Not all travelers are drawn to sun-kissed beaches and tropical climates. Some of us find snow-dusted mountains, icy landscapes and crisp northern towns appealing, especially if activities like skiing, skating or snowmobiling are of interest. Some like it hot, but if you prefer to bundle up and embrace the cold, here are 12 winter wonderland getaways around the world to inspire you.
1. Cologne, Germany
The German city of Cologne has a fairytale historic charm that is stunning to take in any time of year. However, it shows off particularly well in the winter months when its old church spires and town squares resemble a scene right out of a snow globe. If you visit in December, the city’s enchanting Christmas market is among the best in Europe. Outdoor rinks can be found in Lanxess Arena and Lentpark if you want to take some blades for a spin, followed by a warming mug of mulled wine or hot chocolate.