When it comes to celebrating New Year’s Eve, every city has its own culture and traditions. All are different, all are amazing. To ring in the new year in grand style, here are 5 European capitals where to spend New Year’s Eve 2018.
New Year’s Eve 2018: The Classic Way
London has always been one of the most beautiful and popular destinations for New Years’ Eve. Fireworks, shows, sounds, lights and colours are all around the city; but if you want to admire something really magical, don’t miss the fireworks shows along the River Thames. The best views are easily from the London Eye or on board of a cruise along the river, where it’s also possible to dine and dance.
For those who love to celebrate New Year’s Eve among a festive crowd, the best place is definitely Trafalgar Square. As every year, this square will turn into a giant disco where musical concerts and performances will be organized.
Fun fact: tradition wants that, every year, the Christmas tree at Trafalgar Square should be donated by the Norwegian government, as a gesture of gratitude to the British people for the help that was given to Norway during World War II.
New Year’s Eve 2018: The Romantic Way
La Ville Lumiere, the city of lights, will, of course, dress up for the occasion. The Champs Elysées will be as enlightened as ever, the perfect place for a cheerful toast with a glass of Champagne.
To welcome the new year in pure Parisienne style, catch the performance of dancing lights of at the Eiffel Tower or the splendour of the Arc de Triomphe, illuminated by a mix of shows and digital projections.
For a more peaceful New Year’s Eve, but still very romantic, you can book an elegant dinner at the floating restaurants on the Seine, the famous Bateaux Mouches, or head to the Sacré Coeur Square in Montmartre, to admire the astonishing city lights from above.
New Year’s Eve 2018: The Old Town Way
Prague’s Old Town becomes the ideal place for a frenzy New Year’s Eve: shows, music, dances and people are everywhere.
To get a classic vibe, go to the main square of Stare Mesto and stand in front of the Town Hall Tower. Here you’ll be able to admire the wonderful astronomical clock that marks the beginning of the new year and the launch of the spectacular fireworks.
The pyrotechnic shows can also be admired from other areas of the Old Town, such as Petrin Hill, Charles Bridge or Prague Castle, which are more peaceful, but still suggestive and fascinating.
New Year’s Eve 2018: The Grand Way
A modern city, full of initiatives and a great artistic component: that’s the spirit of Berlin.
If you want to spend New Year’s Eve in this city while respecting Berlin’s traditions, just head to the Brandenburg Gate. The show here is considered one of the greatest in the world.
You can dine at the booths that offer gourmet dishes from all around the world, listen to concerts and be amazed by the lights games. After midnight, with the beginning of the new year, the square becomes an outdoor disco.
For those who don’t like to celebrate in the crowd, Berlin offers other great locations and restaurants, especially in the Friedrichshain and Hackescher Markt neighbourhoods.
New Year’s Eve 2018: The Imperial Way
The entire city of Wien is getting ready to celebrate and dance with joy and happiness.
In the city centre comes the Silvesterpfad, the New Year’s Eve in the square. At midnight in the Town Hall Square, you will dance on the notes of the Beautiful Blue Danube, while in front of the Prater wheel you will admire the fireworks show.
Dancers can also participate in the Imperial Dance, which takes place in the solemn halls of the Hofburg Palace.
Moreover, for a traditional New Year’s Eve, you can spend the evening in the Heuriger, taverns serving typical food and located in the Grinzing district. Alternatively, there are several venues in the Prater area where you can dance until late at night, such as Praterdome.
So, have you already chosen where you’re going to celebrate New Year’s Eve 2018?