Traveling in Europe during the winter typically is associated with ski vacations; however, there is much more to do during the winter in Europe than simply skiing, snow boarding or ice skating. Since winter sports are one of the biggest tourist attractions for Zermatt Hotels, staying in Zermatt Switzerland and using it as a base for your European vacation is a great idea. Because it is located at the base of the Matterhorn, skiers of all levels can find excellent slopes that they will enjoy. Zermatt also has great toboggan and sledding runs for visitors to enjoy. When you have enjoyed yourself in Zermatt, you can venture to other cities in Switzerland or throughout Europe to enjoy the best winter activities Europe has to offer all without the summer crowds.
Europe is a wonderful place to enjoy world-class performing arts. Visit the Paris Opera House or the Vienna Opera House for a traditional opera experience. Many European capitals have excellent museums that are perfect for spending a cold, winter day. National history, military and art museums will keep you entertained and fascinated while keeping your warm. Children will love the CORPUS museum near Amsterdam or the Cite des Sciences et de l’Industrie in Paris. Families can spend an entire day or afternoon exploring the treasures located in these great European museums.
Castles and Europe go hand in hand and spending a day touring Europe’s finest castles is like a dream or fairy-tale come true. You can see the Crown Jewels at the Tower of London or visit Germany’s Neuschwanstein which was the inspiration for Disneyland’s Sleeping Beauty Castle. The castles are much less crowded than during the height of the summer tourist season which means that your guides will have more time to interact with visitors and answer questions about the castle, its history and its inhabitants.
Several European amusement parks are open during the winter season and are therefore a great choice for families with children. Hunderfossen Winterpark was the home of the 1994 Winter Olympics in Lillehammer Norway. You can take sleigh rides, enjoy a huge snow slide or go ice skating at the Efteling Amusement Park in The Netherlands. Do not forget that Mickey Mouse hosts a fantastic Winter Wonderland at Disneyland Paris.
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