The Dutch know how to do it up right on New Year’s Eve. First of all, they call the day Oudejaarsdag which actually means ‘Old Year’s Day’ or Oudejaarsavond which means ‘Old Year’s Eve’ – sometimes that even combine the tow and say Oude en Nieuw meaning ‘Old and New.’ The biggest party of all takes place in Amsterdam, the epicenter of New Year’s Eve activities. The famous downtown scene and clubs are rocking it out and a huge countdown happens at in front of the Rijksmuseum on Museumplein, a big grassy plaza in the museum quarter of the city. However, the firework shows one of the main draws and takes place all over the city streets – everyone is encouraged to come out and participate and/or watch.
For the holiday, the street corners at squares of filled with crowds of tourists and residents ready to ring in the New Year. Some of the most hopping spots are at Dam Square, Rembrandtplein, Nieuwmarkt and Leidseplein. If you’ve never been to Amsterdam at this time of year, you’re missing out on quite a firework extravaganza. There are fireworks everywhere and as soon as night falls, children of all ages (including adults) begin setting off all sorts of fireworks from firecrackers and sparklers to fountains and bottle rockets – it can get a bit dangerous, so be careful!
Professionally planned fireworks take place all around the city as well; you’ll have several prime choices including Dam Square, Nieuwmarkt and Rembrandtplein. Thousands and thousands of folks come out to watch the colorful pyrotechnics burst out over the Amsterdam skyline. Those in the know say that there are less crowded vantage points for all the awesome firework shows including many of the local bridges such as the ‘skinny bridge’ or the bridges over the Amstel River.