OUDEJAARSAVOND & NIEUWJAAR
New Year's Eve and New Year
If you want to start the new year in a special atmosphere, Amsterdam is the place to be. During the day, it’s best to feast on Olliebollen, a kind of doughnut in different variations, before good intentions once again demonize the sugar stuff from January 1. This boiling pastry (oil balls, also called “Silvesterfutschen”), which is offered everywhere in the city, is typical for New Year’s Eve and also provides the necessary basis for the coming night.
You should plan your New Year’s Eve stay a little because the restaurants, events and especially hotels are usually booked up weeks in advance. If you still want to be spontaneous, then simply celebrate with thousands of exuberant people in the pubs of the old town or at the open air New Year’s Eve party on Dam Square. Then, you can get your food on the hand from the cult burger vending machine of FEBO.
When the hand of the clock gets closer to 12, people wander to the banks of the Amstel River or to the city squares. The Rembrandtplein, Leidesplein or the Nieuwmarkt are very popular. The official fireworks display, set off by the city, takes place in the center between Prinsengracht and Bloemgracht. Amsterdam’s bridges, especially the Magere Brug, which spans the Amstel River, are also a popular vantage point to welcome the New Year with a loud “Gelukkig Nieuwjaar!”.
For those who prefer something a little more intimate, try to catch the fireworks in advance on one of the city’s rooftop terraces. This might be a good criterion for your hotel choice. Whether you celebrate the turn of the year in Amsterdam in an upscale restaurant, on the street or in a boat on the canals, it will definitely be an experience.
At this point, a small warning: The number of rockets and firecrackers that the Dutch set off in a very short time is incredible, and the danger should not be underestimated.
However, if you don’t mind dancing through crowded, narrow streets and dodging a stray firecracker or two, you’ll have a great time. After the fireworks, you can end the night in the bars or head to the clubs. Whether it’s “Paradiso”, “Melkweg” or the “Escape”, the beats will carry you through the night. The calories burned are traditionally recharged the next morning in the Netherlands with Tompouce, a vanilla puff pastry cake.