Whether you are a young or young at heart, if you like to eat, drink and be merry or you are a hardcore party animal, Amsterdam is one place that will compel each and every individual person to join the Dutch and flow with the merry wave. Amsterdam, the capital of Netherlands is one of those places over the Earth that offers grandeur in the name of parties, and at a free of cost for 2018 New Year’s Eve celebrations.
Places to visit on NYE
The Oosterdok is the official place for celebration in Amsterdam. As soon as the clock strikes twelve, the sky of Amsterdam lights itself up with Fireworks, light and sound. The other most popular places that offer both letting loose with debauchery and spending time with family and friends are the Rembrandtplein, Nieuwmarkt, Leidseplein and Dam Square. These are the historical centres of the city. One of the main highlights of the city is the Dam Square where tents of beer and live shows are arranged for the visitors to have fun. Rowdy tourists and loud crowd fills the air of Amsterdam and these places are especially notorious for the reckless merry makers who enjoy on this night forgetting everything else. However, if you want a quiet place to experience the NYE fireworks minus the noise, then the best place for you is the bridge that is situated on the main canal of Amsterdam.
Fireworks, dance, music & merriment
Throughout the city, especially Rembrandtplein, Nieuwmarkt, Leidseplein and Dam Square are famous for the fireworks that include numerous kinds of firecrackers and sparklers or even crackers and bangers. At Museumplein a big event is organised where the high fireworks strike the audience with awe. The most important and advantageous factor that the city of Amsterdam offers to the crowds of New Year’s Eve is that each and every person who desires to enjoy the night without spending money can hit the streets and enjoy with the crowd as a big friendly group.
But there is always other options for those who do not want to party with the crowd but wish to have a dinner with wine and the finest dining or a party with celebrities playing music, where only members or ticket holders are allowed then there are many options for those as well. These New Year’s Eve concerts, parties and raves are available with tickets ranging from low to high cost as per your budget. Hotels and restaurants offering different foods and drinks are spread all over Amsterdam. But due to the immense crowd that comes out of their home on New Year’s Eve, one must ensure a reservation or prior booking.
Oliebol – Dutch Doughnuts on NYE
An oliebol (plural oliebollen) is a traditional Dutch food. Oliebollen are a variety of dumpling made by using an ice cream scoop or two spoons to scoop a certain amount of dough and dropping the dough into a deep fryer filled with hot oil. In this way, a sphere-shaped oliebol emerges. Oliebollen are traditionally eaten on New Year’s Eve and at funfairs. In wintertime, they are also sold in the street at mobile stalls.
There is an old tradition in Amsterdam that the whole Dutch community participates in. At Dazzleville they all come together to burn a wooden effigy to celebrate and welcome the New Year and bid goodbye to the past year. Whether it is a club or a street party, merry making is the only motto of the travellers in Amsterdam.
Accommodations for NYE
If you are planning to celebrate NYE in Amsterdam, early booking is highly recommended in order to get the best price and location for New Year’s Eve celebrations. The city has a full range of accommodation for you to choose from. Popular hotels in Amsterdam are:
- Park Plaza Victoria Amsterdam Hotel
- Room Mate Aitana Hotel
- DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Amsterdam Central Station
- Hyatt Place Amsterdam Airport
- Ramada Apollo Amsterdam Centre Hotel.
- Hotel Pulitzer Amsterdam
- Hotel Sofitel Legend the Grand Amsterdam
- InterContinental Amstel Amsterdam
- Hotel Okura Amsterdam
Do remember to check out the full list of Amsterdam hotels on top booking websites.