Europe in Winter – 5 Love & Hates about Traveling Europe in Winter

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  1. Les Ventilateurs du Québec
    Les Ventilateurs du Québec says:

    If you travel in the winter in a western European country that uses the central European time zone such as Spain, France, Belgium and Netherlands, the sun will not set that early and of course the trick is to travel later in the winter (February-March) when days are practically as long as nights since it's pretty close to the spring equinox. Also in late winter, temperatures can be significantly warmer in western and southern Europe. Some spring flowers will already be out.

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  2. voxley19
    voxley19 says:

    Another problem of winter travel are transport disruptions due to bad weather- flights are often cancelled/delayed because of fog or snowfall. Trains can be similarly affected.

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  3. Ze Chürman in a Bunker
    Ze Chürman in a Bunker says:

    Winter in northern Scandinavia for example is so beautiful! See in my video from a park in Kiruna: https://youtu.be/XT6jikFK67c
    It was also quite "chilly" there that day: -20C/-4F. The good thing about that: I lost four pounds of overweight due to that and walking outside for a few hours each day. Though having a good breakfast buffet every morning with freshly made hot waffles.

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  4. LATE
    LATE says:

    Wolter! I've always been curious, do you like more Europe than USA? Given that you spend a lot of time there, do you enjoy more the european lifestyle? Regardless if you answer or not, thank you for the content, you are for sure the best travel channel in YT! Greetings from Dominican Republic!

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  5. Michel Constantin
    Michel Constantin says:

    Living in Québec where winters are very cold and not being a skier, going to Europe in January is one of the best ways I found to beat the winter blues. A tip, January is one of the best time to shop in Europe. It is sales month in a few countries including France.

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  6. Aimee Ward
    Aimee Ward says:

    We lived in Italy for 3 years and from November to April they get fog where you can't see past the front of the car. Soldiers who came from Belgium owned cars that had a brake light beneath their bumper only half a foot off the ground. They said the fog gets so bad that that's the only way you can see the car in front of you. I found October and April-May to be the best times to visit much of Italy. Not many tourists and no thunderstorms from hell like June-September.

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  7. jeshi ka
    jeshi ka says:

    When i first come in denmark to work my first travel was berlin in the month of January2016 the price is really really cheap about 14 euro 1way. Amazing and u can save if you travel in winter. I been in belgium, paris,romania,italy and oslo but mostly summer ao the ticket is to much and really a lot of people crowded all day.

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  8. Emmanuel Opinion
    Emmanuel Opinion says:

    Man you people don't know how good you have it, i live in a city where the summer is a killer. Try to walk around the city while is 50º outside, wave heats, super hot pavement and oven cars. Nope, I'd take winter any day of the week since is the only time where we can take a break from hell.

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  9. venusian1
    venusian1 says:

    Hi Mark, I've had the absolute pleasure of traveling Europe many times during winter and mid/late autumn.  Regarding clothing… true, while you definitely need to pack, thicker, heavier clothing (over coats, sweaters, long trousers & layers), I feel it can be a trade off because, in Europe's frigid conditions, you don't sweat as much and can therefore get by on a little less.  Just my two cents… continued safe and happy travels!

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  10. roachtoasties
    roachtoasties says:

    To add, just last week I traveled from L.A. (where I live) to Melbourne. I went from summer to winter in 16 hours. In Melbourne, it's a mild winter, but for someone who likes to walk around to see the sites, cooler weather is the best. Walking around in L.A., especially in the San Fernando Valley, can be the march of death during July and August. Way too hot. You'll be sweating up a storm. During winter, you can walk and walk, see more sites, and not die from the heat.

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  11. kaney warren
    kaney warren says:

    Would you know what the crowds look like in Paris around the end of September/beginning of October? My husband and I are going with my grandparents then and I'm curious

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  12. Pat Weiser
    Pat Weiser says:

    Coming from Minnesota in the winter means no extra anything. We just wear our coats, boots hats and gloves there. No big deal. We are planning our second winter trip for Christma markets, we enjoyed the first one so much. And yup, walked right up to the Mona Lisa. 🙂 No tourists.

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  13. F Konings
    F Konings says:

    A few other things Wolters didn't mention ( from a Dutch perspective ) :
    – For nature lovers who would love to see the famous tulip fields and other blossoming flowers/plants in Europe – FORGET about that, because you're not going to see any of that in winter. Barren trees and more barren trees, that's what you'll get.
    – For people from other continents such as Asia who would love to taste European fruits such as all the types of fresh produce berries and dishes based upon these seasonal fruits : forget about that too. You might find a few of them, in cans/preserved in bottles in a supermarket, but they'll taste bad and you'll pay absurd prices for them.
    – For the selfie lovers : prepare to try looking good in winterjacket. For most people that means the same winterjacket. Girls can forget about looking good in the picture in their summerdress too. And oh yeah….you might or might not find your own red nose charming on camera.
    – For people from warm subtropical continents: take into account that your body is going to have to work harder to stay warm. You are not used to this weather even with winterclothes. Ergo; you will get tired a bit quicker within the timespan of the average European winter day. Good thing about it is, you might burn a few more calories.

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  14. julosx
    julosx says:

    In winter you also are more likely to find more transports : trains, buses since they are primarily made for working people, so they definitely have to be there. In the summer, it can be not that good.

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  15. Rob van der Linden
    Rob van der Linden says:

    Isn't the European winter kinda similar to the American east coast winter?!?!,… in the video you make it seem like the weather in America is always perfect, and I bet your days don't get shorter too during winter,…btw, as a hobby photographer I like the shorter winter days, I don't have to get up too early for a nice sunrise or wait till 23:00 for a cool sunset 🙂

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  16. Reiner Jung
    Reiner Jung says:

    We went to Venice last November and we could easily book a hotel in the heart of Venice just a minute away from Piazza San Marco. They also "advertised" their summer rates for the room 400 € in winter 60 €. And it was sunny and cold. As cold as in north Germany where I normally live.
    In Rome, we had to wait for 1/2 hour to get into the Vatican. In November. However, in Summer it definitely takes more than an hour. Also we arrived at noon (don't do that all tourists are there at noon. We knew that, still too lazy ;-). Anyway it took us 6 hours in the Vatican to see half of all artifacts and statues. So if you really want to understand the pieces you are looking at and the history/story behind it, come early.

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  17. micha McV.
    micha McV. says:

    u forgot to ,mention that there are places where winter is the main seson like bavaria , austria , switz for ski
    or the canarie´s were its in the summer to hot

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  18. Inky Scrolls
    Inky Scrolls says:

    It's true what you say about the darkness. Even here in the UK, which ties for southernmost Northern European country with Ireland, Denmark and the Baltic states, the sun rises on the winter Solstice in Lerwick at 9:10am and sets at 2:55pm. Of course, in summer the reverse is true, with the day lasting from 3:35am till 10:35pm!

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  19. Runar Andersen
    Runar Andersen says:

    I really agree on the Christmas markets! However there are a lot of people there. I also partly agree on the weather. It can get really cold and it limits what you can and will do. (Like going in parks for example)

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