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Europe’s top 5 cities for New Year’s Eve celebrations

Compiled by Simon Farnsworth

With Christmas just around the corner you may have forgotten about that other big event that lurks even larger on your social calendar. That’s right, New Year’s Eve is fast approaching.  But what to do? Where to go? World News Today asked  local residents of five European cities why the place they call home is the best place to end 2013.

Berlin

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“Berlin’s New Year Eve celebrations never fail to amaze me. My favourite place to go come NYE, like many other Berliners, is the  Silvesterparty by the Brandenburger Tor. It plays host to over one million people from all over the world who come to welcome in the New Year. The party features some of the world’s very best djs, bands and, of course, one of the best firework displays in the world. The NYE party never stops in Berlin and another great way to sample the unique Berlin nightlife has to be in one of our numerous, world renowned, techno nightclubs.  You can lose yourself in a world of trance in the Berghain nightclub- that’s if you can get in, of course.  Or perhaps you fancy a boat ride along the river Spree to give you a great overview of the celebrations. One of the best things about a BerlinNYE is the cost. Of course compared to your average night out it will be more expensive but coming from someone who has experienced a LondonNYE, Berlin will not break the bank.”  - Thomas, 23

Paris

“I’ve been lucky enough to experience NYE celebrations in a few other cities but, for me, nothing compares to Paris. It’s true, you will be hard pushed to find the sort of parties that frequent the nightlife in say Berlin or Amsterdam but what it offers is something uniquely French- a classy, champagne fuelled introduction to the new year, and who wouldn’t want that?! People typically start pouring onto the streets between eight and nine pm after spending the day with their family. The most popular destination is the Champs Elysé which sees hundreds of thousands of excited people head there. If socialising with that number of French people is not for you, head to the Sacre Coeur plaza in Montmartre which offers stunning views of Paris at its celebratory best. One of my personal tips is to take a boat trip along the Seine- you won’t regret it. Also, this might be stating the obvious but Paris on NYE is ideally suited to couples!” Ella, 26

London

“South Bank. Big Ben. London Eye. Fireworks. It’s that beautifully simple. There is no place like London on NYE. Yes, it might rain, yes it will be cold but once you have been mesmerized by the best firework display in the world it will all be worth it. London on NYE has it all. Beside the fireworks, London is home to one of the most vibrant nightlife scenes in the world. There will be huge club nights at the Ministry of Sound, Jamm, XOYO and even The Prodigy at the 02.” Jess, 23

Amsterdam 

“Amsterdam is the most alive city of them all. Come NYE everyone just wants to party, have fun and see in the New Year with a smile on their face and it’s impossible not to get swept up in everyone’s enthusiasm. There is great live music, tasty (and cheap!) street food and a scintillating firework display that lights up the night sky.  Oosterdok, Rembrandtplein, Nieuwmarkt, Leidseplein and Dam Square are the main places to be,with the beer tents at the Dam Square a particular favourite of mine. The party doesn’t stop with the fireworks at 12 if you like a party there are a number of great clubs- big and small. Mega club Paradiso offers you a memorable night, just one you won’t remember!” – Timo, 22

Barcelona

“Barcelona on NYE is like a peacock trying to seduce a partner. It showcases all that the city has to offer from amazing hospitality to the always incredible Las Ramblas,  to the unforgettable nightlife.  One of Barcelona’s more unusual NYE rituals centres on eating 12 grapes during 12 gongs of a church bell. It’s a sign of good luck, apparently! The people of Barcelona dance and drink untill the sun comes up- particularly liking Spanish Cava. Bikini and Sala Apolo are two of the best places to enjoy the early hours of 2014.” - David, 24.


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