Last weekend I visited Gemünd, in the German Eifel region. While I was walking around town with my friend Shira, we noticed that it was so quiet there. Ofcourse, we added, nobody travels in winter around here. Everybody seems to want fun in the sun and doesn’t consider winter chills. And that’s a pitty. Because a wintertrip has a lot of bonusses as well!
When I got home, I read this blogpost of Europe Travel Net, summing it up quite correctly. They gave 5 reasons why it’s a good idea to travel off-season: you can easily find bargains, the climate is often really good in the southern part or you could just dress up warmly in North or Central Europe, you have fewer crowds, the locals have more time to spend with you and there are often stunning views to be seen. You can read the full article here. I might add a sixth one right now: it gets dark early in the night, often providing stunning city scenery. And if you are really lucky, the whole area gets covered in a thick blanket of white snow.
So, the whole week I’ve been thinking about all the beautiful trips I made in wintertime. Trips to Paris, Liverpool, Bretagne, Normandy, Venice, Austria, … I’ve never had the feeling that the cold was unbearable, though I did have to dress up quite warm (layers ftw!). I’ve never experienced trouble finding a place to sleep (in France we would often drive around, looking for a Chambre d’Hôte without making advanced reservation and we never got into trouble finding a spot) and it was always sooooo great to get into a warm restaurant or café for a local meal or a hot drink. And best of all: you almost have the whole of Europe to yourself.
Enough talking about it though. Let’s take you guys on a short trip around Europe, to show you what I mean. If you still have doubts after this… you can’t say I didn’t try my best ;-)