London is really a winter city

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Granted, it is lovely in the summer. The parks are filled with people sunbathing, lounging around with a book, the air is filled with the aroma of barbecued sausages and the noise of clinking bottles. From the top of Alexandra Palace right down to Clapham Common, people are out enjoying the sun, in beer gardens, on boats and in open air swimming pools.

The thing is, it’s over before you know it. So, what can you do for the other three quarters of the year, when the wind is howling and the rain comes in never-ending droves?

You can either hibernate, or enjoy London for what it really is – a winter city. When the nights draw in and the temperature drops, the city takes on a whole new feel.

That isn’t just restricted to London. Plenty of places are equally terrific in the winter. If you have a spare weekend or two, why not go and take a look? Travel is particularly easy with American Express Online.

 Here are five of the best winter cities:

Budapest

Often referred to as ‘the Paris of the East’, Budapest’s striking architecture (and steaming hot bowls of delicious Hungarian goulash) have seduced many a traveller. Enjoy a warm soak in the open-air spas, perhaps with snow falling around you, take a stroll along the Danube or dip into one of the city’s famous museums.

Vienna

The home of Sigmund Freud and the boy genius Mozart, Vienna’s famous café culture is a major attraction for tourists. Enjoy reading the papers or immerse yourself in a book whilst supping a delicious Einspaenner coffee, served strong and black with whipped cream, or anyone of a myriad of famous Austrian pastries.

Prague

The cobbled streets of Prague are a true winter wonder, with a unique charm and atmosphere unrivalled in Europe. Visit the romantic Charles Bridge before wandering off to take in some of the city’s famous nightlife, and sample a tall glass of Czech beer!

Copenhagen

A charmingly beautiful city, Copenhagen is arguably the finest urban destination in the whole of Scandinavia. With a range of tremendous sights, such as the Tivoli Gardens, the statue of the Little Mermaid and the freetown of Christiana, Copenhagen will never fail to enliven the senses.

Krakow

Swiftly gaining a reputation as Central Europe’s most fun-filled city, Krakow is filled with cultural hotspots and an array of intellectual stimuli, including St Mary’s Church, the suburb of Kazmierz and the Cistercian Abbey. For those with an interest in history, Krakow can also offer a number of museums and preserved sights of interest. And there are of course those famous night clubs to unwind in afterwards!

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