Wax your moustache, start rolling your own ciggies and down a pint of quinoa, we’re off to Europe and we’ve gone full-on hipster… Hipsters know how to travel well, amid all their retro silliness they’ve got a real sense of where’s going to be off-beat, fun and… cheap. So here’s some of Europe’s top hipster destinations…
Sorry Venice, but you’re not the only canal-lined town this side of the Pacific. Amsterdam: What a weird, wacky, wonderful city. Just a quick two hour plane ride away, the place glistens with the reflections of colour buildings on its water roads, hums with the peddling of bikers and shimmers with the aroma of cuisine, fresh flowers and more than one type of coffee shop (take your pick – espresso-based beverages or something a little more, er, herbal…)
Let’s be honest, Amsterdam was built for the modern day travelling hipster. Just like the best European locales, its got all the history (the famed Anne Frank house sits in the center of town) and architecture you’d ever need, but it’s its quirks you’ll really want to write home about. While you enjoy a Heineken, feel free to roam the scantily-clad streets of the Red Light district and munch on a specialty space cake. Or, for a more PG-rated day, stroll around one of the many quaint markets and take a canal ride through the main part of town.
Must-see: A’DAM Swing Over the Edge (you can take flight on Europe’s highest swing for only 5 Euro – if you dare!)
Denmark’s capital city, surrounded by the sea, is perched among some of the most beautiful and quirky sights the Nordics have to offer. Home to some of the world’s finest restaurants, markets, coffee, and even airports, it’s no wonder we’re trying to book a ticket right now. It may not be the first place you’d think of spending a rare free weekend, but we promise you won’t be disappointed.
What’s not to love? You’ll be able to gaze at the centuries-old architecture, explore the world’s oldest fair grounds (dating back to 1583?!), stroll along a white sand beach, experience the allure of the famed Opera House, and ride along one of the many highways for bikes. It’s no wonder in so many the Danish are consistently found to be the happiest on earth!
Must-see: Tivoli Gardens, the world’s second oldest amusement park, is gorgeous and fun for the whole family.
A little further east and your hipster travel guide should lead you straight to this impressive city in the Czech Republic. And for good reason. Very few cities can lay claim to such a picturesque view, with immense, textured architecture and the Vltava River running through the town’s fabled corridors, as Prague. Magical won’t begin to describe your experience as you stroll the Old Town Square and some of the city’s other districts. You can also check out the gorgeous, still-functioning 600-year-old clock at the heart of the city.
There is much, much to do in the way of drinking and eating, by the way. Some of Europe’s best breweries and eateries have made Prague their home. The best part is, they won’t even break the bank! It’s widely known as one of the continent’s cheapest capital cities.
Must see: Oh, there’s nothing much to see here, except maybe Prague Castle, which the Guinness Book of Records recognizes as the largest castle complex in the world! It’s casual.
Where might we take you next on this eccentric little European cape? Norway, of course! This capital city is known for its mounds of natural beauty, places to explore and things to do, all despite its compact size. Its history is rich, its natural landscape is grand, its streets are some of the cleanest in Europe, and its residents are known for being welcoming and inviting to travelers.
Oslo is sure to bring you a viking-size good time, especially if you start with just that: the viking ship museum is sure to knock your socks off and give you a particularly interesting bite of history. Meanwhile, feel free to enjoy the fresh air of the Harbour and the unparalleled coffee culture (go to Tim Windelboe for the micro-roastery of your dreams).
It’s a little on the pricier side when compared to London and some of its most modest brethren on this list, but Oslo is just too good to pass up. There’s plenty to do in the winter, even more to do in the summer, and besides, who wouldn’t want to say they stopped in viking town for the weekend?
Must-see: Stop by the Edvard Munch museum for a glimpse into one of Europe’s most intriguing artists.
By now we probably have you packing your bags already, salivating at the thought of these hipster travel destinations only plane ride away. Still, we know you’re Hungary for more. That’s why we’ve added Budapest to this list, known for its shoutouts in popular movies and songs (ahem, Wes Anderson, George Ezra, etc.), but also for its fun, inviting and culturally significant spirit.
Let’s get the obvious one out of the way: Budapest is beautiful. The panoramic views of detailed architecture work and cityscapes are unmatched in all of Europe. I mean, we’re talking seriously Instagrammable. As are the endless options for food at cafes and restaurants.
Not to mention, it’s also got some of the best nightlife you’ll ever experience (so maybe wait till everyone in your party is of age, or find a great babysitter!). The moment you step into the Jewish District, the lifeline of all things after dark, you’re sure to find something to amaze at. The club scene won’t disappoint.
Must-see: Budapest isn’t known as the “City of Spas” for nothing. After a long day of exploring, you might want to take a dip in one of the city’s many thermal pools.
If you read our review of the, er, troublesome Midsommar film that came out earlier this summer, you’re probably thinking twice about taking a jaunt for the weekend to the Swedish heartlands in the middle of summer. But Sweden has so much more to offer than pagan rituals and flower-obsessed cults, and we’re here to prove it.
Stockholm is the most visited Scandinavian city for a good reason. Spread across a smattering of picturesque islands, the city is alight with culture, creativity and history. Whether you want to explore the ancient and glorious Stockholm cathedral by day or take a ghost tour of the city by night, you’re never going to be bored or dulled out by what its got to offer. Old Town, the oldest part of the city (bet you didn’t see that coming) contains buildings and wonders dating back to the 17th century.
Dottingholm, the private home of the Swedish Royal family, is perhaps the most impressive site in the city, hence its induction as a World Heritage Site in 1991.
Must-see: Mamma Mia, you’ve got to check out the ABBA museum! It’s dedicated to the most successful pop group in history and will have you humming all the way home.