P&O Ferries: New Year’s Eve in Rotterdam


2011 is so… well, 2011. We’ve only got a few more weeks left, so you’d best plan your NYE sharpish. The end of the year is the perfect excuse to go on a little break abroad to exorcise the demons of the 12 months gone by.

Last week, we recommended Amsterdam, and this week we turn to Rotterdam, the capital’s perpetually underrated rival. In P&O Ferries’ Dutch port city, there will be the usual array of firework displays: at the Erasmus bridge (the bridge connecting the northern and southern halves of the city), the National Firework Show will take place, illuminating the city from the bridge’s great location near the docks.

Whether you want to check out the fireworks or not, you will want to book an advance ticket for one of the many parties happening in clubs around Rotterdam. For inspiration, you might want to look at our post about Rotterdam’s clubs , or you can check out one of our suggestions below:

The grain silo-turned-amazing-club Maassilo will host what looks like the most banging NYE party ) in the country. In three floors, techno and house DJs from all over Europe will spin records from 9pm until 8am the next day – with only a short break for an indoor (!) firework display.

Fancy dress fan? Then you should check out the zoo party organised by the, you guessed it, Rotterdam Zoo. Presumably due to the somewhat harsh temperatures, the party won’t actually take place in a lion’s cage, but in an abandoned train station. Tickets are a snip at €25, for which price you get live music and DJs in a somewhat leftfield setting. Dress as and party like an animal!

Those in the know are already looking forward to the warehouse techno extravaganza being hosted at Pakhuis. A cosy yet feverish atmosphere is guaranteed by the organisers of this bash, who have already managed the wildly successful Pakhuis festival earlier this year. For their NYE party, they have joined forces with other local promoters and record labels for a party involving an art exhibition, special light shows, and of course cutting edge DJ sets. You can check out a mix by the Rotterdam duo Khalil & Steven Pieters here – both will be among the 40-plus artists playing at Pakhuis on 31st December. You can get tickets here.

You can get to Rotterdam incredibly easy with P&O Ferries: Just take a ferry from Hull, and you’re on your way to an unforgettable NYE party.

Image credit: Rool Paap

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