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Top 5 Slavic Destinations for New Years Eve 2018 That Should Be On Your List

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Are you tired of seeing the same old faces and the same old places? Do you want to meet new people and explore new cities? Are you stuck on where to go and what to do this New Years Eve Below are some suggestions and tips! Compared to their more famous Western European neighbours, Slavic destinations don’t get as much attention when it comes to New Year’s Eve celebrations. Cities like Paris, London, Amsterdam and Reykjavik are known for great NYE atmospheres, a multitude of activities, events, and amazing fireworks.

However, we all know that the major European cities like Barcelona, Stockholm, and Berlin are going to get insanely busy on New Year’s Eve! Taxis will be nearly impossible to hail and Uber surge prices will be over the roof! If you want to save yourself the aggravation or just head somewhere different, head over to these Slavic destinations where most of the crowd are fun-loving locals!

1. Dubrovnik, Croatia

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Why?

Overlooking the blue Adriatic, Dubrovnik is a very popular summer hot spot for beach and culture lovers from around the world. From roaming the streets of Old Town (a UNESCO World Heritage Site), joining a Game of Thrones walking tour, to tasting local wines, Dubrovnik won’t disappoint. It’s also not to be dismissed for a fun-filled New Year’s Eve celebration.

Things to do?

The big outdoor celebration takes place in Stradun, Dubrovnik’s old town Street, where you will be able to experience live music by some of the most famous Croatian bands, musicians, and singers. This year, on Saturday, December 30th at 9 pm the women’s quartet The Frajle will perform. In the morning hours of December 31st, the Children’s New Year’s Eve will be held, while a spectacular New Year’s Eve party on Stradun will be opened at 9 pm by the Croatian band Pravila Igre, followed by the Songkillers, and the regional pop star Dino Merlin. The traditional concert of the Dubrovnik Symphony Orchestra will be held on January 1st at noon, accompanied by oysters and sparkling wine, followed by the New Year’s ˝10k˝ race that will begin. “Sretna Nova godina!” –  Happy New Year!

Where to stay?

  • Villa Dubrovnik
  • Neptun Hotel Dubrovnik
  • Importanne Resort Dubrovnik
  • Valamar Dubrovnik President Hotel
  • Villa Orsula
  • Hotel Bellevue Dubrovnik
  • ZigZag Dubrovnik Apartments & Rooms

2. Krakow, Poland

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Why?

This beautiful Polish city is well worth visiting all year round. If you have time and your budget allows it, it is strongly recommended to visit Krakow several days before NYE and see the charming and beautiful Christmas market. Krakow will also be much easier on your wallet than the increasingly more expensive Dubrovnik. If you feel like a winter break from the city and wish to welcome the New Year amidst beautiful, snowy landscape, you can visit Zakopane, the most popular Polish mountain resort located 100 km south of Krakow.

Things to do?

In Krakow, New Year’s Eve is a big deal, with its epicenter being the Market Square. Venture outside, and put on those layers because Krakow gets quite cold! If you prefer a more elegant and warmer night out, make a reservation at one of the local restaurants or bars as soon as possible. The city of Krakow has opted out of organising a fireworks display, instead focusing on providing loads of entertainment and concerts. Spread across four stages in four different parts of town – the main market square, Tauron Arena, Aleja Róż in Nowa Huta, and Rynek Podgórski – various artists will ensure that you ring in the New Year with class. Note that though free of charge, tickets are required and must be obtained in advance for Tauron Arena. “Szczesliwego Nowego Roku!” –  Happy New Year!

Where to stay?

  • Metropolitan Boutique Hotel
  • Queen Boutique Hotel
  • Venetian House Aparthotel
  • Hotel Wyspianski
  • The Bonerowski Palace
  • Niebieski Art Hotel & Spa
  • Sheraton Krakow Hotel

3. St. Petersburg, Russia

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Why?

Another UNESCO World Heritage Site and Russia’s second largest city, Saint Petersburg is breathtakingly beautiful. Get outside and walk along Nevsky Prospekt, Palace Square, or the Neva River embankments. It’s famously beautiful at night, especially during winter.

Things to do?

Be aware, St. Petersburg is notoriously cold during winter. Winter temperatures of -30 degrees Celsius are normal in St. Petersburg, and 2011 saw the coldest New Year’s night in 1000 years! If you can withstand that (or just spend the night indoors), St. Petersburg is an amazing option, especially if you’d love to spend NYE in Russia, avoid the Moscow crowds, but still be someplace beautiful. “С Новым годом!” –  Happy New Year!

Where to stay?

  • Hotel Indigo St. Petersburg – Tchaikovskogo
  • Corinthia Hotel St Petersburg
  • Four Seasons Hotel Lion Palace St. Petersburg
  • Pushka Inn Hotel
  • Astoria Hotel
  • Belmond Grand Hotel Europe
  • Radisson Royal Hotel

4. Budva, Montenegro

Why?

Budva’s bay islands and beaches, combined with a vast cultural heritage, make it a great place to visit. It’s crowded during summer months, but Budva’s old town also hosts Montenegro’s biggest party on New Year’s Eve, and an open-air concert is attended by thousands. Balkan’s most popular musicians will be entertaining the crowd this year!

Things to do?

New Year’s party program for 2018 is unrivaled in the region. Starting on 29th of December with Hladno Pivo and S.A.R.S, followed by Bajaga i Instruktori on the 30th, Queen Symphony and Bijelo Dugme on the 31st and Elemental and Dubioza Kolektiv on the 1st. For an unmatched view of the fireworks, head up to Crkva Santa Maria in the old town. “Srećna Nova godina!” –  Happy New Year!

Where to stay?

  • Luxury Budva Center Apartments
  • Apartments M&Z
  • Hotel Moska
  • Hotel Adria
  • Apartments J&M
  • Apartments Vila Galileo

5. Prague, Czech Republic

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Why?

Prague is possibly the most popular Slavic New Year’s Eve destination, and for a reason. The city is a breathtaking mix of baroque, gothic and renaissance architecture, hard to find anywhere else in Europe. It’s very affordable, and it can be enjoyed by all, young and old, quiet and romantic couples, individuals and groups. There are entertainment options to suit all tastes, from classical music concerts to traditional Christmas markets and parties.

Things to do?

Head somewhere overlooking the river – on a boat, on both sides of the river near Charles Bridge, or somewhere higher up (e.g. Petrin Hill or Prague Castle). Otherwise, Wenceslas Square or the Old Town Square (the most popular option) are a great choice. For a more romantic (or party) setting, ring in the New Year on board one of the many river boats as you party the night away along the Vltava River. “Stastny Novy Rok!” –  Happy New Year!

Where to stay?

  • Hotel Golden Crown
  • Cosmopolitan Hotel Prague
  • Bohemia
  • Alchymist
  • Habitat 16
  • Hotel Golf

The suggested hotels in this article are all few of the most booked hotels in these destinations.

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