A stag do provides one of those scarce opportunities for some to get together with their besties and travel abroad to celebrate the grooms last night of freedom. What better way is there to honour a lifelong friend than in pastures new? That being said a key to the success of the trip lies in the destination selected by the group to spend their weekend. A destination itself can be assessed dependant on a number of criteria. How easy is it to get there, when is the best time to travel, what activities are available, and last but not least, will it burn a hole in the pocket for some.

 

From our experience having dealt with hundreds of groups over the years, here are the Top Destinations for a stag do weekend in Europe for 2023:

  1. Bucharest
  2. Budapest
  3. Prague
  4. Krakow
  5. Sofia
  6. Amsterdam

BUCHAREST Bachelor Party, Romania

With direct flights from almost all major cities across Europe, and low cost of accommodation in comparison to other European capitals, a Bucharest stag do should be a no brainer for your travels. Romania’s capital is an up and coming destination for Stag Parties and yet to be overcrowded with stags during the weekends. As it is a relatively untapped destination, it's more than likely than not that the vast majority of your group hasn't travelled there in the past, making it a gratifying adventure.
The best part of the nightlife takes place in the old town where the bars and clubs stay open till the morning hours. Women are stunning and approachable, locals are considered helpful and polite, and the majority know English. However, if your preference is to party with the locals, bars, restaurants and clubs are in abundance by Herastrau Lake.
Domestic beer averages a cost of €1.70, whilst a good quality meal costs approximately €6.
You’ll get your regular array of activities, but we strongly recommend a visit to the Therme Spa (approximately 4000 capacity and 37,000 sqm glass-and-steel temple to wellbeing, that also hosts Europe's biggest urban beach), Paintballing, the River Boat Cruise and also a visit to a Gentleman’s Club. See more for your Stag do in Bucharest.

BUDAPEST Bachelor Party, Hungary

Budapest is a well-known destination for Stags. This ever-popular paradise is a slightly cheaper alternative to other Eastern European cities. Just think that the damage for a pint of beer is €1.80.
Home to low cost carrier Wizz Air, getting there on the cheap from any major city won’t provide a task in hand if organised in advance. However, we do suggest accommodation to be arranged early on in the planning stage of your stag do, as occupancy rates are on the high during peak season (April to October).
Women in Hungary are both beautiful and approachable (dependent on how slick you are) and the party scene is wild and rowdy. Just think Party Boats, Thermal Bath Parties and old ruin blocks turned to clubs.
Beyond the vibrant nightlife, the daytime provides an abundance of activities for groups. If you love the idea of shooting various guns, then this is the place for your group. But the one unique activity that we consider a necessity is the Private Danube Boat Cruise where you can get a scenic view of both Buda and Pest whilst being served ice cold beer. Looking for a thrill, how about driving a tank or taking it off road with ATV's?

PRAGUE Bachelor Party, Czech Rep.

Compared to Bucharest and Budapest, Prague can be a little more expensive. This is something to be expected given the reputation of the city being one of the more developed capitals of Eastern Europe. However, being the home of stag parties for the large part of the last decade, you can expect to find almost anything in Prague for both daytime activities and nightlife. A good part of these revolve around alcohol, strip shows and boat parties.
Flights into Prague from other European cities are in abundance as are high quality hotels and apartments, but also air bnb is an alternative.
Locals here are used to the large influx of tourists, hence speak English. However, some may not be as helpful to stag groups as you might expect.

KRAKOW Bachelor Party, Poland

Given that Krakow is University city you can expect a pretty energetic nightlife with many bars and nightclubs in the Old town and Jewish Quarter. It is a great alternative to Budapest and Prague; however, you can expect to get less value for money than in Bucharest. What makes Krakow a highly attractive destination is its wide variety of day activities, but also one for those who wish to explore the city and its surroundings. A visit to the Wieliczka Salt mines but also Auschwitz should be on the list but also Wawel castle is an attractive landmark.
But whilst in Krakow, do what the locals do! Try a variety of vodkas in a tasting session before a grand night out in the city. Why not even try local dishes such as bigos, kotlet schabowy, pierogi and gołąbki. Besides the average cost of a three-course meal goes for approximately €15 to €20.
Krakow also hosts one of the craziest activities on offer and fits the occassion of a stag do perfectly. Why not have the groom all geared up and attacked by trained mutt in the 'Dog Attack'?

SOFIA Bachelor Party, Bulgaria

You should definitely consider Bulgaria’s capital city as your next stag party destination. A Sofia Bachelor Party has lots to offer: from adventurous daytime activities, to an electric nightlife you will never forget; the city promises you and your friends an amazing experience.
Thanks to the low-cost flights with carriers such as Ryanair and Wizz Air, getting to Sofia can be easily done. Moreover, the locals are very welcoming and you will have no problem speaking English in Sofia.
But what makes the city even more attractive is its vibrant energy, be it day or night. During the day you can enjoy the culture-rich city centre and visit historical monuments such as the St. Alexander Nevsky Cathedral. While at night, Sofia lives up to the expectations and will make your trip unforgettable. The Vitosha Boulevard is the best place to party in Sofia as it offers the most popular bars, pubs and nightclubs. Also, the city doesn’t restrict the selling of alcohol, so the party can go on all night long, up until the next morning.
When talking about Sofia, we can’t forget the great food. When arriving in Sofia, you can’t miss the delicious Bulgarian cuisine, especially the Lukanka meat dish and the Rakia alcohol. If you love spicy traditional food, Sofia is the place to go.
Last but not least, the unbeatable prices. Being one of the cheapest cities of eastern Europe, Sofia is a great value for money. One delicious meal can vary in cost at around 5-15€.

AMSTERDAM Bachelor Party, Holland

Looking for something out of the ordinary? Amsterdam could be the best fit yet, as Bachelors have been long enticed to the city where just about anything goes. The fact that it is considered one of the most Tourist-Friendly cities worldwide makes it an even more suitable option for a short break.
Take the opportunity to experience the unique and famous red light district, or take a time out to visit a cannabis cafes (Amsterdam counts about 160 coffeeshops).
Daytime alternative activities include the likes of Beer Bike, Axe Throwing, Target Shooting or even BBQ & Boat Cruise down the canals. Feel like becoming one with the city and learning more of the history and familiarising with the artistic heritage, then head to the Museum District which is home to the Van Gogh Museum, Rijksmuseum for works by Rembrandt and Vermeer, and modern art at the Stedelijk.
Amsterdam is also a very compact city and easy to navigate, so walking is always a possibility. Other options to get around is to hop on public transportation, rent a bike or by boat.
Irrespective of the season you wish to travel to Amsterdam, it is a guarantee there will be something that will fit the bill for your group’s travels. Amsterdam has ease of access, with almost every major capital within the EU providing direct flights into the city.
Visiting Amsterdam for a Bachelor Party could prove costly as the city is one of the 10 most expensive places to live in Europe. But it is more often the case of ‘you get what you pay for’.

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