Do you think Valentine’s Day is overrated? Want to avoid everything to do with it? Whether you’re single or in a relationship, why not skip the week altogether and go travelling with your best mates? Ditch romantic dinners and seeing cringe posts all over Instagram, and travel to one of our 5 awesome cities in Europe where you can make unforgettable memories to last a lifetime - there’s a reason people have renamed it ‘Galentine’s’. Valentine’s falls on a Friday this year so you can even pack up and go for a long weekend (taking only one day off work)...
If you’ve never been to Edinburgh, then we recommend adding it to your bucket list ASAP. Traditional Scottish pubs, hearty pie and mash, through the medieval Old Town and ; if there’s any city that will distract you from romance, then this is the one. One of our favourite cities in Europe, this cobbled capital is all about bagpipes, castles, haggis and booze.
Once you’ve ticked off some of the main sights and attractions like Edinburgh Castle, Holyrood Palace, , The Scottish National Galleries and the Edinburgh Dungeons, why not check out the more . Harry Potter fans simply must book themselves onto the Potter Trail, cocktail lovers NEED to try out the underground bar scene, nature lovers should climb Arthur's Seat and if you love photography, then you should explore Dean Village.
The city can be enjoyed on a budget too. There are plenty of . Make the most of the incredible too!
Where to stay: St Christopher’s Inns Edinburgh Old Town
The reception area at St Christopher's Edinburgh Old Town
While it’s true that Valentine’s Day in Amsterdam can be rather romantic, there’s a whole other side to the city to experience making it an awesome getaway with friends.
Instead of romantic canal cruises and cycling past the windmills holding hands, ditch all that couple stuff and experience the city’s more gritty side. Street art, food markets, , trendy thrift shops, the Red Light District and some of the in Europe, a trip to Amsterdam guarantees fun. Explore one afternoon, and then check out Amsterdam-Noord the next. Brave the Europe’s highest over-the-edge swing, then stuff yourself with poffertjes and bitterballen. Visit the Van Gogh Museum, or the Anne Frank House. Then learn the craft of beer making at the Heineken Museum.
If you’re looking for a sociable hostel, St Christopher’s at the Winston is in the perfect location in the heart of the city with a backpacker bar and weekly hostel events.
Where to stay: St Christopher’s at the Winston
The bar at St Christopher's at the Winston is newly refurbished!
Prague, Czech Republic
Not only are Eastern European cities cheap for travelling, but they’re also stunning which is why more and more backpackers are choosing to go there. You should totally consider Prague for your non-Valentine’s trip away this February. Cheap beer, pork knuckle, amazing architecture and beautiful views, get some of your best pals together and go explore the Czech capital. Tuck into some goulash at one of the s, party late into the night at Duplex and tick off the like the John Lennon Wall, Prague Castle and Charles Bridge. And once you’ve returned to the hostel bar, enjoy some drinks at the daily Happy Hour.
Prague is definitely a great city to consider for a weekend away - and the beer is awesome. Check out the , and
Where to stay:
The contemporary cafe the Czech Inn Hostel
Berlin is the kind of city you never get bored of. One of the reasons for this is because there’s always something going on, every night of the week. Experience the city like a local and spend a long weekend in the German capital to skip out on Valentine’s Day and enjoy the cool (non-Valentines related) events taking place on 14th February. From comedy nights, live music, a wine fair and cabaret shows, there’s something for everyone. in February and make the most of what the city has to offer. Check out the most in the city, eat your way through the , check out the Berlin Wall and relax at the city’s hipster coffee shops .
Berlin is also famed for itsand amazing , both really cheap! What’s not to love? We love how the city’s both edgy and historic at the same time; so if you’ve never been, make sure to book your next flight out! Our hostel is located just minutes walk from Museum Island, Berlin Cathedral and the Brandenburg Gate.
Where to stay: St Christopher’s Inns Berlin Mitte
Hostel reception at St Christopher's Inns Berlin Mitte.
Let your hair down in London during the Valentines period with your best pals. The British capital has so much to offer for those who want to ditch the romance this February. The fast-paced city excels when it comes to quirky, new immersive experiences, historic sights, world-class museums and a
But what we most love about . Explore and indulge in the best dumplings, get tipsy at one of the best, enjoy a at a British pub, indulge in and hit up Shoreditch or for the city’s
Instead of doing the romantic things like going up the London Eye, or a dinner in the Shard, why not check out the or the in the city.
Where to stay: St Christopher’s at the Village
Capsule beds at St Christopher's Inns at the Village
If you're looking for a cosy countryside retreat, then this pretty Georgian town won't let you down. Bath is full of hidden gems from old eating houses where you can indulge in , beautiful Georgian architecture, hidden bars (The Hideout is our favourite whisky bar) and beautiful cobbled streets lined with charming independent retailers and . This city makes for a perfect weekend away with friends because you can fit most of the main sights and attractions in two days; walk around the , discover Bath Abbey, explore the Roman Baths, visit some smaller countryside villages nearby like Bradford On Avon and eat bangers and mash or fish n' chips in a traditional British pub. We also recommend the Sunday Roast at the Huntsman pub, one of Bath's . The best part is, you can walk pretty much everywhere because the town is quite small.
Where to stay: St Christopher's Inns Bath
The reception at St Christopher's Inns, Bath
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