The Very Best Stag Do Destinations In Europe
Best mate getting married? Congratulations and commiserations in equal measure then. As the best man, not only do you have possibly the most nerve-wracking element of the wedding to get right (the speech), you’ve also got to pull off a memorable stag-do which doesn’t cost the earth. This means plenty of organisation preceded by plenty research which starts right here right now1
So, to help you out a little and in a bid to prevent the scratching of any heads, I’ve hand-picked six of my European favourites which make the perfect destination for a stag on a budget.
A favourite for many years for a whole host of reasons, “The Dam” is the stag destination of choice for many a gent looking for a wild weekend. Quite honestly, the reason Amsterdam is so popular because it literally ticks all the boxes for the last few days of freedom. The Dam offers wine, weed and women although in order to stay in budget, you may wish to skip on the latter (editors note – we do not condone sex tourism even in destinations where it is legal, but equally we will not shy from mentioning it).
Although the shows and attractions of “De Wallen” will undoubtedly appeal to some, despite certain beliefs this isn’t the only thing Amsterdam has to offer. It’s actually a beautiful, friendly city and you really don’t need the help of space cakes to enjoy it. That being said, if you’re keen to check out the famous coffee shops, take a look at my previous Amsterdam feature, which includes a few of my personal favourites.
In terms of accommodation, rather than hotel rooms consider renting an apartment between you all, it works out so much cheaper. Alternatively, if you’re not really planning on being there all that often, there are always the hostels and no-frills hotels of Inner Amsterdam. I stayed in a Christian hostel which had nightly bible discussions…
It’s the fourth biggest German city and will not be out-done by it’s bigger, musclier sibling cities. For stags it’s the out and out winner, with more pubs to person ratio than any of the other German cities, so plenty of the golden nectar to sample.
Just like the rest of Germany, Cologne isn’t without an abundance of history and plenty of attractions so if you fancy leaving the beer garden for just a little while you won’t be disappointed with what you find.
There’s the cathedral, perhaps the city’s most famous landmark which, by the way, has the second tallest cathedral towers in the world. There are precisely 509 steps to the top though, so it might not be the place to go after a night out.
Perhaps the most appealing element of a lad’s weekend in Cologne, however, is the proximity to the neighbouring city of Leverkusen. According to this price index, tickets to watch a Bayer Leverkusen Champions League game will cost just £17, making it the fourth cheapest destination in Europe.
Just in case you’ve never heard of it, it’s in Macedonia and is the place to go if you’re after an affordable white-knuckle weekend â€“ trust me, you won’t get any cheaper.
Forget the £200 per day ski passes of the French Alps because in Popova Shapka “ you’ll get used to saying it by the time you’re boarding the plane home – a six-day ski pass is as little as £51 – it’s even been ranked for it’s crazy prices in Skyscanner’s guide to the cheapest ski resorts in the world.
Bratislava is the capital city of Slovakia and because it was until fairly recently in the eastern bloc, there are rather a lot of guns knocking around. What this means for the stag is that you can indulge his James Bond fantasies in a shooting range firing an AK47 or an Uzi. Czech beer can be found for less than £1 and all the bars and clubs are in close proximity so you can stumble between them.
Bratislava also stages some awesome festivals in summer so if the stag loves music, this could the perfect place. Oh, and the girls are absolutely stunning. What happens in Bratislava stays in Bratislava right?
For the more cultural of stags (he does need to impress the father-in-law, after all) then a sunny trip to Barcelona is perfect.
It’s not just a city for culture vultures though because you’ll find plenty of cerveza flowing if you head down to the bustling Las Ramblas where you’ll be entertained all day long by the vast selection of street performers.
Barcelona is, of course, renowned for its magnificent football, so why not take a tour of the stadium with the Camp Nou Experience for just â‚¬23 while you’re there?!
Aside from the headline tourist sites, there are also a lot of great secret places in Barcelona to discover and explore!
If you’re looking to stay a little closer to home or to save more money for the beer-kitty then Edinburgh is the perfect location.
As guys aren’t usually too bothered about luxury accommodation you’ll love the fact there are plenty of basic hostels very close to train stations. If it were me, I’ be staying at St Christophers just a few steps from Waverley Station (we’re not taking a commission). That’s not the real reason though, there’s a cracking bar in there too!
Maybe slightly more expensive than some of the experiences I’ve mentioned but you’re saving money on flights though so it’s okay. Then there is the Whiskey Tour I always think it’s a good idea to immerse yourself in the local culture and to be fair whiskey is one of the main reasons we love the Scotts so it would be rude not to get to know the local blends!
So there you have it, my six budget-friendly stag destinations where you’re guaranteed to have a blast even when watching the wallet. You know, writing this makes me want to get married six times over purely so I can go the all the stag parties!