We have 10 ideas for short trips to New Year: from New Year’s Eve in the mountain hut to a romantic evening, everything is included!
It’s autumn again and the end of the year is just around the corner – time to plan a short New Year’s trip! If you’re not quite there for sure If you are interested in the type of New Year’s activity that suits you the most, our travel suggestions are guaranteed to help you decide.
1. Celebrate until you drop
Wild parties late into the night – or rather early in the morning – are your thing? How about a sociable New Year’s Eve in Leicester Square in London or an exuberant New Year’s Eve in Vienna including the sound of the Pummerin on Stephansplatz? Most of the big cities in the world are in a general party mood over the New Year with larger and smaller events on practically every corner – and thanks to thousands of pyromania-enthusiastic residents there is a free mega-firework display on top of that!
2. New Year’s Eve by the sea
As you know, the sea has its very special charm at every day, night and season, but when the sparkling rain of fireworks is reflected in the waves on New Year’s Eve, the view becomes even more special. In cities like Lisbon or Thessaloniki you celebrate on the soft sandy beach and enjoy the perfect combination of the sound of the sea and New Year’s Eve. If you want to take it a little easier, you can find out in advance about family-friendly or romantic places for New Year’s Eve. Either way it will be an unforgettable New Year and with a glass of champagne in your hand you may even forget that it is in the middle of winter and get a little summer feeling in the cold season.
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3. Romantic New Year’s Eve
If you prefer a romantic evening for two instead of partying in the crowd, a New Year’s Eve holiday in the romantic hotel or even in the city of love, Paris, is recommended. Many hotels offer special offers for couples over the New Year, such as overnight stays in cozy suites including special multi-course menus and / or wellness offers. When toasting at midnight with an enchanting view of the Eiffel Tower or by candlelight snuggled together in the pleasantly warm whirlpool at New Year, it is guaranteed that not only sparkling wine in the glass.
4. New Year’s Eve in the mountains
Nowhere is winter as beautiful as on the snow-capped peaks of the Alps. Anyone who decides to take a short trip to the mountains at the turn of the year can therefore experience a New Year’s Eve that is certainly not everyday. No matter whether in the rustic Austrian mountain hut including delicious homemade specialties or in the atmospheric Swiss chalet – there is hardly a more atmospheric way to start the new year than to make yourself comfortable in front of the warm fireplace while it quietly trickles outside.
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5. Celebrate the New Year by the water
If the beach is too sandy or the sea is too salty, although he loves the wet water, a short trip to one of the wonderful lakes or rivers in Europe on New Year’s Eve would be ideal. At Lake Constance or in Amsterdam you can rent a boat or even a houseboat especially for the occasion and marvel at the magnificent fireworks on the shore directly from the water – privacy guaranteed. If you prefer to let other sails and just enjoy the gentle waves, a New Year’s ferry trip including a fixed menu, for example on the Rhine, would be just right for you.
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6. New Year’s Eve spectacular in your own city
You don’t really feel like traveling over the New Year, but just staying at home is too boring for you? Then just book a special evening in a local hotel with room service or reserve a table in a restaurant high above the city with a perfect view of the fireworks. After dinner, you can still celebrate properly at a party near you, without having to worry that you won’t find your way home, even if you look a little deeper into the glass – after all, you know your way around at home.
7. Off to the island
As is well known, islanders are a very special kind of people – do they also have their own New Year’s Eve customs? On the islands of the Baltic Sea it is a bit cooler in winter, but at least as beautiful as in summer – long walks to finally get really lively on January 1st have a very unique charm there. For those who like islands, but still warmer temperatures, the Balearic Islands, Crete, the Canaries or Cyprus are ideal. With a little luck, you can even get some sun around the turn of the year.
To get an impression of where it is most beautiful in the Balearic Islands, take a look at our article about the 10 most beautiful places in the Balearic Islands.
8. Culinary New Year’s Eve
Parties are great, but you shouldn’t underestimate the enjoyment of tasty treats. In almost all major cities in the world, a number of restaurants offer exquisite festive menus in all price ranges on New Year’s Eve. If you are still in the mood after feasting, you can move on to one of the nearby parties afterwards – before drinking, you should eat plenty anyway.
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9th New Year’s Eve gala evening
In addition to events that are specially designed for celebrations, there are of course also many special performances and gals waiting for visitors on New Year’s Eve. Special concerts by well-known musicians, charity events with a star line-up, film screenings, art openings, masked balls and the like are held all over the world at the turn of the year and offer a both noble and entertaining setting. On a New Year’s Eve trip to Munich, for example, you can rock out at the New Year’s Eve rock party or dance with your sweetheart at the New Year’s Eve ball in the Hotel Vier Jahreszeiten. Whoever starts the New Year like this is guaranteed to start in style.
If your gala evening is more about glamor and glory, check out these 13 luxury hotels worldwide where you can meet the stars and starlets.
10. Sporty New Year’s Eve
Are you sporty through and through and don’t want to do without athletic fun on December 31st? Then go to the slopes! As is well known, New Year’s Eve is in winter (at least in our latitudes) and it offers plenty of opportunities for enthusiastic movement fans. Many winter sports resorts, for example in the Austrian Tyrol or Salzburg, in Switzerland or Italy, offer special offers for skiing holidays on New Year’s Eve, often including rides on the illuminated night slope, exquisite New Year’s dinner menu and / or wild après-ski New Year’s party at the ski hut. So pack your skis, snowboard or toboggan and off you go into the snowy landscape.
No matter whether you prefer it quiet or action-packed – the short trip options for New Year’s Eve offer just the right thing for every taste. You can too good and like to combine several ideas, such as skiing on Old Year’s Day, afterwards for a New Year’s dinner and then celebrating comfortably in your own mountain hut with friends or just starting the new year sensually together with your partner.
Wherever you end up, we definitely say Happy New Year and wish you a happy new year. Nice trip
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