There are so many reasons why you should go on a winter road trip. From the opportunity to experience driving in a real winter wonderland, to getting bargains and off-season discounts, you may begin to question what the best European winter road trip is. Luckily, going on your winter road trip doesn’t have to be in ice cold weather, Europe has plenty to offer in winter, and you don’t have to worry about slipping on black ice and needing to use your EHIC card.
Cologne To Berlin
A two day road trip from Cologne to Berlin is the best for those looking to explore the hidden gems Germany has to offer. You don’t have to explore the iconic attractions both Cologne to Berlin have to offer by car either, from just £35.00 you could get a train and travel in ultimate comfort with your little ones. Not only are there numerous ways to travel, from car, train or tram, winter is the perfect time to visit Cologne and Berlin alike. From visiting the main Christmas Market next to the infamous Cologne Cathedral, to visiting Phantasialand – Germany’s equivalent to Disneyland – it is certainly the place to visit with your family this winter!
Hilltop Towns, Italy
If a road trip from Cologne to Berlin isn’t your cup of tea, why not take a trip through Tuscany’s magnificent hilltop towns? Not only is this road trip perfect in the summer, it’s great to visit in the winter too. Above ground, you can admire the hills for as far as the eye can see, as well as the incredible architecture you will come across along the way. Civita di Bangnoregio especially is a hilltop town like no other, and looks like it is straight out of a book.
Sticking to Italy, a road trip to Transylvania is high on the list of the best European winter road trips. Whilst few people think of Romania as a destination when it comes to winter trips, there are several reasons why it is becoming increasingly popular – and rightly so! In the winter time, you can enjoy the stunning landscapes Romania has to offer without being scorched by the hot sun. You can expect to find temperatures of up to 10°C, which is perfect to explore the rich history the numerous cities and traditional villages have to offer.
Ring Road, Iceland
Ring Road is ultimately Iceland’s most epic road trip. Driving past an array of waterfalls, active volcanoes and even icebergs on the way, you are sure to be immersed in the beautiful scenery, and you might even be lucky enough to see the northern lights! To make the most of the 828 mile stretch of road, spend two weeks exploring exactly what you are there to see.
Lapland, Sweden & Norway
For the ultimate winter experience, visit Sweden. Here you can stay in the iconic Ice Hotel, where you can literally stay in a room made of ice hand carved by artists from across the world. But, if the idea of sleeping in an igloo sends a shiver down your spine, why not stay in the warm room – Kaamos – instead? Enjoy the cabin-theme room, complete with a desk and seating area, for a relaxed stay and have a drink in the Icebar on site instead. Before you set off to the Norway to see the iconic Norwegian fjords, though, be sure to experience the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to ride a husky-drawn sledge!