Whether you’re a party animal or a romantic, young of years or young-at-heart, a big spender or on a budget, Amsterdam is a great city to ring in the New Year. The Dutch know how to have a good time and the capital is a gezellige (warm and friendly) host.
The compact city centre lends itself particularly well to impromptu street parties with throngs of people from all over the world joining in the festivities. Fireworks traditionally illuminate the night sky above the Amstel – an attractive spot from which to enjoy the spectacle on the skyline is the Magere Brug (Skinny Bridge). There will not be an official city-sponsored display this year, but you can expect to see a host of firework shows lighting up various locations around Amsterdam.
Whether you're exploring the city with friends or family, or heading to pubs and clubs, it's important to celebrate safely. For this reason, some of the most popular city spots will be equipped with first aid posts, dealing with everything from dehydration to minor injuries. You'll find the first aid posts at Dam Square (positioned along the street at Beursplein), Nieuwmarkt (by the Nieuwmarkt police station), Leidseplein (by the police station at Lijnbaansgracht 219) and Rembrandtplein (by the square).