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Europe's hidden stag and hen destinations

If you’re looking for an interesting alternative to the pre-wedding weekend in Amsterdam or Paris, here are five of Europe’s lesser-known stag and hen destinations. Fluffy handcuffs and epic hangovers optional.

Caving in Budapest

The dripstone caves under Budapest

The dripstone caves under Budapest

The famous hot springs of Budapest have created a network of caves underneath the city, creating a playground for adventurous stags and hens. Spend an afternoon navigating Pálvölgyi—the longest and most challenging stretch of caves—followed by a dip in the hot springs to ease your aching muscles. Then spend the evening being pampered in one of the city’s luxury spa hotels like the Corinthia Hotel, or float down the Danube on a beer cruise.

Beer in Salzburg

The beerspa in Salzburg

The beerspa in Salzburg

Beer on a hen or stag weekend is hardly original but hear us out. Just a short drive from the city of Salzburg is the Landhotel Moorhof, a hotel/beer spa that gives guests the chance to bathe in beer while sipping a cold one. Other things to keep you occupied include massages, saunas, tanning booths, a swimming pool, tractor rides, and a golf club just down the road.

Glamping in Aquitaine

The Quirky Camping Yurts of Aquitaine

The Quirky Camping Yurts of Aquitaine

For a relaxed, insta-worthy weekend head to the Quirky Camping Yurts of Aquitaine in France. These eco-friendly yurts have been fully restored by their owners and include furniture, solar powered showers, and breakfast delivered right to your door every morning. Later in the day there are plenty of restaurants to choose from and potential daytrips include caving, Brantome Abbey, and Perigord-Limousin National Park.

Wine in Madrid

Wine tasting in Spain

Wine tasting in Spain

Spain’s capital city is surrounded by wine-growing country and so, understandably, there are dozens of wine tours to choose from. Either start off in the centre of Madrid or travel to one of the nearby towns like Toledo and take a tour of the local wineries. A lot of the tours have incorporated visits to the region’s medieval architecture, castles, and cathedrals into their itineraries and usually finish with a tapas tasting menu. When you’re done for the day spend an evening relaxing in The Hat Madrid rooftop bar.

Comedy in Edinburgh

A ferris wheel at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival

A ferris wheel at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival

Festival season in Edinburgh is usually a fairly expensive time to visit the city but not if you spread the cost of a self-catered apartment with your fellow stags and hens. Book a weekend during the Edinburgh Fringe Festival to spend your days watching the free student and amateur shows, followed by evenings checking out the big names and Edinburgh’s nightlife. Or take your weekend to the next level and book a whisky tour of the city with Edinburgh Whisky Walks at 12-14 Jeffrey Street.