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If you think that it is getting cold in Spain, imagine living in one of the coldest capitals in the world.

Some parts of Scotland have seen temperatures as low as -22C over the past week.
However, not all of us crave the heat. With low temperatures that drive away those who want sun and sand, these cold cities are a good option to avoid the summer tourist masses. So if you intend to visit them in winter, make sure you pack good warm clothes and the occasional thermos.

1. Astana , Kazakhstan (-52ºC)
The capital, Astana (until 1997 it was Almaty) is famous for its futuristic architecture; a visit to the Peace Palace, the AK Orda Presidential Palace, or the Nur Astana Mosque should be on any visitor’s itinerary. The Bayterek Monument, a 105m observation tower, is a symbol of the city depicting a mythical tree of life, a poplar, a magical bird of happiness, called Samruk, and its egg.

2. Ulan Bator , Mongolia, (-49ºC)
Ulan Bator was founded in 1639 as a center for Buddhist monasteries, and in the 20th century, it became a major manufacturing center characterized by wide boulevards and squares, and mid-20th-century Soviet-style architecture. Located on the banks of the Tuul River, it is surrounded by four sacred mountains, with dense pine forests on the northern slopes and green steppes in the south. The summers bring heat to the city, but the winters are so severe that it is advisable to put on the typical camel hair clothing worn by the locals, famous for its warmth. It is the cheapest Asian capital for foreign workers.

3. Minsk , Belarus (-40ºC)
Minsk is the capital and largest city of Belarus, it is also the seat of the Commonwealth of Independent States. Today it is a large metropolis with predominant architecture from the Soviet era, but also with modern buildings dating from after the fall of the USSR. Known for its friendly people, clean streets and leafy parks, it offers streets not crowded with tourists and many offers for the cultural visitor. The Misk Circus is a good option to visit, especially for children. Adults can go to the opera or ballet, for much less than it would cost to go to other cities in Europe. Belarusians like to dance; be sure to visit and wear dance shoes to one or more nightclubs.

4. Ottawa , Canada (-37ºC)
Canadians are used to the cold, taking advantage of the frigid weather for their national sport: ice hockey. Visit Scotiabank Place, home of the Ottwa Senators (professional hockey team in the city). If you’re really interested, feel the ice for yourself on the Rideau Canal, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is an important tourist point in the city, with various paths and tree-lined walks and parks in its vicinity. It divides the city and is navigable between May and September, which is the hottest period. During the winter, the channel remains frozen up to seven meters deep, preventing the navigation of ships. With the ice, the canal is used as a huge ice skating rink, the largest in the world. Know The Greenbelt (“green belt”), built in the form of a semicircular belt around the city, it seeks to provide an ecological space in a modern city. In it you will find productive farms, research areas and extensive amusement parks.

If we look at the average annual temperature, Ottawa is the seventh coldest capital in the world. However, if we look at the average January temperature, Ottawa is in third place, behind Ulan Bator (Mongolia) and Astana (Kazakhstan).

5. Helsinki , Finland (-33ºC)
Finland’s cold capital is surrounded by the sea and a vast archipelago, creating a city that unites the elegance of Nordic urbanism with extraordinarily beautiful nature. Is that why one in four Finns lives in this city?

It is so cold that the Baltic Sea freezes over in mid-winter; you can even skate on it. If you prefer snow to ice, grab some cross-country skis and hit the slopes in Central Park. And if you’re really brave, join the winter swim teams at Rastile Camps for a really refreshing dip.

6. Bucharest , Romania (-32ºC)
Bucharest will be a bit chilly in winter, but come spring the city thaws making it a popular destination. Known as “Little Paris”, you will find that prices are much cheaper than in the French capital. Bucharest offers an intriguing mix of neoclassical architecture, a romantic old town, and imposing buildings that mark the era of communist control. Also, in the center of the capital there is a small artificial lake surrounded by the Cişmigiu Gardens.

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Bucharest contains several parks and gardens, including the Herăstrău Park (a large public park located in the north of the city, and the site of the Aldea museum) and the Botanical Garden, the largest in Romania, which contains more than 10,000 species of plants, many of them exotic.

7. Vilnius , Lithuania (-30ºC)
The capital of Lithuania has benefited touristically from being the European Capital of Culture in 2009. The city is well prepared to enjoy winter weekends. With a short trip outside the capital, you can take a snowmobile to travel through snowfields and forest tracks. Stop at the frozen lake to go fishing for dinner, which can be prepared by your hotel chef. Then explore the nightlife and meet the locals at one of the many nightclubs in the old town.

8. Tallinn , Estonia (-30C)
Tallinn is one of the oldest settlements in the entire region. It welcomes winter visitors with its medieval old town, which turns into a magical white haven at this time of year. Grab your skates and glide down the open-air ice rink after a mulled wine in one of Tallinn’s cozy cafes. Visit in the winter and you’ll avoid the tour groups that flock to town for their cheap beer during the summer months.

9. Nuuk, Greenland (-29.5ºC)

With a fantastic ice landscape on its doorstep, Nuuk is one of the most unique capitals in the world. Visitors can enjoy a helicopter ride over Greenland’s vast ice sheet, visit Norse ruins, or take a wildlife tour by boat to see whales along the coastline. The National Museum, located in Nuuk’s old town near the fjord, is the place to learn more about Greenland’s frozen past and exciting present.

10. Warsaw , Poland (-29°C)

A favorite of Europe’s culture lovers, Warsaw has all the class at half the price compared to other European cities. Praised for its compact size, Warsaw has an excellent selection of museums, cultural landmarks such as the Palace of Culture and Science – Poland’s tallest building and an imposing example of Stalinist architecture – and the Polish National Opera building. Green spaces make up a quarter of Warsaw’s area (82 parks in total), including a wide range of related structures; from small parks in the neighborhoods, green spaces along the streets and in the patios; to large historical parks, to large historical parks, nature conservation areas and urban forests on the city fringe.

9. Nuuk, Greenland (-29.5ºC)

With a fantastic ice landscape on its doorstep, Nuuk is one of the most unique capitals in the world. Visitors can enjoy a helicopter ride over Greenland’s vast ice sheet, visit Norse ruins, or take a wildlife tour by boat to see whales along the coastline. The National Museum, located in Nuuk’s old town near the fjord, is the place to learn more about Greenland’s frozen past and exciting present.

10. Warsaw , Poland (-29°C)

A favorite of Europe’s culture lovers, Warsaw has all the class at half the price compared to other European cities. Praised for its compact size, Warsaw has an excellent selection of museums, cultural landmarks such as the Palace of Culture and Science – Poland’s tallest building and an imposing example of Stalinist architecture – and the Polish National Opera building. Green spaces make up a quarter of Warsaw’s area (82 parks in total), including a wide range of related structures; from small parks in the neighborhoods, green spaces along the streets and in the patios; to large historical parks, to large historical parks, nature conservation areas and urban forests on the city fringe.

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