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Moonlight Savings: Europe's Best Nightlife Destinations

Late October is a funny old time, what with the clocks going back and autumn merging into winter. For some critters, the shorter days signal the beginning of a period of hibernation, and it can sometimes be tempting for us humans to follow suit and go into standby mode until the spring. However, there really is no need to let daylight savings get you down, as the shorter days just mean longer nights, so if you're looking for some after-hours fun, this is the perfect time of year.

To celebrate the arrival of these extended evenings, why not head off to one of Europe's top nightlife cities? Doing so might just make you forget all about the sunshine, and help you to realise that the moonlight really is all you need to have a great time.

Here's a look at just a few of the best places to paint the town red on the continent.

Budapest

Aside from being one of Europe's most picturesque cities in the daytime - not to mention incredibly historic too - Budapest also sparkles like nowhere else once night descends. In fact, the nocturnal offering here is completely unique, providing experiences you would never have even dreamed of.

For example, the so-called 'ruin bars' that sprung up over recent times are causing quite a stir amongst both locals and tourists. The city is home to a huge number of ancient ruined buildings dating from various periods throughout history, and the pioneering residents of the Hungarian capital have been converting many of these into bars. It's fair to say that the atmosphere in these establishments is unlike anything you've ever experienced before, and provides a great way to soak up the city's history while enjoying an evening on the tiles.

As if that weren't enough, Budapest has also become famous for its bath parties, which take place in the public baths that can be found throughout the city. These are fantastic places to come for a relaxing soak in the thermal springs during the day, but doing so at night while dancing to the tunes of some of the biggest DJs in the world really is something else.

Budapest

Berlin

If you're looking to dance until the sun comes up (which, in the winter, can be rather late in the morning!) then Berlin is the city for you. With a reputation as the house and techno music capital of the world, it's ideal for fans of electronic beats, and is home to some of the most legendary nightclubs in Europe.

Among the most popular venues in the German capital are the likes of Watergate, which attracts many of the world's most acclaimed DJs and provides stunning views out across the River Spree, and Berghain, where you'll hear the very latest electro tunes.

Berlin

St Anton

Winter is not only a great time for partying, it's also perfect for skiing, and if you're looking for a destination that lets you combine these two activities then St Anton is sure to tick all the boxes. Offering some of the finest ski runs in the Alps, the resort is considered by many to be amongst the best après ski destinations in the world, and is home to a fantastic array of venues. These range from swanky restaurants to cosy bars and wild clubs, so whatever vibe you're after, you're sure to find it here.

Of particular fame are the likes of Mooserwirt and Krazy Kanguruh, both of which hold legendary status among party-loving skiers and snowboarders around the world.

St Anton
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