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As a local, I would find the Prague-Salzburg route generally unproblematic, even during winter; many people from Prague use it to get to the Alps for skiing (in which case, the tricky part starts after Salzburg). There are no tall mountains on the way (700 m ASL at most), so you should be fine assuming your car has winter tyres (zimní pneumatiky in Czech; I ...


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There are two options, both roughly equidistant and neither an obvious winner: Japan is about 10 hours from Sydney, with direct flights to Tokyo. While snow is rare in Tokyo itself, there is tons of the white stuff anywhere in the Japan Alps (eg. Nagano), on the Japan Sea coast (eg. Kanazawa) and up in Hokkaido, where ski haven Niseko has become a virtual ...


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It's always worth having some extra clothing in your hand luggage -- you've noticed luggage can go missing and even shopping for replacements can be problematic if you're not prepared for the conditions on arrival. A thin fleece and thermal layers don't take up much room. In fact they can be stuffed in the pockets of a coat suitable for the cold end of ...


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Enter "Prague" and "Salzburg" into the Rome2Rio website and you'll see lots of alternatives for getting from one of these cities to the other. While having a car can make country touring easier because you can stop when and where you want, having a car within a European city is a challenge, and usually best avoided. These are old places, with narrow ...


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My favourite resource for such questions is weatherspark, which tells me that for Bangkok: Over the course of a year, the temperature typically varies from 23°C to 35°C and is rarely below 20°C or above 36°C. ... The cold season lasts from November 18 to January 31 with an average daily high temperature below 32°C. The coldest day of the ...


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Vladivostok is not a warm-water port, but is kept ice free by ice breakers, according to Encyclopedia.com, allowing shipping into the harbor. Vladivostock is Russia's major Pacific seaport, the main base of its Pacific fleet, and a base for fishing and, formerly, whaling fleets.


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Five and half hours are more than enough for any half way reasonable operating condition. However, in January its possible that you will encounter outlier conditions such as a major snow storm. There is no guarantee against that, and no safety margin will be truly "safe", even if you fly in the day before. While it's not likely to be that bad, it can happen. ...


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You should buy your clothes in Kiruna. There are plenty of excellent outdoor stores in the city centre. Although it is regularly -25°C to -30°C in the valleys outside the city (where tours such as sled dogging tours take place), it's not cold in the city centre, where temperatures rarely drop down below -20°C (you might be surprised that a dry, calm, and ...


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There is no common legal standard and in most countries also no common obligation to have them with you - provided that you do not drive on a road that explicitly requires them. Those however are normally only mountain passes, not highways. There is generally a rule that you are only allowed to drive with chains on 100% snow-covered roads so you do not ...


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Many people drive this route, it is all main roads and there are several routes you can take. Many of the roads will be motorways but not all. And main roads in mountains will not be straight. If your driver has experience with driving in the weather you happen to get, in the kind of landscape you will be in and your car or van is fitted out for the weather,...


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TL;DR There are multiple factors involved with being able to drive in cold temperatures even with the onset of cold temperatures being fairly sudden 2-3 days notice. You should be looking at the following major components: Engine, Cabin, and Tires and looking at them separately and then there are additional subsystems and conditions that will make for an ...


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After the ТЭЦ-2 (Thermal Power Plant - 2) was built in 1984, the port in Vladivostok (Zolotoy Rog Bay) is ice-free for almost the whole year. Before that, ice breakers helped making it ice-free.


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I know that German law requires tires apt for snow in winter time Very close, but no cigar. The original law is: § 2 Abs. 3a Satz 1 StVO: Bei Glatteis, Schneeglätte, Schneematsch, Eis- oder Reifglätte darf ein Kraftfahrzeug nur mit Reifen gefahren werden, welche die in Anhang II Nummer 2.2 der Richtlinie 92/23/EWG des Rates vom 31. März 1992 ...


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Low-cost airline Jetstar offers inexpensive flights from Australia to Japan, which certainly ticks all your boxes. A northern city such as Sapporo normally has snow around Christmas and will have many Christmas-related festivities and decorations. There are also some Christian churches, if you are so inclined. Citizens of Australia and New Zealand can enter ...


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Renting Winter-Equipped Cars in Italy I think it is actually possible to rent a car, equipped for winter road travel, in Italy. Indeed, Hertz agrees with me: To help you enjoy safer, more reliable and more comfortable journeys, we offer a range of winter driving accessories: Winter tyres - for significantly improved handling and stopping distances in snow ...


