Winter plans in Europe’s capital cities

By NH | 16:04

Want to make the best of the cold winter months? Then turn your attention to the European capital. There are so many ways for you to discover these cities during the fresher temperatures, with the cold weather giving the perfect excuse for a different set of plans! In addition, cooler temperatures usually means fewer tourists. Berlin, Madrid, Amsterdam,… and so many other options! Which one will you choose?

 

Berlin

Winter in Berlin is a wonderful moment for a relaxed city break and to explore the different cosy bars and cafés where hot wines and beers are a must. Delicious pastries or warming soups cut through the frosty air, a tasty pick-me-up after an invigorating walk around the Tiergarten, one of the most famous spots of the city, and one of the most enchanting ones too, especially during these months.

Visiting Berlin’s Haus der Kulturen der Welt (House of Cultures of the World) serves as the best cultural shelter (AKA museum) if the thought of walking through the gardens doesn’t tempt you. This museum is an authentic exchange of cultures, art and masterpieces. Its architectonic structure will captivate you even before entering.

Are you a big fan of movies and cinematography? Then you’d love to experience the Berlinale, Berlin’s International Film Festival, “an exciting, cosmopolitan cultural hub that never ceases to attract artists from around the world”. Culture, diversity, art and so much fun is waiting for you in Berlin this winter!

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Madrid

Even in Winter, you can’t stop the sun shining down over Madrid, and it’s common place to see people sat on squares enjoying a drink. However, in case you have the bad luck of having to a rainy or windy day, Madrid is host to world famous museums: The Prado, the Reina Sofía and the Thyssen, to name but a few of the exceptional places to visit.

Another thing you shouldn’t miss out on is the opportunity of trying the traditional cocido madrileño: a delicious stew with a soup, chickpeas, meat and vegetables. You’ll love it and it will keep you warm! Our suggestion! Try the delicious cocido served at our DOMO restaurant in NH Collection Madrid Eurobuilding. Every Thursday at lunchtime you can ask for a menu with this tasty and traditional dish, cooked up by our Executive Chef Luis Bartolomé. Trust us, it’s too tasty to miss.

And, of course, the winter plan par excellence in Madrid is to go to Navacerrada or Cotos, locations in the mountains of the Sierra de Madrid for a day of skiing! Yes that’s right, skiing near the capital of Spain… I bet you hadn’t thought of putting that on your to-do list! . Check our hotel options here!

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Amsterdam

Amsterdam has a special charm in winter and thanks to the fewer holiday makers visiting the city now, it becomes a pleasure to walk the city. Depending on just how cold temperatures get, one of the most beautiful experiences you can have is going ice-skating in the canals. Seeing the city from this exhilarating perspective never fails to capture the imagination of people of all ages. However, an alternative, you can always go to its famous skating rinks, such as the ICE*Amsterdam or the Leidseplein one.

During these months, locals like to go to their cosy bars with intimate atmospheres and have a drink with friends or warm themselves up with traditional recipes like the stamppot (mashed potatoes) or their popular sweets: oliebollen. You will definitely want to live like a local! Our suggestion: to book your hotel in the city centre.

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Prague

As with Amsterdam, Prague is also one of those cities that becomes even more beautiful when winter arrives. Maybe because of the snow decorating the  building and romantic scenery, or maybe because of the street food markets that pop up as quickly as they disappear (if you have the chance to go for Christmas, you must do it!)… Anyway, Prague is always beautiful!

Winter is a good moment to ride on Prague’s tram and discover the city, as well as to visit the Castle, an unforgettable structure of beauty and reverence in the middle of a magical landscape. What about going ice skating afterwards and ending the day with a beer tasting session at Beer Geed Pivotéke? It certainly sounds good to us.

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Brussels

If you liked the idea of beer tasting in Prague, you’ll love the Delirium Café in Brussels, too. Probably, one of the places where you’ll find the most extensive range bottled beers . And it is also a perfect and warm place to relax after a day of sightseeing Brussels’ must-see locations, eating some moules et frites in Rue des Bouchers and delighting in some hot chocolate and waffles.

It looks like, if you like gastronomic getaways, this has to be your winter destination! Our hotels there.

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London

These winter months are full of activities and fun things to do in London, as always! London is such a busy city with so many options and plans to do that any day of the week is the best day to take on the city.

This year, choose between the festivities of the 18th of February in Chinatown, when the Chinese New Year will be celebrated; or attending the famous and glamorous Fashion Week; or having a drink at any of the chic and fancy heated rooftop terraces around the city… It will be difficult not having something to do! Our NH London Kensington awaits you there.

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Already made a decision? First of all, remember to wear warm clothes. Second of all, get ready to have fun. And finally, we know it’s hard to choose… but any of the options is the best option!

 

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