Stag parties have a bit of a reputation for being limited to heavy drinking and the dreaded morning after when all the fun of the night is forgotten forever. But it doesn’t have to be like that. There are literally hundreds of destinations, especially in Europe, where you can have a great time exploring the fascinating culture and history whilst on a stag weekend.
Amsterdam might be most well known for its infamous red-light district, but it has so much more to offer a stag party. This is one of Europe’s oldest cities, which, despite its colossal size, has managed to hold onto a quaint aesthetic and a carefree attitude. Float down the canal that runs all the way through the city centre and marvel at the colourful old-world townhouses and spectacular churches. Then you can stop off at any number of the excellent museums which cover everything from the history of the Netherlands to one of the most influential artists of the 20th century who lived here, Van Gogh.
There is certainly no lack of character in the Czech capital city of Prague; the gothic castles and baroque cathedrals give it appearance of something out of a fantasy film. Of course, looks aren’t everything, and Prague has other ways to wow you aside from the stunning architecture. Far from being conservative or conventional, Prague is a thriving hub of creativity and passion. The backstreets are overflowing with quirky art galleries, and you don’t have to look far to find cool jazz clubs or avant-garde theatres.
Germany is a country known for its reserved and demure values, so you’ll be surprised by Munich; a city as romantic and bubbly as anywhere in Europe. Perhaps the most visually appealing in the whole country, Munich not only has the gorgeous backdrop of the Alps, but also a plethora of wonderful buildings lining the streets. Take your time strolling through the markets, and be captivated by the friendliness of the locals.
The split personality of Hungary’s capital, Budapest, is utterly endearing. This is a hub of central Europe’s modern culture, found within setting of charming old-world architecture. There are a number of beautiful castles, citadels and palaces, each distinctive enough to lure you into a visit. There are attractive public baths that look like the inside of a cathedral and a seemingly endless list of absorbing museums to engross yourself in.
So if you’re struggling for stag party ideas but know you want to do something a bit more relaxed and eye opening then don’t worry, it doesn’t have to be a blurry night of over indulgence, if you head to Europe then the stag weekend can be a pleasant cultural experience that you will never want to forget.