The fireworks in Amsterdam on New Year’s Eve really are something else, and to really appreciate the full spectacle it’s best to find somewhere high up to view them from. Many Amsterdammers will retreat to a house-with-a-roof-terrace party, but if you don’t happen to know many locals then a bar or restaurant with panoramic views will work just as well. Restaurants and bars like Mr. Porter at the W Hotel, Moon or Madam in the A’Dam Tower, Canvas at the Volkshotel or the Sky Lounge at the Hilton Doubletree will all make for a memorable New Year’s Eve – though they are likely to book up early.
If you’ve left it too late to get into a sky high restaurant or bar, (and you’re feeling brave) then you could go to ground with the locals and soak up the madness that ensues around the city’s streets and canals. With fireworks only on sale for a few days a year in the Netherlands the locals can get a little bit gung-ho with their DIY displays on New Year’s Eve, and as soon as it goes dark you’ll find fireworks being let off on every bridge and open space. You’ll find unofficial street parties at the city’s main squares such as Dam Square, Rembrandtplein, Nieuwmarkt and Leidseplein, where crowds of vistors and locals gather to ring in the new year with beer tents, music and fireworks. It’s known to get a little bit rowdy (especially at Dam Square) so a little bit of patience and a smile will go a long way. New Year’s Eve in Amsterdam is frequently likened to a ‘warzone’ by unsuspecting visitors and accidents do occur – so proceed with caution!
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