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New Year’s Eve Destinations in Europe

London

Millions of people go wild during the craziest night of the year in London. A cheerful crowd flocks to the South Bank year after year to celebrate New Year’s Eve in style. Be a part of it and experience the magic of this legendary night in one of the arguably best cities on the planet!
London Fireworks New Year
Pep things up with a ride on the party boat along the Thames. The boat travels from the Festival Pier to the Thames Barrier and then takes you back to Big Ben. After the spectacular ten-minute fireworks, only the sky is the limit. Pull an all-nighter in one of the high-profile London clubs or spend the whole night outside and greet the new day with a cup of tea, the most logical sunrise choice when in London.

Berlin

The proverbial capital of nightlife and social hub of Germany sees more than a million people come to bid farewell to the old year and greet the new one at one of the greatest parties in Europe.

Berlin Brandeburg Gate New Year FireworksThe streets around Brandenburg Gate transform into a giant dancefloor and the atmosphere, together with a cool line-up, invites you to dance the night away. After the clocks have chimed midnight, you will be in for massive fireworks that lights up the sky for quite some time. A night out in Berlin is hardly ever short of spectacular, especially the last night of the year. Come and see if for yourself!

Reykjavik

Reykjavik may have not made it to the top of your winter holiday list yet but it is high time it did. Forget partying in flashy nightclubs or the impressive city fireworks, as none are officially organised. All the light magic that happens is solely created by the citizens themselves.

Traditionally, Icelanders have dinner at home on New Year’s Eve. In the past, nearly all the restaurants in the city were closed at that time. The times have changed though, and nowadays the city usually publishes a list with all the restaurants that are open on New Year’s Eve.
Reykjavik
Besides the dinner, families share another old tradition on this special evening. Bonfires! Usually lit at at least nine locations within the city, they are a lovely sight that fills one with warmth and the spirit of unity. People gather together to sing and eat while children play around the bonfires. We suggest driving your car hire to the one in Seltjarnarnes, a town near Reykjavik, which takes place at a church yard and where guests can refresh with hot chocolate and cookies.

Enjoy it while it lasts because all the hustle and bustle comes to a standstill at exaxctly 10:30 PM when all eyes focus on the famous Icelandic TV show “Áramótaskaupið” – “Skaupið”. The New Year’s craze starts all over again 30 minutes before midnight when the sky lights up with private fireworks all around the city!

Combine your stay in Reykjavik with a visit to one of the numerous geothermal spas and relax in a very special way – in complete harmony with nature.

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