Some cities truly stand out in the winter months, making this the ideal season to pay them a visit. OROGOLD takes a look at some of the best cities for an unforgettable winter break.
Tallinn is the capital of Estonia, and is the country’s cultural hub, with the whole city being recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. In the winter, Tallinn is an extremely romantic city that is full of contrasts, from the shiny glass towers alongside ancient architecture, to the colorful buildings punctuated with dark Gothic towers. With a beautiful blanket of snow turning the city into a winter wonderland, exploring Tallinn is always a delight. OROGOLD loves the charming Old Town with its snow-dusted cobbled streets, as well as the Botanical Gardens, where you will find a few Hot Houses to warm up in. Tallinn is also home to a few different winter markets and festivals, so you can be sure that there will be plenty of holiday cheer to add to the fairytale atmosphere.
New York, USA
While New York does get extremely cold in the winter, there is no denying its beauty when the frost glistens with the winter sunlight and the city is covered in a thick layer of snow. The action of this busy city seems to completely quieten down after a heavy snowfall, making it feel as though you have the whole city to yourself. From munching on freshly roasted chestnuts along 5th Avenue to skating around one of the city’s iconic ice rinks, to gazing in wonder at the Rockefeller Center’s giant Christmas tree, there are many winter activities to keep you busy in New York. While New York’s nightlife scene is always thriving, there are a variety of different pubs, especially in Greenwich Village, that serve up warming winter meals while you enjoy live music performances.
With over 60 different winter markets to choose from, Berlin is the city to visit if you are hoping to indulge in some seasonal shopping. Temperatures in Berlin over the winter easily plunge down to the minuses, with the city’s lake completely freezing over, so be sure to keep this in mind when packing for your trip. If you are looking for some festive cheer but in a more serene atmosphere, OROGOLD suggests heading to the Nikolai Quarter, the historic heart of Berlin, where you will find open-air performances in amongst the stunning architecture. Berlin’s restaurant scene is also definitely not to be missed, with many of the city’s restaurants creating special winter menus that feature traditional German winter dishes served up in a cozy dining room with a blazing fire.
The winter cold is off-putting to many travelers, which is why you will usually be able to find fantastic deals and bargains for winter travel. Whether you take in the snowy sights of the Big Apple, or head over to Berlin to do some festive shopping, these cities are all perfect for a memorable winter break.