Video essay: Europe in Winter

Christmas markets in Sweden

Love in a cold climate

I love Europe in winter and I’m thinking about it a lot as I spend my first hot Christmas (in Australia) for a long time.

There are the delights of Christmas of course, pottering through Christmas markets clutching a mug of gluhwein and adding to my ever growing collection of Christmas ornaments.

The many pleasures of skiing and hiking through snowy woods in the mountains are always a highlight. In the Netherlands when the waterways freeze over people rush to put on their skates. Watching the skaters on romantic icerinks such as Somerset House in London where the Tiffany Christmas tree sparkles overhead.

For a snap happy photographer winter is the time when you get the most beautiful, crisp light. Without getting up at the crack of dawn to catch it. Plus in winter the fairytale European architecture takes on a whole new life with a dusting of snow. Not to mention the low tourist numbers in winter – I love having Europe’s most famous tourist attractions virtually to myself.

And finally, there’s nothing so wonderful as watching children enjoy playing in the snow, making snowmen and sleighing.

Here’s a video collection of my favourite photos from eight years of Europe in winter. Enjoy!

Europe in Winter

By Natasha von Geldern

Music is by Wieniawski, Violin Concerto No. 2 in D Minor, Op 22.Performed by Gil Shaham, Lawrence Foster and the London Symphony Orchestra.

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About Natasha von Geldern

Natasha von Geldern is the World Wandering Kiwi, a freelance travel writer, editor and inveterate traveller who is passionate about making the pages of the atlas real one trip at a time.

Comments

  1. Is that a cup of hot chocolate I see? I love hot cocoa in the winter. It’d probably taste better in Europe too. :)
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    • Natasha von Geldern says:

      Ha ha it’s hot spiced wine, this pic is in Sweden so they call it glogg! But there was hot chocolate available and yes it tastes better in Europe :)
      BTW congratulations on your upcoming trip, I’m sure you’ll have an amazing experience – looking forward to reading about it!

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