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    For all of you Europeans here, what do you think of travel on the continent in January or February? I’m looking at Switzerland, Italy and Croatia and maybe France.

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    I'd pick late Spring in any case, it's always the best period.

    Mid Winter you can have a lot of snow at times (especially in Switzerland) and while it's a nice sight, it can also be an annoyance if you are traveling around. Significant rains can happen too. Really, if you want to enjoy the trip, pick late Spring.
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    Flinn's no doubt right, though it may depend what your alternatives are. Weather wise, for instance, I might pick winter rains over searing summer heat in countries like Spain, Italy and Greece. However, if you do go in winter, do make sure beforehand that the places you want to visit are actually open to the public. I do recall some museums and archaeological sites being closed outside the tourist season.

    A place I would definitely recommend visiting in winter over any other season is Norway. Great place to go cross-country skiing if that is your thing.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ELITEOFKINGWARMAN88 View Post
    For all of you Europeans here, what do you think of travel on the continent in January or February? I’m looking at Switzerland, Italy and Croatia and maybe France.
    If you're lucky there is snow and you can go skiing. If you're unlucky there used to be snow but since then we've had warm rain which melted the snow into an ungodly mixture of mud and snow that likes to pretend that it has solid ground underneath only to surprise you with an ankle deep muddy cold puddle when you step on it.

    January and February are generally bad times to visit Europe because everything worth visiting is kind of closed. Not to mention that 'rona loves the cold.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Flinn View Post
    I'd pick late Spring in any case, it's always the best period.

    Mid Winter you can have a lot of snow at times (especially in Switzerland) and while it's a nice sight, it can also be an annoyance if you are traveling around. Significant rains can happen too. Really, if you want to enjoy the trip, pick late Spring.
    It actually depends. In Scandinavian winter you have hygge and the snow is less cold than icy pouring rain coming at you sideways with high velocity. In Eastern Europe the roads turn to mud during spring and autumn, so winter isn't actually that bad a time for an offensive.

    The alps are really nice all year round, so no worries there, except of course driving the serpentines in the winter if you don't know how to drive, and you can try out what I did and get stuck downhill for the night because you forgot to bring chains when visiting friends and the road is only going to get cleared in the morning. Don't try to drive like the locals, they are like mountain goats with lifetime experience and you only see the successful ones. The crosses at the side of the roads aren't for auto-aim.

    In Italy meanwhile do like the Italians unless you're in the south (bastardi!), most locals there know which radars work and which don't (from my recent experience: None of them do. For maximum safety, take the speed limit, multiply it by two so that the car behind you doesn't bump into you).

    Also come to think of it, if you're not going to the alps for skiing during the winter, just don't go, as the mountains will be packed and so will all the roads and the tunnels. You don't want your lifetime memory of Switzerland to be the Gotthard from the inside for hours. If you have a car and want to cross the alps on a winter sunday, I recommend parking your car and walking to save time.

    Venice on the other hand might be the other way round, since the city will be relatively empty compared to otherwise.

    I've never been to Croatia during the winter, so no idea there.
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    I don't suggest to drive in Southern Italy at all
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    Quote Originally Posted by ELITEOFKINGWARMAN88 View Post
    and maybe France.
    I cannot think of any season that I could recommend for traveling in France.

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    This is mean, but deserved ...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Septentrionalis View Post
    I cannot think of any season that I could recommend for traveling in France.
    If it wasn’t to visit a pen pal and just to say I was in Paris I probably pass on it.

    Why not have the best of both worlds . 3rd of January I leave for Hamburg, Germany on a transatlantic cruise. Late March sometime I fly back for a late birthday gift from me to me .

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    Quote Originally Posted by Septentrionalis View Post
    I cannot think of any season that I could recommend for traveling in France.
    Spring of 1940 was nice.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Muizer View Post
    A place I would definitely recommend visiting in winter over any other season is Norway. Great place to go cross-country skiing if that is your thing.
    Shhhhh! Finland is best for cross country skiing - in winter everyone just do it on my commute route and I always feel like an idiot struggling to walk on deep snow

    Norway is for downhill skiing? Or you can jump over cliff and fly - here the parachuting clubs close in winter though

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cookiegod View Post
    Spring of 1940 was nice.
    That's just cruel.

    Quote Originally Posted by AqD View Post
    Shhhhh! Finland is best for cross country skiing - in winter everyone just do it on my commute route and I always feel like an idiot struggling to walk on deep snow

    Norway is for downhill skiing? Or you can jump over cliff and fly - here the parachuting clubs close in winter though

    I always wanted to visit Norway. Do you still live in Finland Sir AqD?

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    I haven't visited norway yet! Finland is mostly flat while norway is mountainy. You should visit both! (and I might too, next year)

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    Quote Originally Posted by AqD View Post
    I haven't visited norway yet! Finland is mostly flat while norway is mountainy. You should visit both! (and I might too, next year)

    I will try! Norway always has been on my radar so I’ll like to visit at some point.

    Has anyone been to Slovakia before and if so how did you like it?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ELITEOFKINGWARMAN88 View Post
    Has anyone been to Slovakia before and if so how did you like it?
    only once like 8 years ago because of business; pretty much similar to any other eastern Europe country at the time, nothing bad to say but I was there for half a day only
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    Quote Originally Posted by ELITEOFKINGWARMAN88 View Post
    I will try! Norway always has been on my radar so I’ll like to visit at some point.

    Has anyone been to Slovakia before and if so how did you like it?
    Bratislava is nice, didn't visit anything else though.

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