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.

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The sun peeks through the mountains above Hallstatt, Austria.
Photo: Simon Matzinger

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

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Pink winter skies over Glencoe, Scotland.
Photo: John Mcsporran

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The stars and milky way above Lapland, Finland.
Photo: Eddie Yip

5

The Northern Lights high above the far north of Norway.
Photo: Carsten Frenzl

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A peek through the trees in South Tyrol, Italy.
Photo: Marlis Borger

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It's epic and famous, for a reason. The Matterhorn, in Switzerland.
Photo: Shann Yu

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Photo: Robert J. Heath

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The mountains in Leposavic, Serbia.
Photo: Mina Jevremovic

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Winter arrives in Delft, Netherlands.
Photo: Willem van Valkenburg

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A scene along the Road of Bones, in the Skaha Republic, Russia.
Photo: Maarten Takens

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An unbelievable scene in Bavaria, Germany.
Photo: Markus Trienke

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Linz, Austria after a snowfall.
Photo: Roderick Eime

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Like something out of a fairy tale in Altai Krai, Russia.
Photo: Tony

15

A perfect little farm in Bradford, England.
Photo: Tim Green

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A perfect wintery town in Brasov, Romania.
Photo: Stefan Wisselink

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High above the clouds in the Low Tatras, Slovakia.
Photo: Martin Grancic

18

A skating rink in chilly, but beautiful, Budapest, Hungary.
Photo: Jorge Gobbi

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Like it fell from Disneyworld: Neuschwanstein Castle, Germany.
Photo: Marco Cortese

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Old town in Tallin, Estonia, after a snowfall.
Photo: Ilya Orehov

21

Another snowy day in County Donegal, Ireland.
Photo: Michael Shannon

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Mountains upon mountains, in Rhone-Alpes, France.
Photo: Siris