Inspirational travel and backpacking ideas , including tips and advice on round-the-world holidays.

10 Romantic Winter Destinations

1. Prague

The Czech Republic’s capital couldn’t be more picturesque, and during winter it’s no exception. Stroll across Charles Bridge, take a carriage ride or drink mulled wine at the Christmas market in the main square.

Don’t forget to stroll down Prague’s too-cute-to-be-true Golden Lane inside the castle grounds. This is a 15th century preserved street where many of the castle employees used to live. These days it’s a tourist attraction of colourful houses worth a mini-photo shoot with your love.

2. Rovaniemi, Finland

Fistfuls of Christmas clichés characterise Rovaniemi, the ‘official’ terrestrial residence of Santa Claus. Everyone’s favourite bearded man hangs out in an atmospheric Arctic Circle grotto, and it’s free to visit him (but photos are another story). Snow and reindeer add festive spirit, while the Arktikum museum gives insights into life at these latitudes.

Important Tip: Finnish thermometers have more numbers below 0°C than above, so pack serious winter clothing.

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