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Winter-Equipped Cars in EU This page provided by Europcar is one of the few centralised information sources I could find on the topic. I also found this tool from Continental, allowing you to mouse-hover over different countries to check for regulation. Bulgaria Quoting from Europcar: There is no legal requirement for the use of snow tires. You should carry ...


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When traveling in winter conditions, you can't expect to be "babied" in urban conditions at all times. Cars break down, facilities lose power, planes use airstairs. Prepare for unexpected cold. My standard go-to anytime I need to be prepared for unexpected cold is Capilene long johns, arctic grade. They are excellent insulators, but don't overheat you (...


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Yes you can. If there is no snow/ice you are allowed to drive with summer tires, but it's not a good idea. But if your tires have M+S symbol it's allowed to drive with them in winter (in summer too) Here is a link to the source (only in German)


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Here are some of the 'hacks' that I've used: It's winter, there's often a heater on, or heatpump, or fire. Try and hang the clothes near to (but not on) the heater. Turn them frequently - you don't want them getting too hot or burnt. Use air - moving air. Hang in a doorway for the internal flow, or if possible, outside during the day. Beware to take them ...


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TL;DR Cold will kill you. There are things you can obtain in the cold place, and simple things you can do while driving, that might save your life. Driving in the cold can be dangerous to the point of being deadly. I've been driving in Ontario (and living in the countryside) for over 35 years. I've been in the ditch countless times (usually some guys in a ...


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Snow is rather unlikely in all of your named destinations. The most likely for snow is Zurich, which is still not guarantied. We have had snow in the Netherlands (so also Amsterdam) for Christmas and the new year. But it is a very small chance of snow. Same goes for Belgium, Paris and Frankfurt. Rain is much more likely and often comes with strong winds. ...


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I went to Kiruna and around the Swedish arctic in Winter a few years ago on route to the Icehotel. Here's what I wore, it was enough that I felt perfectly comfortable walking around including at night: Important: avoid cotton being in contact with your skin! There's a cliche among outdoors types that "cotton kills" in cold weather. Even in arctic weather, ...


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The information you're looking for is which mountain passes are open/closed. Here's a site (in German) detailing the situation in Austria, as well as Germany, France, Italy, Switzerland and Slovenia. Purple/red means that the passes are closed.


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The answer is going to depend on the country. There is no worldwide answer. National meteorological institutes often have maps of snow frequency. Not that you want snowcover, which may be harder to find than snowfall. Some places get lots of snowfall that melts within days, whereas others might get only little snowfall, but are so cold that any snow ...


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The key is not magical trousers, but long winter coats. You can get these long and parka-style down to the knees (random example), and they let you keep warm while wearing basically normal office/home wear underneath. Alternatively, many women opt to just wear a "normal" parka, leggings and warm boots and minimize the time they spend outside, ...


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This happens to me all the time and on my last travel I have crossed a 62C temperature difference, from Jamaica to Canada in January. There are two conflicting concerns when this happens, one is comfort and the other is practicality. Generally I wear clothes according to the destination weather. Going from Canada to Jamaica, I had the lightest pants and a t-...


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To speed up drying of clothes (particularly if staying in hotels where you have laundered towels), you can wring your clothes as dry as possible, place them (individually) on top of a towel and then roll the towel/clothing article up as tight as possible. Then stand on this roll. The aim being to absorb as much water as possible out from the clothes into ...


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If you have some specific plan and are not moving constantly, consider booking specific trains directly. This will definitely be cheaper than renting a car for several weeks and will probably be cheaper than an Eurail pass as well. You can read more about elsewhere on this site or on seat61.com but since many trains have restrictions for Eurail pass holders, ...


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A little research shows that, yes, January is the snowiest month (sort of like asking if one should expect rain in Seattle) with O'Hare Airport having 28.5 snowy days a year. In January, it snows, on average, 8 days during the month, for a total of just under 11 inches/27 centimetres. Most of those days, the snowfall is about 1 inch (2.5 cm), occasionally ...


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So the Falls themselves just "are" - they can't be open, closed, shut down, or whatnot. There are sidewalks and such that lead to places where you can see them, and the water flows year-round. From a natural point of view, winter brings two important changes: shorter days and more cold. The shorter days means it's more likely to be dark when you're there, ...


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