Think Valentine’s Day is overrated? Want to avoid everything to do with it this year?
Whether you're travelling solo or with a big group, February 14th and all its cheesiness can be hard to avoid, but in these 5 cities we think you've got a chance to take a break from romance altogether. Forget candlelit dinners and cringeposting all over social media, and book in a last minute 'Palentine's' trip to Europe...
If you’ve never been to Edinburgh, then we'd recommend adding it to your bucket list ASAP. Hearty pie and mash, through the medieval Old Town and - if there’s any city that will distract you from romance, 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 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, go on and explore the famous Dean Village.
The city can be enjoyed on a budget, too - there are plenty of and some incredible if you don't mind being around a few couples.
Where to stay: St Christopher’s Inns Edinburgh
Yes, it’s true that Valentine’s Day in Amsterdam can be dreamy (or disgusting depending on your viewpoint), but there’s a whole other side to the city that makes it one of the best to visit either on your own or with a group of mates.
Instead of romantic canal cruises and cycling past the windmills holding hands, ditch all that couple stuff and experience the city’s grittier 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 Europe’s highest over-the-edge swing , then stuff yourself with poffertjes and bitterballen.
If you’re looking for a sociable hostel, St Christopher’s at the Winston offers the perfect location in the heart of the city complete with a busy backpacker bar and weekly hostel events.
Where to stay: St Christopher’s at the Winston
Prague, Czech Republic
Eastern European cities tend to be on the cheaper side for travellers, but they are as stunningly beautiful and sometimes much more fun than the better-known spots. You should definitely consider Prague for your non-Valentine’s trip away this February, not least because quite a few Czech people still celebrate May 1st as a day of love instead of Valentine's day.
Other than that, Prague offers cheap drinks, delicious food, amazing architecture and beautiful views. Tuck into some goulash at a , party late into the night at Duplex and tick off the best of Prague's like the John Lennon Wall, Prague Castle and Charles Bridge.
Prague is definitely a great city to consider for a break away - and the beer is world-renowned. Check out the , and
Where to stay: Sophie's Hostel
Berlin is the kind of city you never get bored of. There’s something going on, every night of the week - so if you're looking to forget your heartbreak, the German capital should be your go-to. Experience the city like a local and spend a long weekend in the German capital to enjoy the amazing (non-Valentines related) events taking place on 14th February. From international comedy nights, live music, wine fairs and cabaret shows, there’s something for everyone.
The centre of Berlin is effortlessly stylish, making it one of the best places to travel solo in the whole world. There's an eclectic, friendly community feel throughout the city, and plenty of history to get lost in for days on end. 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 .
Where to stay: St Christopher’s Inns Berlin Mitte
Sure, some Brits go wild for romance, but London is so big and so diverse that you can skip Valentine's Day pretty easily. If you want to be rushed off your feet by a place not a person, then the British capital is the ideal destination. London excels when it comes to quirky, new immersive experiences, historic sights, world-class museums and a
It's got a lot to offer, but what we most love about London is . Explore and indulge in the best dumplings, get tipsy at one of the best, enjoy a at a British pub, treat yourself to a and hit up Shoreditch or Camden for the city’s
Instead of queuing up to do romantic things like going up the London Eye, or have dinner in the Shard, why not check out the or the in the city - a night out in London rarely disappoints.
Where to stay: St Christopher’s at the Village