The 25 Most Breathtaking Winter Wonderlands In The World

For most people, winter is the most depressing season in the whole year. It is cold, gray, the sun sets very early in the afternoon, and most people get a flu or runny noses. But if you are one of those people that love winter, or that love to travel in winter, here are some destinations that you will find incredible during winter: frozen lakes, woods, and mountains and cities covered in snow! Our favorites are #17, #10 and #3!

#25. Banff National Park, Canada

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Banff National Park is considered one of the most beautiful spots in Canada, with views of the Canadian Rockies and a regular wildlife. The main attraction of the park is the glacial Lake Louise, that is even more stunning when it freezes completely in winter!

#24. Antarctica

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One of the most wild and virgin places in the world is located on the shouthernmost continent, Antarctica. Even though 99 percent of its surface is constantly covered in ice, its landscape offer us a variety of views: from surreal blue glaciers and active volcanoes, to the rough waterways of the Drake Passage and 360 degree views of untouched snow. You may even come across an emperor penguin or humpback whales!

#23. Dolomites, South Tyrol, Italy

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If you are spending your holidays in Venice, you should enjoy this day trip to The Dolomites, a mountain range to the northeast of Italy. It can be accesed via the 86-mile Great Dolomites Road, one of the most beautiful alpine drives. When you get there, you will find powdery slopes, woods and a mountain range for you to enjoy!

#22. Blue Pond, Hokkaido, Japan

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If you are looking for natural beauty, with volcanoes, lakes and woods, you are looking for the Japanese island of Hokkaido. In winter, the Blue Pond in Hokkaido completely frozes over, and the woods surrounding the lake are covered in white snow.

#21. Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah

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Most tourists visit the Bryce Canyon National Park between spring to fall. However, if you want to avoid other tourists, then you should go in winter, when you can join several activities. From ranger-led snowshoe hikes to winter astronoy programs. You may also see the hoodoos peeking through a blanket of snow!

#20. Crater Lake, Oregon

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One of the most clear and intense lakes in the whole United States, the Crate Lake in Oregon sits at 1,943 feet and is also the deepest lake in the country. It is composed mainly of glacial runoff and precipitation, this is why the lake is one of the most clear in the country.

#19. Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming

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In Wyoming you can’t miss winter. After snow has fallen and the elks have descended from the mountains, a sense of tranquility fills the landscape. The Teton Mountain Range surrounds the whole place, and with snow in its top, it’s the perfect view from the warmth of a fireplace or even while skiing.

#18. Hallstatt, Austria

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Hallstatt is a picture-perfect town for all photographers to appreciate. Its lakeside views and 12th-century buildings that still stand through time make a perfect spot in winter, where you can also appreciate the snowy mountains without tourists in every step of the way! It is a really peaceful place to be.

#17. Harbin, China

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The Harbin International Ice & Snow Sculpture Festival has taken place every winter since 1963. Located in the north of China, this temporary city made entirely out of ice attracts millions of tourists! The temporary city of Harbin covers eight million square feet with frozen, LED-covered skyscrapers, palaces and sculptures!

#16. Cambridge, U.K.

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The city of Cambridge, located to the North of London, consists mainly of Gothic courtyards and student-packed pubs, but you may also find several iconic structures that complete the landscape of the city, for example, the Cloister Court, the Friars Building and the Mathematical Bridge. Covered in winter snow,  these places look extra magical!

#15. Lake Bled, Slovenia

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Lake Bled is one of the most popular destinations in Slovenia. In the center of the lake is a church-dotted islet and tourists ride rowboats in its waters. When the surrounding Julian Alps become covered in snow in winter, and the fog settles over the lake, the most beautiful photographs may be taken.

#14. Lake Baikal, Russia

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One of the oldest and most deepest lakes in the world, Lake Baikal, reaches depths of one mile and covers an area that is larger than Belgium. When winter comes, the lake transforms into a snowy paradise: jagged ice caves and the only freshwater seals in the world!

#13. Paris, France

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Although the beauty of Paris can be better seen in the hot months of the year, where it all shines, the City of Light becomes even more dazzling when covered in snow and in Christmas lights.

#12. Jökulsárlón, Iceland

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One of Iceland’s natural wonders is the glacial lake of Jôkulsárlón. This lake and its frozen beach, covered in black volcanic sands, provide a stark backdrop for the chunks of ice that wash ashore. If you are visiting Iceland for your winter holidays, don’t forget to ask tourist information for trips to this lake!

#11. Bergen, Norway

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The second most populated city of Norway, Bergen, is full of colorful wooden houses and buildings, that have a complete view of all the fjords and mountains. In winter, these fjords and mountains are completely frozen over and covered in snow. You may also have the opportunity to see the Northern Lights!

#10. Neuschwanstein Castle, Bavaria, Germany

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During the Bavarian winters, the Neuschwanstein Castle, which was built in 1886, transforms into an ethereal snow castle. If you have visited Disneyland sometime, you may think that the Sleeping Beauty Castle looks very similar. This is so because the Neuschwanstein Castle served as inspiration for it.

#9. Plitvice Lakes, Croatia

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Located in the Plitvice Lakes National Park, the 16 terraced lakes are connected by waterfalls and its variety of blue shades result in something that defy every traveler’s imagination, especially when the waterfalls are frozen!

#8. Queenstown, New Zealand

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Known for attracting the most adrenaline-junkies travelers in the world, the southern city of New Zealand, Queenstown, has one of the most jaw-dropping views in the world. Now, imagine those landscapes covered in snow – You would really like them!

#7. Tallinn, Estonia

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One of the most heavily protected cities by the UNESCO, Tallinn, has one of the best-preserved historical centers in Europe, with many medieval churches and merchant houses. The views of the historical center from Toompea Castle are outstandingly beautiful!

#6. Glacier Bay National Park, Alaska

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Spanning across one million acres, the Glacier Bay National Park is the highlight of the entire Alaskan state. It is one of the most bio-diverse regions on the whole planet: you will see whales, moose, wolverines, mountain goats and grizzly bears among the more than 100 hundred pristine lakes that comprise the National Park.

#5. Ilulissat, Greenland

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Greenland, one of the biggest islands in the world, is a country which is constantly covered in snow. Nonetheless, the western town of Ilulissat draws tourists from all around the world for several reasons: the UNESCO-listed Icefjord, dog sledding and the colorful buildings which are set to the incredible backdrop of icebergs!

#4. Prague, Czech Republic

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One of the places you have to visit if you travel to Europe is Prague, in the Czech Republic. This old city is known for its historic pubs and incredible Baroque architecture. Travelers will surely find warmth in the city’s Christmas markets and mulled wine!

#3. Quebec City, Canada

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One of the oldest cities in North America, Quebec City gives an European feel thanks to its French architecture, and its cobble-stone strets are decorated for the holidays. The toboggan run at the Château Frontenac, which is open from mid-December to March, is one of the best places to view the whole city.

#2. Torres del Paine National Park, Chile

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Torres del Paine, located in the Southern Hemisphere, most exactly located in the Torres del Paine National Park in Chile, is one of the most impressive sites, surrounded by granite pillars, azure lakes and a whole system of icebergs. Woods are also to be seen in the National Park!

#1. Hagia Sophia, Istanbul

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Nowadays known as one of the New Seven Wonder of the World, the Hagia Sophia has been standing since the sixth century and is therefore one of the best examples of Byzantine architecture all around the world. It is worth visiting both in summer and winter!

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