Wake up somewhere new… Northern Europe!
With a New Year unfolding in front of us like an un-plotted map of the future, we’re all resolving to start afresh and embark on new adventures. New Years’ resolutions mean finding a change of scenery, embracing new experiences, re-connecting with the people that mean the most, and forging new friendships for us to discover unexplored territory with for years to come.
Since we’re in love with seeing the world just like you, 2015 means making travel that much easier.
Say “good morning” to our 15 cities through our bloggers, local experts and world travellers…
Wake up in… Oslo
Scandinavian dreams become reality in Norway’s capital, combining the great outdoors with city life: Oslo’s very own fjord and lush green forests harmonise with museums, enlightening history and a buzzy nightlife; and with everything from Vikings to hiking to keep you entertained, what’s not to like?
Wake up in… Stockholm
Split into little islands, each piece of Stockholm will steal a piece of your heart. Endless successions of boutique shops and cafés, a historical Old Town, the Royal Palace and stylish, slick presentation make Sweden’s capital a mirage of beauty come true. Stay in a boat or even a jumbo jet with one of our travel-inspired hostels.
Wake up in… Copenhagen
Our writers have helplessly fallen for Copenhagen, so let us take you around and show you what the big deal is. Brimming with confidence, this prosperity-filled Scandinavian city is easy to personify as a friend to the whole world.
Wake up in… Paris
Awaken your senses in the European city of love: take advantage of local HI Membership deals and discounts to discover Paris’s best kept secrets and historical haunts. Go for characterful or eco-friendly with a stay in our Paris hostels. Our blog author has lived in the city for years, – so she’ll lead the way.
Wake up in… London
London is not difficult to fall for. As one of the world’s most visited cities, bursting with history, culture, art and architecture, every one of London’s segments has a different character; so explore by foot or iconic red bus, get lost – and find yourself.
Wake up in… Amsterdam
Open your eyes to Amsterdam’s underbelly of fascinating quirks: cycle around the network of canals with discounted bike hire from our hostels, delve into European heritage, find odd shops and seek out hidden joys. Our Amsterdam Zeeburg hostel even has a cinema and a theatre. There’s much to be uncovered in this city of juxtapositions, so grab the chance.
Wake up in… Brussels
Chic, cosmopolitan and shrouded in history, Belgium’s capital and a centre of the European Union offers a haven for immersing yourself in Northern European culture. Fulfil dreams of sampling the world’s best chocolate, gaze at Art Nouveau buildings and enjoy unrivalled café culture.
Wake up in… Bruges
Yawn, stretch, open your eyes – you’ve woken up in a Fairytale town. Pretty market squares lined with soaring turreted towers and churches – and there’s a whole lot of it to explore – so stick around and spend some time with Belgium’s most popular city. You will be charmed.
Wake up in… Munich
Good morning, Munich. Roll out of bed and step back in time in this stereotypically German city, where you can still find lederhosen-clad folks and enjoy Bavarian heritage, breathe in the alpine air, seek out the past, and hit the town when you’re done (ahem – Oktoberfest).
Wake up in… Berlin
You won’t need to wake up in Berlin, because this city never sleeps. With a tangible history which will tug at your heart strings, cutting-edge culture and intense parties thrumming techno around the clock, Berliners love nothing more than a good time, so let the city carry you to new heights.
Wake up in… Hamburg
Germany’s wealthiest city certainly doesn’t hold back, and neither should you. Sometimes known as the ‘gateway to the world’, enter for harbour-side views, vibrant neighbourhoods, multi-cultural foods and waterway walks. As a huge port and city of opportunity, you never know what’s around the next corner.
Wake up in… Reykjavík
An undeniable favourite, Reykjavik is a rare city which provides a snapshot and insight into Iceland’s unparalleled natural beauty. Get to know the lively culture and thriving music scene; see multi-coloured houses and feel the Nordic charm. If you’re lucky, glimpse the world’s elusive wonder, the Northern Lights.
Wake up in… Helsinki
This Finnish sea-city has it spot on: scattered along the coastline, Helsinki’s heart is its harbour, and still holds the charm of being effortlessly cool. Tinged with irony at every turn, Finland’s clever use of humour is showcased here, along with the quirky charm which makes the city so loveable.
Wake up in… Edinburgh
From medieval traditions dating back thousands of years, to emerging as a UK nightlife hub with a leading festival scene, Scotland’s capital has an event for everyone. We’re giving you the lowdown straight from local experts so you can put your party plans in place over the coming weeks.
Wake up in… Antwerp
Antwerp is up there with the best in terms of impressive architecture and important landmarks, but you’d be mistaken for grouping Antwerp with other Belgian cities: the capital of cool, designed for art lovers, club-goers and diamond dealers, you’ll find cultural contrast at every cobbled step.