Top 7 Stunning Winter Wonderlands
Have you ever found yourself bored of the beaches, warm tropical air, and idealic sunsets on the horizon? Then this might be the list for you.
We tend to think of Winter as the season of bleak gray skies, cars refusing to start, and slushy black ice on the side of the road. But there's a stunning side to the season that people often look straight past.
We are talking mountain ranges covered with untouched snow, pristine frozen lakes surrounded by white covered trees, and English cottages straight out of a Thomas Kinkade painting.
We have compiled our top ten winter wonderlands for those of us who prefer the cold chill of winter to the busy heat of Summer.
8 - The Dolomites, Italy
The Italian Dolomites are the lesser known sibling of the Alp's Glitzy Ski towns.
This area's untouched snow-covered slopes can be reached via the 86-mile Great Dolomites Road, one of the world's most beautiful alpine drives - a perfect day trip from the equally as beautiful city of Venice.
As well as simply being taken aback by the regions picturesque landscapes and mountains, activities include hiking, skiing, rafting, camping, and even snowmobiling!
It's easy to see why many travellers make this their go-to destination when they crave some snow.
7 - Banff National Park, Canada
Without a doubt one of the most incredible winter locations on earth, the Banff National Park in Canada is straight out of a Disney film.
Surrounded by the Canadian Rockies and a incredible cast of wildlife, many hikers and adventurers come here to visit the glacial Lake Louise, which invites thoughts of Game of Thrones and World of Warcraft once it freezes over.
What do you think? Will you be visiting this whimsical Winter Wonderland?
6 - Sölden, Austria
Perhaps most famous for it's appearance in the 007 Hit "Spectre" with Daniel Craig as James Bond, Sölden Austria is yet another picturesque addition to our list.
Even going as far to feature the so-called "007 ELEMENTS" cinematic installation built inside the Gaislachkogl mountain to sate the die-hard bond fans, Sölden packs everything a fan of winter could want.
With gorgeous mountain towns, historic church towers, and miles of mountains and forests, Sölden easily earns its spot on our list.
5 - Lake Bled, Slovenia
Despite it's quite chilling name, Lake Bled is far removed from the Halloween images its name invites.
One of the most popular tourist destinations in Slovenia, the blissful "Bled Island" is easily the highlight of this location.
Tourists are invited to go into the church and ring its bell and have their wishes come true.
What will you wish for in this Winter Wonderland?
4 - Hagia Sophia, Istanbul
I bet you weren't expecting this one, were you? An unorthodox winter wonderland comes in at Number 3 on our list.
One of the new Seven Wonders of the World, the Hagia Sophia has been standing since the sixth century, and is easily one of the most important and impressive historical buildings that have ever existed.
Holding major significance for Byzantine Architecture, Christian Orthodoxy, and Turkish heritage alike, the Hagia Sophia makes our list at number 6.
Covered with snow in the Turkish winter, the Hagia Sophia also benefits from having tourism cut dramatically in the later months, meaning exploring this cultural masterpiece can be done at your leisure.
3 - Bulguksa Temple, South Korea
South Korea is home to some of the oldest buildings in the world.
The heavenly Bulguksa Temple located on the slopes of Mount Tohamsan in the Gyeongju National Park is no exception.
Built in 774 A.D., the temple is considered a masterpiece of the golden age of Buddhist Art.
The temple can be found silently looming in the South Korean snow with it's incredible Pagodas and complex stone terraces.
And that's why this Winter Wonderland takes spot 3 on our list.
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2 - Neuschwanstein Castle, Germany
Leaving most people speechless, our number two spot goes to the incredible Neuschwanstein Castle in Bavaria, Germany.
Serving as the inspiration for Disney's vision of Castles, it is easy to see why this marvel of 19th Century Architecture attracts tourists from all over the world during the winter months.
Built atop a ledge in the Bavarian Alps by order of the Mad King Ludwig, the construction began in 1868 and never completed.
Despite it's dark history, this castle is now home to a resort town at the base to keep visitors refreshed and warm as you explore it's incredible halls and surrounding landscape.
And that is why this Winter Wonderland easily comes it at second place on our list.
1 - Sapporo Snow Festival, Hokkaido, Japan
Few places on earth get as much snowfall as Hokkaido, Japan. Japan is a country that is renowned by travellers and tourists alike for it's incredible variety of activities, climates, cities, foods, and more.
But none of them quite compare to the quiet serenity of the country's most northern island, Hokkaido.
Whilst a wealth of locations from Japan could have made this list, our pick goes to the Sapporo Snow Festival.
The neon city is a shining white, trees are decked with twinkling lights, and huge sculptures that defy logic are illuminated by entrancing coloured lights that give the entire city a unique atmosphere.
And if that wasn't enough, Sapporo is home to some of Japan's most delicious and warming foods, to keep you warm as you explore what we deem as our favourite winter wonderland on this list.
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Conclusion - Which Winter Wonderland was your favourite?
And that's it! These are our favourite picks for Winter destinations that you can visit in the next few years. Which one was your favourite?