It’s time to ring in the new year! What better way to celebrate than by catching a flight to the nearest European city for the big day? I know I know, most of us can’t just jet set on a dime. But today I’ll be going over pricing for each city as well as the best city to visit based on your personality, which is kind of my thing, if you haven’t heard (cough Trip Planner cough). So sit back, relax, and rejoice that the Christmas madness is over, because now you have a New Year’s Eve trip to Europe to plan! Here are the best cities in Europe to spend New Year’s Eve.

Best Cities in Europe to Spend New Year's Eve

Berlin – The History Nerd

If you’ve ever wanted to casually hang out at the Brandenburg Gate and Victory Column, this is your chance. New Year’s Eve celebrations in Berlin stretch a whopping 1.2 miles between both historic sites. The thought of the history alone will make any history buff’s heart race. This is also one of Europe’s largest ‘street’ parties, and it boasts a great time with live DJ sets (who knew Berlin was so trendy) and great food. If you’re a history nerd, book a flight to Berlin and soak up the city at these amazing historic places.

Price: $550 from New York

Prague – The Beer and Champs Lover

Possibly my favorite part when I visited Prague other than the gorgeous architecture, was its dirt cheap and world renown beer. If you love to celebrate with a cold one, then you will love to spend a New Year’s Eve partying in Prague. Where my ladies at though, because the champs will also be flowing on this night! The Czechs love to drink their ‘Bohemia Sekt’ on New Year’s Eve, which is their version of champagne. The city center lights up with fireworks and they can be seen from all over. For a really unique experience, you can take cruise on the Vltava to ring in the new year. Cheers!

Price: $500 from New York

London – The Fireworks Obsessed

There is no other show in Europe, like the one in London on New Year’s Eve. If you love a good fireworks show, look no further than a plane ticket to London. The best part is that you can find flights to London relatively cheap this time of year. On New Year’s Eve, the entire skyline from Big Ben to the London Eye will be illuminated with fireworks. You will no doubt want to arrive fairly early in order to secure a good spot to watch, as it gets very crowded. But I’m telling you, it’s the best firework show you will possibly ever see!

Price: $550 from New York

Best Cities in Europe to Spend New Year's Eve

Edinburgh – The People Lover

The New Year’s Eve party in Edinburgh is not only massive, but it lasts a whole three days. I mean, you really have to be committed to this, and that’s why this is perfect for the ‘people person’. Not only will you get to spend three days soaking up the Scottish air and drinking beer, but you’ll also get a chance to dabble in Scottish tradition and mingle with the locals. Want to meet more people? Great. You’ll be there with 150,000 people from over 70 countries. Unlike London, this is destination is a little more pricey this time of year! If you’re down to meet new people and have a jolly time, Edinburgh is for you.

Price: $800 from New York

Vienna – The Classy Party Goer

When I think of New Year’s Eve in Vienna, I think classy as f*ck. If you’re in to grand balls, fancy dinners, and music halls, then you’ll love spending the night in Vienna. You can get tickets to their New Year’s Eve Grand Ball at the Hofberg Palace online. Included is a four course dinner and performances by the Vienna Opera. Their is an entire section on their website dedicated to wearing the appropriate attire to the event, as well as going over proper ball etiquette. Vienna doesn’t mess around. Pssst, and it’s a cheap plane ticket…

Price: $450 from New York

Lisbon – The Nontraditional Person

Want to experience an authentic and nontraditional New Year’s Eve? Then you’ll love what Lisbon has to offer! Of course their celebrations are very traditional to them, but very different than any American or other European celebrations. The Portuguese have this way of living life to the fullest. During New Year’s Eve celebrations, people flock to the Praca do Comercio (one of the largest squares in Europe) and flood the streets everywhere. Celebrations are known to continue well in to the morning too. Don’t forget your pack of raisins come midnight. Eat your raisins and make 12 wishes, as the superstition goes (really I can’t make this stuff up). Lisbon is definitely a unique experience for New Year’s Eve!

Price: $500 from New York

Best Cities in Europe to Spend New Year's Eve

Amsterdam – The Foodie

Amsterdam comes alive New Year’s Eve, and it’s all completely free. Much like a traditional European New Year’s celebration, there is tons of live music and some pretty amazing food. If you’re a foodie, you are going to love partying in Amsterdam for this holiday. Try the oilebollen, which are deep fried balls of dough rolled in sugar. Other notable tries are vlaamse frites (poutine-ish in nature) and bitterballen (beef balls). Great to fill up on before you head to all the crazy indoor parties. You’ll also see lots of champagne and beer flowing around the impromptu street parties.

Price: $500 from New York

Paris – The Madly in Love

Did you seriously think I would leave Paris off this list? The city of love is even more lovelier on New Year’s Eve, and great for a quick getaway with your lover (or cats, whichever). There are really no surprises on the celebrations here. Head on over to the Champs-Elysees and check out the gorgeous views of a fully illuminated Eiffel Tower. You can expect one massive and classy party in the streets, full of champagne and fireworks. The best part is that with all of Paris’ little pockets, there is something going on for every crowd. This one’s for all you lovers out there! Au Revoir!

