Focus Clinic, a popular laser eye surgery clinic in the United Kingdom, has gathered a list of 20 most popular winter travel destinations across the world based on Google search and ranked each by the number of times a city's hashtag was used on Instagram to determine its popularity on the photo-sharing app. Bern, a city in Switzerland, has been the most popular location on Instagram when the winter season sets in. Bern is known for its medieval landmark clock tower and stunning neo-Renaissance buildings, Bern is officially Instagram users' favourite winter city to upload in their social media accounts. Not only is it the capital of Switzerland, it's also a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Bern's historic landscape dates back to 1191 and is characterised by the Clock Tower (Zytglogge), the Prison Tower (Kafigturm), the sculptural fountains from the Renaissance, the Cathedral (Mnster), and the impeccable sandstone facades. (Photo: Instagram)
Bern, Switzerland - Bern has gifted the world chocolates like Toblerone and Ovomaltine and is the third highest European capital city. Photos of the city with ‘Bern’ hashtag were uploaded 1,082,440 times on Instagram. (Photo: Instagram)
Aspen, Colorado, USA - Aspen in Colorado is one of the most sought after winter destinations as one can ski cross-country on snowmobile and can witness breathtaking views of Maroon Bells and Pyramid Peak. Photos of the town with ‘Aspen’ hashtag were uploaded on Instagram 935,040 times on Instagram. (Photo: Instagram)
Northern Lights, Troms, Norway - The best to visit Northern Lights is from early September to early April. The sun does not rise above the horizon during the middle of winter which makes for a stunning visual with the melange of colours that form in the sky. Photos of the place with ‘Northern Lights’ hashtag were uploaded 768,516 times on Instagram. (Photo: Instagram)
Chamonix, France - Chamonix-Mont Blanc stretches from Servoz to Barberine on the Swiss border and is one of the best places for mountaineering. Nothing compares to the breathtaking spectacle of Mont Blanc in the French Alps. Mont Blanc is the highest mountain peak in Europe. Photos of the town with ‘Chamonix’ hashtag were uploaded 611,675 times on Instagram. (Photo: Instagram)
Yosemite National Park, California, USA - United States of America’s national park that lies in the western part of Sierra Nevada is known for its granite cliffs and waterfalls. One can experience the pleasure of skating in the Ice Rink in Curry Village as it is only open in winter. Photos of the national park with hashtag ‘Yosemite National Park’ were uploaded 596,214 times on Instagram. (Photo: Instagram)
Zermatt, Switzerland - If one loves to ski and spend time endless stretches of snow then Zermatt is the place to visit in winter. Winter landscape is a view to die for with 360 km of pistes, even in black, for skiing and one can also visit the Igloo village. Tourists can enjoy a varied range of winter outdoor activities. Photos of the mountain resort with ‘Zermatt’ hashtag were uploaded 400,215 times. (Photo: Instagram)
Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming, USA - Yellowstone was the first national park opened in America in 1872. In winter most of the waterfalls are frozen which looks spectacular and one can spot wolves mostly in February as it is their breeding season. Even in winter one can enjoy bathing and swimming at the Chico Hot Spring pool. Photos of the national park with ‘Yellowstone National Park’ were uploaded 314,870 times. (Photo: Instagram)
Bled, Slovenia - December and January are the two months quintessential to visit Bled. The place a fairy tale in winter for tourists when Festival Promenade will be organised that offers the region's authentic drinks and food. Christmas Crib at Lake Bled is a sight to relish with magnificent lights and music setting up an enjoyable atmosphere for the tourists. Photos of the resort town with ‘Bled’ hashtag were uploaded 306,285 times on Instagram. (Photo: Instagram)
Cesky Krumlov, Czech Republic - The city boasts narrow medieval lanes and Renaissance houses. The city is adorned with the second largest chateau castle in Czech Republic and a sight seeing amidst the archaic cobbled streets. Photos of the town with ‘Cesky Krumlov’ hashtag were uploaded 179,914 times on Instagram. (Photo: Instagram)
Grindelwald, Switzerland - Grindelwald is a paradise for skiers and is one of the best places to visit in winter. One can enjoy snow-sports at the foot of Eiger Monch and Jungfrau. Photos of the resort with ‘Grindelwald’ hashtag were uploaded 149,836 times on Instagram. (Photo: Instagram)
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