New Year’s Eve is just round the corner. While most of you must have made plans to dance the night away with music, booze and a few close friends, some of you may still be clueless as to what could be the best way to ring in 2017. Yes, it is a lot of fun to just let your hair down on the last night of the year and bring in the New Year with your friends at a local club or pub as you dance to foot-tapping music. However, what can be a memorable experience is visiting a new place with a culture completely different from yours and ring in the year amidst some of the most spectacular sights and amazing people. And one such destination which is just ideal for such an experience is Europe. With its vibrant culture, magnificent structures, and breathtaking views from mountains and islands, it is perhaps the perfect place to celebrate New years Eve. Europe is on the wishlist of many a traveler and year after year, more and more of them are making it come true. This New Year’s Eve could be your turn. (ALSO SEE Best places in India to wake up on the first day of 2017) Here are the best places for New Years Eve in Europe!
While most cities have an official fireworks display on New Year’s Eve, that’s not how Reykjavik in Iceland rolls. The 200,000 people of the city come together to put up their own fireworks display which looks absolutely magical against the backdrop of this marvelous city. The local pubs and clubs spring to life post midnight and you can have the time of your life till the wee hours of the first day of 2017.
Beautiful Austrian capital Vienna is known for its stunning baroque style architecture and magnificent palaces like the Hofburg and Schnonbrunn. Its hillside vineyards and alpine terrain add to its natural beauty making it one of the most picturesque places to visit in Europe. During New years eve, Vienna transforms into a colorful land of song and dance. The New Years Eve Trail in the Old City is particularly famous although the whole city is full of clubs and pubs which host some amazing parties for you to drink and dance the night away. DO SEE Vienna is the best city in the world: 10 stunning photos of Austrias beautiful capital!
The Czech capital of Prague is known for its scenic beauty and is called the ‘city of hundred spires’. Not only is it a big hit with backpackers. Prague is also emerging as a popular honeymoon spot of late. On New Year’s Eve, the fireworks launched from Letná Parks put up a stunning show for those enjoying the view from the bridges and embankments of this lovely city. ALSO SEE 10 European cities that can be covered over a weekend
One of the most historic cities in the world, Rome in Italy needs to be visited at least once in a lifetime. It is one of the most romantic places to visit on New Years eve. With its magnificent structures like the Colosseum and St Peter’s Basilica, the city will transport you to another era. On New Years eve, you can witness some fine fireworks against the lovely backdrop of the majestic monuments. DON’T MISS Top 10 places to visit in 2017 by Travel+Leisure
The spectacular Madeira islands in Portugal is one of the most underrated destinations of Europe. Its breathtaking views from the port of Funchal as well as the cruise from The fireworks display at Madeira islands were officially recognized as the largest display of fireworks in the world by the Guinness Book of World records in 2006. The amphitheater of Funchal is decorated with beautiful multi-coloured lamps and at midnight, the sky lights up with a display you will never forget.
Germany’s capital city Berlin is another spectualr New years Eve delight. Millions of visitors gather at The Brandenburg gate to witness the finest display of fireworks in the country. It’s a huge fair with party tents, laser shows and several food and drink stalls. The fireworks display at midnight against the stunning city backdrop is simply enchanting. CHECK OUT These photos of Malaika Arora Khan in Berlin are simply stunning!
And then there is the evergreen London with its famous south bank and magnificent Tower Bridge. On New Year’s Eve, London’s glory is unparalleled. The whole city is lit up with ostentatious decorations and as the clock strikes twelve, you can see display of stunning pyrotechnics launched from the river on south bank. The New Years Day parade takes place on January 1 and this year, it is expected to be a grand affair as 8,500 performers from 20 countries are scheduled to participate in the parade that includes cheerleaders, marching bands, clowns and acrobats.
You must have seen it as King’s Landing on the extremely popular series Game of Thrones. Dubrovnik in Croatia is one of the most picturesque waterfront cities in the world. During New Year’s Eve, Dubrovnik has some of the most amazing music and dance performances by Croatian artists. There are few places on the globe that can provide such a view, ambiance and experience on New Year’e Eve. CHECK OUT 10 countries to visit in 2017
Known for its Belgian beer, Brussels is another city that springs to life during New years eve with its cultural activities and shopping streets. Several New year parties are held all across the city with some of the best DJs playing groovy numbers you can dance the night away to. Brussels is also renowned as one of the most gay-friendly places on the planet and hosts many gay-friendly parties on New Year’s Eve. DO SEE Indian Beer You Definitely Didnt Know Existed!
Did you really think we will miss Paris? Renowned as one of the finest places in the world to be during New Year’s Eve, the Eiffel tower will be no different this year too. You can witness the fireworks from a boat (if you’re dressed appropriately) and enjoy lip-smacking dishes like duckling breast and scallop ceviche as you see the stunning Eiffel tower in all its splendor against the mesmerizing colorful lights. NOW SEE January 2017 India festivals and events
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