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New Years in Europe?

I've been watching everyone's advice for Christmas in Europe, but we must be home for Christmas.
Asking all of you where would be a fun City to celebrate New Years?

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I second Berlin! We had a great time a few years back. It's very popular and hotels fill up for this time of the year. So do make reservations early on.

Posted by
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It really depends what you like to do, what you enjoy. Berlin has got Europe's largest New Year's Eve party just outside the Brandenburg Gate. It's several million people standing in the cold, listening to live music performed on stages, enjoying ferris wheel rides etc... but it's hard to really move around. At midnight there is no singing or dancing, just fireworks and people drinking champagne.

It's quite different all over Austria, where on New Year's Eve you enjoy a great dinner in nice atmosphere, well dressed, and then at midnight you do the Blue Danube Waltz in the streets. They do it everywhere...

London is surprisingly boring for New New Year's. You really just stand around, watch Big Ben and at midnight there is neither music nor fireworks... just a hand-shake and off you go.

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We've been in Paris, Rome, and Palermo on New Year's Eve; and Palermo was the best. The action took place in a main square (can't remember the name). There were performers of all kinds, many dressed in traditional costumes; singers, dancers, instrumental groups, even a flame-swallower. At midnight, people cracked open their bottles of champagne (Prosecco?) and cheered and sang. Lots of fun!
BTW, Sicily is a good choice for a winter trip, as it's not so cold as more northern places.