Where to go for a winter hen party

Getting hitched this winter? Here’s ten dazzling European winter hen do destinations to let your hair down with your girl gang and celebrate your last holiday as a singleton. 

1. Dublin, Ireland

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No matter the season, the Emerald Isle won’t let you down when it comes to dancing on tables and downing pints into the early hours. Boasting over 600 pubs, Dublin’s after-dark antics are never-ending. Head to Temple Bar and Irish jig your way through the cobbled streets or hit one of the many clubs dotted across the city centre.


Flights to Dublin 

2. Budapest, Hungary

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From thermal baths to hipster hangouts and booze galore, Budapest is the ultimate winter hen do destination. Shabby chic in the best way possible, this jewel on the Danube is a party hotspot with a difference. Crawl along the traditional ruin bars and rejuvenate in one of the city’s many spa baths for the perfect combination of relaxing and raving.


Flights to Budapest

3. Prague, Czech Republic

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Peddle while you drink wine on tap through the bewitching streets of Prague as you spend your last few days of freedom taking over the capital. Get lost down a labyrinth of enchanting streets and dance till dawn in one of the city’s premier nightclubs. With round the clock entertainment, you’ll be spoilt for choice.  


Flights to Prague 

4. Barcelona, Spain

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Shake it to the sounds of salsa and have your hen do in the cosmopolitan capital of Catalonia. Barcelona has it all from decadent restaurants, chic boutiques, raging nightlife and a golden coastline with a climate to match. Head out to sea on a booze cruise or stick to dry land and line your stomachs with seafood as you and your crew take on Spain’s second largest city.


Flights to Barcelona

5. Berlin, Germany

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Known worldwide for its outrageous party scene, Berlin is an obvious contender when planning where to go for a winter hen. Whether it’s warehouse raves or classy cocktail bars that take your fancy, the German capital has something you’ll like. Grab your girls, dust off your dancing shoes and get ready to party till the early hours the whole weekend long.


Flights to Berlin 

6. Riga, Latvia

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Plan your hen winter-wonderland style and head to the Baltic States. Riga is a fairy-tale come to life and what better way to celebrate you and your girls than with a stunning skyline of castle turrets and pretty medieval squares. Sip martinis in rooftop bars and spend the day sledding with huskies through the forest.


Flights to Riga 

7. Edinburgh, Scotland

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Shop till you drop on Prince’s Street, party the night away along the Royal Mile and find out first hand why Edinburgh is the ultimate winter hen do destination. Get your glad rags on and hit up Grassmarket’s super clubs after a warm up session in the bars lining the old medieval lanes which map out the city. Have your Harry Potter moment at Edinburgh Castle and leave your single days behind in Scotland’s premier party capital.


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8. Lisbon, Portugal

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Europe’s answer to San Francisco, Lisbon is next on the list of the best places to have a winter hen do. Boasting a unique multi-cultural nightlife scene, taste the flavours of the world from the streets of Portugal’s capital. Built on seven hills, the city’s 25 de Abril bridge is so close to the Golden Gate, you’ll feel like you’ve travelled stateside without ever having left the continent.


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9. Amsterdam, Netherlands

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Known for its raucous party scene, Amsterdam has so much more to offer than wild nights on the town. Spend a few days exploring the canals, world class museums and top notch eateries and stop for daytime drinks on Bourbon Street before bopping away to live music at one of the many jazz bars in the city. An eclectic mix of culture and fashionable hangouts, this city should be a real contender when planning where to go for a winter hen.


Flights to Amsterdam 

10. Krakow, Poland

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Supposedly home to the most bars in Europe, if you’re after a boozy weekend away Krakow is your first port of call. A city built on fairytales with its castles and cobbled streets, Poland’s second city is a hotspot for culture, history and a lively nightlife scene. With over 300 bars in the Old Town alone, you’ll never have to worry about finding a space to party from dusk till dawn.  


Flights to Krakow


Heading on a winter hen do soon? Be sure to tag us in your photos of winter hen do destinations using the hashtag #ryanairstories, for the chance to be featured on Ryanair’s social media channels.


- Lucy Norris