World's 10 Most Beautiful Snowy Destinations

Nidhi Kadere


The sky-high land of this country is marked by its rock formations and colourful stupas as much as it is by its incomprehensible expanses of jagged mountains.

View on Namche Bazar, Khumbu district | Shutterstock

Gokayama, Japan

Gokayama in Japan is renowned for its frigid climates, and it stands as the most captivating embodiment of a snowy wonderland with its picturesque thatched cottages nestled in the country's northernmost regions.

Gokayama village | Shutterstock

Lake Bled, Slovenia

The natural beauty of the surrounding Julian Alps on this isle is accentuated when it's covered with snow and a fog settles over the lake, making it even more picturesque and postcard-worthy.

Winter sunrise at Bled lake | Shutterstock

Prague, Czech Republic

Winter in Prague is a unique experience, thanks to its historic pubs and stunning Baroque architecture. The city transforms into a winter wonderland during the holiday season, with charming Christmas markets and delicious mulled wine.

Charles bridge, Prague | Shutterstock

Harbin, China

Every January in northern China, close to a million tourists flock to the Harbin International Ice & Snow Sculpture Festival, which has taken place every winter since 1963.

Harbin Snow Sculpture Festival | Shutterstock

Lapland, Finland

Probably one of the most idyllic winter scenes you'll ever come across; here, you can visit Santa Claus, take a reindeer sleigh ride, or sleep under the Northern Lights in a bubble sledge.

Reindeer in Lapland | Shutterstock

Plitvice Lakes, Croatia

The Plitvice National Park's beauty reaches a whole new level when the falls freeze over in winter, creating a surreal and magical wonderland that is nothing short of breathtaking.

Plitvice Lakes | Shutterstock

Bergen, Norway

The city's colourful wooden buildings, beautiful views of fjords and mountains, and occasional Northern Lights appearances make it a must-visit destination for any traveller.

Bergen, Norway | Shutterstock

Hagia Sophia, Istanbul

The Hagia Sophia, named one of the new Seven Wonders of the World, is a remarkable beauty in snow that has been standing since the sixth century.

Hagia Sophia in Winter Season | Shutterstock

Salzburg, Austria

Known for being the filming location of "The Sound of Music," the winter holiday season here is especially magical, with twinkling lights and festive decorations adorning the city's landmarks and streets.

Salzburg | Shutterstock