Beat the summer holiday blues by jetting off from Stansted Airport to one of our winter city break getaways, each only a short flight away and brimming with winter sports activities and relaxation in equal measure.
Ski-enthusiasts thrive in Munich during the winter season; with the Bavarian capital’s prime alpine ski location near to some of the finest ski resorts in the Alps situated a short drive away.
Travellers can combine thrill-seeking ski runs with the snow-tinged beauty of the city during winter, housing a range of winter-themed activities including skating and sledding within striking church and garden surrounds.
The city is equally as adept at offsetting adrenaline fuelled daily pursuits, where you can simply unwind indoors where Munich’s famous music scene is in full swing, showcasing everything from live jazz and indie rock at esteemed venues such as Zenith, to laid-back cocktail bars doubling as intimate concert spaces, such as Atomic Café and it’s quirky nuclear bunker themed décor.
September and October also sees Munich’s world leading celebration of all things beer, with beer tents, ceremonies and fairground attractions featuring as part of a three-week long street party.
Endearingly referred to as La Ville Rose due to the pink-hued architecture permeating the city, Toulouse offers a discerning French city break as an alternative to tourist hotspots such as Paris and Lyon, particularly as its southerly location usually offers balmier weather than the north during the winter period.
The city's architectural splendour lends itself to a picturesque winter canopy from which to explore famous sightseeing spots such as The Place du Capitole square, where visitors will find a platform to discover the epicentre of Toulouse' culture, including the Theatre National Du Capitole opera house.
Toulouse' dining and nightlife scene is also second to none. A plethora of local dishes is focused around the region's affection for meat and cheese based ingredients, with the Toulouse sausage and the white bean and pork comprising Cassoulet, which can be washed down with a drink at one of the many bars and clubs open throughout the week into the early hours.
A true year-round destination, Amsterdam's laid-back charm and diverse cultural scene is still in full flow come the winter period.
Amsterdam envelops the true heart of Dutch culture during winter by adorning cosy pubs with fairy lights and illuminated canal bridges for an idyllic setting in keeping with the season.
There is a packed event schedule right up to Christmas and New Year in the city, including a staggering display of colour during December and January with the annual Amsterdam Light Festival. Running across no less than 53 nights, the light festival incorporates the very best of illuminating street art from across the globe, featuring expansive installations dotted throughout the city centre.
For postcard friendly winter destinations, Norway's Oslo would feature highly on the list.
This veritable winter capital features something for every traveller looking for either an action packed winter sports adventure, or simply a relaxed city break getaway amidst dark pine forest and cultural gems.
A total of 1600-miles of cross-country ski trails awaits, while a series of world class ski resorts offer visitors the chance to take to the powder white piste of the downhill slopes, alongside ice-skating and even a hair-raising 2km toboggan at the popular Korketrekkeren.
Away from the slopes, Oslo provides downtime within an enchanting city incorporating over fifty museums, a thriving dining scene, and perhaps more surprisingly, one of the most appealing music concert schedules on the continent.