Replies: 10 - Last Post: Nov 16, 2012 1:25 AM Last Post By: everbrite
Nov 14, 2012 5:26 AM
too coldhey everyone just wanted some quick advice..i have most of the month of december off and was thinking of touring eastern europe..my question is, will it be too cold to really enjoy? i like to get out and walk alot and im thinking it will just be too cold to enjoy..also is it cheaper to travel around via bus, plane, or train? any comments and/or suggestions will be greatly appreciated...thanks
Nov 14, 2012 5:40 AM
It's not too cold to enjoy, but for me it's nicer in the summer.
Temperatures in winter can drop to around -30c.
I've done many E.Europe countries in all seasons. The summer has always been a better time for me.
I feel more pleasant generally in the hotter months - and everywhere (except ski resorts ! !) will be open.
However, E.Europe in winter has it's up sides too. There's lots of snow, which can equal a lot of fun.
Please let us know what you decide. Best of luck with everything.
Nov 14, 2012 6:18 AM
Nov 14, 2012 6:22 AM
Nov 14, 2012 6:33 AM
4You should also consider that, in recent years, winters have been milder than the historical average, with snowfall concentrated around February and March. At the moment, in certain parts of Eastern Europe temperatures are still between 10 and 15 Celsius degrees (above zero). You cannot predict it for sure, but it is indeed possible that in some areas there will be no serious snow, or perhaps no snow at all, until January or February. So you should be prepared for harsh weather, but in the end you might even find yourself in Mediterranean-style above-zero temperatures... Who knows!
Nov 14, 2012 8:00 AM
5Bring warm, waterproof boots, because you will certainly encounter slushy, snowy sidewalks.
It is not really any cheaper to travel during the winter in Eastern Europe. The only exception might be cheaper lodging in coastal areas like Croatia.
Depending on the country, I often recommend that people not focus on large/capital cities. However, in the winter, the larger cities often have more indoor diversions like museums, nightlife, restaurants, etc.
Nov 14, 2012 9:47 AM
6You should also consider that, in recent years, winters have been milder than the historical average,
Not entirely true; last winter was one of the coldest in many many years in a lot of Eastern European countries...
Besides that, it is true that winter sets in later in the year. December will be cold with probably snow, but january and feb will probably be colder. Also of course, it depends where you go. Besides all this, other people can't really answer your question. If you like -or don't mind- winter, it is ok tp go, why not? If you don't like cold weather, than don't go. Than it doesn't matter if it's 0 or -10 degrees; it will probably be too cold for you.
Nov 15, 2012 1:37 AM
7It really depends on where in Eastern Europe you go. I wouldn't mind Budapest in December, for example. I have also been to northern Finland/Sweden in February and it was one of the most impressive trips I've done. Also the most expensive when looking at $$$/day.
That being said, the disadvantages are great. For starters, you can't really do anything that involves outdoor sports. There are few skiing opportunities in Dec and there hiking/water sports are quite daunting.
The biggest disadvantage is short days. Even right now here, in Riga, Latvia, its pitch black at 5PM. By December it will have gotten a bit worse. So much for the evening sightseeing. Additionally, the cold is real, and I find myself moving quickly, not slowly enjoying places.
Nov 15, 2012 7:40 AM
Nov 15, 2012 12:13 PM
9I am also a bit worried about this.. I am going to Eastern Europe this winter also (Prague, Budapest, St. Petersburg & Moscow from Dec 11- Jan 3). From country-country I booked by plane because it seemed a bit cheaper and the travel time was a lot less, but I am taking a high-speed train from St.Petersburg-Moscow. Keep in mind the visa requirements also, because buses/planes might go through certain countries where you need a visa. For example, I am travelling from Moscow to Amsterdam, but going through the Belarus airport, which requires a $160 transit visa despite that I will be there for only two hours... sorta a hidden cost so definitely keep in mind the countries you will be passing through or have a layover in to find the cheapest..
Nov 16, 2012 1:25 AM
10It is often said that there is really no cold weather, just improperly dressed people. If you dress for the weather you should be able to spend time outside walking around comfortably though probably not standing around in lines but then lines are less likely in winter. Dressing properly in winter usually means wearing layers, it usually means not wearing jeans, it means winter underwear when it is cold, it means wool socks, warm waterproof footwear, a scarf, a hat, proper gloves or mittens.
There are plenty of outdoor winter sports - people hike in the snow, they ski, go sledding and sleigh riding, skating, ice fishing, etc. The sports are just different. I wouldn't recommend playing tennis outdoors in winter or golf or a host of other sports, but people in northern climates are active outside in winter.
Travel in winter means chosing your outdoor activities carefully taking into consideration the amount of time spent outside as well as the amount of daylight. Sight seeing in the evening when it is dark just isn't practical in too many places unless you are hoping to see the winter lights and decorations.
Whether or not you would enjoy Eastern Europe in the winter depends more on you then on the weather.
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