5 magical European destinations for those last-minute winter getaways

Europe is without a doubt one of the best places in the world for a magical last-minute winter getaway. From snow-capped mountain ranges to some of the oldest architecture and castles in the whole world, Europe is an absolute haven for winter breaks.

A last-minute winter getaway is also the perfect way to end the year and there’s really no better place to visit than some of Europe’s most beautiful destinations.

Whether you need to use up the last of your annual leave or are just desperate to get away for a few days, here are 5 magical European destinations for those last-minute winter getaways.



Tromsø is the only most northern town with a population of over 50,000, although this shouldn’t dissuade you from visiting as it never feels over-crowded.

It’s also a perfect place to visit for a glimpse of the magical Northern Lights and is home to the most gorgeous wooden houses and an Arctic Cathedral that dates back to the 1960s.

The town is always covered in a thick layer of snow during the winter, so it’s imperative that you wrap up warm for your last-minute European getaway to Tromsø.



Often dubbed the younger sister of Vienna, Salzburg shouldn’t be a European destination that you discard during the winter.

The city lights up during Christmastime, with many Christmas markets, adorable festive lights as well as a number of ski resorts. Salzburg is also prone to experiencing a decent amount of snowfall so it’s an idyllic destination to get to enjoy the magic that comes with Christmas.



If you’re looking for a white Christmas and a place to truly embrace the festive season, then there really is no better place in the world than Lapland.

You can enjoy several winter activities in Lapland including skiing and hiking, as well as tucking up in front of a fire inside a cosy log cabin while you enjoy watching the beautiful snowfall outside.

Explore Santa’s village, hang out at his workshop and enjoy reindeer and husky rides. You may even get to experience the elusive Northern Lights which really will be the star on top of the Christmas tree for a last-minute winter getaway.



Budapest is an eclectic city that offers visitors a truly wonderful last-minute winter getaway experience.

From traditional Hungarian dishes that are sure to warm you right through during the chilly days, to the plethora of thermal baths that are the perfect indulgence on a snowy evening.

There’s also a number of Christmas markets to take advantage of in order to pick up those last-minute Christmas gifts before you head back home.



The capital of Austria is truly one of the most wonderful places to visit in Europe for a last-minute winter break.

During the winter months, Vienna transforms into the most magical city that’s abundant in pretty squares full of Christmas markets, stalls and activities.

Make sure to pay a visit to the Rathausplatz which is home to more than 150 stalls, which are all teeming with wonderful Christmas festivities. From traditional glühwein, excellent last-minute gifts and a lit up ice rink, Vienna is the perfect place to visit in winter.

There are so many magical European destinations to choose from for your last-minute winter getaway so make sure you choose wisely!

If you’re looking for a truly incredibly festive Christmas break, then a trip to Lapland to see Santa could be the place for you! For a more relaxed city break where you’ll find plenty of Christmas markets then head to Salzburg or Vienna.

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