Europeans know how to throw a good party, which is why more and more Americans are crossing the Atlantic to be part of the fun. The forefront of some of the best electronic and live music in the world, complete with innovative locations and nighttime indulgence, travelers seeking European fun should try our 5-Stop Nightlife Itinerary for under €200*. This trip is perfect for people hoping to immerse themselves in the sounds and sights of local life. From Budapest’s infamous ruin bars to Berlin’s 72-hour nightclubs to Ibiza’s beach parties, there’s sure not to be a dull moment.
Hungary’s capital is the perfect place to start a more alternative European tour. Divided into Buda and Pest by the Danube river, this city is effortlessly cool, standing out for its renowned ‘ruin bars’. It’s home to an array of interesting landmarks and the famous thermal baths are not to be missed. Budapest’s most popular ruin bar - the Szimpla Kert is worth a visit as it displays alternative artworks, musical performances and even open-air films (as well as very reasonably priced beer). In summer, a number of pop-up bars appear all over the city, often on rooftops, courtyards and even abandoned buildings. Party lovers should ask around for the newest sauna and spa parties and you could even spend a day at one of Budapest’s famous festivals.
Our Recommendation: Check out Bath Rudas for a wide variety of thermal springs and wellness treatments.
Next stop is Berlin - the notorious, nocturnal haven of Europe. A city that has no limits, travelers looking to find the best in techno need to pay homage in the German capital. Berlin’s fascinating history is felt throughout the city– it’s a place where old meets new with a strong presence of brutalist communist architecture alongside modern constructions. The celebration of its unification is mirrored in the city’s feeling of freedom. The capital is famous in particular for clubs that open non-stop from Thursday to Monday, while the atmospheric ‘raucherbars’ (smokers bars) dotted around the city also appeal to travelers as well as live music and Biergarten alternatives. Berlin is a city where there is truly something for everyone and the zest for life in the air is infectious.
Our Recommendation: One of the few rooftop bars in Berlin, KlunkerKranich has incredible views of the city and live music performances.
Amsterdam exudes effortless charm and the people are fondly renowned for their chilled outlook on life. Complete with beautiful canals and its notorious brown cafes, this stop is a great midpoint of the tour. Amsterdam stands out in its laid-back attitude and travelers should spend the afternoon renting bikes and cycling through Vondelpark. Be sure to check out the Van Gogh Museum which is one of Amsterdam’s highlights. The city comes alive at night, particularly the Jordaan neighborhood which encompasses a bohemian spirit and is home to Amsterdam’s most arty residents.There’s also a lot on offer in terms of warehouse parties and underground watering holes for those seeking something more hedonistic at night.
Our Recommendation: De School. As its name suggests, this former school has transformed into one of Amsterdam’s best nightclubs with a 24-hour license.
Barcelona is a city that has it all– beautiful beaches, stunning architecture, delicious food, fantastic nightlife. It’s no wonder it’s one of Europe’s most popular destinations. The city possesses a strong Gaudi influence, Gothic quarters and charming cobbled streets. Getting lost is definitely the best way to explore the city. Barcelona appeals to travelers who enjoy sunset drinks at the La Barceloneta beachfront bars and to those seeking a more alternative music scene who can find some hidden treasures in the old city. Mediterranean culture is made up of spending the warm evenings drinking sangria in bars, though when the night owls come out to play, the city really comes alive and Barcelona exhibits great music options and a host of festivals all year round.
Our Recommendation: For those who enjoy a fiesta, head to Razzmatazz, the 5 floor super club hosting big DJs and other art events.
And last but certainly not least, the trip ends in the party capital of Europe: Ibiza. It’s not only stunning with its beautifully clear water and white sand beaches but offers the best in terms of the European electronic music scene. Famous DJs flock from all over the world to play in Ibiza’s most notorious clubs and the island attracts countless people each year with its warm temperatures and fantastic seafood. The island is also rich with history and hosts a range of relaxing and cultural activities for those seeking something else. Boat trips from the island are a must, whether you’re looking for a nice day trip to see a calmer side of Ibiza or a hedonistic party on the water.
Our Recommendation: One of the world’s most well-known clubs, Amnesia is a must visit on the island - discover it for yourself!