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Winter breaks

Our verdict:

Think winter breaks are just for skiers? Inntravel has a fabulous array of weekend ideas, from snowshoeing through breathtaking Alpine scenery, to discovering Norway's sparkling landscapes on a reindeer safari. Discover the beauty of the Northern Lights or book a gastro-break in one of Italy's lesser known-cities to bring in the new year - all wonderful ways to break up those winter days.

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Inntravel says

It’s astonishing how much you can pack into a short winter break in the snow.

We offer three- and four-night winter breaks throughout Europe, from romantic cities to snowy wilderness. Choose from Switzerland, Austria, Norway, Iceland, Sweden, Denmark, Italy, Spain and the Czech Republic – from snow-shoeing to the Northern Lights, Christmas markets to New Year celebrations.

If you’re looking for an active break, you can try a host of snow-based activities such as cross-country skiing in Austria or snowshoeing in Switzerland. No prior experience is necessary.

Alternatively, head to Iceland or Arctic Norway to seek out the Northern Lights. When not gazing at the night sky you can enjoy dog-sledding, horse-drawn sleigh rides, cross-country skiing, reindeer safaris or glacier walking.

Short breaks to Christmas markets are becoming increasingly popular with key destinations including Salzburg, the Austrian Lakes, Lucerne, Gothenburg, Copenhagen and Prague.

If you like the idea of a romantic Christmas break in the snow, we recommend the Belle Epoque charm of the characterful Hotel Victoria in the Swiss Bernese Oberland.

If you love food, how about a gourmet break to bring in the New Year – the best foodie cities include Bologna, Lucca, Turin, Salamanca, Alicante and Aracena.

Find out more about our winter breaks in the snow.

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