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14 European Cities That Are Even Better in Winter

There are devotees of warm-weather vacations among us, who refuse to look north until May rolls around. But there's something to be said for embracing the season and following the deep freezefor as long as it lasts (if climate change has anything to say about it). A 20-degree-Fahrenheit day in Europe can be—dare we say it?—blissful. Some cities, beyond the Christmas market rush, are refreshingly crowd-free and inexpensive during the colder months, and they offer some seriously cozy experiences—how good does a real hot chocolate in a riverside cafe sound? You'll be happy you're in one of these 14 European cities—and a few villages, if we're getting technical—when the temperature drops.