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AUSSIES love a winter holiday, especially when it includes travelling to Europe, so the team at Topdeck Travel has wrapped up a list of must-do activities for adventurers to tick off their bucket list.

As the temperatures rise in sunny Oz from November to January, they drop significantly across the other side of the globe, inspiring snow bunnies to venture aboard to Europe for the ultimate white Christmas.

Each year, Topdeck sees Australians flock to parts of Europe in grand numbers to experience the joys of the festive season, but one of the biggest challenges among youth travellers is deciding what to see and do to make the trip more memorable.

The seasoned globetrotters at Topdeck Travel have released the ultimate European Winter Bucket List for wanderers to experience the best of the continent during the cooler months.

Topdeck’s European Winter Bucket List:

  1. Northern Lights in Iceland – Make sure your camera is charged and ready to capture the famous light show that is known as the Northern Lights. Iceland is the best spot for catching a glimpse.
  2. Sledding in the Swiss Alps – Get your heart racing on a sledding adventure down the slopes of the Swiss Alps. It’s definitely high on the list of must-do activities during the snowy season, not to mention snowmobiling and sledding with Siberian huskies.
  3. Ice-skating at the Eiffel Tower in Paris – Believe it or not, an ice rink has been installed halfway up the Eiffel Tower – elevated 187 feet above the ground on the first level. The ice rink is open to the public and only installed during the festive season.
  4. Christmas Markets in Germany – Sip on cinnamon-scented mulled red wine and snack on ‘stollen’ gingerbread, served at the traditional Christmas markets in Nuremburg, Cologne, Berlin or Dresden.
  5. Geo Thermal Springs in Budapest – Budapest isn’t called the ‘City of Baths’ for nothing! It has more thermal and medicinal springs than any other capital city in the world. Be sure to pack your togs for a truly steamy experience.
  6. Hogmanay in Edinburg for NYE – The festival, known as Hogmanay, is among the largest New Year’s Eve celebrations in the world. It goes for four days, with concerts, live music and parties galore!
  7. Purchase a Russian Ushanka hat – An ushanka is guaranteed to keep your ears, jaw, head and lower chin warm from the cold as the earflaps can be tied down and fastened under your chin.
  8. Cooking class in Tuscany – Warm the soul with a pasta or pizza making class, set against the Tuscan countryside and hosted by one of the locals. Not only will your experience be entirely genuine, but you will also return home with new skills to share with your family and friends.


Topdeck’s General Manager, Sarah Clark, said there was nothing quite like Christmas in Europe, and with such a different climate, it was great to see Aussies getting outdoors to enjoy all aspects of the season.

“Winter in Australia sees people retreat inside, but in Europe the locals and tourists wander through laneways and charming markets with frozen noses, sipping on mulled wine and tasting warm roasted chestnuts,” Ms Clark said.

“The scene is spectacular, with sleigh bells ringing, sparkling Christmas lights, choirs singing carols on street corners, and the soft touch of snow falling on your shoulders.”

“It’s a magical time of year for Australians to be overseas, whether they are travelling solo, with friends or with their family for the festive season,” she said.

Ms Clark said the company had released its European Winter Bucket List to provide travellers with a list of must-do activities while they are travelling.

Topdeck Travel has recently released its new 2016 Europe Winter brochure, which is jam-packed with 26 trips, including new routes and old favourites.

The trips help travellers to tick off major highlights such as skiing in Austria, sightseeing in Paris, wandering through the Christmas markets in Germany and sledding in the Swiss Alps.

For more information on bucket list activities in Europe, trip options and available travel dates, see


Media enquires to Olivia King on 0408 157 253 or email, on behalf of Topdeck Travel.