Why? Sofia is one of the few European capitals with a very close and developed ski-resort (@ Vitosha mountain)
What to do? Enjoy the free walking tour! Starting point – the corner of the Palace of Justice. You should visit the university district in the evening, Students’ town (Studentski grad) is where nightlife reaches the top
Where to sleep? Hostel Mostel has friendly staff, international environment, nice and tidy rooms, breakfast and dinner included in the price, good location
What to try? You can get tasty traditional Bulgarian food in bakeries, offering banitsa and other kinds of pastry. This food is often consumed with ayran or boza. Bulgarian food is delicious and cheap, vegetables, cheese and meat have good quality
Why? Its historical and medieval old city part is one of the best preserved in the whole Europe (included in the Unesco heritage’s list). With snow and cold weather is even more ‘authentic’
What to do? Do not miss the Tallinn Free walking tour. This walking tour, guided by local young students, is an alternative to normal sightseeing trips, and is made especially for true travellers. Enjoy Tallinn’s nightlife bear in mind that in local places, beers cost around 3 € while in tourist traps much more…
What to try? Go to Valli baar pub and try ‘millimallikas’ (meaning ‘jellyfish’) shot…everyone visiting Tallinn should try it.
Why? Zagreb is the only capital in the world that hosts a Ski World Cup race. The “Snow Queen Trophy” (Snjezna kraljica) usually takes place in January.
What to do? Hike or reach the mountain overlooking Zagreb (Medvednica), there is a fortress (Medvedgrad) and fascinating views of the city, many excellent hiking and biking routes are available. Many bars are located around Flover square (Cvjetni trg), the main square (Trg Bana Josipa Jelačića), Preradovićeva, Tkalčićeva, Radićeva, Bogovićeva, and Gajeva streets
What to try? Local fast food is called burek a salty pie filled with minced meat/cheese/spinach. All bakeries (pekara) serve it, is cheap and delicious. Local balkan style food is cheap and delicious in restaurants too.
Where to sleep? Funk Lounge hostel is the perfect accommodation during your visit to Zagreb. Is a friendly ‘party hostel’, really well-organized and with all the comforts
Why? Innsbruck is called ‘the Alps capital’ no more words are needed. It hosted twice the winter olympic games
What to do? Outdoor sports, outdoor sport and…outdoor sports! If you like mountains, skiing, hiking, snowboarding this is the place for you! From the city centre you can easily reach ski premises and Nordpark by public transportation
What to try? Have a meal at typical ‘gasthaus’, local family run genuine restaurant
Why? Enjoy the mixed atmosphere of this city, the recent historical communist past together with the former austro-hungarian empire and the italian legacy that are visible everywhere.
What to do? Visit the bridges all along the Ljubljanica river; be amazed by Metelkova mesto a squatting area with young and alternative people
What to try? my favorite balkan street-food is burek (a leafy dough pie, traditionally with mince meat or cheese filling) is available in every Pekara (bakery) for around 2€
Why? The city is historically famous for its traditional religious diversity, with Islam, Orthodoxy, Catholicism and Judaism coexisting there for centuries. Unfortunately is also known for the sad former-jugoslavia war. It hosted the winter olympics in 1984
What to do? Sarajevo is rising to its natural beauty and it will be European capital of culture for 2014; Enjoy the view of the city from the hills that surround it
What to try? Bosnian coffee, balkan delicious food (cevapi, burek, pita, grilled meat, cheese…)
Are you ready to travel and have fun?????
Here, in alphabetical order, my top destination in Europe during the cold season:
Why? Easy to reach thanks to the Milano/Bergamo airport, Bergamo has a charming old city (medieval style) on the top of a hill with a wonderful view of alps and the rest of the city.
What to do? Not only visiting the city, according to your tastes, a day trip to: Milano, italian Alps (Dolomiti), Garda’s Lake
What to try? Local Casonsei (pasta) and italian grappa (strong alcohol) and wine
When? On 7th of January sale’s season begins in most of the shops in northern italy. A good chance if you like italian fashion
Why? One of the smallest capital in Europe, you will never get lost in the city centre. Cheap drinks and flights to/from its city airport
What to do? If you like skiing, Slovack High Tatras is a cheap and good option to try.
What to try? Halusky, halusky and halusky 🙂 are small dumplings with cheese. Drink slivovica (strong alcohol/brandy)
Why? If you like the myth of Dracula then you can’t miss the ‘capital’ of Transylvania.
Brasov is a beautiful city with an interesting historical centre.
What to do? Visit Sighisoara, city where Dracula was born it has a beautiful old centre; the castles; Poiana Braşov ski resort and the beautiful mountains around but be careful (!!! ) bears might be resting during the winter but wolves… 🙂
What to try? Local soups to warm up and palinca (strong alcohol/brandy)
Why? One of the most popular destination in Europe, cheap and with an intense nightlife
What to do? Too cold outside? head to one of the many city spa and thermal baths! Relax is guaranteed
What to try? Best gulas soup is prepared at home, restaurants have only tourist version, however is a must to try. Drink Palinka (strong alcohol/brandy) and Tokaj
…to be continued…