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European Winter City Breaks

When the cold weather hits, a holiday might not be the first thing on your to do list, but there are actually some great destinations for unforgettable winter city breaks. Instead of holding out for the sunshine and warm weather, consider the endless reasons why you should embrace the chill and make the most of the cold months.

2022 November 16

You can experience some of the very best European cities in winter, many of which can be enjoyed without the usual crowds and without breaking the bank. While you might not be able to dine al fresco in Madrid or sunbathe on some of the best beaches in Nice, Winter breaks in Europe offer plenty of cosy experiences instead. How about a delicious Belgian hot chocolate in a pretty café in Brussels? Or a hearty Dutch dinner in a local eatery in Amsterdam?

Best Winter City Breaks

Wondering where to go for a winter city break? Read on for our best European cities to visit.


The city of love is an incredible spot for a winter city break, and as the early night’s draw in, Paris begins to come to life. Wrap up warm for a romantic stroll down the stunning Champs-Elysées, ice skate under the illuminated Eiffel Tower, or take to the Seine for a sunset boat tour. Temperatures can drop as low as 3°C/37°C so pack your scarf and woolly hat and plan in some spots to warm up during your adventure, such as lunch in a traditional Parisian café. Paris is known as the most romantic city in the world, so why not plan your winter city break over Valentine’s Day to see the French capital in all full swing. easyHotel Paris Charles de Gaulle Villepinte is an excellent base for a city break in Paris without breaking the bank, central Paris can be reached by bus in 45 minutes. Plus, keep an eye out for another easyHotel in the city coming very soon!


One of the best winter city breaks in Europe has to be a trip to Amsterdam. Throughout December and January, the Dutch capital is illuminated by the Amsterdam Light Festival. The event sees impressive pieces from all across the world light up the city and is one not to be missed. Amsterdam is a popular spot in the run up to the festive season, with plenty of Christmas markets and great events popping up around the city. If you’re looking for a winter break in Europe without the crowds, head to Amsterdam in January or February, where you can explore snowy canals and cosy restaurants. Book in at one of our three easyHotels in Amsterdam for a winter trip that doesn’t break the bank.


Oxford is a great city to visit all year round, and while a winter city break in the UK might not sound like a great idea, there is so much to enjoy in the historic destination. Some of the best Oxford attractions are likely to see big queues during the summer, but in winter, Christchurch Art Gallery, The Ashmolean Museum, and Bodleian Library can all be visited without the wait. In the evening, you can discover Oxford’s quaint old pubs and bars which are perfect for a cosy glass of wine by an open fire. easyHotel Oxford offers a comfortable and affordable base for your winter city break.


Barcelona in the winter might not be top of everyone’s list, but there’s so much more to this Spanish city than beaches and warm weather. Whether you’re interested in architecture or tapas, Barcelona in the winter will not disappoint. One of our favourite things about Barcelona at this time of year is the lack of tourists, making it the perfect season to beat the crowds and truly experience everything the city has to offer. Unlike some other winter city break destinations on this list, Barcelona still sees some nice temperatures in the winter, with an average of 12°C between November and February. When it comes to visiting must see Gaudi buildings in Barcelona, winter is arguably the best season. The Gothic Quarter has a somewhat mysterious feel as the night’s draw in and the streets are wonderfully calm. Stay at easyHotel Barcelona Fira, one of the best placed hotels for exploring the city.


Zurich City Centre might be small, but it certainly has a lot to offer, even in the winter. From historical museums to bustling art galleries, this Swiss city has it all. Zurich Old Town is one of the best destinations for a European city break, and if you visit in December, you can enjoy traditional Christmas markets and festive events. A trip to Switzerland in winter is likely to be met with snow, and there is little better than seeing the rustic old buildings dusted and glistening in the summer sun. Temperatures often drop to below freezing, so make sure to wrap up warm and choose a cosy place to stay! easyHotel Zurich City Centre is an affordable choice, leaving you more spending money to enjoy the city.

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