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Winter has come. There are a number of holidays and long weekends during those winter months. Therefore, the season is ideal for travelling. There are two types of winter travelers. One is for those that welcome cold, snowy days. The other is for “snowbirds,” or travelers who seek out warmer climes when winter comes. We have already introduced you Top 5 ideal destinations to run away from winter . Now this is time to explore the beauty of best winter destinations in the world.
5. Rudesheim, Germany
Rüdesheim is a small town located at the foot of the mountain Niederwald Rhein River with about 11,000 residents. Though small, Rüdesheim is one of the famous tourist city in the world. Not only is this delicious wine in the famous city wearing a very ancient beauty but also because of the scenic beauty of the picturesque Taunus Mountains romantic connection with the Rhein River gave the land a rare beauty.
When to go: If you visit this place in December will have the opportunity to admire the sparkling town lights and Christmas filled the air, spreading Dosselgasse main road of the town – which will be filled with music on the street.
How to get there: Rudesheim is very easy to get to from Frankfurt and Wiesbaden/Mainz. It’s 30 minutes on a Regional train from Wiesbaden. You can also get there by car.
Cultural tip: The Germans enjoy a good handshake! So take your other hand out of your pocket and give them a good dose of eye contact.
4. Wengen Village, Switzerland
The village is situated on the stunning Swiss Alps will bring visitors feeling very peaceful and relaxing , where tourists never encounter traffic jam scene crowded or dusty car exhaust pollution , by cars blocked off from the village for hundreds of years . Wengen is a village surrounded by a parking lot and walking trails connecting to the mountain by cable car and railway Jungfau . Village overlooking the Lauterbrunnen valley , and many restaurants have beautiful views across the valley .
When to go: This place is best visited in winter because you’ll find romantic village with houses made of wood surrounded by trees , white snow peaks . The local people are trying to preserve original features inherent in the Swiss culture of this village.
How to get there: Wengen is most easily reached by train. Travel on the Berner Oberland-Bahn (BOB) from Interlanken Ost to Lauterbrunnen and then change to the Wengernalpbahn (WAB) for the picturesque journey up the mountainside to Wengen, which takes just 15 minutes.
Cultural tip: This is not the place for nightlife and a party scene. If you want to have an after dinner drink, or you could just take one from dinner up to your room.
3. Lake Baikal, Siberia, Russia
Lake Baikal is in the southern portion of the Siberia region of Russia. It is the largest, deepest and oldest freshwater lake in the world and contains nearly 20 percent of the planet’s surface fresh water that isn’t frozen in icecaps. The lake is approximately 2,600 miles east of Moscow, near the northern border of Mongolia. The place is an ideal winter destination since there’s ice diving, rafting (in sections that don’t freeze), skating, and fishing, plus opportunities to volunteer with the Great Baikal Trail, a local conservation group. Environmental threats, including industrial pollution, prompted World Heritage site designation for Baikal in 1996.
When to go: February and March are when the ice typically is thickest and most ice-related tours are offered
How to get there: The nearest city to Lake Baikal is Irkutsk, approximately 45 miles west of the shores. You can take flight to Irkutsk Airport then take marshrutka to go to Baikal Lake. It’s about an hour and a half .
Cultural Tip: English isn’t widely spoken in local villages, and information is provided in Russian only at Baikal Limnological Museum (the freshwater science museum and aquarium). For day trips, including the museum tour, consider hiring a local, English-speaking guide service.
2. Whitefish Winter Carnival World Ski Joring Championships, Whitefish, Montana
The World Ski Joring Championships are hallmarked by the largest cash purse on the entire skijoring race circuit. At this championship, horse (or mule) and rider teams pull daredevil skiers on high-flying runs around a snowy, 800-foot-long horseshoe-shaped course. Slalom gates, curves, and jumps increase the thrills—and the potential for spectacular spills.
When to Go: The World Ski Joring Championship races are held January 25-26 (registration events are January 24), two weekends before the main Whitefish Winter Carnival, February 7-9.
How to Get There: Whitefish is in northwestern Montana, 60 miles south of the Canadian border. Flights arrive at Glacier Park International Airport, located 11 miles southeast of Whitefish. Amtrak’s Empire Builder arrives twice daily at the Whitefish Depot. Rental cars are available at both locations. The skijoring competition is held at the Whitefish Municipal Airport, one mile east of town. December 7 to April 6, a free SNOW (Shuttle Network of Whitefish) bus connects downtown Whitefish to the Whitefish Mountain Resort and several locations in between.
1. Skiing in the Caucasus, Gudauri Ski Resort, Kazbegi Region, Georgia
Gudauri is a ski resort located on the southern slopes of The Greater Caucasus Mountain Range in Georgia. The resort offers high quality skiing opportunities. The slopes of Gudauri are completely above the tree line and are best for free-riders and are generally considered to be avalanche-safe. Heliskiing is also available throughout the season.
When to Go: The ski season lasts from December to April.
How to Get There: Gudauri is about 120 km (75 miles) from Tbilisi International Airport via the Georgian Military Highway. It tajes about 2 hours to get there. Taxis and shared mini-buses are also available