The arrival of the new year in more than one case is expected with a mix of anticipation and fear, if not even boredom. Already, because instead of being a proverbial occasion of party and fun in company, in many cases New Year’s Eve ends up running out on a flat evening to wait midnight, or in the restaurant at home with (dearest) dinner and inevitable trains. Choosing a trip to a European capital – in a family, in pairs or alone, away from the dangerous implications of the question “What are you doing on 31?” – is a choice that really does not disappoint: an experience that is different from the usual, the perfect time to enjoy the city that you always wanted to visit without ever having the opportunity, plus the winter poetry to embellish it and the many events organized by the metropolis of the Old Continent. So why wait? We discover together the most beautiful holiday destinations for New Year!
Countdown from the Big Ben
The most cosmopolitan city in Europe is perhaps the most popular among New Year’s destinations, along with Paris. You come in a couple of hours and low-cost flights, if you do not expect too much to book, abound. The last of the London year focuses on an exceptional watch, that of the Parliament of Westminster, the famous Big Ben: here when the twelfth tune begins, an extraordinary spectacle of fireworks over the Thames begins. The best way to enjoy it? Or find a good place from the afternoon of 31st (eg between Westminster and the Tower Bridge) or indulge in a romantic cruise on the London River. But since London is a real metropolis, two-year-old officers are at least two; the other is at Trafalgar Square, next to the tree that Norway annually donates to the British capital.
Paris city lights
The most visited city in the world, as everyone knows, is also the most romantic destination, so it’s ideal for a New Year in Couples or, if you want to do great things, in some starred restaurants or even in the square. At midnight, nightlife focuses on the Champs-Elysées (with the inevitable bottle of champagne in the hand) from 21st May, perhaps the most elegant street on the planet, but every corner of Paris is literally full of music, laughter and cheerfulness: from the premises of Saint Germain des Pres (which, unlike other districts, do not pay entrance) to the Sacre Coeur Square, or by boat on the Seine, to admire the spectacle of the Eiffel Tower sparkling lights like a Christmas tree three hundred meters high, capable of reflecting, with its thousands of tons of iron, the thousand fireworks that light up the air.
Russian ballet and Moscow nights
In Russia, New Year’s Eve is a very popular thing, which is celebrated first and foremost with a long family dinner. It’s cold, very cold, December 31, but people go out the same way to celebrate New Year in Red Square, between the Kremlin and St. Basil’s Cathedral, all with the nose up to admire the beautiful fires ‘artifice. December is also one of the best moments to visit Moscow, as the “December Night Festival” offers a wide range of ballets and concerts that enliven the cultural life of the Russian capital from the middle of the month to the end of January.
Music in the Eternal City
As far as European capitals are concerned, there is little to be done: Rome has nothing to envy anyone else, otherwise it is the opposite, and even if its New Year’s Eve in the open (in Piazza San Giovanni or at the Imperial Forum, usually) does not have the Parisian glamor or London multiethnicity, here the scenario really does not really confront comparisons. Also this year, the best-known singers and songwriters will perform in an unbeatable ladder. And if you can get up early, that is better than the Eternal City show for a half-year, to walk between the Colosseum and Piazza Navona, between St. Peter and the Trevi Fountain? Nowhere and the past renew their alliance as here.
New Year’s Eve in Lisbon
Portuguese capital is an original destination but able to give great satisfaction: who has never been to Lisbon before, perhaps you will be amazed to see its status as sumptuous European capital in all respects, and some of its neighborhoods – such as the Barrio Alto and the Alcantara – are so animated by Lusitan spirit to be unforgettable. In addition, the winter climate often here is very mild and enjoyable, so the New Year’s Eve in Lisbon could be a great opportunity to warm up a bit. The main festival area is the Praça do Comércio, where the concert of December 31 is held and where everyone will have their fine bunch of grapes in their hands, to eat a pinch at every tinge of the bell, expressing a wish like the Iberian tradition.
The longest night along the Danube
A cold December? A few things, then, are more enjoyable than a nice bath in the boiling water of the most famous spa in Europe, those of Budapest, which usually close on December 31st around 18pm (the next day at 20am, for those who prefer to relax post-revelry). Buda and the Illuminated Parliament on the Danube River are a spectacle, and from the Heroes Square at Vörösmarty Square the usual mix of music and fireworks (and, of course, alcoholic drinks) offers endless possibilities for fun with the the most romantic river in the world where the colors exploding in the sky are reflected.
Toast on the canals of Amsterdam
Amusing city par excellence, Amsterdam is a very popular destination for the last year, at the scream of ‘Gelukkig Nieuwjaar’, ‘Good Year!’ For those who want to do the little hours there is no better destination, especially in Nieuwmarkt, in hundreds of clubs, clubs and nightclubs that are literally caught up by those who have no intention of going to sleep soon – or simply go to sleep before 1pm. It would be a shame not to mention that Amsterdam also has a very romantic side, to be exploited for a river cruise and to warm up with the street food of the stalls at Museumplein, while waiting midnight.
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