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Top European New Year's Cruise Locations
Where will you be this year as the clock ticks down to midnight?
If you want a truly unforgettable ending to 2014, celebrate New Year’s Eve by traveling to one of the best places for the occasion.
Several European cities are known for their unbelievable New Year’s celebrations that truly make the holiday’s spirit come alive. Visit one of these locations for an unforgettable New Year’s Eve experience:
As you count down to midnight, you can watch London’s colorful fireworks explode and dance in the sky over the river Thames. Once the New Year begins, Big Ben will chime and crowds everywhere will sing “Auld Lang Syne.” To get the best view of the spectacular fireworks, travel to the Victoria Embankment or the South Bank. You can also take a barge cruise, which allows you to float along the water as you watch the colorful fireworks illuminate the night sky. The next day, London’s traditional New Year’s Day parade will kick off the first day of the year with lively entertainment.
On New Year’s Eve, more than 1 million people crowd the “Party Mile,” which stretches between the Victory Column and Brandenburg Gate. This popular place is lined with live bands and tents serving beer, mulled wine, and local specialties like currywurst. Once the New Year officially begins, visit the Oberbaumbrücke Bridge to get a marvelous view of the fireworks flying overhead. After the show at midnight, continue the celebration at one of Berlin’s outrageous and exhilarating bars, including the Panorama Bar and Berghain, a gargantuan club with a 1,500-person capacity. If you don’t like to party, save your energy for the 39th annual New Year's Eve Run through the idyllic Grünewald forest.
Amsterdam offers several ways to celebrate 2014 New Year’s Eve, but all include fine champagne and the local favorite, oliebollen: greasy deep-fried blobs of dough, apple and raisins. While Oosterdok is the official place to celebrate, Rembrandtplein, Nieuwmarkt, Leidseplein and Dam Square are other popular places that will fill you with the holiday spirit. Once the clock strikes midnight, fireworks light up Amsterdam’s sky, along with noisy firecrackers and sparklers. At Museumplein, a massive event is planned to bring the audience close to the vibrant and energetic action. If you’re looking for a quiet and intimate place to enjoy the New Year, enjoy the fascinating fireworks from the bridge on the main canal of Amsterdam.
If Rome wasn’t already stunning enough, it boasts with extraordinary beauty around New Year’s Eve. The historic churches, old piazzas, and other impressive architecture are adorned with vibrant lights and decorations that will mesmerize you—until the fireworks begin. People watch the fireworks from the city’s biggest party at Piazza del Popolo, which offers live music and touching performances. Monument of Vittorio Emanuele II, Piazza Navona, and The Colosseum are other popular places where you can embrace the spectacular surroundings as you count down to the New Year.
Along with being another beautiful place to be for New Year’s, Vienna is a classy and extravagant city. In the city’s center, people crowd the Silvesterpfad, or New Year’s Path, to enjoy a party that offers hot mulled wine, toffee apples, and classical music such as Mozart and Strauss. When the clock strikes midnight, you will hear the echoing chimes of the Pummerin bell ringing out from the tower of St. Stephen’s Cathedral and watch fireworks soar over The Prater. You can head to the Danube Bridge for a truly spectacular view of the city’s fireworks. Also, for a more casual night, you can visit the Rathaus (City Hall) to watch the New Year’s Concert projected on a big screen.
On New Year’s Eve 2014, Istanbul’s legendary Taksim Square and Istiklal Street become exhilarating as they fill up with crowds of excited and joyous people. As the crowd celebrates, it anticipates the clock striking midnight—when fireworks are launched from various viewpoints around the city. If you view them from the Bosphorus Bridge, the stunning city skyline acts a perfect backdrop to the bright fireworks. To avoid the crowds, you can take a cruise that sails on peaceful waterways and provides unobstructed views of the fireworks.
CroisiEurope offers six New Year themed cruises that offer exceptional ways to celebrate the end of year holiday. As you sail along the rivers of Europe and watch marvelous fireworks fly overhead, you will sip on champagne, enjoy an excellent New Year’s dinner, and begin 2015 the best way possible.