10 top destinations for New Year’s Eve trips

City trips on New Year’s Eve are just as much a part of it as champagne, streamers, fireworks, the brawny waiter James and his tiger, and a constant glance at the clock. Reason enough that we take a look at the most beautiful New Year’s Eve city trips, which score with first-class hotels, legendary New Year’s Eve galas, infamous parties and unforgettable fireworks from a unique backdrop.


With the big New Year’s Eve party at the Brandenburg Gate, Berlin is the ultimate destination for New Year’s Eve. Join one of the world’s largest open-air New Year’s Eve parties and let yourself be carried away to live music by numerous DJs and bands until the gigantic fireworks await you at midnight. Whether you want to plunge into the legendary capital city nightlife afterwards or visit the hotel to explore the city after the breakfast buffet on New Year’s Day – that’s up to you.


Like Berlin, Hamburg is also one of the top destinations for a New Year’s Eve trip. Legendary nights are guaranteed at the turn of the year between the brightly lit harbour and the quaint bars of the Reeperbahn. Be there when the unique fireworks are fired from the jetties and transform the Elbe and Alster into a magical sea of lights. At the latest when the numerous anchored ships welcome the new year with their ship horns, goose bumps are inevitable.


Bonne année instead of Happy New Year at the big fireworks in the shadow of the Eiffel Tower and Notre Dame. With all its charm, many sights and guests from all over the world, Paris is one of the hot spots for couples on New Year’s Eve. There is hardly another place where champagne tastes as good as in the sea of lights of Paris. Not to mention the opulent New Year’s Eve gala, with which you will welcome the New Year with a view of the Seine and the breathtaking fireworks.


Dresden is the insider tip among the city trips at the turn of the year. And not only because the hotels here are a bit cheaper for a few nights per person than in Paris. Rather, it is the brightly coloured Old Town that exudes a very special atmosphere between the Semper Opera House, Marienbrücke Bridge and Frauenkirche in the splendour of the spectacular fireworks.


A few days in London is always worth thinking about. Especially on New Year’s Eve the metropolis between London Eye, Towerbridge and the biggest New Year’s Eve party at Trafalgar Square unfolds a truly magical atmosphere. While party lions are drawn to the city’s international club scene, romantics enjoy the fireworks on board a boat on the Thames at the turn of the year.


Around the turn of the year, the “Golden City” on the Vltava River presents itself in an enormously diverse way. Whether sightseeing including a glamorous New Year’s Eve gala, a romantic New Year’s Eve holiday with a view of the brightly lit Prague Castle or diving into the legendary nightlife – on New Year’s Eve you can really let it crack in Prague.


Just a few days before New Year’s Eve, the canals of Amsterdam turn into a single party mile. Thanks to numerous clubs, bars, discos and the popular open-air parties, everyone gets their money’s worth. Wander the streets and party with thousands of people in Dam Square until the early hours of the morning. Also popular is the typical New Year’s morning breakfast buffet, which doesn’t do without the traditional Appelflappen and Olliebollen.


New Year’s Eve in Vienna offers a real contrast to the shrill party lifestyle in other metropolises. If you like it festive, traditional and classic, New Year’s Eve trips in Austria’s capital are exactly what you are looking for. Follow the 2 km long New Year’s Eve trail, enjoy the fireworks at the Prater and lay a hot sole to the traditional Danube waltz on the parquet floor punctually at midnight.


You would like to experience New Year’s Eve in a different way without big fireworks and still spend a few days and nights in one of Europe’s metropolises? Barcelona is the right place for you. Celebrate the traditional Catalan turn of the year on Las Ramblas and Placa Catalunya with good food and a glass of cava. As a substitute for an official fireworks display, the church bells ring in the new year in Barcelona at midnight, and the Catalans eat twelve grapes at their beats. But only those who finish before the last chime will be lucky next year. So, practice a little more quickly.

New York

Also the Big Apple should not be missing in the list of our New Year’s Eve trips. First stroll through the snow-covered gorges of the houses, then take a look from the Empire State Building and then enjoy the New Year’s Eve gala in the hotel high above the rooftops of the city before the big fireworks start. Especially for a longer holiday from Christmas to the new Year, New York is a real dream destination.

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