2 weeks in Europe in winter
Winter is an amazing time to travel Europe by train. If you have 2 weeks in Europe in winter, here’s how you'll all the winter scenery and festive cheer.
England is full of iconic architecture. Start by paying a visit to the Big Ben, the Houses of Parliament, and Westminster Abbey.
Get a bird’s eye view of the city from the London Eye ferris wheel.
Looking to splurge on Christmas items? Head to Harrods and take in the incredible themed windows.
Think you've seen impressive decorations in London? Visit the Parisian “Grands Magasins”, or department stores, in the lead up to Christmas — they will put you in the perfect holiday spirit.
Snap a picture of the Eiffel Tower and Arc de Triomphe in their snow-covered glory, or head to the Sacré Coeur Basilica for panoramic views of the city.
Wander the Champs-Élysées Christmas Market, open from late November to early January.
Feeling adventurous? Sign up for epic winter activities like cross-country skiing, snowboarding or sledding.
If you prefer to take it easy there are several beautiful ice skating rinks located throughout the city. You could also try your hand at gentle snowshoeing.
Time your visit to coincide with Winterfest from late January to early February. It’s the perfect combination of art, entertainment, and winter.
Take a boat cruise on Lake Thun or Lake Brienz — passage is included in your Eurail pass.
Catch the epic train up to the Top of Europe at Jungfraujoch. Eurail Pass holders receive a discount upon showing their Pass.
Catch a private train into the Lauterbrunnen Valley to soak up the views of one of Switzerland’s most picturesque destinations.
Warm up in a traditional Bavarian beer hall, and be sure to sample a few German delicacies in the process.
Visit Kripperlmarkt — one of Germany’s most beautiful Christmas markets packed full of local delicacies.
Feeling brave? Suit up and track down the still surfing wave in Englischer Garten. You can rent equipment from several stores in the city.
Cologne is home to some of Germany’s most celebrated Christmas markets. The ‘Am Dom’ market has the benefit of being located next to the famous Cologne Cathedral.
Visit the Cologne Cathedral — this remarkable building took 600 years to complete.
Wrap up warm and go for a scenic walk along the Rhine and across the various pedestrian bridges.
Warm up with a tasting of Belgium’s best chocolates at one of the dozens of famous stores in the capital.
Soak up the festive spirit in the city centre - you’ll find Christmas lights, a variety of activities, a popular Christmas market, and an infectious atmosphere from November to the end of December.
Traveling through Brussels in January? Belgium’s capital comes alive with Jazzuary, a packed schedule of jazz-based gigs throughout the city.
Which Pass Should I Get?
If you have two weeks in Europe in winter and you want to see all of the above, the best pass to get is a Eurail Global Pass. This will allow you access on most trains in Europe, many without advance reservations.