Glühwein and hot chocolate, snowy views, empty museums and comfort food … Guardian readers pick the best European cities for an atmospheric winter holiday
The best way to see Zurich is from the top of its own mini mountain, Uetliberg, from where you get a view of the whole city, the lake and the countryside with mountains in the distance. It’s particularly magical in winter when everything is dusted with snow and the toboggan run is open – two miles of downhill fun from Uetliberg to Triemli! You can hop on a direct train from Zurich main station to the mountaintop, which takes just 20 minutes and costs CHF8.60 (around £7) one way. Take in the views and then hire a sledge for the journey down the Schlittelweg. Night sledding with flashlights is also on offer for those who want to take it up a notch. Finish off a day of outdoor fun on the mountain over a cheese fondue or with a glass of mulled wine or hot chocolate at one of the many Christmas markets around the city.