My first time to Amsterdam as a stopover coming back from Dubai, so I thought i'd spend NY's there... not sure, would like some advice. Will be there most likeli Dec 31st to Jan 4th.
1. Is everything closed around new years?
2. How bad is the weather?
3. Is it safe for a girl travelling alone?
At least you're WELL in time making inquiries
1) No, everything is not closed around NY, except for jan 1st., but even then the supermarkets open up, and so do the major shopping streets in the centre
2) It depends. Right now the weather is SO bad that, in my twisted logic, it is bound to get better in fall/winter. Don't my word for that... Generally speaking, it is cold-ish (0-4 celsius at night), it can rain, but it hardly ever snows (last snow during NY in Amsterdam must have been more than 10 years ago).
3) It is fully safe, given the usual precautions that apply to any destination.
One additional remark; NY eve in Amsterdam is an expensive event, with even ordinary pubs asking ridiculous entrance fees. If you want to go to a party (which I don't recommend, unless you enjoy being kissed and grabbed by typsy to drunk complete strangers), you need to buy your ticket in advance, and be prepared to pay big time, both for entry and drinks.
Also, but I guess that applies to most cities, it can be lonesome, since most people move in groups. Maybe some of the other non-dutch members can recommend places where foreign travellers celebrate; I don't know them.
1. I dont know, if everything closes(I was never yet alone, in the Netherlands, at that particular time of year), but there will be plenty of fireworks and people on every street, at midnight, on the 31st December. It is certainly worth experiencing.
2. The weather can be cold or very cold. Sometimes there is snow, and sometimes it is just damp or wet. But I would not let the weather stop me. If the hotels and bars are open, there will always be someplace cosy and warm, to sit.
3. I think, it is certainly safe for a girl. I find the Netherlands to be one of the safest countries in Europe, in that respect. Men bothering women is frowned upon, in the Nehterlands. Of course, there are incidents, but usually not too serious. If u are for example being bothered by some guy, in the old town in Amsterdam, just move towards some police or some guys who look like the types who dont need to pester women.
We spent New Years Eve in Amsterdam a few years ago, certainly not ten , and the place was snow covered. Not heavyly, but after walking around for some hours it's getting to you.
Quite a lot of the bars and restaurants were open to invited guests only, the rest was understandably crowded.
The fireworks in the old part of Amsterdam were definitely worth the cold feet though .
So, if you spent NYE in Amsterdam, have fun!