New Year’s Eve is a great time to visit Berlin and fireworks are the main event in this city’s New Year’s Eve celebrations. You have lots of options when it comes to how to spend the evening. Many people like to party at home with friends and then head out later to set off fireworks and hit the clubs. There are a number of other options, though, and here we’ll tell you where you can go to celebrate until the clock strikes twelve.
Every year around a million people gather between the Brandenburg Gate and the Siegesäule along the Straße des 17. Juni to celebrate the New Year together at this gigantic party that extends for two kilometers. If you’re looking for a fun and free way to celebrate this special night with others, this may be the right place for you. The entertainment starts around 9:30 pm with music by internationally recognized musicians. In addition to laser shows, Berlin’s world-famous fireworks will ring in the New Year at midnight. Afterwards, the party continues with an open-end disco under the stars. There will be food and drinks for sale. Please note, however, that you will not be allowed to bring any glass bottles or fireworks into this event.
If you’re looking for something slightly smaller, you might like the Silvester an der Spree (New Year’s Eve on the Spree) party. The Universal Building and the Capitol Yard Gold Lounge on the Oberbaumbrücke are the setting for a party with great views of the fireworks over the SpreeRiver. For € 29 you can party with free drinks until midnight while dancing to a variety of music styles on two different dance floors. The premium ticket, for € 69, allows you to drink for free all night. For more info and to purchase your tickets in advance, see their website: http://www.silvester-an-der-spree.de/
There are tons of other offers for places to party and count down the hours and minutes until the midnight hour strikes. And there’s something for everyone, from fine dining to dancing. Check out this website for more information: http://www.berliner-silvester.de/feiern/party/
If you prefer to strike out on your own, you can light your own fireworks out on any street in the city. You’ll be joined there by many others.
Berlin also has more than 950 bridges, many of which offer great views of the fireworks. Here are some of the most popular bridges for watching the fireworks: The Oberbaumbrücke connects the districts of Friedrichshain and Kreuzberg over the Spree River. The Moltkebrücke crosses the Spree River near the Kanzleramt (German Chancellery) and the Berliner Hauptbahnhof (main train station) and offers great views of the major fireworks display by the Brandenburg Gate.
You may want to bring your own bottle of champagne in order to toast the New Year, which would be a traditional way to ring in the New Year. In case you forget to buy some before the stores close, you can usually find sparkling wine, or Sekt as it’s called in German, in convenience stores.
Don´t hesitate and find great places to stay in Berlin . It´s a wonderful place to start the New Year, no matter which way you choose to celebrate.