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winter/NYE travel Prague, Vienna, and Budapest

Hi I'm planning last-minute from Miami, Florida to travel to Prague, Vienna, and Budapest (the order of cities is may change, my dates will not). I'll leave on December 24, 2018 and return to the US on January 5, 2019.

I'm not exactly looking for a travel companion to share a room with me but it's a possibility.

I'd like to meet someone who would be interested in sharing some experiences: going to events like theater or opera, classical music, thermal springs, bicycling or day hikes, grabbing some drinks/dinner, dinning with locals (I found a website for it).

I am a non-smoker, female, and generally in good health. I am allergic to nuts and carry epipens.

This my third time traveling to Europe.

Finally, I welcome advice/comment regarding which of these cities has the best New Year's. I want to party to ring in the new year with nightlife...It can be high end or simpld as long as a great meal is involved.

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PM me if you need to book a place to stay in Budapest and Vienna. I know some great places in great locations.

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For young, crowded, maybe a bit wild you want to be in Prague. For high end or classy and more mature options you want to be in Vienna. I love Budapest the most of the 3, but the others are better for NYE.

I would be inclined to start un Budapest as the Christmas markets there stay open till the 31st; and they are pretty excellent. Then to Vienna on the 29th or 30th, then to Prague on the 2nd.

For Prague, see if it's still possible to get a room at the Hotel Ventana. It would be near perfect. For Budapest something on or near Andrassy ut or close to Deak Fernec ter, but outside District V or at least on the fringes of District V.

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Thank you for the suggestions. I was trying to understand which Christmas markets may still be open by reading through some of the other posts.

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I think the others close after Christmas. The one in Budapest closes the food vendors after Christmas, but the rest is open. There is a committee that approves everything that is sold so it's all handcrafts, or local made and very nice. No imported Chinese junk.

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JamesE

Thank you for the tips, i contacted someone in Vienna to ask about the Christmas markets. I'll let you know what I am told.

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We're planning our third NYE in Vienna for 2019-20 -- Christmas markets segue into New Years markets and there's music and waltzing in the streets on December 31. (We don't hang out for midnight, though.)