Whether you’re a summer fanatic or a winter enthusiast, there is no escaping the impending winter season. That means there is only one thing to do and that is to embrace the coming cold! What better way than by taking a trip to a winter wonderland. Therefore, if you only have a few days to spare and are on a tight budget, you’re in luck. The Netherlands is centrally located, providing easy access to many parts of Europe.
Here are 3 great places a wanderlust student should spend a winter weekend away. You can also check out this guide to last minute holiday deals.
1.The Ultimate Winter Wonderland: Brugge
Easily accessible by train and bus, this small Belgium town is in the Flemish-speaking region. It is only a few hours away from The Netherlands. Moreover, its small size means you only need a weekend to fully enjoy everything this fairytale town has to offer. In fact, during the winter months, you can experience a charming ice rink, Christmas offerings and maybe even see snow! The historic city center gives visitors an impressive glimpse into the commercial and cultural architecture of medieval Europe. Dreamy canals, soaring towers, cobblestone streets, and medieval overtones—need we say more? As picturesque as a postcard, the photos will make your friends and family green with envy.
Moreover, almost everything in Brugge is accessible by foot. Therefore, making the town very manageable for a weekend getaway. Eat warm Belgium waffles, taste test chocolate, or enjoy traditional Belgium beer and get swept up in this romantic town. There was even a film set here called, In Brugge.
Highlights include: The Belfort Tower, The Burg, Basilica of the Holy Blood, Museum-Gallery Xpo: Salvador Dali, a boat tour.
Crepes, bread, cheese and great wine—this is just the beginning of winter wonderland Strasbourg style. Located on the border of France and Germany, this city oscillated between French and German rule. This gives it a cross-cultural appeal. Here you’ll find half-timbered Medieval houses situated alongside elegant French-style mansions. Moreover, the town has an enchanted charm and folksiness that’ll keep you occupied all weekend. In fact, the historic city center, Grande Île (Grand Island), is a World Heritage Site and the city hosts France’s oldest Christmas market.
Plane or train is the best option and if you book in advance you’ll find great bargains.
Highlights include: Cathedral Notre-Dame, winstub (wine bars), Petite France (neighbourhood), barrage Vauban, Musée Alsacien and don’t forget to try the Alsatian dish baeckeoffe.
3. Seville, Spain
If you’re still in denial about winter, then Seville might be the destination for you. Average winter temperatures sit comfortably around the 10-12 degree mark. This allows for cool evening strolls alongside the river. Further, walk through one of Seville’s many famous parks or enjoy a drink at a rooftop bar. Winter in Seville won’t chase you indoors. Furthermore, this vibrant Spanish city will seduce you with its colossal Gothic cathedral, traditional Spanish Flamenco clubs, and aristocratic mansions.
Seville has much to offer and the best part about visiting in winter is you get to avoid the hoards of tourists which swarm the city in the summer months. It is an easy place to get around on foot and the year-round cheap Ryanair flights make it the perfect student destination. Stroll through sunny Sevilla and enjoy the holidays in peace and quiet along with the locals.
Highlights include: climbing the Cathedral, the Alcázar, Plaza de España, Giralda.