According to a new report, London, Prague, and Sofia are the top European capitals to celebrate the New Year. London also has the best-rated nightlife.
Skopje in North Macedonia is among the top ten capitals in Europe for festive parties and offers the most affordable accommodation.
This information comes from a new study by Slot.Day, which analyzed the quality of nightlife and the cost of accommodation in all European capitals.
The researchers focused on the number of highly rated nightlife establishments in each capital listed on TripAdvisor, specifically those with four stars and above. To evaluate the cost of accommodation, the study considers a three-night stay for a group of ten sharing a room between two people.
London is Europe’s best destination for New Year’s Eve parties. It has a staggering 854 highly rated bars, clubs, and pubs to choose from on a typical night out. London is also the fifth most expensive European capital for accommodation, estimated at an average of €350.61 per person for a three-night stay.
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Prague is the second-best capital city in Europe to spend New Year’s Eve in. At half the cost for hotels compared to London, Prague boasts 418 nightlife places that earned stellar reviews from its visitors.
Bulgaria’s capital city Sofia offers a choice of 112 bars and clubs rated four stars and above, while hotels are a reasonable €125.6 per person for three nights.
The top ten list for NYE destinations also includes Skopje (North Macedonia), Tirana (Albania), Bucharest (Romania), Belgrade (Serbia), Warsaw (Poland), Berlin (Germany), and Sarajevo (Bosnia and Herzegovina) as they all have a good nightlife-hotel balance.
The study ranked Bern (Switzerland), Reykjavik (Iceland), and Valetta (Malta) among the least preferable European capitals to spend the New Year in. Bern is both expensive to stay in (€419.4 per person) and only has seven places rated with at least four stars, making it the last capital on the list to consider for watching the New Year ring in.
Reykjavik has a reasonable range of highly appreciated bars and clubs, counting 41, but can be quite pricey for hotels, averaging to €366.4 for a three-night trip. Malta’s picturesque capital of Valletta only has seven nightlife establishments of 4-5 stars and a steep €299.5 cost for a three-night hotel stay, making it less than ideal for a typical New Year’s weekend.
Michael Slot, the main author and journalist of Slot.Day, said, “It is surprising to find places like Skopje, Tirana, and Sarajevo offering a good balance of high-quality nightlife and affordable accommodation. Other hidden gems off the beaten path include Vilnius, Riga, and Chisinau.
Trips can be costly, so finding an affordable place to enjoy New Year’s celebrations without compromising on the fun and quality of the time away is crucial. These findings offer a fantastic insight for any couples or friendship groups looking to get away with their friends and family.”