with a rich history, Prague is a must visit. There won’t be nearly as many tourists here as during warmer months, so you can move around the city with ease. Make sure you visit Old Town and the Prague Castle district. If you visit at the right time, you might catch a Christmas market. Stroll across the Charles Bridge and visit the many shops and cafes throughout the city.

Vienna, Austria

Vienna is the proud home of one of the most famous Christmas markets in Europe. While it’s certainly worth the visit, taking time to see the markets in smaller towns outside of the city can be exciting as well. While in Vienna, visit St. Stephen’s Cathedral, the Belvedere palaces, or the museum district.

Copenhagen, Denmark

Copenhagen is a favorite of travelers during any season, but it’s especially nice in winter. In the middle of the city, you can visit the Tivoli amusement park, which is particularly delightful in the winter. You can also find time to hang out in cafes and restaurants around the city, staying warm while watching the snow fall outside.

St. Petersburg, Russia

St. Petersburg is a fantastic place to visit during the winter. You’ll feel as though you’re transported to the setting of a classic Russian novel. While you’re there, remember that it gets incredibly cold, so pack accordingly. Take time to visit some of the many palaces in this city, such as the Catherine Palace or the Winter Palace. You’ll also be in the city in the midst of the theatre and ballet season, so get tickets to a show.

Reykjavik, Iceland

Iceland has become increasingly popular as a travel destination. When you visit in the winter, you’ll likely see snow on the streets and Christmas lights all over the place. During the winter, there are also loads of festivals to check out. You’ll also have a chance to see the Northern Lights, a sight that cannot be missed. If you travel to other parts of the country, you can visit hot springs and other natural wonders.

Kiruna, Sweden

In this northern city of Sweden, you’ll find deep snow, the Northern Lights, and plenty of things to do during the winter. If you visit toward the end of January, you’ll make it in time for their annual Snow Festival. You can also go dog sledding, snowmobiling, or skiing. If you visit the town of Jukkasjärvi, you can stay at the original Ice Hotel, an entire hotel made from ice and snow.