Fireworks are a festive and exciting way to celebrate the closing of the old year and begin the new. Where can you see the big fireworks displays in Amsterdam this year?
And what are the rules about fireworks in Amsterdam?
Amsterdam Fireworks: at Home
In Amsterdam it is legal for those at least 16 years of age to purchase fireworks from the 29th to the 31st of December. Check this city website to see where to purchase vuurwerk.
Fireworks are legally allowed all day on the 31st from 18:00 to 2am. If you’ve ever been in Amsterdam for New Years Eve you know that the city erupts with noisy fire crackers for about 24 hours. People throw fire crackers in the street as well as in storm drains, mailboxes, and trash cans. For this reason, the city seals many trash receptacles on this day. Be careful with your pets and kids, there can be quite a ruckus!
Amsterdam Fireworks Shows on New Years Eve
Here are a few popular spots to catch the midnight fireworks displays. Keep in mind that public transport stops running from 20:00 to 1:30am.
- Someplace with a roof terrace! Know a friend with a great roof terrace or penthouse apartment? Try to get invited to a party at their house for a great view of the fireworks displays all over the city.
- This year the city’s main fireworks show will be near the Maritime Museum. Head to the area near NEMO and Het Scheepvaartmuseum to watch the display over the replica VOC sailing ship. The event starts at 23:00 and is also broadcast on TV for you homebodies from 22:00.
- The throngs head to Nieuwmarkt and Leidseplein to bring in the new year with fireworks displays there. Depending on the weather it can be quite cold and wet, and the crowd can get rowdy so be prepared with your own bottle of champagne!
- A more romantic spot to catch the midnight display is the Magere brug for a view of the fireworks over the Amstel River.