Nothing beats a New Year’s Eve celebration. Throw your arms around your loved ones as you toast drunk after you’ve counted at the top of your lungs. Then plant a big sloppy on their cheek. But did you know that the New Year’s kiss is not a worldwide tradition?
The Spanish tradition is to eat 12 grapes in 12 seconds for 12 months of luck. In Denmark, they break plates for good luck. And in Romania, they disguise themselves as bears to scare off evil spirits. Why are we telling you this? Well, because while NYE in your home can be awesome, why not start the New Year in a new place? Why not visit an amazing European city with its own traditions, bars, parties, food and more?
If that makes you lose your mind, here are the best European cities for New Years Eve …
If you’re a raver, you’ll know that some of the craziest and most sought-after parties take place in the German capital, Berlin. It is home to some of the best and most exclusive clubs in the world, known for their hedonistic and ambitious vibes. Unfortunately, dancing in clubs has been banned due to the coronavirus, but you can still cut some shapes at an outdoor event.
The city has a fireworks ban that’s lifted for NYE, so you can only imagine what the sky looks like when the clock strikes 12. And, of course, you can still find one of the best beers. that you have ever tasted. For us, this seems like the perfect way to start the New Year.
Like Berlin, Amsterdam has strict fireworks rules. But these rules are hectic around New Year’s Eve, which makes quite a spectacle. As the fireworks display bright colors across the night sky, countless events, concerts and parties take place across the capital, so it’s easy to find something to please.
But it’s not all about events. Immerse yourself in the local tradition as you munch on oliebollen (oily balls) at midnight while losing yourself in the delicious chaos of the various street parties filled with friendly faces. And if you’re brave enough, face your hangover with other daring (or just plain crazy) punters who in turn leap into the frigid North Sea. Could you handle it?
How could we have a list of European cities to spend New Years Eve without Ibiza? It would be wrong! Ibiza is easily one of the best places for New Years in Europe. The seaside paradise is recognized worldwide as one of Europe’s leading party hubs with internationally renowned DJs spinning tunes until the early hours, dancers and huge unforgettable shows that put Ibiza on so many list. of people.
If you want to see the New Year in style, one of the world’s most famous nightclubs, Pacha Ibiza, is known to throw one of the biggest parties in NYE. Only time will tell if the club will have their famous New Years party as we see in 2022, but fingers crossed they do! Otherwise, there is still plenty to do on beautiful Party Island.
Okay, so not everyone likes the sun, which makes destinations like Ibiza superfluous. Maybe your idea of paradise is a winter wonderland, covered with a thick layer of sparkling snow. If that sounds like the perfect way to start a new year, consider visiting Rovaniemi.
See if you can spot the ethereal Northern Lights. Or visit Santa Claus Village, where you can snowmobile and meet huskies, reindeer, and Santa Claus. New Years Eve does not have to be a celebration, it is a fantastic opportunity to see the New Year with unforgettable experiences in a beautiful snowy city.
Porto is making a big deal at the end of the year. Free concerts are common, there is a fireworks display by the river and above the Luis I Bridge, there is a countdown outside the Town Hall, and there are plenty of bars, restaurants and nightclubs to celebrate the start of a new year.
Porto is an incredibly safe city with plenty to do and most of the attractions are within easy walking distance of each other. Brimming with unique charm, Porto is a fantastic place to spend a New Year, whether you are looking to party or just want to enjoy a different and rich culture.
If you consider yourself a foodie, you should definitely visit this city around New Years Eve. Across the country, locals offer the best traditional Georgian desserts for the New Year, such as gozinaki, a sweet based dessert. of honey and nuts. And the churchkhela, a candy made from raisins and nuts.
Locals love fireworks. So expect to see the dark night sky overrun with dozens of bright and colorful explosions. What is NYE without fireworks anyway? Oh, and Tbilisi is home to the huge and legendary techno nightclub, Bassiani, if you want to see the New Year in style.
Prague, Czech Republic
Delicious beer, a party atmosphere everywhere you go and plenty of bars, clubs and restaurants to party await you in one of the cheapest capitals in Europe. We are already sold! But if sitting in a bar sounds a bit… meh, you can board a party boat that will take you out on the water to get a closer look at the fireworks. Perfect!
Party-goers from all over the world flock to Prague for its reliable and electric New Year’s party atmosphere. And when you consider the fact that Czechs drink more beer per capita than any other country in the world, (yes, the world), it’s pretty obvious why. If a cheap and cheerful NYE getaway with a beautiful backdrop sounds like your idea of fun, Prague might be the perfect destination for you.
It’s not just the UK that is going hard on New Years Eve. It is an important celebration in many cultures. So why not take a step back from what you know and try something a little different this year? Whether you’re looking to party in the sun or make your way through thick, sparkling snow, there is a city in Europe that’s perfect for you.
If you’re a little hesitant to venture out of the country for the New Year, we understand. But that doesn’t mean you can’t have a great NYE party here yet. There’s always next year, right? Find out about New Year’s Eve events near you – here.
Check out our What’s New Guide for even more rowdy raves and sweaty concerts taking place in the weeks and months to come. For festivals, lifestyle events and more, visit our Things to do or be inspired by the selections of events on our Inspire me page.