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If you could celebrate New Year in any European city except Paris.....

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homebythesea Mon 01-Jun-15 14:36:47

Where would you go? Looking for top luxury hotel in interesting city with stuff to do/see for a few days after Xmas. Done Paris to death so not there!

whitecandles Mon 01-Jun-15 14:45:41

How about Budapest? Lots of stuff to do, easy to get around, some nice hotels, and lovely hot springs.

WorldsBiggestGrotbag Mon 01-Jun-15 14:46:25

Madrid, definitely.

skatpot Mon 01-Jun-15 19:52:54


MaelstromOfLunacy Mon 01-Jun-15 19:55:17


6Musiclover Mon 01-Jun-15 19:56:00

All of the above, plus Berlin, Barcelona and Prague.

BettyRooster Mon 01-Jun-15 19:56:20

Not amsterdam! They go crazy with fireworks - it's really dangerous - and the cafés close from 8 to midnight.

dementedma Mon 01-Jun-15 19:56:29


KittyBennett Mon 01-Jun-15 20:00:31

I love Madrid.

teacoffeesomethingsweet Mon 01-Jun-15 20:03:26

Madrid, Vienna, Dubrovnik - thoroughly recommend each and every one of them. Also Krakow, very picturesque.
I would love to spend New Year's Eve in Reykjavik. Financially slightly out of reach atm though sad

Ludways Mon 01-Jun-15 20:03:45

Berlin, I love it there.

ItsRainingInBaltimore Mon 01-Jun-15 20:03:52

Somewhere that would be especially beautiful in winter, like Prague or Munich.

Archfarchnad Mon 01-Jun-15 20:07:53

"They go crazy with fireworks"

Well, that describes just about any European city on NYE. I remember NVE in Munich over 20 years ago, when everyone stood around the edges of the main square and fired rockets across the square, more or less directly at the people opposite.

Berlin has a huge and free fireworks display and concert in a central part of town which is relatively safe, because there's security and people aren't allowed in with private fireworks. However, you need to walk through some fairly hair-raising streets to get to the display and back home again. And Berlin can be VERY cold at that time of year.

homebythesea Mon 01-Jun-15 22:42:10

Thanks all- Madrid had been my first thought. I think flights to anywhere near ski resorts will be spendy which might rule out places like Vienna and Munich. Berlin sounds intriguing though.....

ancientbuchanan Mon 01-Jun-15 22:44:06

Prague. Great.

SorrelForbes Mon 01-Jun-15 22:48:07

Saltzburg and Vienna are both great on NYE. Loads of fireworks though grin

homebythesea Tue 02-Jun-15 07:34:27

Thanks Sorrell - but I think that flights to winter sports type places will be prohibitive!

OldBeanbagz Tue 02-Jun-15 08:33:36

They go crazy with fireworks in Madrid too. Setting them off in the naroow street. They also throw grapes around confused

I'd go for Barcelona.

WorldsBiggestGrotbag Tue 02-Jun-15 08:38:41

They eat 12 grapes in Madrid, one for every stroke of the clock at midnight. It's great fun. Fireworks no worse than any other capital city at NYE (and on a par with Barcelona, I've done (lived in) both!)

OldBeanbagz Tue 02-Jun-15 08:46:58

There wasn't much eating grapes when we were there. Just throwing them around!

WorldsBiggestGrotbag Tue 02-Jun-15 08:49:09

They do the grape thing in Barcelona too,

DahliaBloom Tue 02-Jun-15 08:51:36

Vienna flights aren't expensive at Christmas at all, no mountains. Expensive flights to Austria are those to Salzburg or Innsbruck.

homebythesea Tue 02-Jun-15 09:45:13

Ooh thanks dahlia!

SooticaTheWitchesCat Tue 02-Jun-15 10:05:24

Istanbul is great at New Year, there is so much to see there too.

SorrelForbes Thu 04-Jun-15 07:45:26

We did the sleeper train to Vienna on NYE. It was great fun.

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