Every winter, certain towns from all over the world are transformed into unforgettable sights. At first, we might even think that these places are just a part of our dreams. However, they’re not. There’s just something about snow that creates a particular type of effect that forces us to believe that what we’re actually seeing is nothing, but surreal. Regardless of whether you believe the photos we have below are real or not, we suggest you visit one or more of them when the snow starts falling.
Located at an elevation of more than 5,000 feet in Matter Valley, Zermatt is one simple town that transforms into a picturesque sight when covered with snow.
El Chaltén, Argentina
During the hot summer days, El Chaltén becomes a popular destination for trekkers because of its mountain paths. But, when the cold winds start to blow, the town looks pretty much abandoned because only a few people dares to walk outside in the cold.
Known for its unbelievably steep roofs, Shirakawa-go is a traditional village in Japan that can withstand the world’s heaviest snowfalls.
The resort town of Engelberg is surrounded by the Alps and crystal clear blue waters.
Somewhere in the Rocky Mountains, a sleepy rural town can be found. It is called the Breckenridge. This ski town is filled with small houses that create a beautiful landscape during winter. If you climb to the peak of the nearby mountains, you get an incredible panoramic view of the village.
Since the Saqqaq first settled in this land, the area has been inhabited for about 4,300 years. Now, this town is very popular because of its multi-colored houses that provides stark contrast with the white snow.
Naarden is a small town constructed within a star fort, surrounded by channels, and fortified walls. Every winter, the defenses that once protected this town freezes over.
In order to get to this small town of Ittoqqortoormiit, you have to get on a plane from Iceland’s capital to Greenland. Then, you’d have to take a helicopter ride to this lovely town that sits by the world’s longest glacial river system.
San Marino, Italy
About 24 square miles into the northern part of Italy, you will find a micro-republic. It is called San Marino. Established in 301 AD, it is among the oldest surviving constitutional republics and sovereign states on the planet.
Mt Buller, Australia
The town of Mt. Buller is among the few places in the world that experiences frequent snowfall. Because it is located somewhere in a snow-capped mountain region, it has become a popular spot for snowboarders, skiers, hikers, and bikers.
Chichilianne is a winter town that is best viewed at Mont Aiguille, which is about 7,000 foot tall.
Every year, Damüls receives about 30 feet of snow fall. For this reason, it is dubbed as the snowiest place in Europe. Though it isn’t really surprising, this tiny town of 300 is a famous winter destination for hobbyists.
Situated on the edge of the vast Langwies Valley, this small town can be accessed by visitors though riding a train or trekking over the snow covered trees.
Jamnik is located on the slopes of Jelovica Plateau. It has a church that is built upon a hill with a stunning backdrop of the Julian Alps.
Queenstown, New Zealand
Built around the tranquil Lake Wakatipu, Queenstown is surrounded by two mountains – The Remarkables and the Walter Peak.
Based on evidence, this town has been inhabited since the Bronze Age. At that time, it was used as a pasture. Now, the area is famous for recreation as it serves as a stopping point on the way to the ski area “Serfaus-Fiss-Ladis”.
Jablonec nad Nisou, Czech Republic
Jablonec nad Nisou, which roughly translates to Apple Orchard on the River Neisse, is famed for its immense beauty. Established in 1356, this small town earned a place for itself on the map during the 18th century for producing the first ever artificial jewelry.
Built on the hill of Campania, Calitri is a labyrinth of several historic houses and cobble streets, which becomes much more interesting to visit during winter.
Štramberk, Czech Republic
Somewhere on the slope of a forested hill, the town of Štramberk is established. It houses a number of timbered houses that keep the locals warm during the cold winter months.
The town of Funes becomes a haven to skiers and hikers every winter as layers of crystal white snow builds up on the roofs of houses and in the surrounding area.
It is believed that Bled was established in 1004. Sheltered by tall mountains, this town is considered “so beautiful” by the Holy Roman Emperor that it was decided to be given as a gift to the Bishop of Brixen. There is a castle at the heart of the enticing Lake Bled, which acts as the border of the town. This town of 5,000 is now noted for having some of the most relaxing health spas.
On the River Thames, the sleepy parish of Marlow turns into a gorgeous sight every winter. It is only 30 miles from the heart of London, but it makes you feel as if you are in the other side of the world after every snowfall.
Reine is a simple fishing village located on the arctic island of Moskenesøya. It only has a population of 329, but it was still named as the most beautiful village in all of Norway.
The town center of Bamberg is now a world heritage site. The early inhabitants of the area dates back to 902 AD. With its cobble streets and medieval feel, the town becomes a great place to stroll around every winter.
Siglufjörður is a fishing town along a narrow islet. Long ago, this village was not accessible by land. But in the 1940s, a long tunnel was dug through the rocks to welcome more visitors.
Rothenburg ob der Tauber, Germany
Rothenburg ob der Tauber is a well-preserved medieval old town that transforms into something that resembles a fairy tale during winter.
Grise Fjord, Canada
If ever you want to escape the busy city life, this is the place to be. Grise Fjord is Canada’s northernmost community. Every winter, the place experiences 104 consecutive days of darkness. The nearest village here is about 200 miles away, so probably, there isn’t Wi-Fi connection here.
Loket, Czech Republic
Loket, which means “elbow” in English, is a town in Czech Republic. At the center of this town is a castle surrounded by the raging Ohre River.
Hallstatt is a small village in Upper Austria located near the Lake Hallstatt. In 2001, the place only had 946 inhabitants.
The lovely town of Vyborg is located on the border between Finland and Russia. It is surrounded by the Saimaa Canal that freezes over in winter. If you look at the town from the castle tower, you can witness its snow-capped wonder.
Here are other destinations you should visit during winter: