Gorgeous Winter Landscapes Around the World

The freezing temperatures may be a downside, but winter comes with undeniable beauty. Snow coats everything in its path creating winter landscapes straight out of a storybook. New York is filled with beautiful places to explore during wintertime, but there are magical areas around the globe that also come alive this season. Bundle up and book a trip to any of these places for the ultimate winter wonderland escape.

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Neuschwanstein Castle, Germany

This 19th-century Romanesque Revival palace sits above a hill in Bavaria, looming over the village of Hohenschwangau. Ludwig II of Bavaria built it as a personal retreat and it was opened to the public after his death in 1886. More than a million people head over to take in the beauty each year. It becomes even more dreamy in the wintertime as the surrounding terrain gets covered in snow. Click to go

Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming

The 3,500-square-mile park, which sits mostly in Wyoming and partly in Montana and Idaho, is picturesque all year-round. Forests, hot springs and canyons are just some of the breathtaking sights to see. Yellowstone’s appeal is simply taken up a notch during snowfall—this image of Electric Peak over Swan Lake Flat is proof enough. Click to go

Lake Bled, Slovenia

Bled’s scenic views attract tons of tourists each year. Sitting in the foothills of the Julian Alps, it’s known for the gorgeous Lake Bled. The small island floating on the lake with a museum and the Church of Assumption enchants during the colder months. Click to go

Engelberg, Switzerland

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Located in central Switzerland, Engelberg is a village resort attracting tons of tourists for its access to thrilling skiing. Once snow starts falling—as early as October lasting through May—the charming town surrounded by mountains becomes easy to fall in love with. Click to go

Whitefish Mountain Resort, Montana

Many ski resorts tend to offer scenic winter landscapes. But not all are as magical as Whitefish Mountain Resort. The plethora of trees get covered in so much snow, locals refer to them as snow ghosts. Visitors can also take in all the views standing 7,000 feet above sea level at the summit. Click to go

Mount Ulriken, Norway

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Norway is a perfect winter destination with plenty opportunities for skiing, snowmobiling, ice-climbing and snowshoeing. The country is known for its dramatic landscapes and mountain peaks—a few hundred of them are above 6,500 feet. Once winter hits, these peaks become even more dazzling covered in snow. See some of it from up above Mount Ulriken in Bergen. Snowy panoramic views of the town are guaranteed. Click to go

Shirakawa-gō and Gokayama, Japan

Shirakawa-go and the neighboring Gokayama are known for their gassho-zukuri farmhouses with distinct roofs. These roofs are able to withstand the region’s heavy snow making it a winter extravaganza to check out. The historic villages became UNESCO world heritage sites in 1995. Click to go

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