Price: $400 from New York

So, if you have no plans for New Year’s Eve and some extra cash laying around, then consider traveling to one of these European cities for a great celebration. There really is a city and a celebration for everyone. Happy Holidays, and cheers to ringing in 2017 in style!

Which city would you want to spend New Year’s Eve in? Leave me a comment below! I personally would choose Berlin or Lisbon.

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    1. Good choices! It’s definitely a dream of mine to spend Christmas in London and New Year’s in Paris. Ahhh the magic!!

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  1. This is such a unique and interesting post! I’ve never read an article which suggested specific places in Europe to travel based on personality, this is so clever! Based on your suggestions, Amsterdam would be the first pick, because well, I love my food, haha! I love cooking, I love eating, I love it all! I hope you had a wonderful birthday, girlie! I saw you mentioned that you’re a Christmas baby on IG, I wish I would’ve known so I could’ve wished you a Happy Birthday on your actual day! I hope you’re enjoying the end to the holiday season and thanks so much for sharing such a fun and insightful post!

    XO,

    Jalisa
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    1. Thank you Jalisa! It’s sort of my thing haha. I like recommending places based on style and personality. I think it’s the way to go! I love food as well and Amsterdam would be a dream! They have the best freaking pastries and sweets. My birthday is on December 28th, so close to Christmas, but not actually on Christmas day haha. That would be rough! As it is everyone is always out of town and my birthdays are usually pretty boring. Oh my sad life! JK ;). Hope you had a great holiday and have a happy new year!!

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  2. I love how you broke down each travel place by different types of people or personalities. I am a definite foodie so I could see myself spending New Years in Amsterdam. I’m also just obsessed with Paris so I would find it magical there too! I’ll be spending my New Years in LA this year and I’ll be attending a party with my hubby and folks.. My dad describes it as an “oldies” party and he’s in his 50s so I have no idea what to expect lol! I definitely won’t be doing what most people my age probably do in LA for New Years =P

    xoxo Rina
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    1. Thanks Rina! Glad you liked it in this format. I am such a foodie too and would love to visit Amsterdam for New Year’s. That’s probably my third choice ;). I hope you have a great time in LA! lol, what would an ‘oldies’ party in your 50’s consist of? Like a party dedicated to the 1920’s? Hahaha.

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  3. If only it were that easy for Filipinos like me to travel to Europe. Sigh. Someday. I would definitely love to go to London for New Year! But I need to to see New Year in New York first. haha!

    Happy New Year to you and may have more success in the next year. 🙂

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    1. Ah booo! I’m sorry to hear it’s so difficult! NYE in New York is definitely really special. I hope you can make it there someday!!

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    1. Yes! I bet NYE in Germany will be really fun. Prague is such a gorgeous city all around, and I’d like to spend NYE there as well. 🙂

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  4. Haha I love how you’ve divided each city! Although I’ve always loved to spend Christmas at home in England surrounded by family, I’m open to going anywhere and everywhere on NYE, and so Berlin, Amsterdam and Paris all sound amazing! I hope 2017 is a brilliant year for you 🙂

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    1. Thanks Gabrielle! Hope it is for you as well! England is a fine place to spend NYE. Nothing like being surrounded by friends and family. 🙂

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  5. I would so love to be spending NYE in another country but it’s just so much more expensive at that time! It’s definitely something I want to do eventually though, Paris sounds glorious!

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    1. It definitely depends on where you go! And when you get your tickets. Price can be cheap this time of year, I think you just have to time it right haha. Which is always the hard part! If you’re looking for a cheaper city, check out Prague. They have one of the worst currencies (I mean that as fact as with no offense) and you can get a lot for your money. 🙂

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  6. Why I get this feeling that I want to go in each and every city you’ve listed? I hope that sooner than later, I’ll get to visit at least one of them, either on holiday season or not. Happy New Year!

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  7. Honestly I can’t stop staring at the flight costs to Europe from NY. Whaaaaat?! So damn cheap. Maybe even cheaper than travelling to Indonesia from Australia (where most Aussie’s go at least). Damn! I’m living in the wrong country ;o)

    Happy New Year gorgeous, have an amazing and successful 2017.
    Sxx
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    1. Yup. They are so cheap. I just booked a flight to Copenhagen (from the west coast) for $750. It’s blowing my mind! Happy New Year to you as well Sonia! Wishing you all the success too, and can’t wait for your posts this year!!

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    1. Woot! I know a hand full of people who got to spend NYE in London this year. It looked so amazing as always! Happy New Year. 🙂

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  8. Happy new year, beautiful! I hope that 2017 is the best one yet. 🙂 This is such a lovely and helpful little guide! I wish I could have spent my New Year’s Eve in Paris… Only been there once but fell in love with the city right away, and been meaning to go back since. 🙂 I actually watched the London fireworks show on TV, it’s pretty insane and so amazing! Straight 15 minutes of the craziest fireworks…! <3 Hope you're well, my darling! xoxo

    Kay
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    1. Thank you Kay! You as well! I would love to spend NYE in Paris. I knew several people who got to see the London fireworks and it looked so amazing this year!

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    1. Thanks Zorica! Budapest would be totally amazing, and I will definitely check out those posts! Who knows, might even go this year haha.

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