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World's Most Unromantic Places

Set of Heart-Shaped Keys in Hotel Room Door (Photo: Shutterstock)
Editor's Note: This story was originally published on February 14, 2014. To see the most recent SmarterTravel articles on related topics, please click on any of the following links: Annette Thompson, destination.

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Some say Valentine's Day is the saddest holiday. So this year, when the huggy-huggy schlock that represents February 14 hits the shelves, consider casting tradition aside. In its place, make a rendezvous with these alternative—and decidedly unromantic—Valentine's Day adventures. Cutie Cupids need not apply for these destinations. We've found the most unromantic spots to fall in love with the human condition in all its everyday glory.

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Brokenhearted Art in Zagreb, Croatia

You won't find self-help instruction at the Museum of Broken Relationships in Zagreb. Instead, bring along an item from your own painful past to donate to the collection. Curators transform love talismans into works of art at this award-winning museum. The exhibits display cathartic tales of love long gone. One, An Ex Axe, tells the story of a jilted lover who spent his passion breaking up his ex's belongings while she cavorted with her new lover. Can't get to Croatia? Now through March 2, you can donate your love-life detritus to the traveling exhibit showing at the Oude Kerk in Amsterdam.

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