Top 5 Winter Travel Destinations

Posted on Wednesday, January 4th, 2017 at 10:18 am

It's time for a winter getaway….

There are a number of ways that winter malaise can get you down. Everyone has their own tipping point. Numb legs after one too many hours watching gripping dramas on Netflix; another box of biscuits annihilated in record time. The solution? A winter getaway – a weekend jaunt to shake off the cobwebs and see the world dressed in your cosiest sweater.

 Here at 7 For All Mankind we've chosen five places that will have you singing the praises of winter, at least for a little while.

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 Amsterdam, Netherlands

Kick off your travel plans with a weekend trip to Amsterdam, a city that really comes into its own in the winter. The annual Light Festival - running from 1 December 2016 – 22nd January 2017, features impressive large-scale light installations by international artists, which you can take in with a leisurely Illuminade evening stroll or admire from a  boat sailing down the canal.

 After a brisk walk down the canal, it's time to sip glühwein with the locals in a cosy, wood-panelled pub and have warming comfort food at Hanneke's Boom, where you can relax in front of an open hearth and listen to live music.

 No trip to Amsterdam would be complete without visiting The Rijksmuseum, where you can peruse renowned Rembrandts like ‘The Night Watch', alongside Dutch Old Masters like Jan Vermeer. Only moments away is the boutique Conservatorium Hotel, situated in the former Sweelinck Conservatory of Music, with its own organic restaurant and eco-certified spa products.

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Munich, Germany

 If you're after that charming fairy-tale winter feel, you can't get much better than a trip to Munich, the Bavarian capital. Beautiful churches, impressive palaces, street food markets and cosy beer halls – what's not to like?

 Dating back to the 13th Century,  Munich's answer to Carnival, ‘Fasching', starts on 7th January 2017and runs until March – with more than 800 balls and parties and the famous  ‘Dance of the Market Women' on Shrove Tuesday.

 Partake in some regional cuisine at Spezlwirtschaft, housed in a building that dates back to 1264, and try some kohlrabi schnitzel, spinach dumplings or the German answer to mac and cheese – käsespätzle. 

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Sibiu, Transylvania

 Best known as the birthplace of vampires, most of us would readily admit that we thought Transylvania is a fictional place.  Located in central Romania, it's a captivating destination that still feels new and undiscovered.

The Baroque town of Sibiu was named European City of Culture in 2007 and is the bohemian foothold of Transylvania, filled with art, churches, cobbled street and medieval archways. Start your day off with a coffee and pastry at Cafe Wien. Take a day trip to Sighisoara, one of the best preserved medieval towns in Europe and the birthplace of Vlad the Impaler, Dracula.

Get a taste for Romanian food – with it's mix of Romanian, Hungarian and German influences – like hearty stews, mincemeat wrapped in cabbage or cheese croquettes at Transylvanian restaurant Crama Sibiul Vechi, hidden in the cellar of a 15th century building.

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Edinburgh

Edinburgh has a little bit of everything, from the crags, wynds and vennels of Old Town to the charming modernity of the New Town, it's a city that has a uniquely eccentric energy that suits the crisp, winter season.

With its rich cultural history, there is no shortage of things to see like the impressive Edinburgh Castle. Unwind after a day of exploring in one of the city's many candle-lit pubs packed full of character like the Last Word Saloon or The Sheep Heid, the oldest pub in the Scotland.. Have a stroll through Stockbridge Market sample street local street food like  hot haggis toasties.

If you're looking for somewhere unique to stay, The Witchery is dark, dramatic and wonderfully over-the-top. A little bit Hogwart's and a touch of ‘Practical Magic', winter is the perfect season to stay here.

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 Tromso, Norway

If you really want to revel in the delights of winter, the fjords of Tromso, Norway has everything to offer from husky sledging to whale safaris – although most people go to see the Northern Lights.

Go up Mount Storsteinen in the town cable car where you can admire city views, warm yourself in front of a log fire. Once you're back on solid ground, warm yourself with hot chocolate and cake at Aunegarden.

In a city known as the ‘gateway to the Arctic', you can't miss an opportunity to visit the Polar Museum, housed in a 19th century warehouse filled with pelts and  historical taxidermy.

Need a place to stay? You can't get much better than the Rica Ishavshotel, a hotel with views over Tromso harbour.