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Here Is Why You Should Visit Europe in the Dead of Winter

by Kate Siobhan Mulligan Dec 20, 2017

When you think of winter destinations, for most of us the knee-jerk reaction is seeking warmth. Just head south. But Europe actually explodes with brilliant winter scenes that are a) total eye candy b) somewhat devoid of tourists and c) beg for cozying up in a pub or cafe and wrapping your hands around a wintery cuppa. Check out these winter scenes from all across Europe and see if you just might make a change of plans.

The sun peeks through the mountains above Hallstatt, Austria. 

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Tucked away near Bosnia, the Plitvice Lakes after a snowfall are an incredible sight.

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Pink winter skies over Glencoe, Scotland.

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The stars and milky way above Lapland, Finland.

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The Northern Lights high above the far north of Norway.

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A mountain village in South Tyrol, Italy.

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It’s epic and famous, for a reason. The Matterhorn, in Switzerland. 

Cable car to Matterhorn Glacier Paradise at Zermatt, Switzerland

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An unbelievable scene in Bavaria, Germany.

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Like something out of a fairy tale, the Swan Lake in Altai, Russia.

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A perfect wintery town in Brasov, Romania.

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High above the clouds in the Low Tatras, Slovakia.

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A skating rink in chilly, but beautiful, Budapest, Hungary.

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Like it fell from Disneyworld: Neuschwanstein Castle, Germany.

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Old town in Tallin, Estonia, after a snowfall.

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Mountains upon mountains, in La Clusaz, France. 

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