When it comes to snowcovered, Hallmark-holiday (even more gorgeous, actually), mountain-studded towns to fall in love with in the winter, there's no place on earth that features them better than Europe does. With seemingly no effort at all, there are certain towns that simply shine in the worst of weather and the chilliest of breezes, but all of that is forgotten when a person gets one glimpse at their surrounding landscape. In short, it's just like being inside of a snow globe, complete with evergreens, a snowcapped background, and picturesque villages... minus all of the annoying shaking and potential for glass breaking.
Out of all of those towns, there are some that shine brighter than others in the winter. Photos don't do them justice by any means, but we're hoping our descriptions of these winter wonderlands will be enough to inspire any future trip.
Lauterbrunnen is a little slice of heaven and not just for its winter scenery. This town is absolutely stunning all year-round but it seems to exude a different kind of magic during the winter seasons.
The town itself is nothing short of a fantasy novel, with cascading waterfalls filling the landscape and towering mountains just in the distance beyond that. This idyllic village is set in the Bernese Oberland valley, which is full of waterfalls - 72 of them, to be exact. The one that falls in the middle of the town is 1,000 feet tall and speckled in between are the most storybook-like homes. In the winter, this town looks like something out of Frozen.
Bled has a reputation for being one of Europe's most beautiful towns and the entire town sits on a lake that looks like a piece of glass. With medieval-style buildings and chapels reflected in the lake, this town only becomes even more stunning when the snow starts falling.
The historic castle is the centerpiece of the town, sitting atop the highest hill in the village, and looks like something out of a fairy tale when it's covered in snow. Strolling through this quiet town might seem isolated, but visitors will be enchanted by its historic magic in no time at all.
Famous for its scenery in The Sound of Music among other famous movies and TV shows, Alpbach is one of the most beautiful towns in this country. In fact, it's been voted as one of the most gorgeous destinations in Austria since the 1980s, which says plenty considering how stunning Austria is, as a whole.
Thanks to the mountain slopes that dot the background of this landscape, Alpbach is known for its snow recreation as well as its scenery. The surrounding land has been virtually untouched, according to Marriot Bonvoy Traveler, making it that much more enticing to those who appreciated understated - and untouched - beauty.
While many know of Mont-Blanc due to the fact that it's some of the most popular ski slopes in the world, Chamonix is the village that lies just at the base of all of those exciting ski trails. This resort town is fairly regal and gives off the vibe of high-end luxury, but one would expect nothing less in France when it comes to the surrounding area of Mont-Blanc.
With this mountain being the highest summit in the Alps, it's not surprising to know that at its base, Chamonix is one of the most beautiful towns in France during the winter, let alone in Europe. Its history and elegant dining and accommodation options only add to the feeling of decadence here, and one doesn't need to be an avid skier (or a skier at all) in order to appreciate its landscape and amenities.
Germany isn't the first place that many people think of when it comes to winter wonderland settings. However, Garmisch-Partenkirchen completely disputes that logic. This town is filled with Bavarian architecture which accounts for much of its architectural beauty and charm, with unique murals featured on the sides of many buildings throughout the town.
The window boxes are just as charming in the winter as they are in the summer, with just the suggestion of flora being enough to make this town feel like something out of a storybook. The cobblestone streets only serve to add to the magic in this walkable town, and its proximity to the castle that served as the inspiration for both Cinderella and Sleeping Beauty just being the cherry on top of what's already an enchanting area.