Get a city break out of your Harry Styles concert

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Harry Styles is making his way across the US and Europe as part of the long-anticipated Love On Tour tour. If you’ve bagged yourself a concert ticket, make sure you take the opportunity to explore your host city

His Love On Tour tour was postponed in 2020 due to Covid-19. Now, Harry Styles is finally making his way around the world to perform to the millions of fans that have barely been able to contain their excitement for two long years.

As part of the tour, the mop-haired hottie is set to perform in cities throughout the US and Europe. As much as we don’t want to distract you from the main event, if you’re going to be traveling to a new city for it, it’d be rude not to get out and see what else is around! We’ve highlighted some of the stops on the tour on both sides of the pond that make the most interesting city breaks, that you can explore in between your bouts of fangirling (or fanboying). And remember, Kiwi.com can get you there for cheap by air, rail or road!

The US

Harry Styles has just begun his tour of the US, which consists of dates in four cities.

New York (August 20 — September 21, 2022)

 

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Before or after Harry takes to the stage at Madison Square Garden this month, make sure you get a good idea of what New York is all about. This is probably the city on this list that sees the most tourism — annual visitors totaled over 60 million before the pandemic.

There are countless things to see and do in New York. (They say it’d take over two decades to eat out at every restaurant, and that’s before you get to the sights.) But above all, it isn’t called The City that Never Sleeps for nothing. You won’t have to go far in Manhattan from the venue to find some stellar bars and clubs welcoming wild partygoers. Either warm up before the gig or spread your euphoria afterward; you’re bound to have an unforgettable time.

Austin (September 25 — October 3, 2022)

The Texas State Capitol — ShutterstockThe Texas Capitol — Shutterstock

The Texan state capital of Austin has a lot to offer, and the central location of the Moody Center — where the concert will be — means you won’t be far from most of what’s happening. Take a tour of the Texas Capitol, meet some monsters at the Museum of the Weird, and wind down at Barton Springs Pool, a popular outdoor thermal bathing spot.

If you’ve got time, another water-based activity (and perhaps the coolest place to go in Austin) is just outside the city — the Quest ATX park. With two 85-foot slides, “cable wakeboarding” and an inflatable obstacle course, it offers hours of innocent fun.

Chicago (October 6 — 15, 2022)

You’re in luck — early October is a great time to visit Chicago! This is when the weather is the most pleasant, the International Film Festival is happening around the same time as the concerts, and the build-up to Halloween in this city is something quite special.

Of all the spooky festivities, catch the Night of 1,000 Jack-o’-Lanterns at the Chicago Botanic Garden between the 12th and the 16th. As the name suggests, the Garden is completely taken over by intricately-carved pumpkins. Some of them even depict celebrities, so you’d be forgiven for thinking you’ve wandered into some sort of horticultural Madame Tussauds.

Inglewood (October 23 — November 15, 2022)

Randy's Donuts donut sign at dusk — ShutterstockRandy’s Donuts purportedly makes the best donuts in the world, and this is the original shop — Shutterstock

This leg of the tour will take place just a stone’s throw away from Los Angeles International Airport, meaning that local public transport is superb; it’ll get you very efficiently from the terminal to the concert venue, and to anywhere else that you want to explore.

The temperature will still be mild enough to hit the beach. When in California, right? Nearby Venice Beach with its white sand and palm trees makes the perfect spot for an afternoon walk, and is peppered with trendy shops, art galleries and eateries.

And speaking of eating, when in Inglewood, you must pay a visit to Randy’s Donuts, famed not just for its incredible secret-recipe treats, but also for its iconic novelty rooftop sign. The giant fiberglass donut is seen by passengers on most flights departing from and coming into land at the airport, and it’s made an appearance in a number of films and TV shows.

Europe

Next spring and summer, it’ll be Europe’s turn for some Harry mania. In addition to the cities below, there are dates in the major tourist destinations of London, Paris, Barcelona, Madrid and Amsterdam. But these metropolises are so used to catering to visitors, you’re likely to feel right at home very easily, even if you’ve never been before. Here are some of the smaller cities that’ll be welcoming Harry Styles.

