Winter city breaks in Europe: readers’ tips

December 3, 2015

Snow and ice feature strongly in our readers’ winter break tips, but it’s not a complete white-out; your body temperature will be lifted by gingerbread and chestnuts everywhere, donuts in Naples, and dessert wine in Budapest

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The buildings are as gothic and spiky as anything across the Austrian border in this 25% German-speaking town, the largest in South Tirol. It’s known as the Christmas Capital of Italy – self-proclaimed but pretty accurate: it’s snowy in winter, and the Germanic influence means there are Christmas markets and gingerbread everywhere. And there are other wintry things on offer if the markets and mulled wine aren’t enough, including several cable cars running into the hills, taking you up to walks in the Renon hills (also known as the Ritten) and views of the Dolomites and the world-famous Ötzi iceman, sealed in ice in about 3,300BC, discovered in 1991 and on display at the South Tyrol Museum of Archaeology.
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