Snow doesn’t often befall the world’s most bustling cities, but when it does, it turns them into winter wonderlands. Knowledge-packed heritage-history guides in cities from London to Moscow can report what happens to their locales when the White Stuff comes tumbling from the sky, but they’ll also let you know that the best time to see their cities is under a layer of freshly fallen snow. With snowfall, cities turn clean and cozy, and while New York, Tokyo and Warsaw are stunning no matter what time of year, come a snowy winter, they radiate beauty tenfold.
Check out these snow-topped cities. Next, hire a guide this winter to show you around one. And finally: pray for that snowstorm. Hot chocolate awaits, and stories do too; walking tour guides worldwide will tell you all about what went down when past snowstorms rocked their unsuspecting habitats.