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The Best Countries to Visit in Winter  

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List Rules Vote up any country you would like to vacation to during cold weather

List of the best countries to visit in winter, as ranked by avid travelers. Winter is one of the magical times of the year, when the weather may by cold but the atmosphere is cozy and festive. If you are planning to travel during the winter months, you need to select a country that will be welcoming to a hopeful traveler who is looking for the best winter vacation the world has to offer. Many countries have winter sports like skiing and snowboarding,so you can indulge in your favorite physical activity while getting to see the gorgeous sights. Other countries have winter celebrations, including Christmas markets, like the ones in Germany, and outdoor festivals that are the perfect adventure for a tourist.

This list includes countries with breathtaking architecture,world-famous museums, and unbelievable views to be explored. There are countries with well-known celebrations like the Harbin Ice Festival in China and fairytale-like atmospheres like in Austria. If you’re interested in a winter vacation to a warmer location, countries like Belize and Brazil have welcoming beaches for everyone to enjoy.

What places are perfect for winter vacations? Depending on your interests, there are countries on this list that offer every winter activity you could ever dream up.

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Finland is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Countries to Visit in Winter
Helsinki
2
Norway is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Countries to Visit in Winter
Oslo
3
Switzerland is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Countries to Visit in Winter
Pboy81 added Bern
4
Germany is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Countries to Visit in Winter
Berlin
5
Austria is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Countries to Visit in Winter
Vienna
6
Canada is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Countries to Visit in Winter
Ottawa
7
Sweden is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Countries to Visit in Winter
Stockholm
8
Iceland is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Countries to Visit in Winter
vestmann added Reykjavik
9
Denmark is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Countries to Visit in Winter
Copenhagen
10
Netherlands is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Countries to Visit in Winter
Amsterdam
11
Republic of Ireland is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Countries to Visit in Winter
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Estonia is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Countries to Visit in Winter
22sofmarigliano added Tallinn
13
Greece is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Countries to Visit in Winter
Athens
14
New Zealand is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Countries to Visit in Winter
JoséValente added Wellington
15
Czech Republic is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Countries to Visit in Winter
16
Scotland is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Countries to Visit in Winter
Edinburgh
17
Spain is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Countries to Visit in Winter
Madrid
18
Slovenia is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Countries to Visit in Winter
stpavel added Ljubljana
19
Belgium is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Countries to Visit in Winter
City of Brussels
20
Hungary is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Countries to Visit in Winter
Budapest
21
Slovakia is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Countries to Visit in Winter
Bratislava
22
Portugal is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Countries to Visit in Winter
Lisbon
23
France is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Countries to Visit in Winter
Paris
24
Russia is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Countries to Visit in Winter
DavidKhezri added Moscow
25
Japan is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Countries to Visit in Winter
Adder added Tokyo