Imagine for a moment one of the biggest open-air New Year’s Eve parties ever – live bands, lights, food and drink, media, fireworks and throngs of people might come to mind. New York City’s Times Square might also come to mind, but that isn’t it. Berlin actually comes a close second to the Big Apple’s rocking New Year’s Eve world-famous party.
Since the Berlin Wall fell, the city has been one of the most popular places to celebrate New Year’s Eve. Revelers from near and afar enjoy the festivities every year. In fact, the Brandenburg Gate has been dubbed “party mile” since it is filled with millions of people, DJs, bands, food stalls, stages, dance floors and everything else one can imagine that’s needed to ring in the new year with a bang! And to top it off, there is no guest list, admission ticket or reservation required to participate in this party!
Because Berlin provides such a wonderful backdrop for a New Year’s Eve celebration to remember, it may be difficult to narrow it down to a single party location. With a view to helping make the decision a little easier, here is a look at three of the best Berlin New Year’s celebrations, so book those tickets and a car rental now.
The Burrough of Tempelhof-Schoneberg
Perhaps better known as Silvester, one of the most exciting New Year’s celebrations in the Berlin area actually takes place in Tempelhog-Schoenberg, one of the newest, hippest boroughs. This area is home to the best of Berlin’s nightlife and offers a wide variety of clubs, pubs and restaurants in which to ring in the New Year. The streets will also be decorated for the holidays, so enjoy some roasted chestnuts and mulled wine on a carriage ride while enjoying the sights. Tempelhof-Schoneberg is both quiet and exciting for a New Year’s to remember.
The Wintergarten’s Boheme Sauvage
New Year’s Eve is an occasion where glitz and glam should be at the forefront. The dazzling fireworks, glittering holiday lights and music tracks welcoming the New Year are the perfect accompaniments to a glamorous celebration that harkens back to the good old days. At the Wintergarten there is always a 1920s-style theme, which is a great way to party the night away like never before. Elegant and dapper, this event is great for dancing the Charleston, sipping some Absinthe in the corner, or playing a cool round of poker. All flappers welcome!
The Mighty Mitte
Though Berlin is the country’s capital, Mitte is the borough designed for lovers, history and unique New Year’s celebrations. The old quarter is particularly perfect for the special night as it is host to one of the city’s biggest events. Tucked between the Brandenburg Gate and the Victory Column, the Pariser Platz is the site of Mitte’s fantastic New Year’s party. Stages, media, video screens, party tents and dozens of food stalls all welcome revelers from all over the world. The only problem? Crowded streets!
Where is your favourite New Year’s Eve party?