Munich (May 17 — 18, 2023)

Olympic Park in Munich — ShutterstockMunich’s Olympic Park is a sprawling area of loveliness just north of the city center — Shutterstock

Munich is a pretty city generally, and the Olympic Park that contains the concert venue, Olympiastadion, is a particularly handsome area. Well-kept green mounds roll around a huge lake, a scene that’ll be made all the more idyllic by the late-spring sunshine. There are three observation decks at the top of the proud Olympic Tower, and if you’re up there on a clear day, you can even see the Alps.

Indeed, you could stay in and around the Olympic Park and be perfectly happy — the vibe on the nights of the gigs is bound to be electric, not to mention. But if you want to venture further and explore the city center, a few of the things most worth seeing are Marienplatz and the New Town Hall, the Residenz — once the royal palace — and the Viktualienmarkt, a daily food market and the perfect spot for an al fresco lunch.

Edinburgh (May 26 — 27, 2023)

Murrayfield, the area of Edinburgh where the concert will take place, is largely residential and away from the rest of the action in the city. But easy bus and tram links will get you back into the center in just a few minutes, allowing you to continue swiftly with your weekend of fun.

You’re probably going to be excitable post-Harry, so let out all that energy by dancing the night away. The nightlife in Edinburgh is brilliant, and because it’s a city with a significant student population, cheaper club nights aren’t difficult to come across — some places sell drinks for as little at £1 (just over €1)! If you can afford to loosen the purse strings just a little more for something seriously cool, Ballie Ballerson is the club in town with a ball pit, slide, and candy-themed cocktails.

Following your (watermelon) sugar high, recharge the next day with a slow wander around the city’s medieval Old Town, or maybe even a breath of fresh air at the top of Arthur’s Seat.

Düsseldorf (June 27 — 28, 2023)

As is the case in Inglewood, the Düsseldorf venue — the Merkur Spiel-Arena — is conveniently located right next to the city’s airport. The best place to explore in the surrounding area is Nordpark — an extensive landscaped green space with fountains, plenty of trees and flowers, and a Japanese garden. You’ll also come across the Aquazoo Löbbecke Museum in the middle of Nordpark, the most visited attraction in Düsseldorf. The Aquazoo is highly praised for its telling of the evolutionary story of sea life, featuring live exhibits, of course! Although even a showcased stingray might seem underwhelming after seeing Harry Styles.

If you decide to go into the city center, you’ll find wide streets lined with boutiques and restaurants, museums and art galleries aplenty, and fantastic nightlife — particularly in the Old Town.

Warsaw (July 2, 2023)

 

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Warsaw is by far the cheapest city on this list, which is ideal if you’ve dropped pretty much all your money on a ticket to see Harry Styles. Cheap public transport, cheap places to stay, and cheap (really good) food — you name it; Warsaw will be kind to your budget.

To top it off, the attractions are cheap too, or sometimes, don’t even cost a penny. Just a few hundred meters away from the PGE Narodowy, the concert venue, there’ll be people basking in the summer sun at Poniatówka Beach on the river bank. See the Barbican, the Little Insurrectionist statue, the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, or any of the city’s other important sites that hark back to one war or another. And you can even get a free walking tour that’ll take you around the infamous-turned-trendy district of Praga.

Vienna (July 8, 2023)

Wurstelprater amusement park at night — ShutterstockHead to the bright lights of Wurstelprater to prolong your state of ecstasy — Shutterstock

Oh, Vienna. If this is your tour stop, you’re in for a treat. Sure, it’s a city glossed in chic and sophistication, sometimes intimidatingly so. But give it chance, if only for the weekend, and you’ll soon see its quirks beneath the surface. Whether it’s one of the big flea markets, the stunning array of street art, or the manmade, 21-kilometer-long Danube Island, you’re bound to find something to capture your attention in Vienna. Something secondary to Harry, I mean.

And for one last thrill, head from the gig venue to the other side of Prater park and you’ll find Wurstelprater, a wonderfully tacky, old-school amusement park with stomach-churning rides and plenty of neon. Shine, step into the light!

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