Many from the Southern hemisphere and Australians are eager to experience the European winter, but they are not sure if it’s a great idea to travel during winter. Do not be discouraged from visiting Europe by the possible snowstorms, chilly temperatures and short opening hours to many attraction places. Following this few steps will assist you as you get ready to experience the best visit to this beautiful destination.

Opening Hours

Most cities in Europe major attraction sites are open throughout winter season albeit shortened often by opening hours. Visit websites of the tourist attraction sites that you want to visit to know the opening hours before you leave your hotel or home. This helps you organize your sightseeing efficiently. If you want to travel to the regional areas also check their websites first to verify their opening hours to avoid any inconveniences.

Limit Your Luggage

Carrying light baggage as possible always simplifies your trip. Freeing one hand makes it easier if you need to use an umbrella while you’re out and about.

You need to limit your luggage if you will be traveling by train in Europe. Getting on and off the train that only stops for a few minutes at the platform can be hard even when you have one suitcase so don’t add to the trouble by carrying unnecessary stuff. Platforms are covered by snow, maneuvering several bags through the snow can be frustrating.

Traveling through Europe in winter

In most countries, it is mandatory to have your vehicle fitted with winter tires during winter. Verify with your car rental company that they have winter tires installed and included in the quote given. If they do not have them, you will have to pay more after picking up the car to have it fitted with the right tires.

Significant autobahns and roads and city streets are cleared off snow regularly using snow, but still, you should exercise extra caution when traveling on the snowy, wet and icy roads.

If you are hesitant to drive during winter, it’s advisable that you get an automatic car; not changing gears is one factor that can ease your drive.

Traveling by train in Europe

Europe is known for its efficient train network, but bad weather can make the services to be affected. Ensure that you have a flexible itinerary in case you encounter any delays.

If your trip requires you to change trains en-route, have ample time from one train transfer to the other to allow still meet your time schedules even if you experience delays. Platforms are likely to be covered in snow making the transfers from one platform to the other to take longer than usual.


When choosing the countries, you want to visit in Europe during winter will be influenced by many issues. If your primary interest is to experience European markets during Christmas, then Austria, Switzerland, and Germany should feature in your trip itinerary.

If you want snowboarders and skiers, then find mountain resorts in France, Switzerland, Austria, Italy, and Austria among others.

These are just a few things that can be exciting to do in Europe during winter. Much more are available.