Fireworks and free mulled wine on the banks of the Rhine (CANCELED this year)
At half-past midnight on January 1st, impressive fireworks will light up the River Rhine and all the bells in the city will ring. Event organizers are giving out free mulled wine on the banks of the Rhine at the middle bridge in Klein Basel (Café Spitz) and at the Johanniter bridge (Cargo Bar) between 23:00 and 1:00! Find more information on Basel Tourism's website.
Mr Pickwick Pub Basel
Located in Basel's bustling Steinenvorstadt area, this much loved pub offers a great selection of beers on tap, great pub food, live sports and a British way of life. It's a great way to ring in the new year. Find more information and check if celebrations are still happening on Mr. Pickwick's website.
Grand Hotel Les Trois Rois gala dinner
The fancy Les Trois Rois with its unique ballroom provides the historical setting for an exquisite New Year's Eve gala dinner with atmospheric live music. Your night will include a champagne aperitif, six-course menu, soft drinks, wine accompaniment and coffee, entertainment, plus admission to the New Year's Eve party in the bar. The price per person is CHF 225, and you can find all the details on Les Trois Rois website.
Fireworks on Lac Léman © Adobe Stock
Fairmont Grand Hotel Geneva gala dinner & New Year's brunch
Celebrate the New Year in style, by indulging in a gastronomic buffet at the ultimate spot on the lake Léman to watch the midnight fireworks. The New Year's Eve package includes access to swimming pool and fitness center, a festive dinner and New Year brunch, at CHF 990. Head over to the official Grand Hotel Geneva website to book your New Year extravaganza. On 1 January, there's also a somptuous brunch at the same hotel. The buffet is complemented by seasonal delights, non-alcoholic and hot drinks, as well as a Kids' Club for your little VIPs.
Located close to the city centre, Kursaal is always a good bet when it comes to culinary excellence and top-class entertainment. Featuring multiple restaurants, bars and a casino, a memorable evening of festive leisure and pleasure is assured. While prices vary, it's best to check the lastest information on the Kursaal website.
New Years on the Gurten
Get ready to ring in the new year with either a delicious 7-course meal, a tasty buffet, the most beautiful view in the city or while eating an outdoor fondue. There's a kid's disco party and a legendary NYE party for adults included when you have eaten at one of the restaurants. And then the highlight: the restaurant's special location on Gurten Hill high above Bern guarantees fantastic views of fireworks across the city.
Find more information on the Gurten website.
Burning of the Cathedral 31 December, 00:00
Every 31 December since 1904, the people of Lausanne have gathered on the Esplanade de la Cathédrale to enjoy the cathedral illuminations in a festive atmosphere with champagne and mulled wine. Enjoy fireworks that make it look like they're really burning down the cathedral, hopefully next year. Keep up to date by checking this website.
Zürich gets even more lively on New Year's Eve © Adobe Stock
New Year's Magic with fireworks display
The highlight of Zürich's New Year festivities is the New Year's Eve party by Lake Zürich. Nearly 100,000 visitors flock to the lake basin each year to marvel at the spectacular fireworks. Food and drink stands, bars and live music create the perfect festive ambiance. For this year, sadly you can expect no fireworks, but an impressive light installation instead. Check more on the Zürich Tourism website.
Baur au Lac
Join this legendary New Year's Party that includes a five-course gala menu, international guests, countdown and amazing view of the fireworks. Plus, there is a hangover breakfast the next morning.
Price: min. CHF 235 per person, depending on your options (check them all on the Bar au Lac official website). Don't forget about the dress code, it's 'Dress to impress'.
Baur au Lac during holidays © Adobe Stock
Uto Kulm, New Year's Eve at the top of Zurich
This is a special gala dinner with a great view of the fireworks. Uto Kulm is a restaurant on a hill overlooking Lake Zurich, so it's one of the best places to watch the official fireworks show and see all the smaller fireworks going off across the city. The price starts at CHF 190, but depends on the package you choose - you can book your place on this website.
Parkhotel: exquisite dinner with cool live music
Let the past fade away while dancing all night and start into a promising new year with live music. Discover more about the offer and prices on the Parkhotel website.
New Year's Eve magic at Hafenrestaurant
Finish the year at full throttle! A gorgeously decorated restaurant right at the lakeside, exciting culinary creations and a full wine cellar will guide you into the new year. Seats are limited. Book on the Hafenrestaurant website, with a CHF 50 deposit beforehand.
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