New Year’s Eve is getting closer and you just can’t decide where to celebrate the magical moment of the year’s change and welcome 2018? How about a unique trip to some of Europe’s most trendy cities, where you will not only experience an unforgettable turn of the year but also get to know many foreign cultures? We did our research and found six stunningly beautiful cities with unique New Year’s Eve events & traditions, guided by professional tour guides that will guarantee you an unforgettable start into the new year!
Welcome 2018 in picturesque Venice at a New Year’s Eve concert at the Teatro La Fenice and celebrate with your partner, your family or friends through the night with sparkling fireworks and delicious champagne. The lagoon city does not only provide a sensational party night but also offers a lot of places of interest, which are definitely worth a visit. The splendid palaces at the Grand Canal are very inviting and the impressive St. Mark’s Church is the perfect place for a cultural visit with its ancient fresco paintings. Other beautiful places are the Doge’s Palace, the Baroque Palace of Ca ‚Rezzonico and the campanile of the Church of S. Giorgio Maggiore. Your tour guide will give you an insight into the Venetian history of seafaring and trade. A walk along the Rialto bridge to the colorful and attractive markets with fresh fruit and fragrant flowers is something you really have to do as well. Last but not least there’s a romantic gondola trip through the channels of Venice, which still is an absolute highlight on a trip to Venice.
The former capital of the Roman Empire attracts millions of tourists every year with beautiful historic buildings, shopping malls and cultural sites. You’ll discover all of that together with your tour guide. Look forward to the Teatro alla Scala, the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele, the Piazza dei Mercanti and, of course, the Milan cathedral in a gothic style. Some special highlights of your New Year’s Eve trip will be a ballet performance by John Neumeier in the most famous opera house in the world, the Teatro alla Scala, as well as a visit to the Basilica of Sant ‚Ambrogio, which is especially impressive with its golden altar. Furthermore, you will find the last work of Michelangelo, the unfinished Pietà Rondanini, in the Italian metropolis, which can be admired in the impressive Castello Sforzesco in the north-west of the beautiful old town. Not to forget a romantic walk along the canals of Navigli and through the artists‘ quarter Brera at nightfall.
Welcome 2018 in the romantic Dutch capital Amsterdam and celebrate an unforgettable New Year’s Eve party in the elegant Seven Seas Brasserie with a beautiful view to the colorful fireworks directly from the roof terrace. The start into the new year couldn’t be more beautiful! But the Dutch city does not only offer you a sensational New Year’s Eve, but also captivates with numerous cultural facilities and its unique art collections. Marvel at paintings from the Golden Age of the Netherlands in the Rijksmuseum, admire the unique art of Vincent Van Gogh in the museum named after him and experience classical modern, contemporary and present British art in the Stedelijk Museum. Together with your tour guide, you will also learn more about the Royal Palace, the Dam Square and the Nieuwe Kerk. Particularly over the turn of the year, Amsterdam also attracts numerous ice skaters in front of the Rembrandt House and Rijksmuseum. Dare yourself on the ice and practice to spin pirouettes! Thereby, enjoy the wonderfully clear winter air and the special atmosphere in the splendor of the sparkling lighting of the annual festival of lights.
Enjoy the last hours of the old year in the Golden City of Prague, let yourself be enchanted by Mozart’s most beloved opera narrations and excerpts from „Don Giovanni“ and celebrate the turn of the year together with the artists at a festive buffet and the New Year’s Eve party on the opera stage. Welcome the year 2018 the next day on a guided excursion to the castle hill with Hradschin and Veisdome and let end the evening with a New Year concert of the Prague Symphony Orchestra in the Smetana Hall. Your guide will also show you the most beautiful sights of the metropolis, from the noble palace, the Wenceslas Square to St. Niklas Church. In Prague, you will also be expected by the Old Town Square with its Theyn Church, impressive town houses and dreamy alleys. Togheter with your guide, you will stroll along the Moldava at the Charles Bridge to the beautiful Old Town of Prague, get to know the local people and learn more about the culture of the capital of the Czech Republic in the royal palace and the St. George’s Church.
Even before you will say goodbye to 2017, you will get to know the history and culture of the Portuguese city of Lisbon together with your tour guide and go on a discovery tour through the enchanting old town of Alfama. Explore the small, cozy shops, stroll along the paved path down to the beach and enjoy the fantastic view to the crystal-clear sea. How you would like to receive the new year is entirely up to you: Let end the last evening of the year in a typical Fado restaurant or attend a concert in the church of S. Roque and then welcome the year 2018 at a New Year’s Eve dinner in the restaurant Via Graca with a breathtaking panorama view over the colorful metropolis. Also look forward to a visit to the seaside resorts of Cascais and Estoril, the Jeronimos-Monastery, the Torre Belém and the monument of the explorers. A special highlight of this New Year’s Eve trip however is the castle in Sintra, the Chiado district and a ride in the nostalgic tram.
Germany also has many beautiful cities to offer, including the northern Hanseatic City of Hamburg. Let the old year end at a musical performance at the New Year’s Eve concert „The Ninth“ of the Hamburg Symphoniker in the neo-baroque Laeiszhalle, wcelebrate the new year 2018 with your family and friends and party with sparkling wine and fireworks the beginning of another exciting year until deep into the night. In addition to this eventful New Year’s Eve, you can also expect to oevres by old masters as well as contemporary art in the Hamburger Art Gallery, spice museum and Hamburg State Opera. Lforward to a winterly roundtrip with a steamboat-ride along the Elbe-river, marvel at the Elbe Philharmonic Hall, completed in 2016, with its plaza and enjoy the view to the modern harbor town. Of course, don’t miss visiting the historic magazine-city and the town hall square.
Here you will find suitable travel companions for your New Year trip to Venice, Milan, Amsterdam, Prague, Lisbon and Hamburg. Thus, the new year 2018 welcomes you not only with good intentions, but you will also learn a lot about the history and culture of your destination. Where do you celebrate New Year’s Eve this year? And what are you looking forward?