Looking for somewhere to bring the new year in with a bang?
Europe’s major cities have very different ways of spending the last night of the year whether with friends or alone you’re bound to have a blast!
Check out our Nouvel An en Europe guide and pick which sounds best for you!
Amsterdam, the party capital of Holland really does Oudejaarsavond (New Year’s Eve) in style. Full up on champagne, oliebollen (fried dough balls with apple and raisins), and plenty of impressive fireworks. Take to the cobbled streets at midnight and head to Nieuwmarkt and Dam Square; where there is a free open-air concert with plenty of well-known bands and Dutch DJs. Book your stay in Amsterdam Maintenant!
Thousands upon thousands of locals and tourists flood to celebrate the last night of the year between the Brandenburger Tor and the Victory Tower where there is a great line up of national and international bands and DJs. If it’s a good view of the New Year’s fireworks that you’re after then trek up with the locals to the Teufelsberg at the northern tip of Grunewald, where panoramic views of the city are lit up with the impressive display of Germany’s capital city’s Silvester fireworks. Make sure you book early.
Szilveszter (New Year’s Eve) is when everyone takes to the streets, and big crowds gather in the main squares of the city’s Old Town, just steps away from Maverick Hostel. After the national anthem has boomed out at midnight it’s champagne, kisses and plenty of incredible fireworks. At Vörösmarty Square hosts a three day-long party from 30th December to 1st January, with live bands playing throughout. Locals celebrate long into the night and the next day eat the traditional dish of kocsonya to help soak up what was consumed the night before.
Although Noche Vieja (New Year’s Eve) is usually celebrated en familia, the streets of Madrid light up after the clock strikes midnight and the traditional 12 grapes are eaten as the clocks chime midnight. The Puerta del Sol hosts up to a million people every year and clubs and bars organise parties, often starting at 12.30 or later.
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Locals and New Year tourists flock to the famous Champs-Elysées where they enjoy a great view of the Eiffel Tower’s midnight light show. On New Year’s Day there’s a carnival feel and the Grande Parade de Paris floods the streets with floats, bands and dancers, to help you forget that morning-after feeling. Book your beds now for the best prices!
On San Silvestro hordes of Romans and tourists flock to Piazza del Popolo in the centre of the city to watch the free concert and impressive fireworks display. Rome is host to millions of tourists very year for New Year so book early and don’t miss out on the unique Roman celebrations. With so many tourists in the city you’ll need to book early to guarantee your beds.
Perhaps one of the most lawless of all, Naples is an incredible place to spend your Nouvel An en Europe. Locals stock up on broken plates, cups, mugs, sinks, toilet seats, fridges….well, just about anything they can get their hands on months before the 31st December in order to have something to throw out of their windows when the New Year comes. Naples’ streets can be a dangerous place between midnight and 2 am, when an enormous amount of fireworks are set of both by the city council and the residents of the city. Although dinner is in family, with a supper of lentil soup, crowds flock to Piazza Plebiscito and the seaside in the early hours to dance the night away to the free open concert put on by the Sindaco every year. Book now!
le Nyårsafton celebration in Sweden is a raucous contrast to the quiet and family-oriented Christmastime celebrations. New Year’s Eve has been celebrated every year since 1895 at Skansen, so don’t miss out! At midnight, a well-known Swede reads Tennyson’s ‘Ring Out, Wild Bells’ and streamers and party trumpets ring out with the sound of fireworks. Book your beds early and don’t be disappointed.
How to say Happy New Year in Europe
Swedish: Gott Nytt År!
Italian: Buon Anno!
Spanish: ¡Feliz Año Nuevo!
French: Bonne Année!
Dutch: Gelukkig Nieuwjaar!
German: Prosit Neujahr!
Hungarian: Boldog új évet!