New Year’s Eve is approaching. Aren’t you excited about it? Well, who won’t be right? At this time, the whole city will be transformed into a lighting spectacle. You can see a range of sparkling fairy lights, glittery Christmas decorations, twinkling stars, etc., all over the city. Even though this is the scenario of almost every country or city, Amsterdam is one of the best options when it comes to spending your winter holidays.
However, if you are planning to ring in the New Year in the Dutch capital, it is recommended to do proper planning to make your trip an ever-memorable and exciting affair. Below are some of the amazing tips that you may consider to make your New Year holidays in Amsterdam out of the world.
Try to learn some Dutch
Do you know that the New Year is known as ‘Oud en Nieuw’ in Dutch and this means old and new? As the name indicates, this refers to the celebration of the last moments of the old year as well as the beginning of the New Year. Another Dutch word that you may learn is ‘oudejaarsavond’ and this word literally refers to New Year’s Eve.
If you love to enjoy your holidays like a local or if you prefer to mingle with the Amsterdammers and make your New Year’s Eve even more special, learn how to wish ‘happy new year’ in Dutch. Well, it is ‘GelukkigNieuwjaar’. This would be enough to make your new year a special and mind-blowing one.
Celebrate with others
Are you a social person? Do you love to share your happiness with others irrespective of whether or not they are strangers? If yes, head on to any of the public parks here where you can find thousands of people who are waiting for the final moments of the year. Join the grand party at any of the city squares. Note that this will undoubtedly be a great choice for all the tourists who do not prefer celebrating their New Year party exclusively in a club or restaurant.
At public places, it will be a total blast. The best choice that you may consider in this case is the Museumplein public square, which is located in the Museumkwartier neighborhood. This is one of the best-televised events in the Dutch capital that invites thousands of party lovers and is made special with outstanding fireworks and music performances. Another popular destination in Amsterdam where you can enjoy such an explosive New Year celebration is the Nieuwmarkt Square.
Book your accommodation beforehand
Amsterdam is one of the immensely popular Christmas and New Year destinations and hence, the city will be pretty crowded during the months of December and January. In fact, the visitors tend to outnumber Amsterdammers at this time. Needless to mention, the cost of almost everything in the city including the lodging will be on the rise at this time.
So, it is recommended to do your hotel reservations in advance to beat this price splurge. If you are on a solo trip, it will be better to consider dorm reservations since you are likely to get great deals in this case. Otherwise, you can find a range of budget-friendly hotels in Amsterdam.
Check out the fireworks
Keep an eye out for the spectacular fireworks that pop up frequently at almost every nook and cranny of the city. Do you know that fireworks are actually prohibited in the Netherlands except from December 29 to 31? This explains why the fireworks exhibited here on these 3 days are so incredible and outstanding.
During midnight, the streets of the city will be crammed with both the visitors and locals when the whole city will explode into a perfect unmelodiousness of firecrackers. However, be careful while walking on the streets since you may stumble into the line of fire if you failed to watch your steps.
Check entry fees
If spending the day with strangers or huge crowds is not just your thing, you can head on to any of the splendid bars, restaurants, or clubs here. However, make sure to do the reservations beforehand since these venues tend to fill up pretty soon, especially on New Year’s Eve.
In fact, some popular hotels, bars, and clubs here tend to sell out the tickets even before many months. Furthermore, some venues or destinations that you can usually explore for free may charge a fee on New Year’s Eve. Hence, make sure to check out all such factors before heading to any New Year special venues here.
Inquire about holiday schedules
Even though New Year’s Eve is not declared as a national holiday, most of the attractions such as the tourist spots, restaurants, other tourist-friendly businesses, etc., in Amsterdam are likely to be closed hours before its usual closing time; some venues will be even closed on December 31st. Hence, it is important to double-check whether all the spots or locations that you marked for the day are indeed available.
Similarly, the public transportation in Amsterdam will be only available up to 08:00 pm on New Year’s Eve. Thankfully, you can still expect a limited number of bus services in the city that usually resumes around midnight. Make sure to be at the bus service stop on time if you cannot afford shelling out a huge amount of bucks on taxis.