The best places to go for New Year’s Eve Firework Displays in Europe!!


1. Amsterdam

Taking the top spot is Hayley @ Marco Polo’s personal favourite! A panoramic view of fireworks in Amsterdam. The reason being that it’s not an organised affair; it’s literally just hundreds or maybe even thousands of Dutch households setting off their own fireworks. Watching from an Amsterdam rooftop is a pure delight, it brings grown men to tears every year, with the whole sky beautifully lit – all 360 degrees of it! The fireworks often last up to an hour and then it’s off to the local kroeg (pub) to celebrate with the locals! Gelukkig Nieuwjaar!

» Watch on YouTube ... as the lady in this video says... “This video cannot even begin to capture it.”


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2. London

250,000 people were estimated to be in the capital last year to watch the 11-minute display! It contained approximately 50,000 projectiles to light up the capital's sky. The Mayor’s spectacular, free New Year's Eve fireworks will be going ahead again this year, consisting of thousands of stunning pyrotechnics by the London Eye on the South Bank. Be sure to plan early as the event is hugely popular! Large crowds gather in the designated viewing areas along the river Thames, usually filling up by 9pm or 10pm, with access to each zone closing as soon as it is full. 

» Watch last year's celebrations on YouTube

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3. Edinburgh

Last year around 80,000 people saw in 2012 in Edinburgh, at Scotland's biggest street party.  At midnight, a huge fireworks display ensued, against the backdrop of Edinburgh Castle. This year, Edinburgh's Hogmanay organisers announced the addition of "countdown firework" displays at 9pm, 10pm, and 11pm with the finale when the clocks strike twelve.

» Watch last year's celebrations on YouTube

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